Bill Ladson has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2002.
|Opening Day is less than three weeks away, and every Major League team has at least one player who is intriguing to watch throughout the season. Here is MLB.com's list of 30 players to keep an eye on in 2017.
More»Greinke ready to take ball for D-backs' Opening Day|
|Hall of Famer and Twins manager Paul Molitor has worked in Major League Baseball since 1978 and called last season the worst of his career.
More»Molitor on Twins looking to improve in 2017|
|Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper said he had his best offseason since he broke into the Major Leagues in 2012. Yes, he did a lot of weight training, but he also spent a lot of time with his family.
More»Harper on recent marriage, offseason changes|
|In four years at the helm, manager Terry Francona has guided the Indians to two postseason appearances and one American League pennant. Based on what they have on their current roster, the Tribe are expected to go deep in the postseason again this October.
More»Francona talks about staying positive for the team|
|Dave Sims is going into his 11th season as the TV voice of the Mariners for Root Sports. He is one of two African-Americans -- Astros radio broadcaster Robert Ford is the other -- doing play-by-play for a Major League team.
More»Sims looks at key players for Mariners offense|
|Bill White has certainly led a full life -- from a five-time All-Star with the Cardinals, to a broadcaster to president of the National League, White, 83, has about done it all.
More»Bill White discusses his career as player, announcer|
|During his teenage years, National Baseball Hall of Famer Tim Raines wanted to be an NFL star, but it was Joe Morgan's greatness at second base that convinced him to become an infielder. The same Joe Morgan, who won two National League Most Valuable Player Awards, helped the Reds win two World Series titles and is now enshrined in Cooperstown.
More»Raines gets into Hall of Fame with 86 percent of vote|
|Tim Raines was introduced at the St. Regis Hotel on Thursday afternoon as one of the members of the Baseball Hall of Fame's Class of 2017.
More»Raines discusses receiving call for Hall of Fame|
|Jeff Kent played for six teams during his 17-year career, and most of his success came with the Giants. During his six years in San Francisco, Kent and Barry Bonds were a powerful 1-2 punch in the middle of the Giants' lineup.
More»The case for Kent to make it into Hall of Fame|
|The World Baseball Classic is just a few months away, and Moises Alou, the general manager of Team Dominican Republic, is confident his team has the talent to go all the way like it did in 2013.
More»Moises Alou on managing in upcoming Classic|
|Playing Major League Baseball isn't the only thing Tom Seaver, Al Bumbry and Roy Gleason have in common. The trio also served in the military. And with Veterans Day upon us, we pay homage not only to ballplayers who served, but to all who served in the military.
|After he was named manager of the Nationals on Nov. 3, 2015, Dusty Baker made it known that he came to Washington to go the World Series. The Nationals won the National League East title under Baker this past season, but fell short of the Fall Classic, losing to the Dodgers in the NL Division Series. Next season, Washington's goal will not be any different. Starting with the Marlins on April 3, the Nationals will renew their quest to win the first World Series title in franchise history.
More»Duquette on Nationals' strengths and needs|
|Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon ended up having a productive second half in 2016, hitting .291 and driving in 52 runs. He credits manager Dusty Baker for his success after the All-Star break, as he said he's "not a very boastful person."
More» Rendon singles home two in the 3rd|
|Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman ended up having the worst regular season of his career, hitting a career-low .218, but now he is in the postseason, and the tide may already be turning.
More» Zimmerman singles for his second hit|
|There was a time Nationals manager Dusty Baker called himself a Dodger. From 1976-83, Baker was a two-time National League All-Star, won an NL Gold Glove Award and helped Los Angeles win a World Series championship in 1981.
More» Baker on injuries heading into NLDS|