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 and MLB.com/live.
|For both the Giants and Pirates, the 2014 regular season was full of ups and downs, highs and lows. All led to the NL Wild Card Game on Wednesday in Pittsburgh, and both teams couldn't be happier.
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|Baseball's most interesting front office made another gutsy, fascinating hire on Monday by naming A.J. Hinch the Astros new manager. Not the first for Houston, probably not the last. Onward. Here's to years of success and a long, happy marriage.
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|National right-hander Jordan Zimmermann's no-hitter was a joy to behold; in fact, the whole team is a joy to watch. The Nats climbed alone atop the NL East on July 21 and spent a total of 119 days there. This might just be their moment.
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|Derek Jeter said goodbye the way we always figured he might. That is, he did his job. Isn't that the thing that defined him for 20 seasons? When he takes a deep breath and reflects on all of it, he's sure to look back and take pride in always being part of a great whole, a team.
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|Derek Jeter will put on the Yankees gray road uniform one final time on Sunday morning. He'll do this because, well, you know why. He'll go through all the routines one final time, and at some point, it's sure to hit him that now it is really over.
More» Girardi discusses Jeter's retirement|
|As weeks go, this surely has been among the best Commissioner Bud Selig has ever had. In addition to honoring Yankees icon Derek Jeter with the Commissioner's Historic Achievement Award, Selig had the No. 1 retired in his honor by his hometown Brewers.
More»Brewers retire No. 1 in honor of Commissioner Selig|
|Derek Jeter tipped his hat and waved and acknowledged the thunderous cheers. In that way, he told the fans he appreciated them, that he could never repay all they'd done for him.
More» Jeter gives final farewell to the Bronx|
|All these years later, one of the more remarkable aspects of Derek Jeter's career is that he has played for just three big league managers.
More» Showalter discusses Jeter's signature moment|
|Part of Derek Jeter's genius has always been his ability to push everything else out of his mind and focus strictly on the here and now. That gift, he admitted, is being tested in these final days of his baseball career.
More» Jeter talks about missing the postseason|
|We are about to be given another Yankees-Red Sox memory this weekend at Fenway Park. Like so many others, it's to be savored and celebrated and ultimately to be stored away in that certain area of the heart and mind. These two teams have given us so many memories through the years, so much passion and fire and grit, that it somehow seems fitting they'll be the backdrop for Derek Jeter's retirement.
More» Jeter's last home at-bat vs. Red Sox|
|On Tuesday at Yankee Stadium, Bud Selig named Derek Jeter the 15th recipient of the Commissioner's Historic Achievement Award. These are the days Selig absolutely loves; that much was clear the moment he sat down beside Jeter, writes columnist Richard Justice.
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|Frank Wren made plenty of shrewd moves during his tenure as the Braves' GM, but the team decided a change needed to be made and dismissed him Monday. Braves president John Schuerholz will now look to make a hire that will set a new tone for the franchise.
More»Duquette discusses Braves' decision to dismiss Wren|
|If you're ever asked what's so special about September baseball, you can tell 'em to go watch the little game the Royals and Tigers played Sunday afternoon.
More» Yost on Royals' win and Butler|
|The score was 3-2, and the Tigers' second straight win over the Royals on Saturday seemingly came down to a few key plays. And it did. But it also came about because Max Scherzer masterfully used his four-pitch arsenal to confound the Kansas City batters
More» Scherzer limits the Royals to one run|
|With a 10-1 win on Friday night, the Tigers guaranteed themselves a 152nd day atop the American League Central. Now the pressure is squarely on the Royals for the final two games of the series at Kauffman Stadium.
More» Kinsler homers in Tigers' five-run 5th|
|The Nationals have been moving steadily in the right direction, especially since Mike Rizzo took over the entire baseball operation in 2009. He was given his current title -- president of baseball operations and general manager -- last year.
More» Nationals GM Rizzo discusses the 2014 season|
|This was an American League West title built on perseverance and resilience. Oh sure, you hear every division champion say this kind of stuff. The only thing is, these Angels walked the walk.
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|Manager Buck Showalter and his talented group of Orioles players believe in each other, and that's the main reason Baltimore clinched its first American League East title since 1997 on Tuesday night.
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|And so on Monday night, the Royals played one of those games in which an entire season of hope flashed before their eyes. They began the day having lost five of seven to slip to 1 1/2 games behind the Tigers in the American League Central. With the Tigers having won six of seven at the beginning of the day, the Royals understood what's at stake.
More» Gore races home on Cain's walk-off single|
|If it's September, it must be time for the Cardinals to assert themselves. That's what they're doing, and that's an indication that October might again be special in St. Louis.
More» Gonzalez fans nine, holds Rockies to one run|