Tracy Ringolsby, the 2005 recipient of the Hall of Fame's Spink Award, has covered Major League Baseball since 1976. He offers his insight on MLB.com and MLB.com/live.
|It's been 15 years since Nolan Ryan was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame along with George Brett and Robin Yount. Ryan hasn't been back for an induction ceremony since. He's headed to Cooperstown, N.Y., this weekend. It is, he said, a trip long overdue.
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|Troy Tulowitzki's trip to the disabled list on Tuesday is just the latest in a string of DL stints this year for the Rockies. With some key players missing time, the club has had to forge ahead under tough circumstances.
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|A's manager Bob Melvin has the respect of his peers, of his players and the media. What really underscores Melvin's strength in the dugout, however, is he has the respect of the A's front office, too.
More» Melvin discusses A's 10-2 win vs. Orioles|
|Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt and Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan combined to pitch 48 Major League seasons, and both agree that a steeper slope on big league mounds could help to lessen the need for Tommy John surgeries.
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|When the Seattle Mariners made the 10-year commitment to free-agent second baseman Robinson Cano, it was about a lot more than just stats.
More» Cano rips a three-run homer to right|
|In his first season with Seattle, Robinson Cano leads the Mariners' contingent of four All-Stars into the Midsummer Classic. The moment hasn't been lost on Cano, who reunites with Derek Jeter in the American League All-Star starting lineup Tuesday night.
More»Cano, Seager on All-Star Game, playing with Jeter|
|It's hard to see first place from the hole the Rockies have dug for themselves. But they do see reasons for hope. First, they saw Nolan Arenado return from a six-week stint on the disabled list. Then came Carlos Gonzalez's return to the lineup on Friday night.
More» Arenado hits his first triple of the season|
|Mention a five-year plan to Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane, and he smiles. "They just don't happen the way they are planned," he adds. Beane's concern is the next game on the schedule, not next year's schedule.
More» Samardzija fans Francisco for first A's K|
|A win in the Final Vote would not only give Justin Morneau the last spot on the NL All-Star team. It would also allow the veteran to say goodbye to Twins fans who supported him for more than a decade.
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|With each passing day, Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke provide further evidence of their status as one of the great left/right starting-pitcher combinations of all time.
More» Kershaw on his scoreless streak|
|Jorge De La Rosa is the pitching anomaly. He loves Coors Field. The Rockies can only be thankful for his appreciation of the ballpark they call home.
More» Weiss on De La Rosa's strong outing|
|Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has won his last four starts at Coors Field, including a four-hit shutout on July 2 a year ago. He has compiled a 2.00 ERA in the process. The discussion no longer is about how he compares to his contemporaries. It's where he will rank among the all-time greats.
More» Kershaw on his scoreless streak|
|There's no secret to the Los Angeles Dodgers success. It's a five-man answer. It's the rotation. One through five it is arguably the best in baseball. And there is no argument about the fact the quintet has been at the top of its game in the last 26 games, pitching the Dodgers from oblivion into first place in the NL West.
More» Greinke fans eight over eight for 11th win|
|Jeff Francis is still going with the flow, accepting the opportunity that baseball offers and making the most of it. He has become a baseball vagabond, and he has no regrets.
More» Francis shuts the door, A's win it in 14th|
|Lorenzo Cain's move to the leadoff spot is paying off, with a .407 batting average and a .412 on-base percentage through eight games. Royals manager Ned Yost also has somebody with the ability to drive the ball at the top when the lineup turns over in late-inning situations.
More» Cain collects four hits vs. Angels|
|By now it would seem Jason Grilli would be used to saying goodbye. But he isn't. He joined the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Saturday morning, having been acquired the day before from the Pirates for Ernesto Frieri in an exchange of closers who had lost their jobs.
More» Grilli tosses one scoreless in Angels' debut|
|The Royals are still learning. Having lost six of their previous seven games, they got a needed 8-6 win over the Angels on Friday night as manager Ned Yost made a key move by calling early on his bullpen to protect a big lead.
More» Yost on the Royals' big offensive night|
|As the two-time-defending National League champion Cardinals try to catch the first-place Brewers in the NL Central, they do so with a starting rotation decimated by injury. Will a throng of rookie callups and converted relievers hold the line while Michael Wacha, Jaime Garcia, Joe Kelly and now possibly Shelby Miller get healthy?
More» Miller exits game due to back injury|
|With two homers and six RBIs in Monday night's win, Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams showed he's not changing his approach just because opponents are heavily employing a defensive shift against him.
More»Adams goes 3-for-5 with two HRs, six RBIs|
|Walt Weiss is not going to suffer a meltdown in the midst of bad times. And that has been underscored in the last month. On May 22, the Rockies were three games back of the Giants. A few weeks later, they walked out of Coors Field on Sunday afternoon 11 games back.
More» Weiss on Ottavino's slider, team's fight|