Tracy Ringolsby, the 2005 recipient of the Hall of Fame's Spink Award, has covered Major League Baseball since 1976.
|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|
|Giants manager Bruce Bochy has those sleepy eyes, that slow way of speaking, but don't be deceived. Bochy is the game's ultimate warrior.
More» Giants announcers discuss Bochy's recovery|
|Considered a sleeper in the National League West when Spring Training opened, the Rockies began the season with four key players on the disabled list, and they have seen the top of their lineup struggle. But they still woke up Monday morning in first place in the NL West.
More» CarGo lays out to help Holland earn the save|
|LaTroy Hawkins is the subject of this week's Q&A, discussing Jackie Robinson, who took the first step toward integrating the game 70 years ago Saturday when he made his debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
More»Sharon Robinson on value of Jackie Robinson Day|
|Rockies closer Greg Holland is coming off Tommy John surgery. The mention of that operation used to send shivers down the spine of baseball executives, but not anymore.
More» Holland punches out Hedges to seal the win|
|Wil Myers was a third-round Draft choice of the Royals in 2009. He made his big league debut with the Rays in '13, a mid-June callup who became the first American League position player to appear in fewer than 100 games and win the AL Rookie of the Year Award.
More» Myers completes Padres' second cycle|
|Rockies manager Bud Black glanced across Coors Field at the visitors' dugout and smiled. The uniforms on the Padres looked familiar. Not much else, did, however.
More» Rockies lineup is introduced on Opening Day|
|Dust Baker was on deck when Hank Aaron hit his historic 715th home run. Baker discusses that night and the impact Aaron has had on his life and career in the week's Q&A:
More»Dusty Baker on witnessing Hank Aaron's historic chase|
|Rockies manager Bud Black knows all about the evolution of a big league pitching staff over the years. He's lived it.
More» McGee fans Seager to seal the Rockies' win|
|The Indians not only have a team that is expected to make a run at a World Series championship this year, but they are positioned to be a factor beyond 2017. Here are seven teams with roster control that bodes well for this season and beyond.
More» Allen fans side to earn save in 9th|
|"You don't have to introduce Doug [Gassaway] to the other scouts," former Rangers scouting director Sandy Johnson said. "They know him. That's why they aren't talking to him."
|As if the past two seasons with the Cardinals hasn't been enough for him to step out of the shadow of Mike Trout, Grichuk was the undisputed hero of Sunday night's season-opening 4-3 walk-off victory against the Cubs, the Cards' archrival and the defending World Series champions.
More» Grichuk discusses notching walk-off hit|
|Todd Helton never missed an Opening Day in his big league career. Called up in August 1997, Helton played 16 full seasons -- all with the Rockies -- and he was the Opening Day starting first baseman for Colorado in all 16 games.
|Whether another indelible memory will unfold in the coming days when Major League Baseball opens the 2017 season with three games on Sunday and 12 more on Monday remains to be seen, but the grading scale is high.
More»Aaron ties the Babe's record on Opening Day|
|Second base is no longer playing second fiddle in the Major Leagues. Long considered a position for an infielder without the range to play shortstop, nor the range in the field or power at the plate to play third base, second base has emerged as a focus in the current decade.
More» Dozier on his 2016 power uptick|
|A franchise that is based in what Curt Gowdy coined "the forgotten time zone," Colorado has not won a division title in its 24 years of existence, and it has had six consecutive losing seasons, but it has been labeled a sleeper this season. And there's reason to think the Rockies will wake up.
More»Bud Black thinks Rockies will compete in 2017|
|Adrian Beltre is enjoying the best stretch of his career. He, however, has yet to win a world championship, and that, he admits is something missing from his career.
More»Beltre talks about nearing 3,000-hit milestone|
|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.
More» Correa proud of his team after loss|