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.
|In just the past two seasons, the St. Louis Cardinals went from being one of baseball's best defensive teams to one of its worst. Not coincidentally, a five-year run of postseason baseball ended in 2016.
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|Max Scherzer's good health may not guarantee the Nationals their fourth postseason appearance in six seasons, but it's a step in the right direction.
More»Scherzer on spring outing vs. the Cardinals|
|Jameson Taillon's journey was so crazy that there surely were days he wondered if the breakthrough season he had in 2016 would ever come.
More» Taillon on adjusting to full season in Majors|
|Regardless of how it plays out in tonight's semifinal, Team USA has done itself proud in this World Baseball Classic. That's the thing these players will take with them for the rest of their lives.
More»Marlon Anderson on USA playing Japan in WBC 2017|
|In the Rays' dugout, they're long past being surprised by anything Kevin Kiermaier does in center field. Diving catches? Sure, no big deal. Robbing home runs? Routine stuff, pal. Anything else?
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|The Orioles have had a lot of success stories in the five seasons since their renaissance began. Chris Davis, Mark Trumbo and Pedro Alvarez are among those who hit their stride after joining the O's, something the team hopes to repeat again this season.
|When Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson is asked about his statistics or personal goals, he almost always steers the conversation back to one thing. "I'm very proud of this organization and our team," he said. "But there's still unfinished business. I want a ring. Plain and simple."
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|Sure, no one is going to remember all that much about a Spring Training no-hitter. Memories will fade. Everyone will move on.
More» Three Yankees hurlers combine for no-hitter|
|This is exactly what the New York Yankees had hoped to see from all these young players. That's the story of their Spring Training. Optimism abounds.
More» Sanchez crushes a two-run homer to right|
|Two teams with a puzzling -- and frankly, a disappointing -- history in the World Baseball Classic offer one of Wednesday's most intriguing matchups: Team USA vs. Venezuela.
More»Yelich on tight-knit Team USA as second round begins|
|The opening-round games of the World Baseball Classic have delivered on almost every level. The crowds have been intense, the contests close.
More» Machado on dramatic win over Colombia|
|The Little League World Series may very well be on your bucket list of things you'd like to see. If you've already been there, you understand why. There's an electricity to the event that's contagious, and to watch the games is to be caught up in the emotion and drama.
More»Pirates, Cardinals to play in Little League Classic|
|We want to see them back on the field and at their best. This isn't about the impact they'd have on their teams, either. That's only part of the story. Here are 10 comebacks we can all root for this spring.
More»Brantley, Chernoff on outfielders health in 2017|
|Here's hoping Tim Tebow smacks a couple of line drives, steals a base and gets a standing ovation or two on Wednesday. Wouldn't that be a cool thing? You know it would.
More»Tebow to face tough test in spring debut vs. Porcello|
|Inside the Kansas City Royals' clubhouse, no goodbye speeches are being prepared. "We're not finished," left fielder Alex Gordon said. "We're not satisfied with winning one World Series." Indeed, that could be the mantra for a season that could be the last waltz for a group of players that has done what once looked to be impossible.
More»MLB Tonight shares predictions for 2017 Royals|
|Wade Davis, the Cubs' new closer, never set out to be baseball's most dominant reliever, and isn't it funny how these things sometimes work out? Actually, he was adamant about it.
More»Davis discusses experience, trade to Cubs|
|In 85 games for the Astros in 2016, Carlos Gomez hit five home runs and had a .596 OPS. In 33 games for the Rangers, he hit eight home runs and had a .905 OPS. He cut back on his strikeouts, got on base more often and helped the Rangers win the American League West.
More» Gomez is inconsistent power-speed option|
|When last season ended and the Los Angeles Dodgers had some time to sort through the whole thing, this is what they decided: They had a good thing going.
More»Roberts on impressions after first 10 days of camp|
|There's no such thing as a perfect team, but the Indians might be as close as anyone gets in the American League in 2017. Now, it's about doing it.
More»Kipnis discusses Indians' motivation for 2017 season|
|If you'd like to understand what Clayton Kershaw means to the Los Angeles Dodgers, you can start with the area behind the bullpen mound in left field.
More» Kershaw strikes out Cabrera on nasty pitch|