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Giants' blueprint for success isn't easily deciphered
Giants' blueprint for success isn't easily deciphered

The Kansas City Royals might have skipped the World Series for three decades, but they have an identity now. Ladies and gentlemen, the Royals Way: a lockdown bullpen, suffocating defense and speed to kill. The Oakland Athletics have a way, the zig-when-others-zag philosophy labeled and unfortunately caricatured as "Moneyball." The Atlanta Braves had a way in their heyday: Maddux, Glavine and Smoltz. The Tampa Bay Rays have enough of a way — disciplined spending and analytics-based roster management — that the Dodgers handed the keys to their kingdom to Andrew Friedman, the guy that ran the Rays. The object of the game is to win the World Series. Neither the Rays nor...

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