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June 25, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Rod Beck, a relief pitcher who played 13 years in the major leagues and recorded 286 career saves, including a career-best 51 for the Chicago Cubs in 1998, has died. He was 38. Beck, who was an outstanding prep pitcher at Grant High in Van Nuys, was found dead Saturday by officers responding to a call to his home in suburban Phoenix, police spokesman Andy Hill said. Foul play was not suspected, though the cause of death might not be known for several days.
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June 25, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Rod Beck, a relief pitcher who played 13 years in the major leagues and recorded 286 career saves, including a career-best 51 for the Chicago Cubs in 1998, has died. He was 38. Beck, who was an outstanding prep pitcher at Grant High in Van Nuys, was found dead Saturday by officers responding to a call to his home in suburban Phoenix, police spokesman Andy Hill said. Foul play was not suspected, though the cause of death might not be known for several days.
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September 30, 1997 | JASON REID, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Your image doesn't matter much. Unless, of course, you routinely face intense, bat-wielding men with games on the line. In that case, any edge helps. Intimidation is a good thing in a closing pitcher's chaotic world. San Francisco Giant closer Rod Beck, with his frizzy long brown hair, Fu Manchu mustache, menacing scowl and pot belly, has that look. Beck's job forces him to live on the game's fringe, and he's well groomed for the role. But if ever a cover didn't tell the whole story, this is it.
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May 22, 2004 | From Associated Press
Reliever Rod Beck rejoined the San Diego Padres on Friday in Philadelphia, more than two months after leaving the team to deal with an unspecified personal problem. Beck left the team during spring training. He started the season on the restricted list and has recently been pitching at extended spring training in Peoria, Ariz. Speaking at a news conference before Friday night's game against the Phillies, Beck did not reveal details of why he left the team.
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July 12, 1998 | STEVE CARNEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Navy SEAL. Former FBI agent. Vietnam veteran. Father of a Chicago Cub pitcher. And a tax attorney who could cut deals on behalf of those in trouble with the IRS . . . for a fee. Police say Charles Dale Beck is none of the above, despite his claims. But it was only that last assertion that got him into trouble.
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May 22, 2004 | From Associated Press
Reliever Rod Beck rejoined the San Diego Padres on Friday in Philadelphia, more than two months after leaving the team to deal with an unspecified personal problem. Beck left the team during spring training. He started the season on the restricted list and has recently been pitching at extended spring training in Peoria, Ariz. Speaking at a news conference before Friday night's game against the Phillies, Beck did not reveal details of why he left the team.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 1994 | SCOTT HARRIS
There were four of us in the living room: Rod Beck, his pal Michael DeGrandis, myself and ESPN. We were talking baseball, which this year means talking about labor negotiations. We also talked about sick children. But even then, we were talking baseball. If you're a baseball fan, you probably are familiar with Beck. The San Francisco Giants star, a native of Van Nuys, may be the best reliever in the game. He and DeGrandis have been friends since the second grade.
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June 4, 2003 | Mike Hiserman
There are a few more open parking spaces beyond the right-field wall of Sec Taylor Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa, and a bigger void for some fans of the triple-A Iowa Cubs. Their beloved "Shooter" is back in the big leagues. "Shooter" is Rod Beck, who until last weekend was living in his 36-foot Winnebago, which was parked behind right field -- by one count, exactly 159 steps from his locker in the clubhouse.
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August 12, 1998 | DAVID WHARTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
First comes the beer. Then comes the cigarette. Rod Beck settles down in front of his locker after the game. This is the veteran right-hander in his natural state, relaxed, shooting the breeze. Just an ordinary guy. But this has not been an ordinary week. The last three days have marked Beck's return to 3Com Park for the first time since he left the San Francisco Giants for the free-agent market last winter. He came back in a Chicago Cubs' uniform. "I figured it would be no big deal," he said.
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December 7, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Rod Beck will be back with the San Diego Padres in 2004, this time as Trevor Hoffman's setup man, after agreeing Saturday to a one-year contract worth a guaranteed $1.85 million. Beck considered an offer to become the closer for the Colorado Rockies but returned to the Padres after they added incentives to their offer. Beck's deal calls for a $1.75-million salary next season with a club option for the same amount in 2005, or a $100,000 buyout.
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December 7, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Rod Beck will be back with the San Diego Padres in 2004, this time as Trevor Hoffman's setup man, after agreeing Saturday to a one-year contract worth a guaranteed $1.85 million. Beck considered an offer to become the closer for the Colorado Rockies but returned to the Padres after they added incentives to their offer. Beck's deal calls for a $1.75-million salary next season with a club option for the same amount in 2005, or a $100,000 buyout.
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July 4, 2003 | MIKE DIGIOVANNA, Times Staff Writer
He smokes, he enjoys an occasional beer or three, he has been described as a guy who looks more like a plumber than a professional baseball player ... how can the average fan not relate to San Diego Padre reliever Rod Beck? Beck is back in the big leagues, with his signature Fu Manchu mustache but without the shaggy, shoulder-length mullet, after missing 2002 because of elbow reconstruction surgery and spending the first two months of 2003 in the minor leagues.
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June 4, 2003 | Mike Hiserman
There are a few more open parking spaces beyond the right-field wall of Sec Taylor Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa, and a bigger void for some fans of the triple-A Iowa Cubs. Their beloved "Shooter" is back in the big leagues. "Shooter" is Rod Beck, who until last weekend was living in his 36-foot Winnebago, which was parked behind right field -- by one count, exactly 159 steps from his locker in the clubhouse.
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August 12, 1998 | DAVID WHARTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
First comes the beer. Then comes the cigarette. Rod Beck settles down in front of his locker after the game. This is the veteran right-hander in his natural state, relaxed, shooting the breeze. Just an ordinary guy. But this has not been an ordinary week. The last three days have marked Beck's return to 3Com Park for the first time since he left the San Francisco Giants for the free-agent market last winter. He came back in a Chicago Cubs' uniform. "I figured it would be no big deal," he said.
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July 12, 1998 | STEVE CARNEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Navy SEAL. Former FBI agent. Vietnam veteran. Father of a Chicago Cub pitcher. And a tax attorney who could cut deals on behalf of those in trouble with the IRS . . . for a fee. Police say Charles Dale Beck is none of the above, despite his claims. But it was only that last assertion that got him into trouble.
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September 30, 1997 | JASON REID, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Your image doesn't matter much. Unless, of course, you routinely face intense, bat-wielding men with games on the line. In that case, any edge helps. Intimidation is a good thing in a closing pitcher's chaotic world. San Francisco Giant closer Rod Beck, with his frizzy long brown hair, Fu Manchu mustache, menacing scowl and pot belly, has that look. Beck's job forces him to live on the game's fringe, and he's well groomed for the role. But if ever a cover didn't tell the whole story, this is it.
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August 1, 1997 | TRIS WYKES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For a relief ace nicknamed "Shooter," Rod Beck was firing too many blanks. No one in the San Francisco Giants' clubhouse was suggesting Beck, the team's all-time leader in saves, was washed up. But by the end of the 1996 season, more and more hitters were running him through the wringer. After nailing down every opportunity presented him and recording 28 saves in 1994, Beck had a major league-leading 10 blown saves in 1995 and seven more last season.
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September 22, 1997 | HELENE ELLIOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When it was over, when Manager Dusty Baker could exhale and reliever Rod Beck could joke about his tumbling catch and tag of San Diego Padre pinch-hitter Derrek Lee at home on a play that could have dropped the San Francisco Giants back into a first-place tie in the NL West, they had to smile. And that was, really, the only sane reaction to the Giants' 8-5 victory over the Padres on Sunday afternoon, a nerve-racking but triumphant effort that padded their lead over the Dodgers to two games.
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September 22, 1997 | HELENE ELLIOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When it was over, when Manager Dusty Baker could exhale and reliever Rod Beck could joke about his tumbling catch and tag of San Diego Padre pinch-hitter Derrek Lee at home on a play that could have dropped the San Francisco Giants back into a first-place tie in the NL West, they had to smile. And that was, really, the only sane reaction to the Giants' 8-5 victory over the Padres on Sunday afternoon, a nerve-racking but triumphant effort that padded their lead over the Dodgers to two games.
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September 19, 1997 | MIKE DOWNEY
It is late afternoon in the land of the Giants, and darkness is falling on the Dodgers. Their clubhouse is so quiet, you could hear a pennant drop. Todd Zeile's called third strike, Eddie Murray's double-play ball, Mark Guthrie's game-ending gopher ball. . . . there is guilt enough to go around. Everybody contributed 110% to this defeat. And down the hall, the San Francisco Giants are laughing at them. Laughing.
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