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MONEY HITTERS
Tom Verducci
April 05, 2004
The charts below list the hitters who were the best in late-inning pressure situations, or LIPS, in 2003 and those who were the best over their careers (among players who debuted in the majors in the past 30 years). The conclusion: While significant improvement in pressure situations was common for one season, the variations became much smaller over a career. (Late-inning pressure situations: seventh inning or later with the player's team trailing by three runs or less, or by four runs or less with two or more men on base.)
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April 05, 2004

Money Hitters

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The charts below list the hitters who were the best in late-inning pressure situations, or LIPS, in 2003 and those who were the best over their careers (among players who debuted in the majors in the past 30 years). The conclusion: While significant improvement in pressure situations was common for one season, the variations became much smaller over a career. (Late-inning pressure situations: seventh inning or later with the player's team trailing by three runs or less, or by four runs or less with two or more men on base.)

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