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.
|Every once in a while a player rises to the highest level on the largest stage by seizing the moment and making it his own. Madison Bumgarner did just that.
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|That this World Series will deliver a Game 7 just feels right. This is how this baseball season had to end. The Royals and Giants have already given us a compelling six games, transforming the Fall Classic into a showcase for two gifted teams that have done themselves proud.
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|The Giants are close now, close enough to feel it and taste it and imagine it. This could again be their moment. As usual, they're at their best in games like this, when the lights are bright and the stage large. Only thing is, there's a teensy bit of history on the Royals' side. Actually, it's more than a teensy bit.
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|Through the years, Game 6 of the World Series has had an almost mystical ability to thrill us and chill us and etch itself into our hearts and minds. Now we've got another, coming up tonight at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.
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|The Cardinals loved him from the moment they laid eyes on him. Oscar Taveras was just a teenager then. One scout compared him to Albert Pujols. That's part of the incomprehensible sadness in all of this, writes columnist Richard Justice.
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|This is how it had to go, right? The Giants and Royals are simply too evenly matched, too talented and too tenacious for anything less. In that way, this World Series is delivering chills and thrills and spills.
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|Theirs is a friendship built on respect and trust and values. And their mutual love of baseball. Always baseball. Here's the best part. After 57 years, Commissioner Bud Selig and Hall of Famer Henry Aaron are as close as ever. So there they were Saturday afternoon sharing a touching moment that spoke volumes about their relationship. It caught Selig by surprise, brought emotions bubbling near the surface.
More» Selig receives honorary Hank Aaron Award|
|If the Kansas City Royals go on to win this World Series, we can look back at a moment in Game 3 on Friday night that might just tell the whole story. First, though, let's push the pause button and rewind to 2011 to understand how far these Royals have come. That was around the time they proudly wore the label of "baseball's best farm system."
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|Joe Maddon is curious about what else is out there. In the end, it's that simple. Don't pencil him in anywhere. You'd just be guessing. Let's face it, he'd upgrade the managerial position in almost any organization.
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|The Giants were Larry Baer's first job after college in 1980, and since returning in 1992, he has methodically risen through the organization. Now he's the man ultimately responsible for one of baseball's most respected franchises. But Baer's real love of the Giants goes back to his boyhood.
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|At the end, they roared with every single pitch. They stood, too, screaming and pleading and cheering. You could feel how badly they wanted it. Some of these fans had waited 29 years for a moment like this one. So they held nothing back as the Royals won Game 2 of the 2014 World Series, beating the Giants, 7-2, on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium.
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|If there's a formula for beating the Royals, the Giants found it. Actually, it's the formula baseball teams have been using for more than a century. First things first. The Giants put up three runs in the first inning and cruised to a 7-1 victory over the Royals in Game 1 of the 2014 World Series on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium.
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|The World Series is Major League Baseball's bully pulpit, and the league intends to use it. So with a worldwide stage available, baseball will again shine a light on a series of causes.
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|Prepare to be dazzled. That's because the Kansas City Royals do one thing better than any other baseball team on the planet. This one thing isn't something you see every day. And you've probably never seen it the way the Royals do it. The Royals play defense.
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|In a city where the ballpark is packed and the crowd is roaring every single night, Hunter Pence is at his best.
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|The Giants' ability to overcome injuries and a couple of rough stretches has made their third NL pennant in the past five years all the more sweet.
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|Like the Giants, the Cardinals were a team that had trouble making the pieces fit in a rollercoaster of a season. Like the Giants, the Cardinals kept pushing and fighting and clawing. They did themselves proud on a bunch of different levels. In a magical postseason, the Giants just had a bit more.
More»Memorable Game 5 sends Giants to World Series|
|The St. Louis Cardinals look across the diamond at the San Francisco Giants and see themselves. At least, they see the team they were for most of the season.
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|The Los Angeles Dodgers have just hired a brilliant man, a brilliant baseball executive. Is Andrew Friedman baseball's best general manager? Put it this way: There's no way to have this conversation without including him. He's a rare individual on many levels.
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|The Giants pack AT&T Park with fans who create the kind of atmosphere we associate with college football. It's a San Francisco atmosphere, too, from the energy of public-address announcer Renel Brooks-Moon to Lou Seal, the iconic mascot.
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|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»|