Hal Bodley, dean of American baseball writers who joined MLB.com as senior correspondent in 2008, has covered baseball since 1958.
|On second thought, give Matt Silverman, the Tampa Bay Rays' "rookie" general manager credit. What Silverman has done is far more than tweaking the roster. Call it a major overhaul.
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|Kevin Cash, who was introduced as Rays manager on Monday, is thankful the TV lights and tape recorders will be shut down for a spell. That will give him time to work on the Xs and Os, the real reason he was hired.
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|The thing about John Hart is he's really good at what he does. Make that very good. The Braves president of baseball operations took some time out of his busy Winter Meetings schedule to discuss how baseball and the role of the general manager has changed since his tenure with Cleveland in the 1990s.
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|If there's a silver lining to Dick Allen and Tony Oliva missing the Hall of Fame cut on Monday, it's that when this fickle committee votes again in three years their chances should be even greater. Allen should be in the Hall of Fame. Period.
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|Kevin Cash, who turns 37 on Saturday, stepped up to the plate for the Rays on Friday and once again hit the ball out, a sizzling display of energy, enthusiasm and baseball savvy. The question now is will his encore live up to the impressive, yet demanding expectations placed on him as the Rays' new manager.
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|Walk through the imposing front door at Ava and the first thing you see is former Rays manager Joe Maddon and a 6,000-pound pizza oven. On Wednesday night in Tampa, Maddon opened his arms and Ava's doors for a preview of the long-awaited restaurant.
|Dick Allen is one of 10 candidates on this year's Golden Era ballot for the Hall of Fame, and according to veteran baseball scribe Hal Bodley, Allen is the most deserving player on that ballot.
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|No matter how hard he tries, Royals manager Ned Yost can't shake visions of that deciding and fateful ninth inning in Game 7. But after a magical postseason run that ended just short of a World Series championship, Yost deserves enormous credit for changing the Royals' clubhouse culture.
More»Yost looks back at Royals' memorable season|
|Should Ned Yost give "Big Game" James Shields the ball and a chance to redeem himself for his dreadful start in the 7-1 loss to the Giants in Game 1 on Tuesday? Or with the World Series potentially on the line, should he not risk another meltdown by his ace?
More» Yost on Shields' ability to bounce back|
|Nine managers have won at least three World Series championships, and all of them are in the Hall of Fame. So if the Giants can get past these Cinderellas wearing Kansas City Royals baseball suits, their beloved skipper can count on baseball's highest honor.
More» Bochy on Game 1 vs. Royals, Bumgarner|
|The Rays kept pushing the pedal to the floor, the engine sputtered and nothing happened. That's how much of their disappointing 2014 season went.
More»Rays' season Recap|
|It seems utterly foolish, if not stupid, to pick against the Angels as baseball's postseason is poised for its unpredictable October run. But the Orioles have been playing like a team of destiny.
More» Wilson on clinching AL West title at home|
|The Orioles entered Saturday with a 9 1/2-game lead that was the biggest in any of the six divisions, but they certainly aren't taking for granted the likelihood of their first American League East title since 1997.
More» Chen fans three over six strong frames|
|While the Red Sox certainly had higher aspirations coming off their 2013 World Series championship, GM Ben Cherington has done a fine job retooling for next year.
More» Betts smacks a two-out grand slam in the 2nd|
|David Price could not have pitched much better on Thursday afternoon in his return to Tampa Bay for the first time since the Rays traded him to the Tigers. But not every story has a perfect ending.
More» Price gets ovation in his return to the Trop|
|The Yankees began play on Saturday 4 1/2 games back for the second AL Wild Card berth. If they restore a measure of consistency in the remaining 42 games and gain a trip to the postseason, it will be Joe Girardi's greatest job of managing,
|At first blush, the Tampa Bay Rays should have somebody climb high atop Tropicana Field today and raise a white flag. But trading ace David Price is all part of the club's philosophy.
More»Friedman, Maddon discuss the big three-team trade|
|If you believe in miracles, you have to believe in the Tampa Bay Rays.
More» Longoria on his big hit and the Rays' 6-4 win|
|When Target Field hosts the All-Star Game on Tuesday, it will add to a strong history of Midsummer Classics that started with a 1965 showcase at Old Metropolitan Stadium, where 19 future Hall of Famers took the field, and continued at the Metrodome in 1985.
|Tampa Bay's immediate future, if not the 2014 season, very well may be determined during this weekend's series against Toronto at Tropicana Field. An exaggeration? Maybe. Yet if the Rays falter against the Blue Jays in the final series before the four-day All-Star Game respite, their slim chance of salvaging this mostly disappointing season will be greatly reduced.
More» Perez belts a go-ahead, three-run homer in 9th|