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 and MLB.com/live.
|Packed houses and wild crowds are becoming the norm for exciting games involving the Orioles and Nationals.
More» Hundley hits a walk-off single in the 10th|
|At last count, Steve Pearce had played 622 Minor League games over nine seasons. So when he's finally done with this baseball gig, he can tell us about the places he has gone and the things he has seen.
More» Pearce scores O's first run on a wild pitch|
|The Cincinnati Reds are evolving right in front of our eyes. At the moment, there probably isn't a better team in the National League.
More» Hamilton laces an RBI triple to right-center|
|The Atlanta Braves should be toast by now. That they're still atop the National League East speaks volumes about this franchise, not just the manager or the players or the farm system, but the larger thing, the franchise.
More» Braves turn double play in the 3rd inning|
|The 2014 All-Star Game isn't just about Derek Jeter. It's far larger than just one player, even one of the greatest of all-time. Jeter would be one of the first to say as much.
More»MLB Tonight discusses Jeter's All-Star Game career|
|On this Fourth of July, the Brewers are sitting pretty. That's 86 consecutive days alone atop the National League Central, if you're counting. The Brewers are the best example of baseball's changing landscape. Competitive balance rules.
More»Brewers keep the homers coming|
|Rays manager Joe Maddon never stopped believing in his guys. Now it's a little easier for the rest of us to join him.
More» Price pitches seven innings of one-run ball|
|While the leak of 10 months of trade discussions is embarrassing for the Astros, the insight into communication between clubs is interesting.
More»Luhnow discusses the security breach|
|The Boston Red Sox are a mere six games out of first place in the American League East, and how about we chew on that one for a bit? All things considered, it's a pretty remarkable place to be. Want to bet against Dustin Pedroia? That's what I thought you'd say.
More» Ortiz smashes his 450th career home run|
|David Price asked Jose Altuve for an autographed baseball a few weeks ago, and if that doesn't sound like a big deal to you, it might be because you haven't traveled the road Jose Altuve has traveled.
More» Altuve dives to make grab in outfield|
|Through all the ups and downs, the San Francisco Giants have stood by Tim Lincecum, and you're probably assuming this is one of those complicated relationships that people on the outside would never understand. On this, you couldn't be more wrong.
More»Tim Lincecum joins MLB Tonight|
|This month has been a reminder that Mike Trout is more than simply the best baseball player on earth.
More» Willingham lifts a solo home run to center|
|OK, so it was back to business for the Padres on Monday night. Yeah, there's still that part of the deal. Even with the dismissal of general manager Josh Byrnes on Sunday and uncertainty swirling around the club, it's business as usual for the players.
More» Dee and Fowler discuss Byrnes dismissal|
|So far, it hasn't come close to clicking the way it did last season for the Red Sox. But there are just too many players who've accomplished too much and still seem capable of playing at a championship level to write off these Red Sox.
More» Gomes lines a two-run single in the 1st|
|There must be times when A's right-hander Jesse Chavez simply can't believe how it has all worked out. Or at least plenty of times he doubted he'd ever get the chance to do the things he has done this season. Yes, friends, he's living the dream.
More» Chavez throws seven scoreless vs. Red Sox|
|The A's are the real deal. They're talented and they're deep. Their six-game lead in the American League West is the largest in any division. They've scored the most runs and have the lowest ERA.
More» Melvin on bullpen, clutch hitting in win|
|The no-hitter is one of the most exciting things in professional sports. Certainly, there's almost nothing better during the regular season, with the tension and expectation that creeps into hearts and minds as the game unfolds.
More» Kershaw fans Dickerson to complete no-hitter|
|The Royals are in first place in the American League Central, and they just might be baseball's best team at the moment. That's also about the last thing anyone in their clubhouse or front office wants to be reminded of. Perhaps more than any other team, the 38-32 Royals understand that talk is cheap and winning is monumentally difficult.
More» Cain robs J. Martinez of a home run|
|Tony Gwynn's laughter had a piercing quality thanks to the high pitch of his voice. That voice had the softest touch of a twang, too. On some level, that twang made no sense since he spent his entire life in San Diego, but it seemed to fit this amazing man with the huge heart and the everyman quality, who died on Monday morning at 54.
More» Gwynn's number is displayed on the infield|
|Astros ace Dallas Keuchel is a testament to tenacity, and he should be able to tell his story at the Midsummer Classic.
More» Keuchel dominates D-backs over eight frames|
|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»|