Tracy Ringolsby, the 2005 recipient of the Hall of Fame's Spink Award, has covered Major League Baseball since 1976.
|Jeff Bridich isn't feeling vindicated. Forty-five games do not a champion make. But the Rockies GM does feel good about the way things are developing for a team that was handed early-season challenges and has responded impressively.
More» Freeland gets it done on mound, at plate|
|Former Major League pitcher Mike Krukow has found joy in his post-playing career, teaming with another former big leaguer, Duane Kuiper, on the Giants' broadcast team. They are among the elite broadcasting duos in the game, but in recent years, Krukow has cut back on his workload.
More» Krukow's 20 Wins|
|The Giants paced the Major Leagues with 10 complete games last year, one more than the Red Sox's American League-leading total. Left-hander Chris Sale, with the White Sox at the time, led all pitchers with six.
More»Sale strikes out at least 10 in seven straight starts|
|Check out those standings today. That series in Minnesota this week is featuring the first-place Rockies of the National League West and the first-place Twins of the American League Central.
More» Dozier pops out, Holland gets the save|
|Steve Palermo loved life, even in his final days, even when he was clinging to each remaining breath in his battle with the cancer that led to the former big league umpire's death on Sunday.
More» Red Sox booth discusses Steve Palermo's death|
|Now a scout with the Royals, former 20th overall pick Tim Conroy admits he wasn't ready for the fast track the A's had in store for him. Conroy has no regrets about his career, which has led to his life as a scout, working for the Braves and Cardinals before joining Kansas City after former Atlanta executive Dayton Moore became Kansas City's general manager.
|So the Rockies are sitting atop the National League West, having opened the season with 23 victories in 36 games, the best start in franchise history. The question is whether this team is for real.
More» Black on high-scoring win against Dodgers|
|Kris Bryant has made enough strides at third base that one of the ongoing debates in baseball is Bryant vs. Arenado, who is the best at third base? That is, debates among baseball media, fans and even managers, coaches and players. Players other than Arenado and Bryant, that is. They have respect, not envy, for each other.
More»Bryant, Arenado top third base candidates for ASG|
|D-backs right-hander Archie Bradley is going to be a starting pitcher. Bank on it. It just won't happen this week or next month or most likely anytime this season.
More» Bradley K's Garneau after no HBP stands|
|Sixteen years ago, Jerry Narron, a baseball lifer, was hired as the manager of the Texas Rangers. He replaced Johnny Oates, who had managed Narron at Triple-A Rochester in 1988, his final season in a 15-year player career that began when the Yankees signed him as a sixth-round Draft pick in '74.
|There been great athletes who couldn't make a mark in Major League Baseball. Here are seven examples of athletes who turned their attention to other endeavors after flirtations with professional baseball.
More» Jordan's double ties game against Cubs|
|After the Angels made the first postseason appearance in franchise history back in 1979, Nolan Ryan, the ace of the rotation, became the first $1 million-a-year player in Major League history -- with the Astros.
More»Bumgarner discusses injury from dirt-bike accident|
|Mark Reynolds got hung up in a free-agent market in which the supply of first basemen dwarfed the demand. After turning down an early offer to re-sign with the Rockies, he found himself sitting at home at the end of January still waiting for a proposal other than the $3 million offer he received from a team in Korea.
More» Reynolds hammers a two-run home run|
|Growing up, Dusty Baker had dreams of being a basketball star. He would think on occasion about being a wide receiver in the NFL. Baseball? It was basically something to do during the summer, between basketball and football.
More» Baker on latest road trip|
|Ian Desmond was the Rockies' big offseason addition. It's four weeks into the season, and they are still waiting to see him step up to the plate in a regular-season game.
More»Bridich on decision to add Desmond as first baseman|
|Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper has mastered April, again. The challenge, however, awaits.
More» Harper crushes 451-ft. three-run home run|
|The uncertainty of the bullpen looms as a major question as to whether this Nationals franchise -- which began as the Montreal Expos in 1969 -- can advance to the World Series for the first time ever, and bring baseball's autumn classic to the nation's capital for the first time since the original Washington Senators lost in five games to the New York Giants in 1933.
More» Kelley strikes out Rivera swinging for save|
|The Rockies had just put the finishing touches on their first three-game sweep of the Giants at home in 15 years. They had matched the second-best start in franchise history, a 13-6 record that is one win shy of that early-season surge in 1997 and in line with what they did to open the 2011 and '13 campaigns.
More» Rockies notch a five-run inning vs. Giants|
|Mark Melancon faced challenges early in his career, from injuries to demotions. However, he looks back at them as blessings.
More» Melancon strikes out Mondesi to earn the save|
|Clayton Kershaw is one of those special athletes who in years to come will be so revered by future generations that they will refer to the Kershaw generation of pitchers, much like today the phrase is so often used in discussing the likes of Bob Gibson and Sandy Koufax and Bob Feller and Walter Johnson.
More»Dodgers GM Zaidi appreciates Kershaw's greatness|