Eno Sarris outlined the rigors of the life of a beat writer in an article for The Hardball Times. While the perks of the job -- watching games, interacting with players -- make it an envious profession at first glance, the endless travel and strict deadlines mean it's not a lifestyle for everyone, Sarris writes. Veteran Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle emphasizes that time away from one's family is one of the most difficult aspects. “There’s a reason few beat writers reach my age. Most decide they need to quit so they can have a more normal family...

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