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March 29, 1999
Rookie leftfielder J.D. Drew is going to see more smoke than R.J. Reynolds. Drew will bat in front of Mark McGwire, guaranteeing him a glut of fastballs from pitchers who don't want to work to Big Mac with anyone on base. "The pitchers can only mess around with him [Drew] so much, because they can look over to the on-deck circle and see what's coming," manager Tony La Russa says. After his September call-up last year, Drew socked five homers and had 13 RBIs in 14 games, earning the label of "stud" from McGwire. Why not? Drew averaged one homer every 7.20 at bats, slightly better than Big Mac's ratio of one every 7.27.
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Rookie leftfielder J.D. Drew is going to see more smoke than R.J. Reynolds. Drew will bat in front of Mark McGwire, guaranteeing him a glut of fastballs from pitchers who don't want to work to Big Mac with anyone on base. "The pitchers can only mess around with him [ Drew] so much, because they can look over to the on-deck circle and see what's coming," manager Tony La Russa says. After his September call-up last year, Drew socked five homers and had 13 RBIs in 14 games, earning the label of "stud" from McGwire. Why not? Drew averaged one homer every 7.20 at bats, slightly better than Big Mac's ratio of one every 7.27.

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