Plate discipline so important nowadays

On-base percentage perhaps as vital as it's ever been in determining a player's worth

Originally Published: May 5, 2009
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

Like the definition of a good stimulus package or the guidelines for tipping your neighborhood Hooters waitress, plate discipline means different things to different people.

To the average fan, it's embodied by Angels outfielder Bobby Abreu, a hitter who's comfortable taking Strike 1 down the pipe and eyeballing pitch after pitch on the black. Your garden variety Abreu at-bat runs almost as long as "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."

For some Hall of Fame voters, Andre Dawson's ...

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