Tracy Ringolsby, the 2005 recipient of the Hall of Fame's Spink Award, has covered Major League Baseball since 1976.
|Finally, good news for the defending World Series champions -- Matt Cain can be declared healthy. While he may not be quite ready for the season to start, he is close enough to give the Giants and Cain every reason to feel he'll be just fine.
More» Cain whiffs Ethier for first strikeout|
|Twice in the past week, Rockies manager Walt Weiss hit the pitcher eighth and a position player ninth. It is something he is thinking about using, at least on occasion, during the regular season, too.
More» Tulowitzki launches two-run homer to left|
|Clayton Kershaw has taken on a larger-than-life persona -- and not just with the Dodgers' fan base. Kershaw is more than the ace of the Dodgers' rotation. He is the trump card.
More» Kershaw dominates White Sox, whiffs eight|
|Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has witnessed the decline of offense firsthand. He doesn't like it. And he has a solution. It has nothing to do with outlawing defensive shifts or lowering the mound or shrinking the strike zone. It is all about basics.
|Dave Duncan is back where he belongs -- back in baseball, a special assistant/pitching consultant for the D-backs. He is back in familiar territory, doing what he knows best, working with the coaches and pitchers throughout the organization on the art of pitching.
|Hall of Famer George Brett still enjoys being a part of the game and welcomes the chance to put the uniform back on every spring to work with the Royals. But when he decided his career was over, it was over.
More» Brett singles in final at-bat|
|The Mariners are getting the attention of the rest of the American League. This is a team that has reason to believe it can claim the AL West, but it could well find itself next October appearing in a World Series for the first time.
More» GM Zduriencik looking forward to 2015|
|Jon Gray and Eddie Butler, two prime pitching prospects in the Rockies system, have pitched so well this spring that the biggest question is when they might get an opportunity to prove themselves at the big league level.
More»Gray, Butler pushing for 2015 success this spring|
|After sitting out last year, Barry Zito is attempting to make a comeback where it all began -- with the A's. However, Oakland's crowded rotation fight could force the veteran lefty to move on to a team looking for a starter.
More» Zito fans five over three perfect innings|
|OK, Clayton Kershaw's left bicuspid was chipped. But his arm felt great. And he got his work in. And all was well in Dodgerland on Friday night. So much for that hold-your-breath moment in the bottom of the third inning of the Dodgers' 3-2 loss to the A's earlier in the afternoon, when A's third baseman Andy Parrino's broken-bat line drive hit the lower left part of Kershaw's jaw.
More» Kershaw hit in the face by a soft comebacker|
|The D-backs signed Yasmany Tomas to a six-year, $68.5 million deal in the offseason -- the biggest annual average value ever for a Cuban player -- and he was invited to big league camp with lots of hype about his potential to go directly to the big leagues. Do they or don't they?
More» Tomas drives an RBI triple into right|
|Casey McGehee is back in the big leagues after his career took a detour to Japan, having signed with the Marlins a year ago and playing well enough that the Giants, who have won three of the last five World Series, sent two Minor League players to the Marlins this past offseason in exchange for McGehee to fill their opening at third base.
More» McGehee slices double down the line for two|
|Acquired in the offseason and initially penciled into the No. 3 slot in the Rangers rotation behind Derek Holland and Yu Darvish, Yovani Gallardo now finds himself the logical choice to make the Opening Day start for the Rangers.
More» Gallardo on 'B' game outing vs. White Sox|
|Rene Lachemann, who turns 70 in May, is in charge of catching and defensive alignments for the Rockies. He is about to embark on a 52nd consecutive season in uniform as an active player, coach or manager, matching Don Zimmer for what the Hall of Fame believes is a Major League record.
More» First-base coach Lachemann gives fan advice|
|In the days after last year's World Series, former Giants third-base coach Tim Flannery decided it was time to call it a career. He loves the game, and always will, but he realized too much of life was passing him by.
More» Flannery on life after baseball|
|Right-hander Patrick Connaughton, ranked the Orioles' ninth-best prospect by MLB.com, is the leading rebounder and second top scorer for No. 11-ranked Notre Dame. Connaughton has chance to become the 13th athlete in history to play professional basketball and Major League Baseball.
More» Patrick Connaughton, RHP, Orioles|
|Jose Quintana was 22. He had five years of pro ball experience. His stats were impressive, but he still had not advanced past the Class A level.
More» Robertson, Quintana on outings vs. D-backs|
|This spring hasn't been much fun for Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy. He's one of those guys who wants to play 182 games in a 162-game season. He is uncomfortable sitting and watching.
More»Ash on Lucroy's status after intrasquad game|
|There has been plenty of talk this spring about the pace of the game, but the bigger concern in clubhouses is over injuries, particularly to pitchers who wind up needing Tommy John surgery.
|Mariners ace Felix Hernandez is arguably the best right-handed pitcher in baseball. He has been for the better part of his big league career. Hernandez, however, has never pitched a meaningful game in October.
More» Felix tosses two scoreless frames in debut|