Tracy Ringolsby, the 2005 recipient of the Hall of Fame's Spink Award, has covered Major League Baseball since 1976. He offers his insight on MLB.com and MLB.com/live.
|God blessed me. God made Peter Ciccarelli a part of my life. Four decades ago, when Peter was writing in El Paso and I was working for United Press International in Denver, we got to know each other, the start of a relationship that grew into a strong friendship. That was Peter's way. He was as good a friend as a person could have. He was caring.
|With the additions of closer Jim Johnson and starter Scott Kazmir, Billy Beane has addressed the A's biggest needs prior to the Winter Meetings.
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|A winter after grabbing headlines with franchise makeovers that turned into summer disappointments, the front offices in Kansas City, Toronto and Anaheim have taken a low-key approach to this offseason.
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|First-time candidates for the Hall of Fame, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine could become only the second pair of teammates elected to the Hall of Fame in the same year by the members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
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|Despite uncertainties with Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano, the Yankees are looking to acquire talent beyond Brian McCann.
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|During their tour of Spring Training camps earlier this year, Commissioner Bud Selig and the late Michael Weiner, head of the Major League Baseball Players Association, expressed the opinion that despite having the strongest drug policy in team sports, baseball might need to be even tougher on the users of performance-enhancing drugs.
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|The long-term contract has not ensured long-term relationships.The recent Prince Fielder trade marks latest example of player dealt during the tenure of big-time contract.
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|Marvin Miller is one of 12 candidates that the Historical Overview Committee placed on this year's Hall of Fame Expansion Era ballot, which will be considered by a 12-member Veterans Committee at the Winter Meetings next month.
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|Nolan Ryan stepped down as the chief executive office of the Texas Rangers on Oct. 31. But it wasn't because he had lost his passion for baseball. Ryan has never been comfortable as a figurehead. He's a doer, not a watcher.
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|The AL MVP Award debate centered on the term "valuable," and whether a player on a postseason team, such as Miguel Cabrera, is more "valuable" than a player whose team does not advance, such as Mike Trout. Technically, the answer is no. Realistically, in the eyes of the voters the answer is usually yes.
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|The Rockies are not looking to deal Troy Tulowitzki. In fact, they are hoping to add a big bat and a starter to compete for the '14 NL West title.
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|Jerry Coleman is the only baseball player to see active duty in two armed conflicts. He flew 120 missions, earned two Distinguished Flyer Awards and three Navy citations.
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|Many of the pieces the Angels need to compete for a playoff spot are already in place, so the free-agent splashes the club made the past two offseasons are not needed -- and would likely be counterproductive.
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|Lloyd McClendon finally got a second shot at managing when he was hired by the Mariners on Tuesday, and it's a nice fit. He feels he has learned from his past opportunity, ready to take a step forward, and Seattle is very much in need of a strong managerial presence that can shake it out of the doldrums of the last decade.
More»Duquette on Mariners naming McClendon as new manager|
|Tracy Ringolsby: For all the storybook moments of a season in which Boston went from worst to first, odds are against the Red Sox getting back to the World Series, much less defending their championship.
More»Red Sox rotation will be back, slight retool in 2014|
|Matt Williams' lack of managerial experience prior to being hired by the Nationals was not a deterrent for GM/president Mike Rizzo, who has known Williams since their days together more than a decade ago with the D-backs.
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|An element of statistical analysis was added in a new approach to the Rawlings Gold Glove voting in a year that saw eight new faces among the 18 honored players.
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|It's been 95 years -- and more than a couple of disappointments -- since the Red Sox have clinched a championship in Fenway Park. They get a shot this year. Game 6 and, if necessary, Game 7 of the World Series will be played at Fenway. The Red Sox go into Wednesday's Game 6 with a 3-2 edge on the Cardinals.
More» MLB.com previews Sox, Cards' lineups|
|David Ortiz, whose designated-hitter role doesn't exist for the three World Series games in St. Louis, has survived the past two at first base just fine, which makes it that much easier for the Red Sox to keep his bat in the lineup in Game 5.
More»MLB.com previews Game 5 of the World Series|
|MLB.com's Tracy Ringolsby takes a look at five plots to Sunday's Game 4 of the World Series including shaky defense from both the Cardinals and Red Sox and the state of Clay Buchholz.
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