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August 23, 2012

Premium Article On the Beat: The Difference-Makers

by John Perrotto

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

August 16, 2012

Premium Article On the Beat: A Clubhouse Scorned

by John Perrotto

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

August 9, 2012

On the Beat: Snaking Up the Standings

by John Perrotto

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.

August 2, 2012

On the Beat: A Tale of Two Cities

by John Perrotto

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

July 26, 2012

Premium Article On the Beat: The Marlins' Beaching

by John Perrotto

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.

July 19, 2012

On the Beat: The Deadline Feeding Frenzy

by John Perrotto

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

July 12, 2012

On the Beat: The Great Trout vs. Harper Debate

by John Perrotto

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

July 5, 2012

Premium Article On the Beat: Raising the Jolly Roger

by John Perrotto

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.

June 28, 2012

Premium Article On the Beat: Picking the All-Stars

by John Perrotto

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

June 21, 2012

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

by John Perrotto

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

June 14, 2012

Premium Article On the Beat: Trusting The Process

by John Perrotto

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.

June 7, 2012

Premium Article On the Beat: Astros Find New Orbit

by John Perrotto

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.

May 31, 2012

On the Beat: Fireballer in the Hole

by John Perrotto

Dusty Baker feels that Aroldis Chapman's best use right now is as Cincinnati's closer, and a conversation with Jesus Montero.

May 24, 2012

On the Beat: Wright on Track

by John Perrotto

David Wright's newfound plate discipline has helped him bat near .400 for the season's first two months, and an interview with Yu Darvish.

May 17, 2012

Premium Article On the Beat: The Winning Formula

by John Perrotto

Ron Washington isn't ready to say his team is the best in the bigs, and a chat with Jose Altuve.

May 10, 2012

Premium Article On the Beat: Harping on Harper

by John Perrotto

Though Bryce Harper's reputation leaves many questioning his maturity, his Nationals teammates have embraced him.

May 3, 2012

Premium Article On the Beat: The Prince and the Pauper Numbers

by John Perrotto

Albert Pujols isn't concerned about his slow start, and a chat with Rockies manager Jim Tracy.

April 26, 2012

On the Beat: Amazin' Moyer

by John Perrotto

The Rockies use one word to describe Jamie Moyer's return to the major leagues, and a conversation with Mike Matheny.

April 19, 2012

Premium Article On the Beat: Freese Frame

by John Perrotto

David Freese did major damage during the postseason, but scouts still have mixed ideas about what his future holds. Joe Maddon also sits down for a chat.

April 12, 2012

On the Beat: Who is the Great Unknown?

by John Perrotto

Which player do scouts feel is the best unknown major leaguer?

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