Lyle Spencer has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2005, covering the Padres and Angels. He has covered Major League Baseball as a reporter and columnist since 1971.
|Had he walked away earlier from the Los Angeles Raiders to focus entirely on baseball, Bo Jackson could have been the Mike Trout of his generation.
More» Bo Jackson hits leadoff homer in first|
|We are witnessing a major shift in Major League Baseball having nothing to do with loading up the infield on one side of the field. It involves a deeper appreciation of the value of defense by catchers, a critical phase of the game obscured for decades by the power and glory of offense.
More» Posey catches Hamilton trying to steal third|
|A case can be made that the Royals' Alex Gordon, Jarrod Dyson and Lorenzo Cain form the best defensive outfield in Major League history. Factoring in offense, the world of analytics narrowly favors Kansas City's outfield over the Angels and Marlins.
More» Cain makes a great grab in right|
|The news of Ernie Banks' death on Friday, eight days shy of his 84th birthday, brought a flood of memories to contemporaries. Those who knew the man during his playing days as "Mr. Cub" -- and well beyond -- will tell you he was as universally loved and respected as any player the game of baseball has seen.
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|The Blue Jays made two major splashes in November -- orchestrated by general manager Alex Anthopoulos -- that compare in potential impact with any moves made over this highly active winter.
More»New-look Blue Jays stocked with Canadian talent|
|With his third World Series championship in five seasons and a 2012 National League Most Valuable Player Award accompanied by a batting title, the Giants' Buster Posey is charting a compelling course to join an exclusive club of legendary catchers in the Hall of Fame.
More»Buster Posey wins 2014 Silver Slugger Award|
|With the addition of another proven star in Nelson Cruz and potential breakout seasons by young starters Taijuan Walker and James Paxton, the Mariners are positioned to make a serious run at what would be their first division title since the great 2001 team won 116 games.
More»Sims on Mariners' chances of winning AL West in 2015|
|The ongoing media focus on the Dodgers' crowded outfield has obscured the exceptional quality of their infield. If you buy the analytics, the defending National League West champions will enter the season with the best all-around infield in the game following a major makeover.
More»Dodgers' offense poised for big 2015 season|
|To identify an outfielder as great as Mike Trout through three Major League seasons, you have to dig into the past. Not since the Golden Era -- from the late 1940s into the early 1970s, when giants roamed the landscape -- have we seen players rivaling Trout's total impact.
More»Gonzalez discusses how Trout can build off '14 season|
|Former Dodgers star Maury Wills changed the game of baseball. How many players have done that? Wills, who brought the stolen base into fashion as a weapon, belongs in the Hall of Fame for his performance across 14 seasons and enduring influence.
More» Wills throws ceremonial first pitch|
|Baseball in the Golden State of California never has been so, well, golden. Coming off a 2014 season that seemingly couldn't get any better -- with four of the state's five teams making the postseason and the amazing Giants winning another World Series -- promise of an even more fascinating 2015 is in the cards.
More»Black calls into High Heat to discuss the 2015 Padres|
|The mission for general manager Jerry Dipoto is to stay atop the AL West while building a firm foundation for the future. That's precisely why the Angels were willing to part ways with valued infielder Howie Kendrick for promising left-hander Andrew Heaney.
More»Dipoto discusses the Angels' new acquisitions|
|After another disappointing postseason showing, the Dodgers were looking to change their team chemistry, and the roster facelift during the Winter Meetings could go a long way toward revitalizing the club.
More»Friedman on Dodgers adding Kendrick, losing Gordon|
|Dee Gordon, with his thrilling, game-breaking speed, is joining the Marlins to reshape the lineup and crank up the electricity in the wake of a blockbuster Winter Meetings swap that rocked both coasts on Wednesday.
More»Michael Hill on Marlins landing Gordon, Haren|
|The Giants are being asked once again to rebound, something they've done over the past five seasons on the historic level of Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell. It was Jon Lester or bust at the Winter Meetings for the 2014 World Series champions, and the free-agent lefty busted them with a phone call late Tuesday afternoon.
More»MLB.com on Giants' next step after not landing Lester|
|If the new-breed general managers catch the spirit of Jack McKeon in his old stomping grounds, the 2014 Winter Meetings could generate real substance, after an offseason dominated by free agency and mega contract extensions.
More»MLB Tonight features the historic Winter Meetings|
|The Royals are back home with the faithful at Kauffman Stadium to finish their remarkable October saga. For this, they owe a hearty thank you to their American League brethren -- notably Mike Trout, Derek Jeter and Miguel Cabrera.
More»Leiter and Casey on the keys to World Series Game 6|
|While the soaring confidence of the K.C. faithful in these dashing young Royals is fully justified, they haven't seen anything yet quite like this troupe from San Francisco.
More»Giants look to claim third WS title in five seasons|
|The box score for the visitors looked like something out of March in the Cactus League, in Arizona. Eight Angels pitchers against the Royals? In Game 3 of the American League Division Series, with the season on the line?
More» Scioscia on disappointing end to 2014|
|To the "Show Me State" the Angels have come, with precious little time to show they are worthy of a deep October run after six months of sustained excellence.
More» Ventura fans Kendrick on close call|