"I'm not advocating we take the first pitch every time we walk up there," Tracy said. "But, if you're going to take a swing at a first pitch, have it be a really good swing. If we keep preaching that, there won't have to be a whole lot said if you make a weak out on a marginally bad first pitch. It's not the way you play winning baseball."
Obviously, 33 walks in eight games is a tiny sample size that very likely means nothing. But it's great that Jim Tracy identifies this as a problem. Anyone remember if Lloyd McClendon ever said anything about this while Randall Simon was racking up first pitch groundouts by what seemed like the hundreds?