Tracy Ringolsby, the 2005 recipient of the Hall of Fame's Spink Award, has covered Major League Baseball since 1976.
|Five days removed from becoming the sixth active manager -- and 61st all-time -- to fill out a lineup card for 1,000 big league victories, Pirates skipper Clint Hurdle was sitting on the bench at Safeco Field on Wednesday afternoon when the irony of the situation hit. Thirty-three years, two months, three weeks and one day earlier, across the street in the Kingdome, which has since been demolished, Hurdle reached a critical juncture in his baseball life.
|As the midway point in the season nears, the Blue Jays are very much in position to make a run at a second consecutive postseason appearance, and a beleaguered bullpen is expected to get help in the form of Brett Cecil and Franklin Morales.
More» Cecil ties record for scoreless appearances|
|Troy Tulowitzki has moved on. He is a Toronto Blue Jay. And he is happy with the way things turned out. There is, however, a part of Tulowitzki that still bleeds Rockies purple. It always will.
More» Coors Field gives Tulo ovation in first AB|
|Hough has a thorough understanding for the challenges of surviving as a knuckleball pitcher, which is why he has become a resource for several knuckleballers.
Hough is this week's subject in the Q&A:
More» Charlie Hough shuts out Tigers|
|D-backs closer Brad Ziegler does not get rattled. Not even when his club-record streak of 43 consecutive saves, the seventh-longest in Major League history, came to an end on Thursday night.
More» Ziegler retires Hundley to earn the win|
|Ian Desmond is not into history. He sees no reason to talk about it. His focus is on today and tomorrow.
More» Desmond launches a solo home run to center|
|While fans have been allowed to select the starting lineup for the American League and the National League in the All-Star game, they haven't had a chance to make their feelings felt in terms of pitching.
More» Kershaw fans eight over seven strong innings|
|Bob Quinn was born into the game of baseball. He is the son and grandson of baseball men, so it shouldn't be a surprise that Quinn made his living in the game, including serving as general manager of the Yankees, Reds and Giants.
|After all the statements were issued, and the Rockies' decided to designate infielder Jose Reyes for assignment -- which most likely means they will have to eat more than $40 million that remains on his contract -- there really wasn't much hemming and hawing that had to be done.
More»Bridich, Weiss on designating Reyes for assignment|
|One thing is perfectly clear. Trevor Story is the Colorado Rockies' everyday shortstop. Yes, Jose Reyes, having served his penalty for domestic violence, has completed his rehab assignment at Triple-A Albuquerque and now waits to find out whether the Rockies will place him on the 40-man roster, activate him, trade him or release him.
More» Story's 454-foot drive to deep center field|
|Baseball has been good to Nelson Cruz. He's living the good life as a Major Leaguer. The Mariners' cleanup hitter, however, has not forgotten the reality of life back home in the Dominican Republic. And Cruz is committed to helping as best he can to make things better for his fellow Dominicans.
More»Nelson Cruz presents a firetruck near hometown|
|Cole Hamels could have agreed to be traded just about anywhere last July. He settled on the Rangers, and that deal has benefited both player and team.
More» Hamels deals seven innings of shutdown ball|
|James Paxton is still looking for his first big league win this season. The left-hander, however, is winning over the Mariners with the way he has pitched in two starts the past week, including 6 1/3 shutout innings in what became a 2-1, 11-inning loss to the Rangers at Safeco Field on Saturday night.
More» Paxton fans seven, holds Rangers scoreless|
|Before John Lynch went on to have a stellar NFL career, he was a professional baseball player. He talks about that in this week's Q&A.
|After going winless in his past seven starts, righty Taijuan Walker put in a dominating effort in the Mariners' victory over the Indians on Wednesday to show he's ready to step up in the absence of ace Felix Hernandez, who is on the disabled list with a right calf injury.
More» Walker fans 11 over eight shutout innings|
|Nelson Cruz has made a statement. After the 2014 season Cruz was a free agent, and he signed with the Mariners, ignoring the cynics who questioned whether he could survive, much less thrive in Safeco Field, a ballpark known to play on the mind of others over the years. Cruz hasn't been the least bit intimidated by the deep fences and heavy air.
More» Cruz shows off his power with two homers|
|Look at the Indians. They are sitting atop their division and rank fourth in the AL in runs scored with 271, more than any other team in the AL Central. How's that?
More» Allen earns the save with perfect 9th|
|There have been numerous memorable moments in Marty Brennaman's career, some of which he relives in this week's Q&A.
More»Marty Brennaman is presented with Ford C. Frick Award|
|For all the preparation and planning when it comes to the Draft, good fortune becomes a factor when it's time to make a selection.
More»Johnny Bench delivers Hall of Fame induction speech|
|The .215 average flashed on the Coors Field scoreboard as Reds first baseman Joey Votto walked to the plate in the ninth inning of an eventual 7-2 victory over the Rockies on Wednesday night. Rockies manager Walt Weiss, however, didn't buy it. Not one bit.
More» Votto plates Cozart with an RBI groundout|