|As one of the higher-profile scouts in baseball, Gary Hughes became known over the years for his willingness to take a chance on multi-sport stars.
|This weekend, football's final fling until after baseball's All-Star break, is all about number 50. Not the 50-yard line or Ken Strong of the New York Giants of the 1930s and '40s, the only player for whom No. 50 is retired, but for the 50th Super Bowl. You might have heard it's being contested on Sunday.
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|Fifty years ago, I sat in front of a somewhat snowy 21-inch TV set and viewed the first of what has become the most-watched sports event in America. Wow, a half-century ago. Actually, all I really thought about that wintry Jan. 15 in 1967 was that in a month I'd be on my way to Florida and Spring Training. And why not watch this football game between two of the top teams of 1966?
|Let's take a look at six clubs that are in the long-shot category but still seem nicely positioned for big turnarounds in 2016.
More» Cano trying to build off strong second half|
|The Rockies are heading back to the future.Bullpen coach Darren Holmes knows the script. He's been there, did well and is anxious to take a page out of Rockies pitching history and revise it this season. Colorado is putting together a bullpen in which roles will be forgotten and getting outs at critical times will be the focus.
More»Bridich on power arms, versatile defenders on team|
|On the 60th anniversary of his selection as the first Cy Young Award winner, Don Newcombe remains in the Dodgers organization in community relations, visible at Dodger Stadium sharing his wisdom with the new generation. Contemporaries remember him with awe in their voices.
More» Newcombe talks about his career|
|They said what they had to say. Then again, it's Super Bowl Week, so if you're linebacker Shaq Thompson of the Carolina Panthers and offensive lineman Ryan Harris of the Denver Broncos, this is neither the time nor the place to confess that your career path should have involved bats and gloves instead of blocking and tackling.
More»Panthers' Shaq Thompson spent brief time with Red Sox|
|The first nugget pulled from the pile of precious property was a personal phone book that began with Joe Altobelli, the former Orioles and Giants manager, and ended with -- who else? -- Don Zimmer.
|By the time all the smoke cleared this offseason in the National League West, about $500 million in mostly long-term contracts had been spent on six pitchers, with the Dodgers offering another $100 million in incentives to the tender-elbowed Kenta Maeda over the course of his eight-year deal.
More»Greinke, Miller boost D-backs starting rotation|
|Matt Murton? Did you say Matt Murton? That Matt Murton? Sure enough, it looks like the Cubs are about to bring back the international sensation who got away, the friendly red-headed outfielder who has piled up line drives on both sides of the Pacific Ocean. The move was reported from sources in Japan on Wednesday night but has not been confirmed by the Cubs.
More» Murton drives in two runs with a single|
|Wednesday marked the 27th anniversary of Bill White being appointed president of the National League, becoming at that time the highest-ranking African-American executive in professional sports.
|This offseason, after the Red Sox obtained Craig Kimbrel, the Yankees answered by adding Aroldis Chapman. And now, arguably, baseball's two top closers are in the American League East.
More» Kimbrel still one of game's top-tier closers|
|In anticipation of an intriguing spring and a typically wild summer in the American League West, let's examine pivotal position players, and the impact they can have on their clubs.
More»Five players who could shape the AL West in 2016|
|With Spring Training camps opening in two weeks, teams will start to get a first-hand look at the potential answers to the questions they have dealt with in the offseason. Every team has questions to answer, some more serious than others. Let's go around the diamond and look at each position's biggest question.
More»MLB Now reacts to Lucroy saying he hopes to be traded|
|The St. Louis Cardinals must be absolutely thrilled that some of us have already conceded the National League Central to the Chicago Cubs. The Cardinals? They're playing for second place -- or third. You can look it up.
More»John Mozeliak calls in to High Heat|
|In honor of Black History Month, here are nine notable achievements or contributions by African-Americans to Major League Baseball behind Jackie Robinson's entry into the game.
More» Robinson steals home|
|With the Royals coming off an AL pennant in 2014, only to have the computer predict they wouldn't even finish at .500 the following season, the team probably shouldn't have anticipated a whole lot of input love after winning the World Series in 2015.
More»Dayton Moore joins Matt Yallof on MLB Tonight|
|With Spring Training quickly approaching, let's examine five potentially pivotal pitchers in what promises to be another wild American League West race this upcoming season.
More»Yu Darvish denied no-hitters twice in the 9th inning|
|The calendar just flipped to February and there are still good players available on the free-agent market -- probably even some difference-makers. At least, that's what recent history tells us. In fact, this might be the best time to shop. Prices have dropped, so the smart teams have a chance to clean up.
More»Gallardo, Fowler, Desmond among available free agents|
|Give David Stearns and Doug Melvin credit. The guys running the Brew Crew created so much financial flexibility with their trades since the middle of 2015 that they were able to benefit by becoming the team that met the D-backs' desire to part with Aaron Hill.
More»Brewers land trio in five-player trade|
|Michael Brantley is progressing very well in his recovery from offseason right shoulder surgery. An April return is still a distinct possibility, though the Indians' public estimate for his return remains sometime before the end of May.
More»Chernoff on Brantley's recovery from shoulder injury|
|Bill Swift is a baseball lifer. And right now he is enjoying life under the national radar. The former Major League pitcher discusses his post-playing career in this week's Question and Answer.
|In case you hadn't noticed, Major League Baseball is moving base by base closer to reaching home plate regarding its stated mission of bringing more minorities into all aspects of the game. So how fast is baseball running along these lines? Well, when Rob Manfred retires as Commissioner, I'm guessing Tyrone Brooks will rank among his possible successors.
More»Rob Manfred speaks at Sports Diversity Symposium|
|The Dodgers got better on Friday by re-signing second baseman Howie Kendrick, and isn't that the bottom line? Let's not overthink it.
More»Justice on Kendrick, Dodgers agreeing to a contract|
|Spring Training camps will open in less than three weeks. Right-handed pitcher Yovani Gallardo, second baseman Howie Kendrick, shortstop Ian Desmond and outfielder Dexter Fowler all expect to be checking in. They just don't know where.They are in free-agent limbo.
More»MLB Tonight on where the next free agents will sign|
|In the end, the Astros did almost everything they could have hoped to do this offseason. So what do you think, Jeff Luhnow? "This team is built to go the distance this year," the Astros' general manager said Thursday.
More»Astros rotation deeper after Fister's one-year deal|
|From resting legs to bolstering lineups with an added bat, let's take a look at how National League clubs would benefit if the designated hitter was adopted by the Senior Circuit.
More» Posey blasts grand slam|
|Can't wait to see Corey Dickerson bang away for a full season at Tropicana Field. He should be a godsend for a Rays team that was 14th in the American League in scoring last year.
More»Silverman on Rays acquiring Dickerson from Rockies|
|I am not sure when the designated hitter rule started to become a force for modernizing North American society.
More»Manfred discusses the possibility of a DH rule change|
|Randy Johnson visited the sprawling campus of Peoria High School, where 25 students from teacher Matthew Glover's advanced arts class honored him by painting a 16-foot-high mural of The Big Unit in the midst of his classic windup.
More»Hall of Famer views giant mural at Peoria High School|