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December 6, 2012

Premium Article On the Beat: Manager Monger

by John Perrotto

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

December 5, 2012

Premium Article On the Beat: Catching Up at the Winter Meetings

by John Perrotto

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.

December 4, 2012

On the Beat: Rumblings from Nashville

by John Perrotto

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.

November 21, 2012

On the Beat: AL Shopping Lists

by John Perrotto

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

November 15, 2012

Premium Article On the Beat: NL Shopping Lists

by John Perrotto

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

November 8, 2012

Premium Article On the Beat: The All-Major League Baseball Team

by John Perrotto

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

November 1, 2012

Premium Article On the Beat: Hot Stove Stories

by John Perrotto

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

October 25, 2012

On the Beat: Rising to Giant Occasions

by John Perrotto

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

October 18, 2012

Premium Article On the Beat: Making the Tigers Roar

by 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.

October 11, 2012

On the Beat: Managing the Golden Oldies

by John Perrotto

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

October 4, 2012

Premium Article On the Beat: Planning a Play-In Strategy

by 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.

September 27, 2012

On the Beat: McClatchy Comes Out

by John Perrotto

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

September 21, 2012

On the Beat: Trouble in Tiger Town

by John Perrotto

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.

September 13, 2012

Premium Article On the Beat: The Shark vs. Strasburg Shutdown

by John Perrotto

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

September 6, 2012

On the Beat: Seeing the Forst for the Trees

by John Perrotto

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

August 30, 2012

Premium Article On the Beat: New Cup of Joe a Winner

by John Perrotto

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

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.

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