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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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8

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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7

On the Beat: The Optimistic Disastros
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05-16

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On the Beat: The Most Improved Players
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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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04-11

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7

On the Beat: Who Said You Can't Go Home?
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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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02-28

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On the Beat: Not Fishing for Last Place
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02-25

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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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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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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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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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12-13

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On the Beat: Moore Problems
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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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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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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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08-23

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On the Beat: The Difference-Makers
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08-16

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On the Beat: A Clubhouse Scorned
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August 23, 2012 5:00 am

On the Beat: The Difference-Makers

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Who do scouts and front-office types pinpoint as the key players for teams who aren't guaranteed a spot in October?

Bud Selig's goal when adding a second wild card to each league this season was to get more teams involved in the pennant race. After all, more teams in contention means more interest in more markets, and that means more tickets sold and more revenue generated.

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August 16, 2012 5:00 am

On the Beat: A Clubhouse Scorned

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Neither a scout nor a former Red Sox player has much hope for the team and its torn clubhouse.

Maybe this is the solution for the Red Sox: Place an emergency call to Popeye's for fried chicken with a side order of red beans and rice, and have it sent to the home clubhouse at Fenway Park. Fried chicken and beer became part of a scandal in Red Sox Nation in the wake of last season's historic collapse, during which the Red Sox blow a sure post-season berth in September while the starting pitchers sat in the cramped Fenway clubhouse eating, drinking, and playing video games when it wasn't their turn in the rotation.

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Despite an early deficit, the Diamondbacks are making up ground in the NL West. Also, a conversation with Chris Sale, and tons of notes from scouts and front-office types.

Kirk Gibson understands as well as anyone that the improbable can happen for baseball. All he has to do is think back to Game One of the 1988 World Series, when he hit one of the most unlikely and dramatic home runs in baseball history that sparked the Dodgers to an upset victory over the Athletics.

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The routes the White Sox and Tigers have taken to contention in the AL Central are completely different.

The Indians, if for a fleeting moment last Thursday night, seemed to have seized the type of momentum that might vault them to the top of the American League Central standings. Trailing the visiting Tigers and Justin Verlander, 3-1, in the seventh inning, the Indians struck for four runs, including back-to-back home runs from catcher Carlos Santana and designated hitter Travis Hafner, two players Indians manager Manny Acta said needed to increase their production during his pre-game meeting with the media, and went on to a stunning 5-3 victory.

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July 26, 2012 5:00 am

On the Beat: The Marlins' Beaching

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A new-look OTB pulls back the curtain on the Marlins' fire sale, includes a conversation with Adam Jones, and presents the views of scouts and front-office types.

I don't profess to be a general manager, and I certainly have never been the architect of a World Series-winning club. However, I have something in common with Marlins president Larry Beinfest: I watched his team play two of its three games against the Pirates last weekend in Pittsburgh and came to the same conclusion—he needed to break up his underachieving club and start over.

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Several franchises should be looking for deadline upgrades not just for their teams, but for their fans, too. John also chats with Barry Larkin.

Eleven American League teams were within three games of a post-season berth going into Wednesday's games, and nine National League teams were within five games of making the playoffs. Considering the Cardinals and Rays were much further back and were deeper into the season before making runs to the postseason last year, it is easy to see why so many teams are trying to make deals to bolster their clubs in advance of the July 31 non-waiver trading deadline.

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Scouts explain why they prefer Mike Trout to Bryce Harper, and a conversation with Bud Selig.

Bryce Harper and Mike Trout. Mike Trout and Bryce Harper. The two rookie outfielders are already linked like Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle even though neither has logged a full season in the major leagues.

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July 5, 2012 5:00 am

On the Beat: Raising the Jolly Roger

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The Pirates have gained sole possession of first place in the NL Central, mirroring their brief run from 2011, and a conversation with Ron Gardenhire.

The Pirates have been down this road before. In fact, it was just a year ago. The Pirates were one of the best stories in baseball approaching the All-Star break in 2011. They were in contention in the National League Central and even sported a winning record, something they have not achieved since 1992.

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June 28, 2012 5:00 am

On the Beat: Picking the All-Stars

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John casts his ballot for this year's All-Stars, and a conversation with Jim Leyland.

The rosters for this year's All-Star Game will be announced Sunday, once all the fan and player ballots have been tabulated and the managers of both teams have made their selections. Who can wait until Sunday, though? Why not let the inevitable debates start a few days early?

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June 21, 2012 5:00 am

On the Beat: Who Wants to be the Next Skipper?

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A look at 10 new managerial candidates, and a conversation with Mets manager Terry Collins.

The All-Star break is coming into view, yet no managers have been fired this season. In fact, there have been only a few reports of any of the 30 major-league skippers even possibly being in trouble. But it will eventually happen. Some owner will finally get fed up, drop the axe, and his club will begin a managerial search.

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June 14, 2012 5:00 am

On the Beat: Trusting The Process

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The Kansas City Royals are suffering through yet another losing season, but the team still trusts in The Process, and an interview with Andrew McCutchen.

When Dayton Moore was hired as general manager by the Royals in June 2006, he talked about how it would be a process to turn around a franchise that hadn't been to the postseason since 1985. Moore used the word so much over time that the business of restoring the Royals to respectability became known as “The Process” by their fans.

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June 7, 2012 5:00 am

On the Beat: Astros Find New Orbit

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The Astros have performed above expectations so far and are not concerned about moving to the AL West in 2013, and a conversation with Gio Gonzalez.

So much about the Astros is new. In their case, new is good.

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