Tracy Ringolsby, the 2005 recipient of the Hall of Fame's Spink Award, has covered Major League Baseball since 1976.
|While the Cubs have made more flashy moves this offseason, and the rest of the division is loaded, St. Louis is primed for another NL Central title.
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|It's all about winning. Individual stats can impress, but championships are usually the defining ingredient of greatness. Former Cubs great and Hall of Famer Ernie Banks is a rare exception.
More»MLB.com takes a look back at the career of Banks|
|Ernie Banks passed away late Friday. He, however, will live forever in the memories of baseball players, officials and fans. Banks arrived at Wrigley Field in September 1953, allowing the Cubs to become the ninth of the 16 Major League teams to integrate. More than 61 years later, he is still the face of one of the game's more storied franchises.
More»Moment of silence held in memory of 'Mr. Cub'|
|Ichiro Suzuki has been given an opportunity to join the 3,000-hit club. The key to reports that he has agreed to a one-year deal worth $2 million with Miami is that the Marlins have indicated a willingness to work on a second year, which Suzuki will most likely need to collect a 3,000th hit.
More»Frisaro on Ichiro, Marlins agreeing to one-year deal|
|The Rangers could have gone after James Shields or Cole Hamels in the offseason, but Yovani Gallardo is the better fit in 2015 and beyond due to his age and contract.
More» Gallardo fans 11 over seven scoreless frames|
|After back-to-back last-place finishes, Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo says he and his teammates have had enough, and he has predicted a National League Central title in 2015. The Red Sox haven't said much, but their offseason activity has made it clear that they, too, are hoping for one of those last-to-first stories.
More»Show Biz on Rizzo, Cubs, Giants and more|
|While Ned Yost was given some financial security with his recent contract extension, what matters most to the Royals skipper is the strong bond he has built with GM Dayton Moore and owner David Glass.
More»Moore, Yost on one-year extension through 2016 season|
|For nearly a decade, Dan Duquette was on the baseball outside, looking in. Now he's back on top. Duquette has overseen the resurrection of the Orioles, and he is a hot commodity again. There is even speculation he could wind up as the CEO of the American League East-rival Blue Jays, which in itself speaks highly of the respect Duquette has regained. It's about time.
More»MLB Now on Dan Duquette possibly being on the move|
|It's not a perfect system, but it has to be more than a coincidence that since the onset of free agency in 1977, not only have teams seen their values and profits increase, but fans have been treated to the longest period of parity in the history of the game.
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|Approaching his 40th birthday, Nolan Ryan was facing the possibility of undergoing Tommy John surgery. He opted to rehab his right elbow instead and ended up playing seven more seasons and throwing two of his seven career no-hitters.
More»Nolan Ryan delivers Hall of Fame induction speech|
|Columnist Tracy Ringolsby breaks down 10 deals that came back to haunt teams that were looking for veteran help and willing to give up a future Hall of Famer in the process
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|Offense sells tickets. And it opens the doors to the Hall of Fame. When a position player becomes eligible for election to Cooperstown, the discussions center on his offensive production, where he ranks on all-time lists and how his offense compares to those already enshrined.
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|Former general manager Hank Peters, who died Sunday morning at the age of 90 at a hospice in Boca Raton, Fla., from complications of a stroke he recently suffered, built his career on being "the calm in the storm."
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|The Hall of Fame ballot has become a victim of overcrowding. Veteran Baseball Writers' Association of America members can vote for up to 10 players. There are arguably at least 15 worthy candidates among the 34 names on this year's ballot.
More»Tracy Ringolsby breaks down 2015 Hall of Fame ballot|
|Bill Kearns was a baseball lifer, and he spent the last 39-plus years of his life as a full-time scout with Mariners, seeing as many as 200 games in the New England area annually even in his 90s.
|It wasn't until his ninth year of eligibility that Goose Gossage received that phone call from Cooperstown. "The longer you wait, the sweeter the moment," he'd say, but the longtime relief ace would have liked the opportunity to have shared the moment with his "biggest fan."
More» Gossage receives Monument Park plaque|
|Jack Morris never met Gil Hodges. Too bad. They are the only players to have received at least 50 percent support in a Hall of Fame vote and not be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
More»Morris looks back on his career|
|It has been one of the busiest offseasons in recent years, but there are still some issues that teams have to address. Here are 10 heading into the New Year.
More» Hamilton drives a two-run home run to right|
|So far, Jeff Bridich has resisted the temptation of tearing the team apart. He listens to proposals from other teams, waiting for one he feels is fair, but finding that most of his peers are looking to take advantage of frustrations that grow out of a 96-loss season. Bridich so far hasn't had any problem saying "no."
More»Rock Talk - Jeff Bridich - Winter Meetings|
|Trea Turner is one of the top prospects in baseball. His career is in limbo, however, after the 11-player, three-team trade that routed outfielder Wil Myers from Tampa Bay to San Diego. He is caught up in the red tape of the so-called Pete Incaviglia Rule.
More» Turner collects five hits, two steals in win|