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Bonderman's role in the book "Moneyball" was less than flattering

The book, "Moneybook" followed the Oakland A's as they re-built their baseball team using computers, statistics, and a new way of assessing talent.  Jeremy Bonderman's brief part in the book was less than flattering.

The A's drafted Bonderman in 2001.  According to the book, General Manager Billy Beane was so upset with the selection of Bonderman, he threw his chair through a wall.  It didn't take long for them to do something about it.  Bonderman was traded just one year later.

So it was some sweet justice for Bonderman to take on the team that let him go, and beat them in the American League Championship series to go to the World Series. 

"He was a great talent when we had him,'' Beane told the Associated Press.

It didn't start that way in Detroit.  He struggled through a miserable rookie season with a team that finished dead last.  Along the way, he lost 19 games. 

In 2006, at the age of 23, that's all changed.  It's his fourth with the Tigers and he racked up 202 strikeouts - almost one per inning - during his 34 starts.  that's earned him an annual salary of $2.3 million dollars.  His contract is up in 2007.