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07-03

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On the Beat: Bucking the Losing Trend
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John Perrotto

06-27

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On the Beat: Old-School Thought, Old-School Success
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John Perrotto

06-20

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14

On the Beat: Pitchers Take the Wheel
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John Perrotto

06-13

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11

On the Beat: Not a Giant Worry
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John Perrotto

06-06

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8

On the Beat: Potential PED Fallout
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John Perrotto

05-30

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On the Beat: Unbearable Miscues
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John Perrotto

05-23

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7

On the Beat: The Optimistic Disastros
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John Perrotto

05-16

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7

On the Beat: The Most Improved Players
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John Perrotto

05-09

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On the Beat: No-Hitting Nationals
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John Perrotto

05-02

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18

On the Beat: Minnesota Mediocrity
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John Perrotto

04-25

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17

On the Beat: Up, Up, Upton and Away
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John Perrotto

04-18

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On the Beat: Choo-sing to Look on the Sunny Side
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John Perrotto

04-11

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7

On the Beat: Who Said You Can't Go Home?
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John Perrotto

04-04

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7

On the Beat: Contractual Matters
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John Perrotto

03-28

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On the Beat: Great Expectations
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John Perrotto

03-21

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10

On the Beat: Sights of Spring
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John Perrotto

03-14

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On the Beat: One Giant Leap for the Roster
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John Perrotto

03-07

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On the Beat: Fighting for Béisbol Prominence
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John Perrotto

02-28

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5

On the Beat: Not Fishing for Last Place
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John Perrotto

02-25

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6

On the Beat: Aged to Perfection?
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John Perrotto

02-14

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26

On the Beat: A Flaw to Declaw Detroit?
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John Perrotto

02-07

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17

On the Beat: Spring Headliners
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John Perrotto

01-31

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30

On the Beat: The Unclean Game
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John Perrotto

01-24

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On the Beat: Phunky Strategy for Philly
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John Perrotto

01-17

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9

On the Beat: Final Free-Agent Blitz
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John Perrotto

01-10

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On the Beat: A Change in the Process
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John Perrotto

01-03

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On the Beat: The Hall of Fame Ballot
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John Perrotto

12-27

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On the Beat: Remaking the Red Sox
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John Perrotto

12-20

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15

On the Beat: Jays Ready for Takeoff
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John Perrotto

12-13

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22

On the Beat: Moore Problems
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John Perrotto

12-07

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The BP Wayback Machine: Grand Ole Opry
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John Perrotto

12-06

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On the Beat: Manager Monger
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John Perrotto

12-05

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On the Beat: Catching Up at the Winter Meetings
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John Perrotto

12-04

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On the Beat: Rumblings from Nashville
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John Perrotto

11-21

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On the Beat: AL Shopping Lists
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John Perrotto

11-15

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On the Beat: NL Shopping Lists
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John Perrotto

11-08

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On the Beat: The All-Major League Baseball Team
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John Perrotto

11-01

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On the Beat: Hot Stove Stories
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John Perrotto

10-26

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The BP Wayback Machine: 2010 World Series Game Four Report
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John Perrotto

10-25

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On the Beat: Rising to Giant Occasions
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John Perrotto

10-18

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On the Beat: Making the Tigers Roar
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John Perrotto

10-11

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On the Beat: Managing the Golden Oldies
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John Perrotto

10-04

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On the Beat: Planning a Play-In Strategy
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John Perrotto

09-27

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On the Beat: McClatchy Comes Out
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John Perrotto

09-21

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On the Beat: Trouble in Tiger Town
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John Perrotto

09-13

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On the Beat: The Shark vs. Strasburg Shutdown
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John Perrotto

09-06

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On the Beat: Seeing the Forst for the Trees
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John Perrotto

08-30

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On the Beat: New Cup of Joe a Winner
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John Perrotto

08-23

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On the Beat: The Difference-Makers
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John Perrotto

08-16

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On the Beat: A Clubhouse Scorned
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John Perrotto

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April 11, 2013 5:00 am

On the Beat: Who Said You Can't Go Home?

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John Perrotto

Terry Francona is happy to be near his home while managing the Cleveland Indians. Our beat reporter also checks in on Jered Weaver, closers, and Will Middlebrooks.

The ceremonial first pitch at the Indians’ home opener might have seemed a bit schmaltzy on the surface, with the fathers of manager Terry Francona, bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr., right-hander Zach McAllister, first baseman Nick Swisher, and left fielder Michael “Dr. Smooth” Brantley making pitches to their sons. The only thing missing was James Earl Jones intoning, “build it and they will come.”

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April 4, 2013 5:00 am

On the Beat: Contractual Matters

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John Perrotto

Our resident beat reporter hears both the pros and cons of recent contract extensions and catches up on Robinson Cano and the Cubs.

Not every player in the major leagues received a contract extension in the final days of spring training. It just seemed that way.

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March 28, 2013 5:00 am

On the Beat: Great Expectations

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The Dodgers expect to compete for the World Series, Zack Greinke discusses sabermetrics, the Yankees get Vernon Wells, Kyle Lohse gets a job, and the Cardinals have a rash of bad luck.

Chad Billingsley, then an 18-year-old kid from the small town of Defiance, Ohio who was far away from home in Vero Beach, Florida, hung on every word his coaches and instructors spoke as the members of the Dodgers’ 2003 draft class prepared to begin their professional baseball careers. They talked about the pride of wearing Dodger blue, the tradition of one of the most-recognized franchises in professional sports, and how players who wore the Dodgers uniform were supposed to carry themselves just a little bit differently than those in other organizations.

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March 21, 2013 5:00 am

On the Beat: Sights of Spring

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John Perrotto

BP's resident beat writer runs through observations from the Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues, the World Baseball Classic, and touches base on the Reds and Braves.

After spending the past month in Florida, Arizona, and at the World Baseball Classic championship round in San Francisco, I’ve made plenty of observations:

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March 14, 2013 5:00 am

On the Beat: One Giant Leap for the Roster

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The Giants have kept most of their championship roster together, and notes on Roy Halladay, Bryce Harper, Scott Kazmir, Carlos Gomez, and Christian Yelich.

If one thing can be said about the Giants—other than they have won two of the last three World Series, which is saying a lot—it is they are big believers in stability. General manager Brian Sabean is in his 17th season, giving him the longest tenure of any current GM. Bruce Bochy is in his ninth season as manager. Even the clubhouse manager, Mike Murphy, has been with the team since the Giants moved west to San Francisco from New York prior to the 1958 season.

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Team Spain faces an uphill battle in raising baseball awareness in Europe, and keeping up with Yoenis Cespedes, Brian Roberts, the Cardinals' shortstop situation, and more.

Let’s not kid ourselves. The biggest reason for holding the World Baseball Classic is to generate more interest in Major League Baseball internationally, which means more merchandise sold on MLB.com and more MLB.tv subscriptions purchased. When it comes to MLB, like all professional sports, it is about creating more revenue streams.

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February 28, 2013 5:00 am

On the Beat: Not Fishing for Last Place

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John Perrotto

The Blue Jays are confident they will not turn into the 2012 Marlins, Brett Wallace is looking strong, and the Indians have an abundance of center fielders.

John Gibbons was strolling through the Blue Jays’ clubhouse when he spotted a reporter. He stopped, shook hands, exchanged pleasantries, and then said, “I bet this is the last place in the world you thought you would ever see me, huh?”

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February 25, 2013 5:00 am

On the Beat: Aged to Perfection?

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John Perrotto

The Yankees will have a rough time beginning the season without Curtis Granderson, and a look around the Grapefruit and Cactus leagues.

 

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The Tigers are gearing up for another championship run, but they're not taking anything for granted.

The Tigers say last year’s World Series is now officially behind them. With another spring training in Lakeland, Florida, signaling the start of a new season, they insist being swept the Giants last October is nothing more than history. Manager Jim Leyland can even look back on last year’s Fall Classic and have a sense of humor about it.

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February 7, 2013 5:00 am

On the Beat: Spring Headliners

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John Perrotto

As spring training camps prepare to open, a few headlines are sure to circulate. Our resident beat writer also checks in on the Cardinals' rotation and Matt Wieters.

The song “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” has long been a holiday staple. However, baseball fans know the most wonderful time of the year comes in February when pitchers and catchers start reporting to spring training camps in Florida and Arizona. Reporting dates come a week early this year because of the World Baseball Classic, so batterymen for all 30 teams will be working out by this time next week.

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January 31, 2013 5:00 am

On the Beat: The Unclean Game

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John Perrotto

Even though MLB has tried to clean up its game, cheating still persists. Our beat reporter also checks in on A-Rod, Scott Rolen, and the World Baseball Classic.

One of my best friends growing up was an all-state offensive lineman in Pennsylvania, one of the most talent-rich football states in the country. By his own admission, he probably wasn’t good enough to make it to the NFL. However, he was plenty good enough to land a scholarship to a NCAA Division I-AA program.

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January 24, 2013 5:00 am

On the Beat: Phunky Strategy for Philly

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Some of the Phillies' moves this offseason are highly questionable, and some notes on the Giants, Cardinals, and Marlins.

Anyone who knows anything about baseball axioms knows that pitching and defense go together. However, the Phillies appear to be trying to challenge that notion as they build their roster for the 2013.

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