Hal Bodley, dean of American baseball writers who joined MLB.com as senior correspondent in 2008, has covered baseball since 1958.
|Seldom has there been such widespread competitive balance in Major League Baseball.
|Major League teams today have sabermetrics, analytics, projections of this and projections of that -- not to mention devices in the dugout. The Washington Nationals undoubtedly use those state-of-the-art tools, but they also have Dusty Baker in the dugout. Enough said.
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|Evan Longoria and the Rays believe they have the potential to make a serious run at the postseason in 2016, and manager Kevin Cash said the club's frustration at their early struggles is a positive as they try to turn it around.
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|The second time around in the rugged American League East is not so lovelier, as the melody goes. Since 2000, only the Yankees have won back-to-back titles and the last time they did, it was 2011-12.
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|Not only do the Houston Astros have to fulfill the mountainous predictions placed on them for 2016, they also have to overcome the dreaded jinx of being pictured on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
More»Astros look to pick up where they left off in 2016|
|Anyone who thinks the Blue Jays were one-season wonders in 2015 hasn't seen them play this spring. There's no indication whatsoever this offensively explosive team will falter even though they've lost the likes of David Price, Ben Revere, et al.
More»Reasons Blue Jays fans can't wait for Opening Day|
|Sometimes it's difficult to shake an aching hangover that throbs inside and causes so much discomfort. To say the Pittsburgh Pirates are doing their best to put theirs behind them is an understatement. Try two of 'em, back-to-back.
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|The thing about Orioles skipper Buck Showalter, one of baseball's premier managers, is that he crams as much as possible into every minute of every day.
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|Putting it bluntly, MLB has a huge void when Dusty Baker isn't in the dugout. He's earned three Manager of the Year Awards, and he's the most successful African-American skipper in Major League Baseball history. And now he's at the helm of the Nationals.
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|Mike Schmidt has lived through the good times and the bad with the Phillies. He was in uniform when a young team won three consecutive division titles in the 1970s, and in 1980 when they celebrated a World Series title for the first time. He played in the '83 Series loss to the Orioles.
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|The Yankees are beginning another Spring Training and the atmosphere in this camp is about as normal as it gets around the Pinstripes. It's devoid of strife, agitation or commotion.
More»Girardi prepares for start of Yankees Spring Training|
|Kevin Cash is no longer the virtually unknown 37-year-old who'd never managed a baseball game at any level, yet was thrown into the deep end of the pool to skipper the 2015 Rays.
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|Fifty years ago, I sat in front of a somewhat snowy 21-inch TV set and viewed the first of what has become the most-watched sports event in America. Wow, a half-century ago. Actually, all I really thought about that wintry Jan. 15 in 1967 was that in a month I'd be on my way to Florida and Spring Training. And why not watch this football game between two of the top teams of 1966?
|Start with this: Shortstop Ian Desmond is coming off a very disappointing season with the Nationals, and he has been unable to obtain the mega-bucks contract he dreamed that he would get as a free agent.
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|If George Steinbrenner were still alive, I can picture him swooping in, signing prized free-agent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to a mega-bucks contract and landing his Yankees on the coveted back pages of the New York tabloids. Take that, Mets!
More»Rosenthal talks Nationals' pursuit of Cespedes|
|When the Blue Jays open their season on April 3 against Tampa Bay, they'll have huge X's on their backs. No longer will they be trying to get back to the postseason for the first time since 1993. They're American League East defending champs! And they'll quickly learn repeating might be a greater challenge than winning the division for the first time.
More»Donaldson discusses Blue Jays' pitching, facing Price|
|All the buzz is about Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza gaining election to the Hall of Fame. And how could three Baseball Writers' Association of America voters leave Junior off their ballots? That's another story.
More»Tim Raines down to final at-bat for the Hall of Fame|
|The baseball scouts are honoring Hall of Famer Andre Dawson next month with something called the "Scout's Dream Award for Outstanding Achievement in Baseball History."
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|Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers' preeminent all-everything left-handed pitcher, was playing catch the other day with Jose Cruz behind a hotel in Havana -- just a little limbering-up workout.
More»MLB goodwill tour comes to Cuba, reunites players|
|Mike Scioscia is Major League Baseball's longest-tenured manager and one of the highest paid. He's been in the dugout for the Angels since 2000 and has three more years to go on his contract. In an era where the fate of MLB skippers hangs by a thread, to be around 16 years with the same team is unheard of. To say Scioscia is a survivor is putting it mildly.
More»Scioscia talks offseason, moves heading into 2016|