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I've never believed Roger's version, so I'm not surprised to hear Mac stick to his, but this is the first I can recall hearing this much about the reason for leaving Buckner in ... or about Oil Can.
The young Bill James rather famously wrote that he could not find any evidence that certain types of players could consistently hit better in the clutch – he still has not found that evidence. But unlike his younger self, he will not dismiss the idea of clutch hitting. He has been a consultant for the Red Sox for more than a decade, and he has watched David Ortiz deliver so many big hits in so many big moments, and he finds himself unwilling to deny that Big Papi does have an ability in those situations others don’t have. Joe Posnanski
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