Tracy Ringolsby, the 2005 recipient of the Hall of Fame's Spink Award, has covered Major League Baseball since 1976.
|Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon's message to Taijuan Walker was brief. "We don't expect him to pitch like he's 21 or 22," McClendon said. Walker, who turned 22 in August, heard the manager loud and clear.
More» Walker on his first Spring Training start|
|The expectations have changed for manager Bud Black and the Padres. No longer are the Padres the underdog. "It's exciting," said Black. "We know what is in front of us, and we welcome it."
More»A.J. Preller talks about the 2015 Padres|
|Despite the activity of his division rivals this offseason, Terry Francona is confident in his roster and is making sure his players share that confidence.
More»Francona on spring butterflies, preparing for season|
|Alex Gordon has become the standout from the 2005 First-Year Player Draft that included: Gordon, No. 2 to the Royals; Ryan Zimmerman, No. 4 to the Nationals; Ryan Braun, No. 5 to the Brewers; and Troy Tulowitzki, No. 7 to the Rockies.
More» Gordon is consistent, lacks any weaknesses|
|For the first time since Hideo Nomo burst onto the scene with the Dodgers in 1995, there were no Japanese rookies on any Major League rosters when camps opened this year.
More»Ichiro excited to join young Marlins team at camp|
|The D-backs are embracing a chance to create a new look this spring. This is, after all, a franchise that lost 98 games last season, prompting ownership to revamp the management team for the third time in five years, hiring Dave Stewart to take over for Kevin Towers and Chip Hale to replace Kirk Gibson.
More»Hale discusses his vision, expectations for D-backs|
|Coors Field can be intimidating for pitchers, but the Rockies familiarity with the hitters' park is the single greatest home-field advantage in Major League Baseball.
More»Weiss on live batting practice, Matzek and Lyles|
|Bob Melvin was hired to manage the A's on June 9, 2011. Only one player who was on the roster that day -- Coco Crisp -- is still in the organization.
More»Melvin on upcoming season, new and familiar faces|
|There is no way to gloss over what Ryan Braun means to the Brewers. He is the face of the franchise and the guy they made the commitment to keep, looking to build their long-term success around him. A return to form from the former NL MVP will be vital if Milwaukee wants to make a run at its first World Series title.
More»Roenicke on keeping Braun and Ramirez healthy|
|There are occasions where a manager is allowed to learn on the job, and eventually enjoy success without ever being dismissed. Those instances, however, are the exception.
More»McClendon optimistic heading into 2015 season|
|Three days after having two stents placed in a heart artery that was 90 percent blocked, Bruce Bochy, the Giants field boss, is back, ready and eager to add another ring or two.
More»Ringolsby discusses Bochy's health, Cactus League|
|The Yankees have announced plans to retire the numbers of Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte and Bernie Williams this season, bringing to 21 the number of players/managers who have had their numbers retired by the franchise. Impressive? The Cardinals rank second among Major League teams with 12 retired numbers.
More»Pettitte's No. 46 will be retired in 2015|
|Even with the early interest in late-inning pitchers, there are some interesting relievers looking for work despite the fact pitchers and catchers are reporting to Spring Training this week.
More» Veteran K-Rod working with improved control|
|Does having the home-field advantage matter in the Fall Classic? It has of late. Since the All-Star Game began to be used to determine the home-field advantage in 2003, the winner of the Midsummer Classic has won eight of 12 World Series championships.
More»Marlins announced as host for 2017 All-Star Game|
|David Price, Alex Avila and Yoenis Cespedes are among the 10 potential free agents who will be under the spotlight this season.
More»MLB Now continues to examine 2016 free-agent pitchers|
|The Rockies used the disabled list a Major League-leading 27 times last year, one more than the Rangers, and Texas ran away with the lead for days on the disabled list at 2,281. This spring, both teams are eager to see if the plans they put in place a year ago will work in 2015.
|The Padres made a statement earlier in the offseason with a major overhaul of a sluggish offense. They added the exclamation point on Monday with the addition of free-agent pitcher James Shields, addressing a rotation need easily overlooked by the pitching-friendly environment of Petco Park, but something that can't be ignored by a postseason aspirant.
More»Castrovince talks Shields to Padres on Hot Stove|
|In his first game as the manager of the Oakland A's on June 9, 2011, Bob Melvin posted a lineup card with Coco Crisp hitting leadoff. That hasn't changed since. Everything else about the A's roster, however, has. Crisp is the only remaining player from Melvin's first day on the job.
More»A's may look to fill out rotation with young arms|
|With the opening of spring camps less than two weeks away, the only thing that seems certain about the American League Central is that nothing is certain. Solid arguments can be made for four teams in the division: the Tigers, Royals, White Sox and Indians.
More»Beck on Tigers' outlook without Scherzer in rotation|
|The vast majority of Cuban-born players are eligible for the First-Year Player Draft, and none of them are posted by their former pro teams, so they have more freedoms when it comes to signing with big league clubs than other international stars.
More» Players from both leagues represent Cuba|