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Angels' Jerry Dipoto won't copy Royals' blueprint
Angels' Jerry Dipoto won't copy Royals' blueprint

It wasn't just shrewd management in the front office and on the field that enabled Tampa Bay to overcome its small-market limitations to win two American League East titles and two wild-card berths from 2008 to 2013. "Part of our success is we came around at the right time, when baseball was putting the kibosh on steroid and amphetamine use," said Joe Maddon, who recently opted out of his contract after nine seasons as Rays manager. "We were ahead of everybody else with the metrics, defensive shifts and data. We needed a level playing field when it came to human beings." Now along come the pitching-and-defense-oriented Kansas City Royals, who have outdone even...

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