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Sweating the details

Postseason success often comes down to scouting. That means knowing your opponent better than they do.

Originally Published: September 18, 2003
By Buster Olney | ESPN The Magazine

Serendipity once placed a major-league advance scout in the same hotel bar with the star player of the team he worked for, and the two men chatted genially about their work. The scout had always wondered how much the intelligence he gathered over the long summer was utilized, and so he asked the star player -- a noted slugger -- if he looked at the reports on his own.

The star player admitted that he did not. The regular season is too long for that kind of intense preparation, the ...

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