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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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06-20

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On the Beat: Pitchers Take the Wheel
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06-13

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On the Beat: Not a Giant Worry
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06-06

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On the Beat: Potential PED Fallout
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05-30

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On the Beat: Unbearable Miscues
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05-23

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On the Beat: The Optimistic Disastros
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John Perrotto

05-16

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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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05-02

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On the Beat: Minnesota Mediocrity
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04-25

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On the Beat: Up, Up, Upton and Away
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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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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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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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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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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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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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10-11

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On the Beat: Managing the Golden Oldies
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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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November 8, 2012 5:00 am

On the Beat: The All-Major League Baseball Team

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John Perrotto

Sure, there's an All-Star team--two of them, even--but those don't compare to the OTB All-MLB team.

The stolen base has quietly been making a comeback in recent seasons. Teams might not be running like they did three decades ago in the world of cookie-cutter stadiums and artificial turf, but managers have been showing more of a willingness to press the issue on the bases.

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November 1, 2012 5:00 am

On the Beat: Hot Stove Stories

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John Perrotto

With the World Series over, here are five big stories for Hot Stove season, and an interview with Brian Sabean.

The offseason is here and the coals of the Hot Stove are already being stoked with trades, decisions on contract options, and potential free agents being re-signed. The furnace will crank up another notch when free agency begins Saturday and the general managers' meetings take place next week in Palm Springs, California. So, let's not waste any time; let’s take a look at five off-season subjects that figure to create some buzz:

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A flashback to that first time Madison Bumgarner pitched well in the World Series.

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.

Madison Bumgarner's second World Series start was a success, but his first may have been even better. John Perrotto recounted Bumgarner's Game Four start in the 2010 World Series in the piece reprinted below, which was originally published as a "World Series Prospectus" column on November 1st, 2010.
 


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The Giants have faced elimination multiple times in the postseason, yet they're three wins away from a championship.

Javier Lopez is one of the brightest and most articulate major-leaguers. The Giants left-handed reliever holds a psychology degree from the University of Virginia and, though he majored in a liberal arts subject, he understands sabermetrics and how they can be used to help build a championship team. Lopez was a member of the 2007 world champion Red Sox.

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October 18, 2012 5:00 am

On the Beat: Making the Tigers Roar

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John Perrotto

Dave Dombrowski has pulled off a pair of stellar moves to upgrade Detroit's pitching staff, which has helped the team to two consecutive ALCS series.

Most general managers say that starting pitching remains the most difficult commodity to acquire. That would be hard to tell, though, by what Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski has done the past two seasons.

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Joe Girardi is finding a balance between resting his veterans and plugging holes for injured players.

One of the easiest jobs in baseball would seemingly be writing out the Yankees' lineup. With the game's biggest payroll, three future Hall of Famers at the top of the lineup, and All-Stars filling out the other six spots, it would seem Joe Girardi needs nothing more than a rubber stamp.

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October 4, 2012 5:00 am

On the Beat: Planning a Play-In Strategy

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John Perrotto

The Braves aren't huge fans of the wild card play-in game, but they have a strategy for their upcoming meeting with the Cardinals. Also, a few minutes with Robin Ventura and Chris Speier.

The Braves will make history Friday when they host the Cardinals in what is officially called the National League Wild Card Game but has is also being alternately called the Single-Elimination Game, The Knockout Game, The Preliminary Round Game, The Play-In Game, and The Coin Flip Game, among others.

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Former Pirates owner Kevin McClatchy recently revealed he was gay, a difficult step in the professional sports environment.

The best thing about Pittsburgh and Southwestern Pennsylvania is their small-town qualities. People are generally friendly, hospitable to strangers, and there to lend a hand in time of need. In the 22 years I covered the Pirates as a newspaperman, I encountered countless players who felt as if they were being banished to the end of the Earth when they were first traded to Pittsburgh but were emotional about leaving when they were inevitably traded.

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The Tigers came into the season as favorites to win the AL Central, yet they find themselves looking up to the White Sox in the standings.

Jim Leyland watches the scoreboard every night. Yet, to the Tigers manager, that isn't a big deal. He starts watching the scoreboard on Opening Day.

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September 13, 2012 5:00 am

On the Beat: The Shark vs. Strasburg Shutdown

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John Perrotto

While Stephen Strasburg's shutdown has gotten the headlines, another staff's No. 1 starter was shut down quietly.

The ace of the Nationals' pitching staff got shut down for the season, and it was the most-debated topic in baseball since the American League adopted the designated hitter rule for the 1973 season. The Cubs shut down their No.1 starter and seemingly nobody noticed or cared.

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A's assistant GM David Forst has seen the team go from post-season pretender to legitimate contender, and a conversation with Mike Matheny.

David Forst certainly knows how to describe the Athletics' amazing 2012 season as well as anybody. After all, he has lived it as the club's assistant general manager and right-hand man to veteran GM Billy Beane. Forst was there at the start of spring training when seemingly no one outside the organization gave the Athletics any chance of contending. And he is here now, as the Athletics have become one of the biggest surprises in baseball by putting themselves in post-season contention for the first time in six years, even after being swept at home by the Angels in a three-game series this week.

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August 30, 2012 5:00 am

On the Beat: New Cup of Joe a Winner

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John Perrotto

Joe Girardi has done a nice job managing the Yankees despite key injuries this season.

Joe Girardi understands the numbers. That humongous binder that sits beside the manager in the Yankees' dugout isn't a collection of the great volume of copy turned out by the scribes that cover the Bronx Bombers on a daily basis.

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