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.
|When the Kansas City Royals announced last month that they were placing Wade Davis, baseball's best reliever, on the disabled list, virtually everyone in thought the same thing.
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|First Albert Pujols, then David Ortiz. Two majestic home runs, two moments to savor and celebrate, eight minutes apart Wednesday night. Two opportunities to be reminded how lucky we've been to watch these guys play baseball. Sometimes, the baseball gods deliver more than we deserve.
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|Maybe the Boston Red Sox really are going to send David Ortiz out in style. Trophies, tears, parades, etc. That scenario doesn't even feel like all that much of a stretch given how well the Red Sox are playing these days.
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|It's not just that the Kansas City bullpen may again be the best in baseball, or that the Royals are playing the kind of take-your-breath-away defense that helped get them to the World Series the last two seasons. Been there, done that.
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|The Orioles are running out five and six rookies for some games. The Cardinals are relying on three rookie relievers to close out games down the stretch. The Mariners have ridden a rookie closer into contention. Welcome to baseball's new normal.
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|It happened in an instant, a pair of home runs sailing over the wall at Yankee Stadium. In that moment with a packed house rocking the ballpark in that old, familiar way, Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner could see a bright and shiny new vision of his team take shape.
|Not one of Jose Altuve's 3,464 Major League plate appearances had come against this pitcher -- Cardinals closer Seung Hwan Oh. Another hitter might take a pitch, maybe get a feel for the delivery and the fastball movement. Baseball's best hitter had a different thought process.
More» Altuve records 1,000th career hit|
|This might be one of those seasons when the American League East is decided in the final days of the regular season, if not the final hours, and wouldn't this be the kind of chaos we love?
More» Orioles storm back from 7-1 deficit|
|Buck Showalter makes a vote for the American League Manager of the Year Award simple. For the fourth time in his career, he's the man. He won his first one for the Yankees 22 year ago and went on to win one while in charge of the Rangers (2004) and another with the Orioles (2014).
More» Showalter on Machado's three homers, win|
|Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager is every bit as good as advertised. That's the bottom line with the National League Rookie of the Year competition. That's saying something, too, because the reports were off the charts before Seager had even played his first Major League game.
More»Justice gives his thoughts on who will win the NL ROY|
|Mike Trout is the logical choice. David Ortiz is the sentimental favorite. Josh Donaldson won last season and is again putting up monster numbers. There's also Jose Altuve and Mookie Betts and Miguel Cabrera, all solid candidates. In other words, there's no clear-cut choice to win the American League Most Valuable Player Award at this point.
More»Justice gives his thoughts on who will win the AL MVP|
|Alex Rodriguez choked back tears Sunday morning when he spoke of his family, especially his daughters. His emotions seemed raw and genuine, and in that way, he was vulnerable in a way we had not seen before.
More» A-Rod discusses ending his playing career|
|While Alex Rodriguez has stood at the dugout railing night after night recently, the Yankees have moved on, peppering their lineup with younger players. Meanwhile, A-Rod's average sits barely above .200. Where does he fit? He doesn't. That's the bottom line. That's why he's bringing his career to a close.
More»Yankees announce A-Rod to play final game, serve as instructor|
|The story goes that Andres Reiner became interested in the 15-year-old Venezuelan while watching him play center field. There was something about the kid's footwork and grace, his arm speed and the ease with which he did everything. Reiner, who died Wednesday at 80, never really was able to explain what he saw in Johan Santana that first game, and that's a thing a lot of baseball's best scouts have in common.
|Maybe the Baltimore Orioles are the 2016 version of the Kansas City Royals -- sometimes we focus on all the wrong things. From the first day of Spring Training, plenty of us did not believe the Orioles could make the playoffs for one reason -- starting pitching.
More» Britton retires Lucroy to secure the win|
|The buildup to the non-waiver Trade Deadline was dramatic, and the flurry of action on Monday afternoon was a fitting finish to a crazy few weeks of transactions. Here are some takeaways from the wheeling and dealing.
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|Mark Melancon may be the guy who opens the floodgates. That is, if the floodgates really are going to open as we approach Monday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline. Sometimes, they never do. This time, though, there's likely to be a flurry of deals beginning, well, any moment. Options abound.
More» Many scouts take in Phillies, Braves game|
|The Tampa Bay Rays may just be the key to everything at this point. That's the power that comes with having so much quality pitching and a bunch of teams anxious to upgrade their rotations.
More» Archer fans eight over seven strong frames|
|With the non-waiver Trade Deadline on Monday at 4 p.m. ET, this is the weekend when decisions have to be made. Let's look at five teams who'll likely have stressful weekends.
More»Morosi discusses Trade Deadline, Sale's return, more|
|Suddenly, the Yankees have hope. Actually, lots of it. That's what a month of solid baseball has gotten them. Isn't that all any team asks for at this time of the year? Considering where they were just a few weeks ago, the Yankees will happily take it.
More» Miller fans Gonzalez to notch the save|