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September 6, 2009 12:47 pm

On the Beat: Weekend Update


John Perrotto

Will a third time be the charm rebuilding the Indians, plus news and views from around the game.

Mark Shapiro understands rebuilding. In eight years on the job as the Indians' general manager, he has been forced to do it twice. The first time came in 2002 in his first season after replacing John Hart as the club's general manager. When he took over, the Indians had been to the playoffs six times in the previous seven seasons, but the core group of players of those teams had either gotten too old or too expensive.

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The Astros react to their historic clinching game, the White Sox move on, David Wells may retire, and Eric Gagne sounds off about the Dodgers.

"He's not of this planet. He's part superhero, part cartoon character."
--Astros GM Tim Purpura, on Roger Clemens (MLB.com)

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Paul DePodesta takes the helm in L.A. Dusty Baker is not a government agent. Turk Wendell apparently has spy cameras in every clubhouse in baseball. Bob Melvin saw Eddie Guardado taking magic closer pixie dust. These and other notable quotables in The Week in Quotes.

"A philosophy is important so that everyone is on the same page and there's a consistency of message... It's important not only in terms of hitting and pitching, but in terms of building a team."
--Paul DePodesta, Dodgers general manager (L.A. Times)

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"John Henry and the Red Sox were great to me. They were willing to pay me more money than I could believe. But it's more than money, I've never been about money. I made one decision based on money in my life--when I signed with the Mets rather than go to Stanford--and I promised I'd never do it again." --Billy Beane, Athletics general manager, on turning down an offer to join the Red Sox


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