Another reason to like Jacoby:
“Everybody talks that you need to walk more, but they need to throw you balls (for that to happen),” Ellsbury said. “If you’re fast they’re not throwing you many balls. They don’t want you on the basepaths. As a fast player, as a leadoff guy, they’re not going to pitch around me. It makes it tough to walk. If you go up trying to walk you get down in the count. If the pitch is there you have to be swinging at it. You can’t be taking (good) pitches just to walk.
“The biggest thing for me is quality at-bats. I can’t control what they’re doing.”
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