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Bold managing can have beautiful results in baseball playoffs; ask Bruce Bochy or Tony La Russa

Bold managing can have beautiful results in baseball playoffs; ask Bruce Bochy or Tony La Russa

The fourth game of the 1992 American League Championship Series was tied, 6-6, when Oakland designated hitter Harold Baines led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a single.

Up stepped Athletics slugger Mark McGwire, who had bashed 42 homers that season. Off went pinch-runner Eric Fox, who stole second on Toronto reliever Duane Ward's first pitch, putting the winning run in scoring position with no outs.

Ward, a right-hander, featured a nasty slider that broke down and away from right-handed hitters. Oakland Manager Tony La Russa did not like McGwire's chances of hitting a grounder to the right side to advance Fox.

So what did La Russa do?

"I gave...

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