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Walk this way

Updated: September 21, 2004, 11:39 AM ET
By Ray Ratto | Special to ESPN.com

He wasn't the first one to think of it, not by a long shot, but Larry Dierker was the first to pay for it, and he paid dearly.

Dierker was the Houston Astros manager who decided that, what with his team trying desperately to get into the playoffs in 2001, his pitchers would walk Barry Bonds unless compelled either by strategic or legal concerns. Bonds was going for his 70th homer, and Dierker was going for job security.

Bonds got his, eventually, after eight walks, three of them intentional, ...

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