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07-03

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12

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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On the Beat: Pitchers Take the Wheel
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John Perrotto

06-13

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On the Beat: Not a Giant Worry
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John Perrotto

06-06

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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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On the Beat: Minnesota Mediocrity
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John Perrotto

04-25

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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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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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On the Beat: Not Fishing for Last Place
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John Perrotto

02-25

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On the Beat: Aged to Perfection?
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John Perrotto

02-14

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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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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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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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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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On the Beat: Jays Ready for Takeoff
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John Perrotto

12-13

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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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5

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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6

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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20

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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Front-office types give their opinions on the remaining free agents, and a look at the ramifications at the Rafael Soriano and Mike Morse deals.

Rafael Soriano finally came off the free-agent board this week, agent Scott Boras going to one of his “go-to” teams by getting the Nationals to sign the closer to a two-year, $28-million contract. However, with less than a month left until pitchers and catchers report to spring training, there are recognizable names still on the market. Let’s take a look at six of those free agents, ranking them in the order of their WARP in 2012 and having a major-league front-office type comment on each.

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A Hall of Fame voter calls for reform, catches up on Alex Rodriguez, and gets the inside scoop on Mike Morse, Lance Berkman, and Scott Kazmir.

The result of this year’s Hall of Fame voting was a disappointment to so many people on so many levels. It was a disappointment to the fans, especially those of such players as Craig Biggio and Jack Morris, who both seemed to stand a good chance of receiving the minimum 75 percent of the vote needed to gain election. It was such a disappointment to people inside that game that both Commissioner Bud Selig and Players Association Executive Director Michael Weiner were compelled to release statements. It certainly had to be a disappointment to the merchants and residents of Cooperstown, who count on the induction ceremony to generate a large amount of revenue for the village. And, despite putting up a brave front, it had to be a disappointment to Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson because induction weekend plays a large part in supporting the non-profit foundation.

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Our resident HOF voter reveals his ballot and catches up on David Price, Miguel Tejada, and Brett Myers.

It took a lot of time and a lot of thought to solve my Hall of Fame voting conflict. As I referenced in last week’s On The Beat, I still had a blank ballot in my hands less than a week before the deadline to submit my vote. I truly agonized over whether to vote for players connected to PED use, like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens. I even considered abstaining from the process, like two long-time baseball-writing colleagues whom I have great respect for, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer and T.J. Quinn of ESPN.

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December 27, 2012 5:00 am

On the Beat: Remaking the Red Sox

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The Red Sox are in the midst of an overhaul, but are they a better team now than they were at the end of 2012?

The Red Sox made no secret of the fact that they wanted to shake up their roster and the clubhouse chemistry that had gone bad when they traded condescending Josh Beckett, sulking Adrian Gonzalez, and deer-in-the-highlights-like Carl Crawford to the Dodgers in a blockbuster trade in August along with innocent bystander Nick Punto. The Red Sox only confirmed their desire to rebuild when they fired manager Bobby Valentine at the end of the 2012 seasons.

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December 20, 2012 5:00 am

On the Beat: Jays Ready for Takeoff

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Are the retooled Blue Jays set to soar in 2013? Plus updates from many other clubs and insight from scouts and front-office types.

It is almost like the American League East has been put in a time machine and sent backward 20 years. The Blue Jays are the division favorites with less than a week left before Christmas. Toronto hasn't been to the postseason since winning its second consecutive World Series in 1993. Those Blue Jays used to fill SkyDome on a nightly basis, but they now have trouble drawing crowds to what is known as Rogers Centre.

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Whenever Dayton Moore makes a move, the press is sure to fire.

The way one rival major-league general manager sees it, Dayton Moore just can't win.

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A look back at what had the baseball word buzzing the last time the winter meetings were held in Nashville.

While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive (and mostly free) online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to some of the most informative and entertaining authors who have passed through our virtual halls. If you have fond recollections of a BP piece that you'd like to nominate for re-exposure to a wider audience, send us your suggestion.

Take a trip back to the 2007 winter meetings in Nashville in the piece reprinted below, which was originally published as an "On the Beat" column on December 2, 2007.
 


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December 6, 2012 5:00 am

On the Beat: Manager Monger

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John chats with numerous team managers about the upcoming season and their thoughts on their club's prospects of winning.

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—It might not be fair to call David Wright Mr. Met. After all, he doesn't wear a size-22 baseball cap. However, the six-time All-Star third baseman is the closest thing to a Mr. Met in the non-mascot division. He was one of the franchise's first-round picks in the 2001 amateur draft following his senior year of high school in Chesapeake, Virginia, made his major-league debut three years later, and is now the franchise leader with 1,426 hits.

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December 5, 2012 5:00 am

On the Beat: Catching Up at the Winter Meetings

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Checking in on John Farrell, Adam LaRoche, Justin Upton, Ron Gardenhire, Robin Ventura, Bo Porter, the Brewers, the Rangers, the Rockies, the Dodgers, the Giants, the Cubs' bullpen, and the WBC.

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—John Farrell knows the Boston baseball scene. He was the Red Sox' pitching coach for four seasons (from 2007-10) before serving a two-year stint as the Blue Jays' manager. Thus, he understands the scrutiny all Red Sox’ managers are under in New England.

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Updates from the Winter Meetings, touching on Alex Rodriguez, R.A. Dickey, James Loney, Aroldis Chapman, the World Baseball Classic, the Blue Jays, the Athletics, and the Royals.

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Brian Cashman is either the eternal optimist or a pretty good fibber. Either way, the Yankees general manager downplayed the idea that his team could be without the game's highest-paid player for as much as half of next season.

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Black Friday is coming up, and many AL clubs will be scouring the market for free-agent bargains and potential trades.

Last week, we looked at the wish lists for National League clubs now that the Hot Stove season has heated up in force. This time, let's look at what American League teams are trying to acquire this offseason:

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November 15, 2012 5:00 am

On the Beat: NL Shopping Lists

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What's on Santa's list for the recently-gutted Marlins? Will the Diamondbacks trade Justin Upton to fill multiple voids?

Workers were putting up the tree at a local restaurant the other day, and it was the first sure sign that it was that time of the year. Then, a few days later, the Marlins lit enough Yule logs to create a fire sale and, sure enough, the Christmas season was officially upon us. With that in mind, let's take a look at the shopping lists of the 15 National League clubs. We'll even look at what the Marlins might be looking for, though if Santa Claus is a true fan of competitive balance, he will put a large lump of coal in owner Jeffrey Loria’s stocking.

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