Terence Moore has covered a variety of sports for more than three decades and contributes columns to MLB.com.
|Given what nearly happened Thursday night in Chavez Ravine, the Dodgers reminded us that they are the most charmed of them all.
More» Seager hits bloop single, breaks up no-hitter|
|If you're keeping score, Day 2 for Dansby Swanson in the Major Leagues was Thursday at Turner Field, and the whole scene was slightly less frantic than Day 1 on Wednesday, when much of the world -- well, at least the portion from his hometown of nearby Marietta, Ga. -- came to see everything involved with the Braves' designated face of the future.
More» Swanson collects first hit in Majors|
|To paraphrase the late Yogi Berra, retirement for professional athletes isn't final until it's final. So after Alex Rodriguez said Sunday that he'll end his career with both the Yankees and Major League Baseball Friday night in the Bronx, I had this thought: If A-Rod really is gone, has there ever been a season with so many prominent folks in the game saying goodbye?
More»A-Rod discusses last game with Yankees on MLB Tonight|
|Baseballs are round, center field is behind second base, and the Yankees either are in the midst of a dynasty or headed toward one -- just saying the obvious.
More» State of the Yankees|
|Think quirky. Now combine that with baseball greatness for those already in Cooperstown or near its city limits. Yogi Berra comes to mind, and the same goes for Dizzy Dean, Harry Caray and Rickey Henderson. How about Ichiro Suzuki?
More» Ichiro rips a double for his 2,998th hit|
|Whenever I think about the upcoming Hall of Fame ceremony on Sunday in Cooperstown, N.Y., I get chills. The word "overwhelming" comes to mind, along with the words "unbelievable" and "surrealistic."
More»Griffey Jr. discusses his Hall of Fame induction|
|This weeks announcement that the National League and American League batting titles would be renamed after two of the greatest hitters in Major League Baseball history, Tony Gwynn and Rod Carew, was as perfect as the swings of these left-handed batters.
More» Manfred honors Gwynn|
|Sixteen players have more home runs than the 19 of Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton, but none of those other Major Leaguers rip their shots toward the other side of the solar system with regularity.
More»Stanton destroys baseballs in the first half|
|Before we get to everything else, let's just ask Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski the obvious since he has the credentials and the temperament for what I'm about to type.
More» Pierzynski laces an RBI double to left|
|Suddenly, while leaving a restaurant in Atlanta, midday on May 15, my smart phone beeped, and there was a push notification. It mentioned how Joe DiMaggio did something wonderful 75 years ago.
More»Tom Verducci's essay on Joe DiMaggio's hit streak|
|Jeff Samardzija easily could have been an NFL star playing for the New York Giants, instead he's a star for the San Francisco Giants.
More»Samardzija on staying confident, playing football|
|In sum, even during a platoon role these days at 32, Jeff Francoeur is in the midst of a baseball renaissance. He's hitting .281, which is 19 points above his lifetime average, and he's a popular voice in a Braves clubhouse filled with youngsters during a transitional year for the franchise.
More» Francoeur doubles to drive in Marakakis|
|Nearly a month after Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson didn't get a picture at Dodger Stadium with Barry Bonds, one of his all-time favorite baseball players, he received an apologetic phone call from baseball's home run leader.
|This rebuilding of the Braves is baseball's version of watching sausages being made. It's not pretty, but it'll taste good in the end. With that big picture in mind, every trade of a Jason Heyward here or a Craig Kimbrel there makes sense.
More» Teheran fans 12, holds Brewers to one run|
|The biggest star remains from those Phillies teams that dominated opponents much of the previous decade. Actually, there is Ryan Howard, along with suddenly rejuvenated teammate Carlos Ruiz, but only one of them won a National League Most Valuable Player Award and promoted foot-long sandwiches.
More» Howard scores Hernandez on a groundout|
|Life is a little uncomfortable these days for fans of the Braves, owners of the fewest victories in the Major Leagues (tied with the Twins with eight), while ranking near the bottom of the Majors in ERA, fielding percentage and batting average.
More» Freeman smashes a solo blast to pad the lead|
|It was stunning this week to hear Derek Jeter say baseball's most historically passionate fan base north of Yankee Stadium and east of those ivy-covered walls in Chicago had lost its zing.
|Mookie Betts is good. Actually, he's really good. He's the next Ted, Yaz, Jim Rice and Big Papi in terms of making those around New England feel warm and fuzzy about the Red Sox for long stretches. The fact that this promising infielder-turned- outfielder is African-American only adds to why the following is so encouraging for Major League Baseball.
More» Betts launches a two-run homer|
|Not only was LaTroyHawkins a splendid competitor, ranking 10th on the all-time list of pitchers for games played at 1,042, but he finished each season as one of baseball's nicest guys. The recently-retired reliever recently dished on his favorite teams and toughest opponents.
More»Hawkins accepts the Slocum Award for durable career|
|There it was, tucked inside a list of news items near the bottom of most sports pages and websites. It read, "Former Astros and Giants general manager H.B. 'Spec' Richardson died Tuesday in Columbus, Ga., of natural causes at 93. Richardson is remembered for several major trades." Yes, indeed.