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.
|The 2015 Hall of Fame induction was precisely what a moment like this is supposed to be -- a time of reflection and celebration as well as a chance to put the finishing touches on careers of astonishing accomplishment.
More»The 'Big Unit' is inducted into the Hall of Fame|
|This was a long time coming for the Kansas City Royals. General manager Dayton Moore built his organization meticulously, at times cautiously. He took some heat for it because not everyone bought into his big-picture approach.
More» Cueto dominates Nats in Final Vote push|
|We again ask ourselves a familiar question: Will the Phillies trade Cole Hamels? We've wrestled with this one for a couple of years now. The Phillies clearly have wrestled with it, too.
More»MLB Central on Hamels' future with Phillies|
|There have been words of encouragement from Tom Seaver and coffee with George Brett. There was a fireside chat with Gaylord Perry and a stroll down memory lane with Bobby Cox.
More»Tom Verducci on this year's Hall of Fame class|
|The Astros just got better -- way better. Nice going, Jeff Luhnow, very nice. If any team makes a more significant acquisition than left-hander Scott Kazmir, it'll have to be a bombshell.
More»Astros GM Jeff Luhnow talks Scott Kazmir trade|
|As painful as it might be, Billy Beane probably will end up trading Scott Kazmir by the July 31st non-waiver Trade Deadline.
More» Kazmir fans five over 8 1/3 of one-run ball|
|Mike Leake understands how these things work, and so he knows his time with the Reds is almost certainly coming to a close. He was a first-round draft pick in 2009 who jumped directly to the major leagues in 2010 without a single game in the minors.
More» Leake goes six strong, tallies three RBIs|
|Brace yourself for an intense couple of weeks. Some teams will feel a special kind of pressure. These are the clubs that may be one impact player -- or perhaps two -- away from being good enough to win a World Series
More»MLB Now on if Cueto will land in Kansas City|
|Outfielder Alex Gordon's absence is more impactful than any of the other disappointments the Royals have dealt with during these first three and a half months.
More»Gordon strains groin, expected to miss eight weeks|
|With 22 teams within six games of a postseason berth, this is a frantic time for the people in charge. With that in mind, here are six thoughts on the official second half of the season.
More»Previewing the AL playoff races for the second half|
|Andrew McCutchen's greatness occasionally reveals itself in flashes. It could be a breathtaking defensive play or a game-changing moment on the bases. At other times, it's to be enjoyed over a period of weeks and months. That's when it's easy to see how he impacts winning day after day.
More» Statcast tracks McCutchen's solo homer|
|They stood there together -- Willie Mays and Hank Aaron, Sandy Koufax and Johnny Bench -- as the cheers and the love washed over them one more time. During moments like this, they're brothers, forever linked in the hearts and minds of the millions of people who love this amazing sport.
More» MLB's 'Greatest Living Players' announced|
|Sometimes an evening is so perfect that it surpasses every single expectation. It combines breathtaking athleticism from eight of the best baseball players on the planet with edge-of-the-seat drama.
More» Frazier talks winning Home Run Derby in Cincy|
|A.J. Hinch didn't know if there'd by a second chance. In that way, every day in his new gig is a bonus.
More»Hinch on telling Keuchel he made AL All-Star team|
|Jose Altuve is back, three All-Star appearances in four seasons. This is confirmation that he has arrived in a certain place in the hearts and minds of both players and fans.
More»Altuve on representing Astros in All-Star Game|
|His fastball sat consistently in the 97-98 mph range. His breaking stuff was impressive. He challenged hitters, too, throwing strikes, showing confidence in his stuff. All in all, it was everything the Houston Astros could have hoped for.
More» Mark Appel, RHP, Astros|
|And that's why the Houston Astros love Tony Kemp. In one afternoon, it was all on display.
More»Tony Kemp is mic'd up at 2015 Futures Game|
|This day symbolized his growth as both a player and a person. Strip everything else away, and that's the bottom line. Marlins prospect Jarlin Garcia had another learning experience on Sunday afternoon when he allowed three earned runs in 1 2/3 innings for the World Team at the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Great American Ball Park.
|All these years later, Cal Ripken Jr. remembers rounding the bases thinking, "Now how did I do that?" Why not? Perhaps that's the most reasonable explanation. Sometimes, even the all-time greats do things that baffle themselves.
More»Ripken wins Home Run Derby and ASG MVP in 1991|
|In less than a month, Astros second baseman Jose Altuve and shortstop Carlos Correa have become more than just teammates. They have adjoining lockers. They have lunch together and sometimes dinner. They talk constantly.
More» Altuve and Correa team up for the out|
|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»|