Megan Zahneis, winner of the Breaking Barriers essay contest who earned the job of youth correspondent in 2011, is a reporter for MLB.com.
|There are some shots that you should never call. The expectations are too great, the odds too long. Jake Arrieta rolling through October, carrying the Cubs to a World Series title on his broad shoulders, is one of those triple bank shots to sink the eight ball, with everyone in the room watching. He might be able to pull it off, but it's unfair -- borderline insane -- to expect it.
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|Halfway into his fourth full season in the big leagues, Todd Frazier is leading the Reds in hits, RBIs, slugging percentage and OPS. He netted both the third-base starting role in the Midsummer Classic and the Home Run Derby crown as the hometown favorite in last week's All-Star festivities. But what's more, Frazier is a leader.
More» Frazier rips a solo homer to center field|
|Baseball is a kid's game. Now more than ever, that statement holds truth. Take, for instance, the 2015 MLB All-Star Game presented by T-Mobile.
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|The fun at T-Mobile All-Star FanFest continued Saturday with a day devoted to commemorating the 25th anniversary of the 1990 Reds' World Series victory. But as usual, the ceremony honoring the "Wire-to-Wire" Cincinnati club was far from the only thing going on at the bustling Duke Energy Center.
More»2015 T-Mobile All-Star FanFest kicks off in Cincy|
|On Opening Day of T-Mobile All-Star FanFest, the Duke Energy Center in downtown Cincinnati was crammed with interactive exhibits for kids to participate in.
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|Max Scherzer is arguably the best pitcher in baseball. Or maybe there isn't much of an argument, considering Scherzer just turned in two of the best pitching performances in Nationals history in his past two starts.
More» Scherzer's monumental no-no|
|March 25, 2015 started out like any other Spring Training day for John Axford. A phone call later, Axford heard the news that would change his life: his son Jameson had been bitten by a rattlesnake while playing outside the Scottsdale home the Axfords were renting for Spring Training.
More»Axford on his son's illness, gaining perspective|
|Anthony DeSclafani is right at home in the Cincinnati Reds' organization. For starters, the Freehold, N.J., native hails from Colts Neck High School, a mere 20 minutes from the hometown of teammate Todd Frazier. Then there are the college connections. DeSclafani and his new manager, Bryan Price, share an alma mater in the University of Florida.
More» DeSclafani throws eight scoreless innings|
|Three years ago this weekend, Cubs second baseman Addison Russell donned a suit and tie for his prom, and now he's suited up in a Chicago Cubs uniform. The 21-year-old describes it as "crazy," but between adjusting to life in the Majors as well as a new position, it's everything he's worked for.
More» Russell doubles to clear bases, add to lead|
|Former Reds great Eric Davis showed skills and grit on the diamond as he battled injuries and helped the team to the 1990 World Series championship. He also showed his toughness later on as he battled colon cancer.
More»Davis talks about new role, relating to players|
|Is Trevor Bauer an overthinker? He doesn't think so. A bit socially awkward? Perhaps, but he's getting more comfortable in Cleveland every day. About to "arrive" as an impact starting pitcher? Bauer certainly did all he could this offseason to make that happen.
More»Zahneis discusses preparation with Bauer|
|Joc Pederson, the Dodgers' 22-year-old outfield wunderkind, posted a slash line of .338/.377/.692 and earned the Dodgers' starting center-field job this spring.
More» Pederson ties game with double to right|
|Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is gearing up for Opening Day after he and his wife welcomed their first child during the offseason.
More»Kershaw ready for fifth consecutive Opening Day start|
|Corey Seager may have been sent to Minor League camp earlier this spring, but he wasted no time making an impression in big league camp. In 14 games of Cactus League play, Seager hit .333 (6-for-18) with three doubles and seven walks. Add that to the .349 combined batting average he compiled in 2014 between Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Chattanooga, and you can see why he's the Dodgers' No. 1 overall prospect.
More»Seager chats with Zahneis about his Spring Training|
More» Brantley talks about his excitement for 2015|
|The Klubot 2.0 is ready for action. Indians starter Corey Kluber, known around the big leagues for his stoicism, enjoyed a breakout season in 2014, going 18-9 with a 2.44 ERA and 269 strikeouts in 235 2/3 innings.
More» Kluber, Francona recap 4-2 win over Dodgers|
|Even the words sound ugly: "ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction." Probably why they call it Tommy John surgery. It can't be easy. Right-handers Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy ought to know.
More»Megan Zahneis chats with Hosmer, Moustakas and Medlen|
|In Ben Zobrist, the A's organization is getting a quality switch-hitter, an extremely versatile fielder and off-the-field presence who plans to have an impact in the community.
More»Megan Zahneis chats with Ben Zobrist about his trade|
|Billy Butler bounded into a side door at the Royals' Spring Training complex in Surprise, Ariz., just after enthusiastically greeting the Royals' clubbie scrubbing shoes outside and posing for a photo with a young girl dressed in Royals garb. It was almost as if nothing had changed. Except, of course, Butler's place of employment.
More»Billy Butler talks about his move to the A's|
|Believe it or not, it already is time to buy your tickets for the All-Star Game festivities coming to Cincinnati in July. T-Mobile All-Star FanFest and All-Star Sunday tickets are on sale at allstargame.com.
More»Buy tickets for the 2015 T-Mobile All-Star FanFest|
The Breaking Barriers essay contest provides students a chance to share stories of how they use Jackie Robinson's values to face their own barriers.
Megan was featured in a Passion Portrait by #besomebody for her ability to overcome adversity and live out her dream.