Richard Justice, who joined MLB.com as an executive correspondent in 2011, has covered Major League Baseball for more than three decades and offers his insight on MLB.com.
|If this kind of thing was happening to a team other than the San Francisco Giants, we'd say it was magical. Actually, we'd say this is what a team does in a championship year. Things just fall a certain way.
More»Giants' late-game heroics lead to five walk-off wins|
|One of the best ways to appreciate Buck Showalter's genius is to show up early one morning in Spring Training and watch him run a couple of drills with his Baltimore Orioles. On Showalter's 60th birthday, this is a path to understanding one of baseball's most respected, creative and successful managers.
|When he traded for Cole Hamels in 2015, Rangers GM Jon Daniels looked ahead to a time this season when Texas would have two aces -- Hamels and Yu Darvish -- at the top of its rotation. That vision is about to become reality.
More» Hamels dominates Astros with 11 strikeouts|
|Forget the possibility of Joe Kelly throwing a no-hitter at Fenway Park on Saturday afternoon. There was something a lot larger in play: the construction of a postseason team. Little by little, the Red Sox appear to be getting there.
More» Kelly throws 6 2/3 one-hit innings|
|One question lots of people are asking about the Phillies is whether or not they're remarkable start is sustainable. Let's just enjoy the ride and all its possibilities as the Braves come to Citizens Bank Park for a weekend series.
More» Gomez fans Stanton to pick up the save|
|When the San Francisco Giants are on a roll like this, almost everyone in baseball seems to be struck by the same thought. Uh oh, here they come.
More» Cueto's complete game leads Giants to a win|
|Among the tougher decisions on your 2016 All-Star ballot is right there at third base in the American League: Josh Donaldson or Manny Machado.
More» Machado belts a towering two-run shot|
|This was a fracas the Texas Rangers seemingly wanted, one they apparently had to have. That it might have been as much about flushing demons as getting revenge is irrelevant. So was waiting seven months and two days for the right moment.
More» Blue Jays, Rangers get into wild melee|
|Maybe they weren't on our radars on Opening Day, but what does that matter now? One of the coolest things about every All-Star Game is watching the players who are there for the first time.
More» Trumbo opens the scoring with a two-run shot|
|One of the things we love about Bryce Harper is that he brings a certain energy and fire to the ballpark every single night. Has it been over the top at times? Sure, it has. Let's remember that he was 19 years old when he played his first Major League game four years ago. Did he still have some growing up to do? Of course.
More» Harper connects for a solo shot to right|
|Wednesday was a reminder why baseball is the best sport on the planet and why we love it. This isn't the September stretch run. This isn't the postseason. Doesn't matter. On Wednesday, baseball gave us one of those days that was spectacularly entertaining. We could use a day or two to wrap our minds around all of it. That is, if we weren't back at it on Thursday.
More» Scherzer fans 20 Tigers, ties record|
|"Twenty-five players engaged, prepared and playing hard," manager Jeff Banister will say. That's the lesson of this mini-surge in which the Rangers have won five of six games to move five games above .500 for the first time this season at 20-15.
More» Rua's homer caps Rangers' rally|
|It's with a cluttered mind and a tip of the hat to the tidal wave of talent that has entered the game in recent years, that I mark my first 2016 American League All-Star ballot. This is the squad that will try to give the AL home-field advantage in the World Series for the fourth straight season.
More»Catch the latest #ASGWorthy action around the league|
|Stephen Strasburg's seven-year, $175 million contract extension with the Washington Nationals is a tribute to a smart, efficient organization. It couldn't be simpler.
More»Nationals, Strasburg announce agreement on extension|
|This National West race is insane -- five teams bunched within 3 1/2 games of one another. Sure, it's early. We all understand that. On the other hand, the NL West hasn't been this close on this date in 10 years.
More» Pederson's 434-foot blast|
|Someday, we'll look back and tell people we were the lucky folks who got to watch Jose Altuve play baseball. We've been reminded of that over and over in the first weeks of a new season, as he has taken an already elite game to an entirely new level.
More» Altuve skies home run to left field|
|Take a good long look at these Seattle Mariners. They're loose. They're laughing. This is what winning looks like.
More» Cano hits three-run double for lead in 9th|
|For baseball fans, this is one of the best days of the year, beginning with the Cubs and Pirates at 12:35 p.m. ET and ending with the Phillies and Cardinals at 8:15 p.m. Here are eight things things to watch for.
More»Big-time matchups set for Wednesday's slate|
|We're about to learn a bit more about both the 18-8 White Sox and the 15-10 Red Sox -- two first-place teams, two teams awash in good vibes. That's what a three-game series beginning Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field represents.
More»Division leaders set to square off on South Side|
|Now that's how you change a narrative. You show off another one of your gifted young pitchers. You watch that young pitcher flirt with history. And then you put a finishing touch on a game that will have fans debating how the thing went down at the end.
More» Conley keeps no-hitter going through 7th|
|Tim Hudson is a reminder that prices are going up. Baseball teams have money to spend, and with a thin free agent market and at least 20 clubs thinking they’ve got a chance to win the World Series in 2014, it’s a great off-season to be a free agent. Jacoby Ellsbury and Brian McCann are […] More»|
|Revisionist history says the Phillies made terrible decisions in giving all these longterm commitments to Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, etc. This is just silly. What were they supposed to do with these guys? Walk away from them? Allow Ryan Howard to leave via free agency? This group of players has transformed the Phillies from a […] More»|
|Until the moment the World Series was won on Wednesday night, the Red Sox were focused only on the job at hand. One pitch at a time. One inning at a time. Et cetera. “Whatever the task is in front of us, that’s the one we address,” manager John Farrell said earlier in the week. […] More»|
|Maybe the Astros came to town at just the right time to save the Rangers. Speaking of the Astros, this is the two-week anniversary of their last victory. During this little 0-12 run, they’ve been outscored 69-19. The Reds, Indians and Rangers all swept ‘em at a time when all three teams needed victories. The […] More»|
|How crazy is this American League Wild Card race? Donât blink or youâll miss something important, and I speak as one who stayed with the Rays and Orioles for their 6-hour, 54-minute marathon that ended at 2:05 a.m. Saturday. In case you missed it, the Rays won it 5-4 in the bottom of the 18th […] More»|
|Dodgers starters are 21-5 with a 1.91 ERA since July 26. In that time, they’ve had 12 games in which the starter didn’t allow an earned run. The Dodgers are 22-6 in August and 32-8 since the All-Star Break and 49-13 since June 22. 22 wins in August is a Los Angeles record for the […] More»|
|Tom Boswell of The Washington Post has an excellent column about baseball’s recent September surprises. He’s reminding his hometown team that it’s important to play the season out because you just never know. Here are some highlights: In just the past two years, six teams have imploded to lose division titles or a playoff spot. […] More»|
|I’m sure Ryan Braun was told that the reaction to whatever apology he issued would be negative. There’s nothing columnists and talk show nitwits like more than climbing on their soapbox and trashing another man’s ethics. As a matter of fact, I enjoy it myself. Some people were going to be satisfied only if Braun […] More»|
|Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig made the following statement today regarding the discipline issued to players in relation to Major League Baseballâs Biogenesis investigation: âMajor League Baseball has worked diligently with the Players Association for more than a decade to make our Joint Drug Program the best in all of professional sports. I am […] More»|
|It was the spring of 1993 in Fort Lauderdale when Orioles manager Johnny Oates introduced Cal Ripken Jr. to a skinny, 17-year-old kid from Miami. Alex Rodriguez would be the overall No. 1 pick in the draft that summer and had asked to meet with his boyhood idol. Ripken redefined the position of shortstop, proving […] More»|