Terence Moore has covered a variety of sports for more than three decades and contributes columns to MLB.com.
|Fredi Gonzalez, in the midst of his fifth year with the Braves, constantly is searching for the best set of matchups each day, each hour, each second. Atlanta used 31 different lineups in its first 31 games his year, and the manager is having fun coming up with these combinations.
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|Suddenly, that's five straight victories, with several of the youngest Cubs responding like seasoned bears, and here's another thing: The rest of the bleachers will return to Wrigley Field next month. Everything is trending upward for the Cubbies.
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|Davey Johnson owns a degree in mathematics, and he was using sabermetrics as part of baseball strategy decades ago when it didn't have a name. He also is the only person to bat in the same lineup with Hank Aaron and Sadaharu Oh. While Aaron was Major League Baseball's all-time home run king for 33 years before Barry Bonds broke his record in 2007, Oh remains the undisputed slugging champion of Japan.
|This is the 40th anniversary of the first of consecutive World Series titles for the Big Red Machine. We're talking about baseball's greatest team. Then again, as its all-time biggest fan, I'm biased. I lived in Cincinnati during its birth during the late 1960s and I covered it years later as a local journalist. So, given that none of the current Reds players were born when the Machine lost its final sparkplugs, I'm wondering some things.
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|Steve Blass was a World Series hero for the Pirates in 1971 and the runner-up for the NL Cy Young Award in '72. But after inexplicably losing control of his pitches, he was out of the game after '74.
More»Blass takes a look back at the 1971 World Series|
|Courtesy of Jackie Robinson breaking the game's color barrier on April 15, 1947, every team in the Major Leagues uses that date each year to celebrate Jackie Robinson Day. But for the rest of the country, there is nothing for Robinson. Well, nothing beyond what baseball does. Thus this question involving the big picture: Why isn't Jackie Robinson Day celebrated as a national holiday?
More»Players, analysts give one-word for Jackie Robinson|
|Roster makeovers are never easy for fans to swallow, but the Braves made the right decision with their purge. They've acquired assets for the long term and they have pieces in place to be competitive immediately.
More» Fredi talks about Braves' sweep to start '15|
|No more paper ballots. Instead, fans will vote for Major League Baseball All-Stars this season exclusively online, and this is huge news. Not the paper ballot thing, or the online thing, but the fan voting thing. To translate, democracy still lives for our national pastime.
More»Castellinis, Frazier on Reds hosting 2015 ASG|
|With the world buzzing over Will Ferrell playing 10 positions for 10 teams in five Cactus League games, he is just the latest celebrity to show the sport that made Babe Ruth synonymous with mom, the American flag and apple pie remains our National Pastime. That's because, more than any other sport, baseball isn't a fad for many of the who's who. It is a lifetime obsession.
More»Best of Will Ferrell at Spring Training|
|Major League Baseball was right to take a step-by-step approach to reverse the slowing down of the game. And despite some early grumbling from a few players, the adoption of these new rules will happen quickly and painlessly.
More»Manfred talks pace-of-play changes, player feedback|
|The Wrigley Field bleachers matter as much as any national or international landmark on this side of the sun. They won't return for a while. Due to record cold weather in the Midwest, construction delays have pushed completion of the Wrigley Field renovations beyond the Cubs' home opener on April 5.
More»1060 Project Phase One Construction|
|Even though Minnie Minoso was Cuban, he was huge for African-American sports fans in the Midwest during the 1950s. That's because on May 1, 1951, he became the first black Major League player of any ethnic group for a Chicago team.
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|As Black History Month draws to a close, everybody mentions the usual suspects associated with Major League Baseball, but when thinking about those other significant African Americans, Monte Irvin's name keeps surfacing for MLB.com's Terence Moore.
More» No. 20, Monte Irvin|
|On the one hand, let's take Melvin Upton Jr. -- formerly B.J. -- at his word. He said his decision to switch from his nickname to his given name after 10 seasons in the Major Leagues has nothing to do with trying to change the vibes in his baseball world after struggling at the plate for two straight years. OK, but there is "on the other hand."
More»Melvin Upton Jr. on using birth name, bouncing back|
|Throughout northern Georgia, there is a debate percolating toward a boil over what to do with the Hank Aaron statue at Turner Field. Does it remain at its present location in downtown Atlanta, or do you move it to a northern suburb with the Braves when they open their new ballpark in 2017? But there is no debate. Why not two Aaron statues? End of debate.
More» No. 44, Hank Aaron|
|In case you didn't hear, the folks at Heritage Auctions just announced they will spend this weekend in New York City asking for bids on the glove that helped make Jeffrey Maier the most famous 12-year-old boy in America.
More» Jeter's homer brings fame to Maier|
|It's fine to be sad, angry and perplexed by the Jackie Robinson West controversy, but there are more positives than negatives on the horizon regarding African-Americans and baseball.
|Things change, but this hasn't: The Giants still train in Scottsdale, Ariz., and they'll roll into these city limits within the next few days with hopes of preparing for their fourth World Series championship in six seasons.
|I'm sorry, but Dusty Baker has no business in his Sacramento hometown doing anything right now other than preparing to leave for Spring Training in Arizona or Florida as somebody's manager. Instead, Baker is spending his retirement age of 65 in an active yet restless state away from the game of his soul.
|Al Michaels is huge these days. It's because of several things, but many Reds fans will always remember him for one thing: That home run call.
More» Reds win after Bench's shot|