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 and MLB.com/live.
|As much as we've focused on the Nationals and Braves, as much as we wanted to see if the Phillies had one last run in them, the Marlins have kept going.
More» Marlins score five runs in the 7th|
|The top 20 or so teams are so close in talent that postseason berths could be decided by the smallest of things. So as we prepare for yet another stretch run, don't sleep on these five teams. They're not sleepers anymore. There's no such thing.
More»The MLB Tonight Team Talks Michael Pineda|
|On Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus handed the ball to David Price for the first time since he was acquired from the Rays at last Thursday's non-waiver Trade Deadline.
More» Price fans 10, goes 8 2/3 in Tigers debut|
|The Tigers are the first team to have their league's last three Cy Young Award winners, so they're going to get everyone's best punch. The Yankees say games like this are a good chance to measure themselves against the best of the best.
More» McCarthy fans eight over 5 2/3 innings|
|Competitors love measuring themselves against the best of the best, and that's why it's going to be an interesting week at Yankee Stadium. In a season when the Yankees have been tested again and again by injuries and some poor performances, the Tigers present a test of a different kind -- a Cy Young rotation.
More»Duquette discusses the Tigers adding Price|
|Whether Pirates reliever Ernesto Frieri hit Goldschmidt on purpose or not is almost beside the point. Somewhere in baseball's sometimes outdated book of unwritten rules, it says that an eye-for-an-eye strategy is appropriate.
More»McCutchen on being plunked in the 9th inning|
|If the New York Yankees were almost any other baseball team, we'd marvel at how they've persevered. We'd point to their toughness and resilience and sing the praises of their manager. We'd tell the world their clubhouse leaders were made of the right stuff.
More» Prado collects his first hit as a Yankee|
|New faces, new places. New roles, too. Opportunities for some. With opportunity comes pressure. We tally up our lists of winners and losers right after the non-waiver Trade Deadline. That's all great fun. Now is when the really interesting stuff begins, because this is when we're about to find out who really did win and who really did blow it.
More»Players traded at deadline make first appearances|
|Speaking of general managers showing guts, smarts and imagination, there's Ben Cherington of the Red Sox. Nice work, very nice.
More» Broadcast discusses Red Sox Deadline moves|
|This baseball season appears to be headed toward a third straight Tigers-A's series. Here's hoping the fun continues.
More»Dombrowski on Tigers landing Price before Deadline|
|Here's the thing you need to understand about Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane: He simply does not care about next season. Or the one after that.
More»Beane on adding Lester, Gomes to Athletics|
|On the eve of his 80th birthday, Commissioner Bud Selig sounded like a man content to turn a page on his remarkable life. He sees this next chapter as a time to think and reflect, a time to share some of what he has learned and to attempt to tell his incredible story.
More»Selig presented with special All-Star cake|
|No team faces a tougher decision on a player than the Dodgers do on Matt Kemp. There's potentially a huge downside to trading him. There may also be an even greater downside. Nice, huh?
More» Kemp tracks foul ball and makes sliding catch|
|Twenty of baseball's 30 teams began Monday within 5 1/2 games of a playoff berth. Sixteen teams were within 3 1/2 games. So there's opportunities out there as Thursday's Trade Deadline approaches.
More»The guys discuss which teams should make moves|
|Baseball is better when the Dodgers and Giants are both good. They remain two of the sport's cornerstone franchises, both playing to packed houses, both occupying large places in the hearts and minds of their local citizens.
More» Lincecum fans six over seven scoreless frames|
|The 60-40 Angels are a reminder that winning doesn't happen overnight, even when the blueprint is smart and the execution flawless. They're also a reminder that the best general managers find players here, there and everywhere.
More» Street on earning his first save as an Angel|
|Funny thing is, some of us thought this was the season the Rays wouldn't need any late-season magic to make the postseason. But if there's a team accustomed to this kind of stuff, this is it.
More» Odorizzi discusses win against Cardinals|
|Joe Garagiola's wonderful life has been one of humor and giving, of dignity, integrity and grace. Baseball has been a constant -- his enduring love. Yet that's just part of the story. Rather than curse the darkness, he has lit candles, hundreds of them.
More»Garagiola shares 72 years of baseball memories|
|Did the Astros really lose 17-year-old left-hander Brady Aiken, the No. 1 overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft, over $1.5 million?
More»Time Running out for the Astros to sign Aiken|
|For some teams, the future is defined as the next 3 1/2 months. For others, it's about the big picture. Welcome to the final two weeks before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, the time when every club attempts to better position itself for the future.
More» Price fans five over eight scoreless innings|
|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»|