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.
|With the non-waiver Trade Deadline on Monday at 4 p.m. ET, this is the weekend when decisions have to be made. Let's look at five teams who'll likely have stressful weekends.
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|Suddenly, the Yankees have hope. Actually, lots of it. That's what a month of solid baseball has gotten them. Isn't that all any team asks for at this time of the year? Considering where they were just a few weeks ago, the Yankees will happily take it.
More» Miller fans Gonzalez to notch the save|
|Alex Bregman didn't get a hit in his Major League debut on Monday night, but he electrified the Minute Maid Park faithful when he just missed a grand slam, while playing some nifty third base.
More» Bregman discusses enjoying his MLB debut|
|In a perfect world, what would your favorite team do? Forget fallback positions. Let's go for something that might just be the final touch. Let's attempt to put ourselves in the shoes of 10 executives as the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches.
More»Justice on trades teams should look to make|
|President Obama stood there smiling and playful in front of the Kansas City Royals on Thursday, leading the audience in cheers for catcher Salvador Perez and first baseman Eric Hosmer, for general manager Dayton Moore and manager Ned Yost and all the rest. This is one of the rites of passage for a World Series champion.
More»President Obama meets 2015 WS champion Royals|
|We tend to focus on starting pitching and impact bats as the non-waiver Trade Deadline nears, and rightfully so. Among the hot names: Rich Hill, Jay Bruce, Chris Archer and Jonathan Lucroy. Less talked about are the relievers. Some of the most intriguing names are not as well known.
More» Chapman earns save as ball hits broken bat|
|With the non-waiver Trade Deadline now just two weeks away, these are tense times around Major League front offices. Not just for the contenders, either, even though that's where everything starts.
More»Justice on teams seeking Trade Deadline moves|
|The Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline could still bring a flurry of last-second deals, but the heavy lifting is already underway.
More» Pomeranz pitches a scoreless 4th inning|
|The first half of this baseball season has reminded us of the greatness of Clayton Kershaw and Mike Trout, of Josh Donaldson and Jose Altuve. These are four of the players who are defining this generation of baseball.
More»Richard Justice's pick for first half MVP|
|It's probably symbolic of something larger that David Ortiz played his 10th and final All-Star Game at this moment in baseball history. He has a front-row seat to a sport that's being transformed right in front of our eyes. Here's to youth and energy. Here's to amazing talent, too.
More» Bradley Jr. collects two singles in ASG|
|On this last All-Star ride, David Ortiz is hoping to slow the whole thing down.
More»Ortiz's memorable All-Star moments|
|There just can't be a sweeter, more improbable story at this All-Star Game than Astros closer Will Harris. Surely, his 10-year journey makes the moment just a bit more special, especially considering there were times he doubted he'd ever be healthy enough to have a baseball career.
More»Harris gets named to his first career All-Star Game|
|Astros second baseman Jose Altuve has arrived at his fourth All-Star Game presented by MasterCard with the same sense of wonder and expectation he brought to his first.
More» Altuve discusses All-Star experience, Papi|
|If this was about sending a message to the Astros, Alex Bregman, the club's No. 1 prospect, could not have done more. As the Astros contemplate when to add him to the Major League club, Bregman made a significant statement of his own.
More» Statcast tracks Bregman's triple and double|
|Remember when Bryce Harper and Mike Trout were the fresh new faces of the All-Star Game? Hard to believe four years have passed since then.
More» Final Vote begins, rosters revealed|
|We acknowledge that picking All-Star teams is an impossible task. No matter how thorough the selection process, there'll be oversights here, there and everywhere. Here's a miniature and highly imperfect list of oversights in each league.
More»Scherzer etches name in record books with 20 whiffs|
|Three hours before first pitch of the Marlins' 5-2 win over the Braves, players and coaches from both teams were on the field at Fort Bragg taking photos, greeting soldiers, soaking in the atmosphere. This was something new, something that both inspired and humbled. These teams got that part of it, and they did themselves and their sport proud. They understood it was about baseball and so much more. Major League Baseball had one of its finer hours Sunday night in kicking off a two-day celebration of the Fourth of July with an idea that was smartly conceived and brilliantly executed.
More»MLB makes history as Marlins meet Braves at Ft. Bragg|
|The Cleveland Indians had an extraordinary June. They posted the best record in baseball, at 22-6, for that month, and they still have that 13-game winning streak alive and well. And they have been doing it the old-fashioned way, with pitching. So how do we explain the Baltimore Orioles?
More» Carrasco strikes out 14 in fantastic start|
|We're going down to the wire on some of these races in both leagues. Time to give your guys another push toward San Diego as we approach the final hours of online voting (11:59 p.m. ET tonight).
More»Catch the latest #ASGWorthy action around the league|
|This season is a reminder of how much baseball's Wild Card games has made the sport better and more interesting. At a time when three of the six division races aren't close, 20 of baseball's 30 teams are still within five games of a postseason berth. Two more -- Diamondbacks and Brewers -- are 6 1/2 games out.
More» Fernandez allows one run, strikes out 13|
|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»|