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Change in offensive approach sunk Fox in Oakland

Posted on: June 30, 2010 1:51 am
Jake Fox feels that his time in Oakland didn't work out because the club asked him to change his offensive approach.

Speaking prior to Tuesday night's game in which he he didn't play, Fox said Oakland asked him to take pitches and work counts which runs contrary to his offensive approach.

"The misconception they had of me was that I'm going to go up there and swing," Fox told the San Jose Mercury News

Oakland hitting coach Jim Skaalen said it wasn't aggressivenes that the A's wanted Fox to change. It was over-aggressiveness -- "swinging at stuff that was out of the zone early in the count," he said. " I didn't mind that he was going up there ready to hit. But there's got to be a clear cut plan in mind. That was the thing that he might have taken issue with. But there's talent there."

Fox, who hit .214/.264/.327 in 106 plate appearances for Oakland was dealt to Baltimore for minor league pitcher Ross Wolf June 22. Even though Fox had problems with Oakland's offensive approach, he wasn't pleased that he had to move on.

"We wanted it to work out in the worst way, and it didn't," Fox said. "There's always a part of you that says you missed out on a really good player and you let me go before you really knew what I could do."

The utility player is 2-for-12 in his tenure with Baltimore.

-- Evan Brunell

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