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June 11, 2008 12:00 am

On the Beat

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John Perrotto

Arizona tries to head in a specific direction, plus news and views from around the game.

Every team has its share of peaks and valleys over the course of six months and 162 games. Bob Melvin certainly understands that baseball truism. However, he has a hard time explaining the Diamondbacks' peripatetic performance to this point. "When we hit our peak, it was a really high one," Melvin said. "And when we hit our valley, it was a really low one. We've gone from one extreme to the other this season, that's for sure and I think anyone in this organization truly understand why it's happened this way we would try to do something to rectify it."

Perhaps it is Pythagoras evening things out. The Diamondbacks made the postseason last year despite being outscored 732-712 in the regular season, and in April seemed set to put that past mystery behind them when they went 20-8 and opened a lead in the NL West as high as 6½ games. However, the Diamondbacks have gone a combined 15-22 in May and the first third of June. That has left the defending NL West champions with a 35-30 record, though still holding a 3½-game lead over the Dodgers, thanks to none of the other four teams in the division being over .500.

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January 7, 2008 12:00 am

Prospectus Q&A: Greg Rhodes

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David Laurila

The Reds official historian shares his knowledge of Cincinnati baseball and its key figures, including Fred Hutchinson and Bob Howsam.

Greg Rhodes is the official team historian of the Cincinnati Reds. Formerly the executive director of the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum, Rhodes is the co-author of six books on the Reds and a two-time winner of The Sporting News-SABR Baseball Research Award. David talked to Rhodes about some of the key figures, and events, in Reds history.

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Game of the Week kicks off the regular season with a look at the traditional Opening Day game in Cincinnati, as the Reds battle the Mets.

Barely a minute into the broadcast, Morgan is in playoff form. First he takes the Reds to task for batting Ken Griffey Jr. second, saying he should be a middle-of-the-order hitter with his ability. OK, fine. And then: "Griffey's due for some good luck...I think you'll see Griffey hit 40 or 50 home runs this year." Uh, the same guy who tears his hamstrings if he so much as contemplates the works of Kant, the same Griffey who hit 41 homers...in the last three years combined? If you squint really hard, you can see a fruit basket by Morgan's side in the press box, with the inscription: "The check's in the mail, Your Old Pal, Ken Griffey, Sr."

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Watching the Mariners crawl their way toward respectability like the first fishes onto the world's beaches, I never would have believed that Ken Griffey Jr. might ever not be the best player in baseball, much less that he would end up being considered junior to his dad. It's happening, though.

Watching the Mariners crawl their way toward respectability like the first fishes onto the world's beaches, I never would have believed that Ken Griffey Jr. might ever not be the best player in baseball, much less that he would end up being considered junior to his dad. It's happening, though.

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Signed LHP Buddy Groom to a two-year contract extension with a club option for 2005. [2/25]

Signed LHP Buddy Groom to a two-year contract extension with a club option for 2005. [2/25]

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On Thursday, three months of speculation came to an end as the Seattle Mariners traded Ken Griffey Jr. to the Cincinnati Reds for Mike Cameron, Brett Tomko, shortstop prospect Antonio Perez and relief prospect Jake Meyer. For more information on Perez and Meyer, take a look at their Davenport Translations.

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