Tracy Ringolsby, the 2005 recipient of the Hall of Fame's Spink Award, has covered Major League Baseball since 1976.
|Though Puerto Rico once again was shutout in the championship game -- 8-0 on Wednesday night against Team USA at Dodger Stadium following a 3-0 loss in the 2013 Classic finals to the Dominican Republic -- many see the nation's success in the past two tournaments as a path to restoring the passion for the game to a place that was once the hotbed of baseball talent outside of the United States.
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|Jerry Krause made his name in the NBA as the general manager of a Chicago Bulls franchise that won six championships. It was no surprise to longtime baseball executive Mel Didier, who worked with Krause to scout future NL Most Valuable Player Award winner Kirk Gibson when both men worked for the Seattle Mariners in 1978.
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|The D-backs made it look easy -- at first. Then reality set in.
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|Nick Parson grew up with a fascination of baseball. He is, after all, the great-great-grandson of Harry M. Stevens, the man who created the game program and is also credited with creating what the world knows today as the hot dog.
|Jon Gray was putting in a regular workout in between starts last summer when a member of the Coors Field grounds crew asked what Gray did with his hair when he cut it.
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|When it comes to the World Baseball Classic, it is vogue to root for the underdogs, who are, after all, the hope of the Classic.
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|There has been a lot of optimism surrounding the Rockies this spring, with the club even being labeled a sleeper in the National League West. But then reality struck.
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|Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager and youngest brother Corey, the Dodgers' shortstop, have established themselves in the Majors. Middle brother Justin, a corner infielder, is in the Mariners' Minor League system and hoping to join his brothers in the big leagues. Kyle, the elder statesman, is the subject of this week's Q&A.
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|Thirty years and 2,300 miles have not been enough time nor distance for the late Dick Howser to fade into the Kansas City Royals' background. The Royals had a day off on Thursday, but it seemed like a visitor could feel Howser's presence.
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|Team Israel could be the poster boy for the World Baseball Classic.
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|For Adrian Beltre, the World Baseball Classic is more than a game. It's national pride. And finally, Beltre is going to get a chance to be a member of the defending champion team from his native Dominican Republic in this year's Classic.
|Tom House is more than just the trivia answer to the question of who caught Hank Aaron's 715th home run. He is an innovator, who admittedly ran into obstacles along the way while trying to change the thought process of baseball. House is the subject of this week's Q&A:
|Health permitting, sometime in the first two months of the regular season, Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre figures to become the 31st member of the 3,000-hit club, the fifth in the past decade, and quite possibly the next to last.
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|So the Cubs are favorites to repeat as World Series champions, just like they did back 1907-08, which was their most recent championships before this past season.
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|Yes, Major League Baseball is kicking around some rules changes, including two that are being put in place for the coming season -- managers will have two minutes to decide if they want a replay review and they also will signal from the dugout for an intentional walk instead of a pitcher having to throw four pitches. Good? Bad? Indifferent? Time will tell.
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|Jim Joyce, a 30-year umpiring veteran, discusses his most noteworthy moments, including the missed call that cost Armando Galarraga a perfect game, in this week's Q&A.
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|Here's a starting lineup of potential free agents who could draw Trade Deadline interest if their teams don't meet expectations in the first half of the season.
More»Looming 2017 free agents not a distraction for Yost|
|On the visiting side at Progressive field last Nov. 2, the Cubs celebrated the end of a 107-season World Series championship drought, the longest in Major League history.
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|Now retired, Larry Walker admits the game still has a hold on him. Only this time, his involvement is as a coach for Team Canada in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, a squad managed by former big league catcher Ernie Whitt.
|Spring Training is about getting ready for the regular season. Wins and losses don't carryover from March into April. And there is no sure-thing approach to preparation for a successful regular season.
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