Tracy Ringolsby, the 2005 recipient of the Hall of Fame's Spink Award, has covered Major League Baseball since 1976.
|Now in retirement, Larry Walker admits the game still has a hold on him. Only this time, his involvement is as a coach for Team Canada in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, a squad managed by former big league catcher Ernie Whitt.
|Spring Training is about getting ready for the regular season. Wins and losses don't carryover from March into April. And there is no sure-thing approach to preparation for a successful regular season.
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|The Valley of the Sun has become a Spring Training nirvana.
Fifteen Major League franchises have made the Phoenix area their Spring Training home, with five two-team facilities and five single-team ballparks scattered throughout the area.
|With a youthful core and having put to end a World Series championship drought that dated back to 1908, the Cubs are certainly in position to claim back-to-back titles.
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|For the first time in 53 years, Rene Lachemann will be at home next week when Spring Training camps open. Since beginning his career by playing in the Kansas City A's organization at the age of 19, Lachemann has worked as a player, coach or manager every year since.
|There is one proposed change to baseball that would have minimal, if any, impact of the way the game is played, and it could shave time off the length of a game: automatically sending a player to first base if a team wants to issue an intentional walk.
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|In the next couple of days, Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich and his staff will begin to see if their off-season vision will translate into regular-season success.
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|Spring Training camps open in a week, but what has become apparent is that teams can make key additions with reporting dates just over the horizon -- and after they pass. Here are nine key late signees of a year ago.
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|During his days as an amateur scout and scouting director, Gary Hughes always kept his eye on multisport athletes. Among the players he evaluated and signed were current NFL general managers John Elway of the Broncos and John Lynch of the 49ers. He discusses the lure of multisport athletes in this week's Q&A.
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|We take a look at the best athletes to play both baseball and football, and rank each according to accomplishments.
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|Bill Bordley took a trip back in time this week. While a sophomore at the University of Southern California, Bordley declared for the 1979 January Draft, which has since been eliminated. In the secondary phase of that Draft, which was for players who had previously been drafted but had remained unsigned, Bordley was chosen third overall by the Reds.
|Even before the struggles of 2016 came to an end, Royals general manager Dayton Moore was emphatic that he was not about to oversee a major offseason overhaul of the team that ended a 30-year championship drought by winning the 2015 World Series. Yes, the window of opportunity was closing on the core of the current roster. It, however, has not been shut, and the Royals aren't about to walk away from the remaining opportunity to add another title to the resume.
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|John Schuerholz was a school teacher in Baltimore when he wrote a letter to the Orioles, suggesting he would be a perfect fit for their front office. And here he is, 51 years later, getting ready for his July 30 induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in honor of the career he put together with the O's, Royals and Braves.
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|At the age of 76 and headed into his 51st year in professional baseball, John Schuerholz and his wife, Karen, were treated to a private tour of the Hall of Fame on Thursday as part of his preparation for his induction into the Hall.
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|Reality doesn't play favorites. And a reminder is delivered too often. An athlete whom a fan can put on a pedestal and treat like a hero is just as vulnerable to tragedy as the guy next door.
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|Dave Engle had a childhood most kids can only dream about: He grew up hanging around with Ted Williams, a long-time friend of Engle's dad.
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|Veteran scout Harry Minor, who helped the Mets draft Dwight Gooden in 1982, passed away on Wednesday at the age of 89, after leaving a lasting legacy in a career that spanned more than four decades in various areas of player evaluation.
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|Ian Desmond hopes to help guide his new Rockies teammates as he makes his latest position change to first base for Colorado.
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|Craig Biggio was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2015, his third year on the ballot. Nothing about his career changed over those three years, but his vote total went up each year. And when he was elected, he celebrated.
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|From Wayne Garland and the Indians in 1976 to Giancarlo Stanton and the Marlins in 2015, there have been 14 players sign contracts with guarantees of 10 or more seasons, eight of them in the current decade. The payoffs for the investments have been mixed at best.
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