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Perrotto: Astros’ Tanking Blueprint Could Work for Pirates — Perhaps (+)

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George Springer was a rookie, and the Houston Astros were getting close to finishing another desolate season.

I was filling in for a day as the Houston Astros’ beat writer for MLB.com in Cleveland. How did that happen? Let’s just say I was the pinch-hitter for the pinch-hitter for the pinch-hitter.

Anyhow, I was making small talk with the affable rookie center fielder in the clubhouse in the hours leading up to the game when I asked how he and his teammates handled all the losing. He smiled and gave an interesting answer.

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John Perrotto is a columnist for Pittsburgh Baseball Now and has covered the Pittsburgh Pirates and MLB since 1988.

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