Phil Rogers joined MLB.com in 2013, and has covered Major League Baseball since 1984.
|In an event featuring the best players from Japan, South Korea and Cuba, little was expected from the U.S. team. But behind strong leadership from former Mets manager Willie Randolph, the club is one win away from the Premier 12 tournament championship.
|Sometimes history writes itself. That was the case for the Red Sox with David Ortiz and Louie Eljaua, one of the scouts who pushed the hardest for Theo Epstein to sign him.
More»Relive David Ortiz's legendary MLB career thus far|
|Has a nickname fit a player better than Big Papi does David Ortiz? He's had a career that lived up to it.
More» Ortiz crushes his 500th career homer|
|Four years. That's the answer to one of baseball's recent riddles. How long would teams have to dangle huge, one-year salaries before a player would put off a date with free agency to take one?
More»Justice discusses accepted qualifying offers|
|You didn't have to tell Dave Dombrowski how important it was to have a reliable closer. He always knew.
More»Kimbrel and Dombrowski discuss trade with Padres|
|Even though the Angels paid heavily to get him in this four-for-one deal, the lingering question is how the Braves could deal away a 26-year-old defensive wizard who is signed for five more years and just took a step forward as a hitter.
More»Gonzalez on Angels' acquisition of Simmons|
|It's not going to be easy to improve on a 97-win finish. The least we can do is offer a few suggestions, so here are five moves for the Cubs to make this offseason
More»Rogers joins The Rundown to talk Cubs|
|Terry Collins will be haunted by his decision to with his heart over his head in allowing Matt Harvey to stay in for the ninth inning of Game 5's eventual loss. That's what happens when things go wrong in games that are dissected over and over, with no statute of limitations on disappointment.
More» Collins, Harvey on his Game 5 performance|
|With the starting rotation built around Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz, the Mets will be in the discussion when Spring Training begins in February, and that speaks loudly after six consecutive losing seasons.
More» Mets on future after World Series loss|
|Well, sure, the Mets could be in a lot better position in the World Series.
More»MLB Tonight crew analyzes the Mets starting pitching|
|Terry Collins doggedly chased this chance his entire adult life, like a guy on a treadmill that never stops. He's 66 years old and is just now getting his first crack at a World Series ring, after spending parts of the past decade in Japan, with the Duluth Huskies in the Northwoods League and with China in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.
More» Collins on Syndergaard, Game 3 win|
|Like other New Yorkers with a passion for baseball, former Mets general manager Omar Minaya plans to spend his weekend at Citi Field.
More» Collins on his journey with the Mets|
|These are the same Mets who outscored the Cubs, 21-7, in the NLCS sweep. They haven't lost their passion or their pulse, as they will try to show when the World Series resumes Friday night at Citi Field in Queens.
More» Collins has confidence in Syndergaard|
|There were no heads hanging in the Mets' clubhouse. They know how close they were to winning one of the best Game 1s in World Series history, and if they could have snatched it before all the blue-clad fans at Kauffman Stadium, they would have shocked the Royals, for sure.
More» Morris, Nelson look ahead to Game 2|
|Behind the scenes, a lot of hard work goes into what we see in October. Unlikely hero Daniel Murphy has been on one of the hottest tears anyone has ever seen in October because he spent Spring Training and the regular season working daily with Kevin Long, the Mets' first-year hitting coach.
More» Murphy discusses World Series preparation|
|Only two teams in history have ever led the regular season from wire to wire, topped their league in victories and swept the World Series. The first of those were the 1927 Yankees, behind Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. The other? Well, they wrapped up their tour de force championship 10 years ago Monday. And White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf has rarely stopped smiling about his baseball franchise since then.
More» Chicago White Sox are World Champions|
|A few minutes after the final out at Wrigley Field on Wednesday night, the grounds crew raised a flag from the center-field mast, and it was saddest of sights for loyal, lifelong fans. But it's safe to say, never has losing felt this good for the North Siders.
More»Cubs show plenty of promise, have issues to address|
|Well, at least the Cubs put Quintin Berry on their roster. They're going to need him to morph into Dave Roberts, circa 2004, for them to dig themselves out of this 3-0 hole in the National League Championship Series. That would be the Theo Epstein daily double. But even if Epstein's Red Sox did escape from that hole against the Yankees 11 years ago, it's got to be hard for the Cubs to see the World Series as anything except a tiny dot slipping beyond the horizon after Tuesday night's 5-2 loss in Game 3.
More» Epstein on Cubs' Game 3 loss to Mets|
|Word of advice for anyone who is only now paying attention to the Cubs' remarkable postseason run: Keep your eyes and ears open when Starlin Castro comes to the plate on Tuesday night.
More» Castro ties the game with double to center|
|The young Cubs may be heading home down 2-0 in the National League Championship Series, but they know the momentum can turn quickly at Wrigley Field.
More» Maddon discusses 4-1 loss, Arrieta's start|