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Every Given Sunday: So Many Questions, So Little Time
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01-25

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Every Given Sunday: Comings and Goings
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01-18

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Every Given Sunday: Baby, it's Cold Outside
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01-11

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Every Given Sunday: Not Actually Getting Ink Done.
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01-04

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Every Given Sunday: Stoking the Hot Stove Fires
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12-28

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Every Given Sunday: Rickey Definitely Yes, McGwire Unfortunately No
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12-21

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Every Given Sunday: Hesitations, Retractions, and Rebuttals
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12-14

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Every Given Sunday: Expanding the Market
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12-07

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Every Given Sunday: Winter Meetings Preview
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John Perrotto

11-16

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Every Given Sunday: Seabiscuit, Salomon, and Skippers
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11-09

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Every Given Sunday: Getting Ink Done
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11-02

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Every Given Sunday: Off-season Moves
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10-26

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Every Given Sunday: Wish Lists and Intentions
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10-19

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Every Given Sunday: Down to the Wire
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10-12

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Every Given Sunday: Manny-Free, Regret-Free
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10-05

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Every Given Sunday: Management Teams in the News
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09-28

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Every Given Sunday: One Man's Ballot
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09-21

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Every Given Sunday: Winding Down
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09-14

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Every Given Sunday: Don't Look at Us Now
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09-07

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Every Given Sunday: Scoops of all Sizes from Around the Major Leagues
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08-31

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Every Given Sunday: Moving Forward to Rewind
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08-24

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Every Given Sunday: A Red Menace
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08-17

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Every Given Sunday: Big Apple Scramble
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08-10

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Every Given Sunday: Waiving Good-bye?
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08-03

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Every Given Sunday: Deadline Day Afters
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07-27

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Every Given Sunday: All Busy-ness 'Round the Major League Table
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07-20

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Every Given Sunday: Beating Expectations
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07-13

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Every Given Sunday: Into the Breach
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07-06

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Every Given Sunday: One Man's Teams
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06-29

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Every Given Sunday: Bronx Breakdowns and Rebounds
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06-22

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Every Given Sunday: Dropping the Axe
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06-15

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Every Given Sunday: One Last Comeback
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06-08

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Every Given Sunday: Paint Me a Picture
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06-01

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Every Given Sunday: Maple Mayhem
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05-25

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Every Given Sunday: Under Review
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05-18

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Every Given Sunday: Lightning in a Bottle, Thunder in the Bronx
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05-11

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Every Given Sunday: Chasing Four-Tenths
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05-04

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Every Given Sunday: Keystone Greatness in the Keystone State
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04-27

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Every Given Sunday: To New Challenges and Old Friends
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04-20

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Every Given Sunday: Tribe Troubles
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04-13

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Every Given Sunday: Impact Call-Ups
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04-06

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Every Given Sunday: The NRIs Who Made It
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03-30

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Every Given Sunday: Opening (Sun)Day
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03-23

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Every Given Sunday: On the Spot
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03-16

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Every Given Sunday: Competing with the Kids
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03-09

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Every Given Sunday: A Different Feather
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03-02

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Every Given Sunday: Newfound Philly Fanaticism
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02-24

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Every Given Sunday: A New Angel in the Outfield
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02-17

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Every Given Sunday: The Bronx Challenge
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Every Given Sunday: National League Questions
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October 26, 2008 12:43 pm

Every Given Sunday: Wish Lists and Intentions

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John Perrotto

The runners-up take their positions in line for the opening of the off-season market.

The Red Sox looked like a beaten-down and broken-down team as they walked through the tunnel way of Tropicana Field to the team bus last Sunday night. The Red Sox had lost Game Seven of the ALCS about an hour earlier to the Rays, their chance to stake a claim as the team of the decade with a third World Series title in five years delayed, missing their opportunity to become baseball's first repeat champions since the Yankees won three World Series in a row from 1998-2000. "Our guys gave everything they could possible give," exhausted Red Sox manager Terry Francona said as the last of his players filed out of the visiting clubhouse. "I really don't think they had anything else left in the tank. I'm as proud of this team as any of the five teams I've managed since coming to the Red Sox, and that includes two teams that won World Series. These last couple of months was the most fun I've ever had here. It was tremendous."

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October 19, 2008 11:44 am

Every Given Sunday: Down to the Wire

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John Perrotto

The Dodgers and Yankess prepare to go to market, plus news and views from around the major leagues.

The Dodgers' up-and-down season ended with a five-game loss to the Phillies in the National League Championship Series. Now, the real fun begins for the Dodgers, who will have an extremely busy offseason with 12 of their players eligible for free agency. One certainty, though, is that general manager Ned Colletti will be there to oversee all of the activity. Owner Frank McCourt silenced speculation that Colletti would be fired following the Game Five loss to the Phillies that eliminated the Dodgers; the GM has one year left on his contract as things now stand. McCourt also made it clear that expectations are high now that LA came within three wins of their first World Series appearance in 20 years. "At some point in time, organizations need to stop talking about winning and go win," McCourt said. "That's what we've accomplished this year. Now we have to move forward. We've tasted winning. We're not going to let that slip away."

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October 12, 2008 11:37 am

Every Given Sunday: Manny-Free, Regret-Free

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John Perrotto

The Red Sox are happy as is with their new, low-key left fielder, plus news and reviews from around the major leagues.

ST. PETERSBURG—The Dodgers' acquisition of Manny Ramirez will undoubtedly go down as one of the greatest in-season moves in baseball history. The left fielder played a huge role in the Dodgers winning the National League West and advancing to the National League Championship Series. He hit .396/.489/.743 with 17 home runs in 53 regular-season games after being acquired from the Red Sox as part of a three-team deadline-day trade that also included the Pirates. That was enough for Ramirez to lead all Dodgers’ hitters with 47.6 VORP while also posting a sizzling .404 EqA. Ramirez was 5-for-10 with two home runs and five runs scored in the three-game sweep of the Cubs in the National League Division Series, and has gone 3-for-8 with a homer in the first two games of the NLCS. Nevertheless, the Dodgers trail the Phillies 2-0 in the best-of-seven series that resumes tonight at Dodger Stadium.

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October 5, 2008 12:06 pm

Every Given Sunday: Management Teams in the News

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John Perrotto

A workhorse named CC, Cashman takes responsibility for his own narrative, and off-season calculations from around the major leagues.

Dale Sveum understands the value in the pitching arm of ace CC Sabathia, and how the big left-hander is going to cash in on it this upcoming winter when he becomes eligible for free agency. "He's going to make more money than any pitcher in the history of the game," said the Brewers' interim manager. "It couldn't happen to a better person, either. He's as nice of a guy, for a superstar, that I've ever met in my 27 years in professional baseball. He's a very special person."

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September 28, 2008 12:09 pm

Every Given Sunday: One Man's Ballot

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John Perrotto

One member's picks for the various BBWAA awards, friction in San Diego, and long schedules afford extra options in playoff rotations.

It will not be an easy task for the Baseball Writers Association of America, those who have been asked to select the American League's Most Valuable Player. Ballots filled out by the 28 voters (two in each city in the league) must be e-mailed back to the BBWAA headquarters by the time the postseason begins on Wednesday afternoon, and it is easy to picture a many of them mulling over their choices until the very last minute, because there is no easy choice.

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September 21, 2008 12:08 pm

Every Given Sunday: Winding Down

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John Perrotto

Possible changes coming in the GM landscape, the Astros are irked, and Cubs players envy how the other half lives.

A few months ago, it appeared that there would be wholesale changes made among major league general managers in the offseason, but now that no longer seems to be such a certainty. One team that will definitely have a new GM in 2009 is the Phillies, as Pat Gillick has already announced that he is retiring at the end of the season. It is conceivable, though unlikely, that the Phillies could be the only team to change GMs.

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September 14, 2008 11:47 am

Every Given Sunday: Don't Look at Us Now

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Royals and Pirates look past the grim present to their futures, and notes and rumblings from around the major leagues.

About the best thing that the Royals have to say about themselves is that they aren't the Pirates. The Pirates matched one of the most inglorious records in baseball history a week ago today when they clinched their 16th consecutive losing season, matching the 1933-48 Phillies streak of futility. While the Royals' run of losing seasons isn't as long as Pittsburgh's, their only winning record in the last 14 years was in 2003, when they finished 83-79, and this year they have assured themselves of another sub-.500 finish with a 64-84 record that ranks ahead of only Seattle (57-90) in the American League. "It's disappointing because I know we have more talent than this," said Royals right fielder Jose Guillen, who has had an unsettling first season in Kansas City after signing a three-year, $36 million contract as a free agent last winter, ripping his teammates and fans in two separate tirades with reporters. "We have good guys, but they just don't know how to win yet. We haven't won in so long here that they just don't know how to do it or what it feels like."

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Don't stop believing in the AL Central, the Orioles' annual late-season wing-clipping, and instant replay on the job.

White Sox skipper Ozzie Guillen was chatting with a group of reporters this past week, when the talk turned to analyzing the remaining schedules of the two contenders in the American League Central. Some felt that the Sox had the easier path to winning their first division title since 2005, a season in which they also won their first World Series since 1917. Others believed that the Twins had the clearer path to a second AL Central crown in three years.

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August 31, 2008 11:55 am

Every Given Sunday: Moving Forward to Rewind

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John Perrotto

Enter instant replay, bad blood between the Mets and Phillies (and Brewers and Cards), plus news and notes from around the game.

Instant replay is here, although it's yet to be used after the first three days of being available to help umpires on home-run calls. While video may have killed the radio star, it is not expected to kill off the men in blue. Commissioner Bud Selig has made it clear that replay will not extend beyond boundary calls on homers, but even in its limited form, replay is stirring debate around the major leagues. Everyone has an opinion; people either love it or hate it, with seemingly no one standing on middle ground.

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August 24, 2008 11:15 am

Every Given Sunday: A Red Menace

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A nonplussed Dusty and an offseason spree to come, plus the Twins face a road test, and the Angels do not fear to tread in the Trop.

Dusty Baker readily admits that this is not what he bargained for when he stepped out of the ESPN broadcast booth last November to return to managing after a year away from the dugout. Baker signed a four-year contract with the Reds and took over a team that some observers felt was finally ready to contend in the National League Central after seven straight losing seasons. Now, with just one week remaining in August, the Reds are in last place, and 22½ games behind the Cubs, the team that Baker managed from 1993-96.

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August 17, 2008 11:25 am

Every Given Sunday: Big Apple Scramble

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John Perrotto

The Mets wrestle with their options down the stretch, the Astros don't stop believing, and news from around the majors.

For those who do not believe that things can change in a hurry in baseball, we present the New York Mets. The Mets were in a full-fledged panic at the beginning of the week when they dropped an ugly 7-5 decision to the Pirates at Shea Stadium. The Mets had led 5-1 after six innings, and then watched their bullpen (sans injured closer Billy Wagner) give up three runs in the seventh inning and three more in the ninth. A day later, interim manager Jerry Manuel said he would seriously consider resorting to drastic measures by moving one of his starting pitchers (left-hander Oliver Perez or right-handers John Maine and Mike Pelfrey) to the pen to serve as the interim closer, and subsequently as the primary set-up man once Wagner returned. "It's a pennant race, and you do everything you can to stay in a pennant race," Manuel said.

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August 10, 2008 11:00 am

Every Given Sunday: Waiving Good-bye?

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John Perrotto

Some veterans who may get moved this month, umpires dodging lightning bolts, disgruntled Venezuelans, and more developments on the diamond.

While most of the heavy-duty trading is over now that the deadline to make deals without securing waivers passed on July 31, there are still potential swaps to be made. A couple of relievers cleared waivers and changed teams this past week; the Rays acquired right-hander Chad Bradford from the Orioles, and the Phillies picked up left-hander Scott Eyre from the Cubs. The Red Sox had a deal in place to add to their already impressive arsenal by trading for Padres outfielder Brian Giles, but the San Diego native invoked his no-trade clause, preferring to remain in his hometown with the last-place Padres rather than join the contending Red Sox.

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