Tracy Ringolsby, the 2005 recipient of the Hall of Fame's Spink Award, has covered Major League Baseball since 1976.
|The Rockies have a challenge that is bigger than the pitching staff making its home at Coors Field and the mile-high altitude of Denver. Colorado's primary problem is it's lack of offense on the road.
|Now that Giancarlo Stanton has agreed to a 13-year, $325 million contract, the second-guessing begins. Did he sell himself short? Did the Marlins overpay? Who knows? The bottom line is that it is a lot of money.
More»Stanton, Marlins complete $325 million deal|
|It has been 38 seasons since the Big Red Machine of Cincinnati became the last National League team to win back-to-back World Series championships. The Giants are in position to end the drought. Now, if they can only re-sign free agent Pablo Sandoval.
More»Chris Russo on Pablo Sandoval's free agency|
|The Rangers' Jon Daniels is among the youngest and longest-tenured general managers, and his contract was extended this week. Mike Trout became the fourth player to be unanimously voted as the MVP, after being unanimously selected as the Rookie of the Year. And Clayton Kershaw won his third Cy Young Award at just 26.
More» Kershaw, Trout win MVPs|
|In giving contract extensions to general manager Jon Daniels and assistant GM Thad Levine, Rangers management delivered a statement of stability.
More» Daniel joins the Rangers' broadcast booth|
|During his playing career, Matt Williams was given the nickname "The Big Marine." He was old-school at its best. With a National League Manager of the Year Award in his first season at the helm in the Majors, he is one of the poster boys for the new-age manager.
More»Jim Duquette on Williams winning Manager of the Year|
|Though Jose Abreu was already an established slugger in Cuba, there is no arguing against the unanimous decision to award him the 2014 American League Rookie of the Year Award.
More»Abreu unanimously wins AL Rookie of the Year|
|October belonged to Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner, whose record-setting postseason was a key to the Giants' third World Series championship in five seasons. This week figures to be Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw's time back on center stage.
More»Cy Young winner Kershaw wins NL MVP Award|
|The Rockies' front office has been revamped. Now come the challenges. Now comes the retooling of the roster with a focus on adding rotation and bullpen arms. A word of advice when it comes to Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez: take a deep breath and relax.
More»Rockies looking to trade, A's might sell|
|Bob Howsam, the architect of the Big Red Machine, is on the Golden Era Ballot to be considered for the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee next month. He died in 2008, and never was a major public figure, but he made a remarkable impact on the U.S. sports scene, including during tenures as general manager for the Reds and Cardinals.
|In the moments after the Giants closed out the Royals in seven games and claimed a third World Series in five seasons, the term dynasty was quickly adhered to them. Three World Series championships in five seasons. Two seasons of not even making it to the postseason. A dynasty? In the National League, definitely. It is all relative.
More»Kuiper and Krukow discuss the Giants' dynasty|
|A third World Series championship parade in five seasons only adds to general manager Brian Sabean's resume.
More»Sabean discusses why the Giants have been successful|
|The possibility of Giants ace Madison Bumgarner getting a call from the bullpen in Game 7 of the World Series against the Royals on Wednesday night has been discussed so much it would be more of a surprise if he doesn't pitch than if he does. If he does, it wouldn't be unprecedented.
More» Bumgarner ready to go in Game 7|
|The Royals go into Game 6 of the World Series today at Kauffman Stadium facing elimination. The Giants hold a 3-2 edge in the best-of-seven Fall Classic. The Giants, however, are in a seemingly must-win situation, as well.
More» Bochy on pitching staff, playing on road|
|Thanks to Giants manager Bruce Bochy avoiding knee-jerk temptation, the World Series is tied 2-2, and Madison Bumgarner will start Game 5 Sunday at AT&T Park on normal rest.
More» Bumgarner ready for crucial Game 5|
|Kansas City's late-inning bullpen trio is living up to the advanced billing. Closer Greg Holland earned his record-tying seventh postseason save in Friday's 3-2 victory against the Giants in Game 3 of the World Series, but it's not a one-man show.
More»Holland's seven 2014 postseason saves ties MLB record|
|Giants catcher Buster Posey is the only player to win an MVP Award and play on a World Series championship team in the same year -- 2012 -- in the past 25 seasons. Voting for the Baseball Writers' Association of America awards is completed before the first game of the postseason, and as the number of teams in the postseason has expanded, the number of MVPs who have even participated in the World Series has dropped.
More» Buster on his third trip to World Series|
|Brandon Finnegan could become the first player to appear in a College World Series and the World Series in the same year. However, he's not the first player to appear in a College World Series and be on an active World Series roster in the same season.
More» Finnegan on College World Series, WS|
|The Royals will be a challenge for the Giants, who got a firsthand look at their running ability on Aug. 10, when they stole seven bases in a 7-4 victory against the Giants in Kansas City.
More» Dyson discusses club's ability to run|
|The Giants advancing to the World Series is fitting. It is, after all, the 20th postseason to include Wild Card teams, and the Giants were the poster boys for the whole Wild Card concept.
More»Russo shares his thoughts on Wild Card teams|