Terence Moore has covered a variety of sports for more than three decades and contributes columns to MLB.com.
|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.
|It didn't take long for Daniel Murphy to establish himself as a certified member of the Nationals after he went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, two walks and a run scored during their 4-3 victory in 10 innings on the road over the Braves on Opening Day.
More» Murphy comes up big in Nationals debut|
|With the 1970's Reds teams terrorizing folks throughout the decade courtesy of a nearly unprecedented group of Hall of Famers and perennial All-Stars filling their roster, the Big Red Machine had such an open-door policy regarding kids that nobody will match it.
More»Tony Perez and the Big Red Machine|
|Just so nobody gets the wrong idea, John Schuerholz plans to stick around both the Braves and baseball for a while. So let's review the Schuerholz-inspired impact on the Braves after this former Royals GM joined what was a struggling organization in the standings for years before the 1991 season.
More»Braves reveal organizational changes, name new execs|
|Joe Garagiola's words and his sense of humor impacted plenty of people -- and figure to do so even after his death.
More»Justice remembers baseball legend Joe Garagiola|
|Matt Moore's glove is going to the White House. If Chris Archer is lucky, he'll get a member of President Barack Obama's family to respond to him on Twitter.
More» Cash, Moore on historic game against Cuba|