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.
|There just has to be a place for Washington's Wilson Ramos on the National League All-Star Team. For one thing, he has been the best offensive catcher in baseball this season. For another, players like him are part of what makes the All-Star Game such a compelling event.
More»Ramos on the Nationals' start to the 2016 season|
|This much we know: Mike Trout is a lock for one of the three starting outfield spots on the American League All-Star team. Come to think of it, we can go ahead and pencil him in for next season and the foreseeable future while we're at it.
More» Trout ties game at 1 with a solo homer|
|This one was not easy. In that way, it represented everything this crazy season has thrown at the Houston Astros. "We're a resilient group," manager A.J. Hinch would say later. They are that and possibly more.
More» Correa lines a two-run walk-off single|
|The Rangers are an example of how the best teams, many times, are the deepest teams.
More» Banister discusses coming back against O's|
|Are you ready for Clayton Kershaw vs. Stephen Strasburg? That's what we've got Monday night at Dodger Stadium. That they've never faced one another before makes it even better. Here at MLB.com, Kershaw-Strasburg got us to thinking about about some other pitching matchups we'd like to see.
More»Kershaw and Strasburg face off for the first time|
|Let's take a look at four players -- three free-agent signings and a trade acquisition -- who've seen an offseason of change turn into a best-case scenario and probable All-Star selection.
More»Four Cubs competing for lead in NL All-Star balloting|
|Ichiro's 16th season has been an unexpected joy because, at 37, he seems reborn in hitting .349 for the Marlins. Pete Rose, however, remains the Hit King.
More» Moment #11|
|Jameson Taillon has always bristled at the notion that he'd wasted two seasons of his baseball career. He said nothing could be further from the truth. He'd grown so much, learned so much.
More» Taillon, Stewart and McCutchen on the win|
|Let's start the Trade Deadline countdown clock with a look at 10 players we could be hearing a lot about over the next few weeks.
More» Gray takes no-hitter into the 6th vs. Reds|
|Miguel Cabrera's 2,400th career hit prompted no parade. Larger and grander celebrations await. Rather, 2,400 -- he got 2,400 and 2,401 Sunday at Yankee Stadium -- is an opportunity to appreciate his career. He made his Major League debut at 20 in 2003, and 14 seasons later, is on his way to crafting a Hall of Fame resume.
More» Cabrera doubles for 2,400th hit|
|What really makes the Rangers so much fun to watch are the three kids: 21-year-old outfielder Nomar Mazara, 22-year-old second baseman Rougned Odor and 23-year-old infielder Jurickson Profar.
More» Mazara hits a solo blast to left field|
|The Rangers are the American League's very best team. The Astros are its hottest. So when the two teams begin a four-game series at Globe Life Park on Monday, this will be one of the season's interesting intersections. Let the fun begin.
|When Clayton Kershaw takes the mound Saturday night against the Braves at Dodger Stadium, we will be watching someone who appears to be one of the greatest pitchers of all time. Isn't that where he has taken the conversation?
More» Kershaw sets mark with 100th K of season|
|Two notable things happened to the Astros right after manager A.J. Hinch flip-flopped Jose Altuve and George Springer at the top of his batting order: 1. The Astros got hot. 2. Springer got insanely hot.
More»Justice talks Rangers' trades, Astros and more|
|The Boston Red Sox have had the hottest player in baseball pretty much every single day of this season. If that sounds impressive, it's actually better than that. We're talking about four different players.
More» Betts hammers his third dinger of the game|
|The Kansas City Royals have accomplished so much the last two seasons that it's hard to be blown away by anything they do anymore. Okay, check that. They just did. The Royals had themselves an amazing weekend even by their own high standards. One stunning victory followed by another and then another.
More» Royals take lead in 8th with three-run rally|
|Jackie Bradley Jr. is one of the coolest things to happen in baseball this season. So is that why he deserves a spot on the American League All-Star team? Actually, yes.
More»MLB Tonight breaks down Bradley Jr.'s hit streak|
|Here's hoping the Mets and Dodgers have the good sense to end this ridiculous thing here and now. To escalate it further benefits no one.
More» Syndergaard ejected after throwing at Utley|
|Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister says he's sure to feel a swirl of emotions on Friday, when he looks across the diamond and sees all those familiar faces wearing the black and gold of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
|If this kind of thing was happening to a team other than the San Francisco Giants, we'd say it was magical. Actually, we'd say this is what a team does in a championship year. Things just fall a certain way.
More»Giants' late-game heroics lead to five walk-off wins|
|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»|