Tracy Ringolsby, the 2005 recipient of the Hall of Fame's Spink Award, has covered Major League Baseball since 1976. He offers his insight on MLB.com and MLB.com/live.
|The Oakland A's have few players manning the same position on an everyday basis, opting instead to field a roster full versatile players they can call on in the right situations. The unorthodox approach has paid off to the tune of back-to-back American League West titles despite a payroll among the lowest in baseball.
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|D-backs GM Kevin Towers wants to make sure Arizona has the necessary parts to make that trip to the Promised Land. And unlike his days in San Diego, where rebuilding was so often the focus, this past winter, alone, showed that Towers knows the future is now in the Desert of the Sun.
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|Two batters into Seattle right-hander Felix Hernandez's spring debut Tuesday afternoon, he had given up a double to Yaisel Puig and walked Carl Crawford. Concerned? Not the Mariners. Not about Hernandez. If manager Lloyd McClendon could feel half as confident about the rest of his rotation, Seattle would be in good shape.
More» Felix tosses two scoreless vs. Dodgers|
|With the signing of free-agent right-hander Matt Garza to a four-year, $50 million deal on Jan. 26, Milwaukee general manager Doug Melvin delivered a message. It came through loud and clear. "That said that our front office and ownership felt we had an opportunity to win," Ryan Braun said.
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|This time, Commissioner Bud Selig is serious. This time, he's retiring next January.
More»Selig is set to retire as Commissioner in Jan. 2015|
|With Japan's Yu Darvish set as Texas' Opening Day starter, the Rangers could field a lineup with players representing eight countries in their opener vs. the Phillies.
More» Darvish should lead bigs in strikeouts again|
|New addition Justin Morneau is going to wear No. 33, the same number as his boyhood idol, Larry Walker, whom Morneau called to ask for permission to wear the number once he had finalized his deal with the Rockies.
More»Weiss on Morneau's physicality, Rosario's defense|
|There are few two-way third basemen who are capable of hitting in the middle of a lineup and playing top-level defense. Pablo Sandoval is one of them.
More»Bochy has high expectations for Sandoval in 2014|
|Last season, Hall of Famer George Brett sparked the Royals' offense by stepping in as hitting coach during a rough stretch. If the Royals are going to build on their winning record from 2013, they might need to recall the wisdom Brett imparted last year, writes columnist Tracy Ringolsby.
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|General manager Brian Sabean and Giants ownership must make a decision this year concerning Pablo Sandoval that will have a long-term impact on the franchise.
More»Bochy has high expectations for Sandoval in 2014|
|For all the changes that the Texas Rangers have undergone, manager Ron Washington has become a symbol of stability. It wasn't until this week that the Rangers made it official, signing Washington to a contract extension that covers the 2015 season.
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|At 22 years old, Mike Trout has definitely made an impact on the world of Major League Baseball over the past two seasons. It only makes sense, writes columnist Tracy Ringolsby, for the Angels to make sure they don't run the risk of seeing Trout eventually walk away in his prime.
More»Jerry Dipoto examines Trout's qualities as a teammate|
|Ever since Justin Smoak came to the Mariners from the Texas Rangers in the Cliff Lee trade back in July 2010, Smoak has been considered the Mariners' first baseman of the future. It's time for the future to arrive.
More» Smoak needs to raise average to find at-bats|
|In the final days of the spring of 1989, with the Chicago Cubs having lost 23 of their 32 spring games, then third-base coach Chuck Cottier suggested he and manager Don Zimmer might get an early vacation. To the contrary, Cottier and Co. were busy right up through the NLCS. The moment is offered as a reminder to fans, media and club officials that with the start of the spring season next week, it's time to take a deep breath.
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|As the Rockies' first full-squad workouts approach, the speculation of a potential position change for Carlos Gonzalez has cooled. That's just fine with the All-Star slugger, who has adjusted his bat grip to avoid a recurrence of the finger strain that cost him playing time last season.
More» Gonzalez capable of sky-high production|
|In recent weeks, the Braves have made preemptive moves, signing five young talents -- Freddie Freeman, Julio Teheran, Craig Kimbrel, Andrelton Simmons and Jason Heyward -- to multiyear deals, making clear their desire to increase their long-term commitments in light of plans to move into a new stadium in Cobb County for the 2017 season.
More»Schuerholz on the state of the Braves|
|Throughout baseball, everybody is ready to get back to work this week. Well, most everybody. Dusty Baker isn't, although it was not his choice.
More»Reds part ways with Dusty Baker after six seasons|
|The beginning of the end of Derek Jeter's career will come in Houston. The New York Yankees open the regular season against the Houston Astros in Minute Maid Park on April 1. And to think, Jeter is believed to have come within $50,000 of having actually played for the Astros instead of the Yankees.
More»MLB.com on Jeter's decision to retire after '14|
|Jim Fregosi, who passed away Friday morning, was an All-Star shortstop, a pennant-winning manager and a successful scout during his 53 years in pro ball.
More»Tracy Ringolsby recalls Jim Fregosi's accomplishments|
|With Spring Training camps opening in Arizona and Florida this week, baseball can turn its attention back to the field. The business takes a back seat, and teams can focus on getting their rosters in shape for the start of the season.
More»Kinsler, Nathan should help keep Tigers at top of AL|