Richard Justice, who joined MLB.com as an executive correspondent in 2011, has covered Major League Baseball for more than three decades and offers his insight on MLB.com.
|If you're inclined to see one game as something larger, something symbolic of where two franchises find themselves at the beginning of a new season, you're going to love what the Mets and Yankees are giving us Saturday afternoon in the Bronx. Matt Harvey vs. CC Sabathia. Cy Future vs. Cy Past? To some, this is a game that reflects where the Mets and Yankees find themselves in 2015.
More» Harvey fans seven in six solid frames|
|Theirs was a nearly perfect marriage for five seasons, and that surely is what this reunion is about. Josh Hamilton and the Texas Rangers may have needed one another more than they ever understood, and maybe this is about both of them attempting to recapture some of the old magic. So here's to second chances and happy endings.
More»Richard Justice on Rangers nearing deal for Hamilton|
|Having too many good players for too few positions is a problem any manager would like to have, but Don Mattingly has shown a talent for getting players to buy in.
More» Guerrero hammers a solo homer to center|
|When a team is playing baseball the way the Mets are playing it right now, the whole thing begins to feel magical. Guess what? That's exactly what it is. There's just no other explanation.
More» Familia fans C. Johnson to end the game|
|Reds manager Bryan Price did something on Monday that managers have done hundreds of times through the years: He lost his temper, letting loose a world-class string of profanities, because he was upset about a report that he felt had been helpful to opponents of his club. But no one is at fault here. That's the bottom line. Not the reporter. Not Price. One was doing his job, the other was expressing his displeasure at that job.
More» Price breaks down 6-1 loss to Cardinals|
|If you're inclined to write off the San Francisco Giants two weeks into the regular season, here's some free advice from your friendly columnist: You should know better.
More» Giants presented with World Series rings|
|As the Astros celebrated the Astrodome's 50th anniversary, it was a reminder of baseball finally arriving in Houston, and the history of the franchise from some of its legends.
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|Sometimes, the worst of times brings out the best in people. Just to be clear, Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond would rather not be this kind of example. On the other hand, he's showing everyone in professional sports -- and perhaps beyond -- how to handle a few bad days.
More» Desmond clobbers a solo homer to left|
|On Monday afternoon, the day of the home opener at Fenway Park, 22-year-old outfielder Mookie Betts played three of the best innings any baseball player can play. To do it in that setting, amid the pageantry and expectations, is a reminder the kid wasn't overwhelmed by the moment.
More» Betts steals the show on Opening Day|
|Nationals left fielder Jayson Werth sat in front of his locker in the visitor's clubhouse at Fenway Park on Monday afternoon and was peppered with questions players on really bad baseball teams always get. There was just one small thing that made the conversation odd. Werth is not on a bad baseball team.
More» Zimmerman crushes a homer to deep center|
|Maybe the New York Yankees will look back and see that this was the night something finally clicked. Or maybe the big picture doesn't matter. Not after a tough opening week. Not with a difficult schedule ahead.
More» Girardi on team's offense and running game|
|Afterward, Marty Foster was proud that he'd been part of the whole thing. Not just for himself, either. "I'm proud of being part of this game," he said. Especially this game. He was the home-plate umpire at Yankee Stadium on Friday night when the Yankees and Red Sox played 19 innings.
More» Red Sox resilient in 19-inning parade|
|Masahiro Tanaka is the only one who can end the speculation about his arm strength, and there's only one way he can do it. Let's not make this thing more complicated than it is. All the Yankees' right-hander has to do is pitch well.
More» Tanaka on Yankees' loss on Opening Day|
|In the winners' clubhouse, it was eerily quiet. No music. No celebration. Actually, there had been a brief celebration on the field when it finally ended, all six hours and 49 minutes of it.
More» Red Sox resilient in 19-inning parade|
|So should we look at the National League East race any differently than we did, say, a week ago? Absolutely not. Nothing has changed even with Matt Harvey at his 98-mph best on Thursday afternoon, and despite the Braves being 3-0 and the Marlins 0-3.
More» Harvey fans nine in first start of 2015|
|Here's what the Mets and Nationals will give us Thursday afternoon at Nationals Park: Matt Harvey vs. Stephen Strasburg. Grabs your attention, doesn't it? Sometimes, baseball gives us something so compelling that it has the look and feel of being an event. Every game has that potential, but every once in awhile, it seems predestined.
More» Mets fans chant 'Harvey's better'|
|Forty years ago today, the Cleveland Indians did something historic, courageous and absolutely brilliant when they made Frank Robinson baseball's first African-American manager. Seen now through the prism of history, that decision looks even more brilliant today than it did then.
More»Robinson makes managerial debut on Opening Day 1975|
|Just before the whole thing came undone in a loss to the Mets on Monday afternoon, the Washington Nationals had played a game that could serve as a blueprint for everything the organization believes in.
More» Scherzer fans eight in Nationals debut|
|For the Nationals, the news that they have been awarded the 2018 All-Star Game arrives amid great expectations. They surely are one of the three or four best baseball teams this season. But the Midsummer Classic that Commissioner Rob Manfred officially announced on Monday afternoon is about way more than that.
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|Welcome to the best day of the year. Say goodbye to the offseason. So long to Spring Training. No more dress rehearsals. This is the real thing.
More» McCutchen remains consistent, dynamic talent|
|Tim Hudson is a reminder that prices are going up. Baseball teams have money to spend, and with a thin free agent market and at least 20 clubs thinking they’ve got a chance to win the World Series in 2014, it’s a great off-season to be a free agent. Jacoby Ellsbury and Brian McCann are […] More»|
|Revisionist history says the Phillies made terrible decisions in giving all these longterm commitments to Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, etc. This is just silly. What were they supposed to do with these guys? Walk away from them? Allow Ryan Howard to leave via free agency? This group of players has transformed the Phillies from a […] More»|
|Until the moment the World Series was won on Wednesday night, the Red Sox were focused only on the job at hand. One pitch at a time. One inning at a time. Et cetera. “Whatever the task is in front of us, that’s the one we address,” manager John Farrell said earlier in the week. […] More»|
|Maybe the Astros came to town at just the right time to save the Rangers. Speaking of the Astros, this is the two-week anniversary of their last victory. During this little 0-12 run, they’ve been outscored 69-19. The Reds, Indians and Rangers all swept ‘em at a time when all three teams needed victories. The […] More»|
|How crazy is this American League Wild Card race? Donât blink or youâll miss something important, and I speak as one who stayed with the Rays and Orioles for their 6-hour, 54-minute marathon that ended at 2:05 a.m. Saturday. In case you missed it, the Rays won it 5-4 in the bottom of the 18th […] More»|
|Dodgers starters are 21-5 with a 1.91 ERA since July 26. In that time, they’ve had 12 games in which the starter didn’t allow an earned run. The Dodgers are 22-6 in August and 32-8 since the All-Star Break and 49-13 since June 22. 22 wins in August is a Los Angeles record for the […] More»|
|Tom Boswell of The Washington Post has an excellent column about baseball’s recent September surprises. He’s reminding his hometown team that it’s important to play the season out because you just never know. Here are some highlights: In just the past two years, six teams have imploded to lose division titles or a playoff spot. […] More»|
|I’m sure Ryan Braun was told that the reaction to whatever apology he issued would be negative. There’s nothing columnists and talk show nitwits like more than climbing on their soapbox and trashing another man’s ethics. As a matter of fact, I enjoy it myself. Some people were going to be satisfied only if Braun […] More»|
|Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig made the following statement today regarding the discipline issued to players in relation to Major League Baseballâs Biogenesis investigation: âMajor League Baseball has worked diligently with the Players Association for more than a decade to make our Joint Drug Program the best in all of professional sports. I am […] More»|
|It was the spring of 1993 in Fort Lauderdale when Orioles manager Johnny Oates introduced Cal Ripken Jr. to a skinny, 17-year-old kid from Miami. Alex Rodriguez would be the overall No. 1 pick in the draft that summer and had asked to meet with his boyhood idol. Ripken redefined the position of shortstop, proving […] More»|