Tracy Ringolsby, the 2005 recipient of the Hall of Fame's Spink Award, has covered Major League Baseball since 1976. He offers his insight on MLB.com and MLB.com/live.
|A year ago, when manager Jim Leyland made it clear he really was going to retire, Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski was uncertain enough about a potential replacement that he admitted to having an initial list of 50 candidates. Now, after a successful first-year campaign in Detroit, it appears the Tigers have the right man for the job for a long time to come in Brad Ausmus.
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|The Tigers celebrated a division title on Sunday, but the focus remains on the goal of bringing a World Series championship to Detroit for the first time since 1984.
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|Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter is 39 and still going strong. He has an impressive resume for his 16 full big league seasons. But there's something missing: a championship ring.
More» Torii robs Abreu with great leaping catch|
|After being cut loose by the Astros in Spring Training, J.D. Martinez has resurrected his career with the Tigers, thanks to his faith in his ability and his new approach at the plate.
More» J.D. Martinez blasts go-ahead three-run shot|
|Keep the champagne on ice. Yep, the Tigers clinched their franchise-record fourth consecutive postseason appearance on Wednesday night. Nope, there was no celebration. There was just another check mark for Detroit's 2014 to-do list, as the club has its sights set on a World Series title.
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|The Pirates clinched a second consecutive postseason appearance Tuesday night, using a late-season surge to reaffirm that they learned the lesson well from a year ago, writes columnist Tracy Ringolsby.
More» Pirates clinch playoff spot, celebrate|
|It wasn't easy for him to do, but making a change at general manager struck John Schuerholz as the right move, and therefore one that needed to be made.
More» Schuerholz discusses Wren's dismissal as GM|
|The Nationals have the luxury of being able to experiment in the final week of the regular season. Not only have they clinched the NL East title, but the seven remaining games on their schedule are at home and are against two teams that have been eliminated. The rest of the postseason hopefuls would like to be as worry-free.
More» A's preserve Wild Card lead|
|What's impressive about this season is that Clayton Kershaw is 20-3 and missed a month. He has one start left so he will win at least 20 games -- possibly 21 -- in 27 starts. Kershaw is only the second Major League pitcher to win 20 games in a season of 27 or fewer starts, according to Stats Inc., advance leaders search.
More» Kershaw fans nine en route to 20th win|
|Dayton Moore's decision to trade four prospects to the Rays for James Shields and Wade Davis helped to push the Royals over the hump.
More» Shields retires 18 in a row over seven frames|
|While the Rockies are looking to avoid the first 100-loss season in franchise history, Justin Morneau is putting the finishing touches on a comeback season that he can cap off with a batting title for the first time in his career.
More» Morneau drives in six runs in Rockies win|
|For all the focus and excitement that surrounds Dodgers center fielder Yasiel Puig, it is important to step back at times and remember that he remains a player with a ton of raw ability who is far from a finished product.
More» Puig belts two-run shot to right-center|
|The Dodgers know they can't let clinching a postseason spot interfere with the patience necessary for the rehabilitation of Hyun-Jin Ryu, who is sidelined for the second time this year because of inflammation in his left shoulder.
More» Ryu leaves game early with shoulder issues|
|OK, there are two weeks left in the regular season, and there are 13 games remaining on the Athletics' schedule. And yes, the A's did put themselves in control of the American League Wild Card race with back-to-back wins against the Mariners on Saturday and Sunday. But manager Bob Melvin said he's not looking at what should be a promising schedule for the A's in the final two weeks of the regular season. His focus, he said, is on Tuesday night's game against the Rangers.
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|The A's added Jon Lester at the July 31 Trade Deadline because he is a proven big-game pitcher, something that Oakland was missing. And he provided a perfect example of what he brings to the table in Sunday's 4-0 win in Seattle.
More» Lester fans seven over six shutout innings|
|No denying the baseball axiom about momentum being the next game's starting pitcher. The motion, however, has to get started before the momentum takes over. And the Oakland A's may well have found that starting point on Saturday night.
More» Melvin on 3-2 win in extra innings|
|The Mariners would appear to have the roughest road to the postseason among the six teams in the running for the final two American League playoff spots. Not that they care.
More» Cano blasts solo shot to the opposite field|
|As if those losses of Matt Wieters and Manny Machado weren't enough of a challenge, now the Orioles are faced with slugging Chris Davis suspended from playing the final 17 games of the regular season and as many as eight in the postseason, should the Orioles advance as far as the American League Championship Series.
More»Orioles' Postseason plans impacted by loss of Davis|
|While most of his peers his age have long retired or are playing small roles in the big leagues, 20-year veteran LaTroy Hawkins is closing out games for the Rockies and approaching 1,000 career appearances.
More» Hawkins strikes out Gregorius to earn save|
|As if a lingering 100-loss season on the heels of the best five-year run in the 54-year franchise history isn't enough of a challenge, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels was blindsided on Friday when Ron Washington, the most successful manager in franchise history, abruptly resigned, citing personal issues that need to be addressed. And for a franchise looking for a quick turnaround, it's a major blow.
More»Rangers address Washington's resignation as manager|