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Trap’s View

In his latest cartoon, Paul Trap worries that if Major League Baseball is not going to address HGH, the game itself becomes an advertisement for performance-enhancement.

Majors | #2006#Trap's View

Going Deep: Billy Beane

Alan Schwarz -Premium Content

With all the hoopla surrounding Billy Beane and his management of the Athletics several years ago, I tended to be more reserved, saying, "The scouts gave him cheap stars like Hudson, Mulder and Tejada. Re-tooling the club will be the real trick." Now he's turned it. The A's just won 93 games and went deeper into the postseason than any Oakland club since the team went to the World Series in 1990, fueled mostly by the Danny Harens, FrankThomases and Mark Kotsays he acquired without the draft. I sat down with Beane a few days after the Tigers swept Oakland from the playoffs to talk about his evolving shopping lists, what he wants from his next manager and how—gasp!—his A's might one day lead the league in steals.

Majors | #2006#Column

Diamondbacks, Reds Swap Prospects

Jim Callis -

Teams usually don't make trades during the playoffs, but the Diamondbacks and Reds did so on Friday. Arizona didn't figure to reinstate Double-A Southern League home run champ Jerry Gil to its 40-man roster this offseason, so it shipped him to Cincinnati for high Class A righthander Abe Woody. The Reds added Gil to their 40-man roster.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Going Deep: Joe Buck

Alan Schwarz -Premium Content

In the 10 years since Joe Buck called his first World Series at age 27, he has become the nation's primary network voice for both baseball and football, called about 9,642 hours of Yankees postseason games and, now that he works the Fox football pregame bacchanalia as well, learned to decode not just Tim McCarver but Terry Bradshaw, too. I caught up with Buck just before his first postseason broadcast this October to talk about Yankee overkill, the difference between football and baseball culture and just what bass fishing can do for a guy.

Majors | #2006#Column