Tracy Ringolsby, the 2005 recipient of the Hall of Fame's Spink Award, has covered Major League Baseball since 1976.
|The Rockies have agreed to terms with Ian Desmond. Message delivered. The Rockies are not looking at the future. The focus is on here and now.
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|Even though the Mariners could open the season with a lineup that could include rookies Mitch Haniger in right field, Dan Vogelbach at first base and Ben Gamel in left, GM Jerry Dipoto is looking to end the club's 15-year postseason drought.
More»Dipoto discusses Segura's impressive skill set|
|Fifty years after giving up his job as a school teacher in Baltimore to take an entry-level position with the Orioles, John Schuerholz was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, a unanimous selection by the Today's Era Committee.
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|Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt talks about strikeouts in this week's Q&A.
|Seems like every couple of days there's another report about teams having interest in acquiring Rays right-hander Chris Archer, an All-Star in 2015 who led the Major Leagues with 19 losses in '16. The Rays, rest assured, are hearing and reading all about it, and wondering just how high a price a suitor might be willing to pay.
More»How pitching in Classic could affect Archer|
|Chicks may dig the long ball, as a Major League Baseball promotion a couple decades ago proclaimed.
More»Martinez a candidate for Hall of Fame Class of 2017|
|After 50 years in the game, former executive John Schuerholz finds himself in consideration for the ultimate recognition of his career. He is among 10 candidates listed on Today's Game Era ballot for consideration by a 16-member committee for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame next July.
|Jeff Bridich, embarking on his third season as the general manager of the Rockies, admits the team is at a crossroads. Colorado is looking to become a factor in the National League West, and at the age of 39, it is a challenge he welcomes. Bridich discussed his road to becoming a GM in this week's Q&A.
|The Rockies are approaching the offseason focused on winning in 2017, and with reason. The Rockies this winter are looking for the missing pieces to their puzzle that will allow them to make a run at the first division title in the history of the franchise that was created out of expansion in 1993.
More»Redmond believes Rockies are primed to contend|
|Dexter Fowler and Ian Desmond took their gambles last offseason. They are in position to hit the jackpot this time around. Seemingly afterthoughts a year ago, the veterans are among the prime talents on this year's free-agent market.
More»Versatile Desmond enters 2016 free agent class|
|In 51 years in pro ball Tom Grieve has seen plenty of innovations. However he has to chuckle a bit at the sudden focus on analytics.
More» Grieve throws the ceremonial first pitch|
|The Cubs have put to rest a 108-year World Series championship drought, and the franchise is so deep in talent that it could afford to decline the option on right-hander Jason Hammel and potentially lose center fielder Dexter Fowler to free agency without feeling an urgency to add an impact player.
More»Matt Holliday talks free agency on Hot Stove|
|The Rockies served notice. They are no longer just one of the gang in the National League West.
More»Black excited about managing up-and-coming Rockies|
|Kent Tekulve had a trip back in time this week. The Cubs became the first team to rally from a 3-1 deficit, including the last two games on the road, en route to a World Series since the 1979 Pirates. And Tekulve was very much a part of those Pirates.
More» Tekulve K's DeCinces to force WS Game 7|
|In a 10-year big league career, George Frazier advanced to the postseason three times, the World Series twice, and earned a world championship ring with the Twins in 1987, his final season as a player.
Frazier's postseason memories are the focus of this week's Q&A:
|Bret Saberhagen enjoyed a career in which he was a three-time All-Star and two-time winner of the American League Cy Young Award. He pitched in the postseason with the Royals (1984, '85), Rockies ('95) and Red Sox ('98, '99). He is the subject of this week's Q&A.
More» Royals win their first WS title|
|Mike Hargrove knows the Cleveland Indians -- good times and bad. He played for them in the late 1970s and early '80s, arguably as rough a stretch as the franchise ever faced. He managed them in the '90s to what can be called the best run of success in franchise history.
More» Allen nails the save, Indians win pennant|
|Marcel Lachemann is a pitching guru. The 75-year-old has worked at every level in the game and has seen a complete overhaul of the usage of pitchers, including in this year's postseason, which he discusses in this week's Q&A:
More»MLB Now breaks down bullpen usage|
|The Blue Jays and Indians will begin the 2016 American League Championship Series on Friday (8 p.m. ET on TBS in the U.S.; Sportsnet and RDS in Canada) at Progressive Field. These two clubs have never met in the postseason before, and we reached out to a number of former players on each team to get their take on what should be a dramatic series between two clubs that haven't been to the World Series since the 1990s.
More»Nelson previews Blue Jays vs. Indians in ALCS|
|Brian Snitker is a real-life feel-good story. Six days shy of his 61st birthday, Snitker had the interim tag removed from his title Tuesday, and he became the manager, plain and simple, of the Atlanta Braves.
More»Bowman on Braves naming Snitker manager for 2017|