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.
|The Kansas City Royals have accomplished so much the last two seasons that it's hard to be blown away by anything they do anymore. Okay, check that. They just did. The Royals had themselves an amazing weekend even by their own high standards. One stunning victory followed by another and then another.
More» Royals take lead in 8th with three-run rally|
|Jackie Bradley Jr. is one of the coolest things to happen in baseball this season. So is that why he deserves a spot on the American League All-Star team? Actually, yes.
More»MLB Tonight breaks down Bradley Jr.'s hit streak|
|Here's hoping the Mets and Dodgers have the good sense to end this ridiculous thing here and now. To escalate it further benefits no one.
More» Syndergaard ejected after throwing at Utley|
|Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister says he's sure to feel a swirl of emotions on Friday, when he looks across the diamond and sees all those familiar faces wearing the black and gold of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
|If this kind of thing was happening to a team other than the San Francisco Giants, we'd say it was magical. Actually, we'd say this is what a team does in a championship year. Things just fall a certain way.
More»Giants' late-game heroics lead to five walk-off wins|
|One of the best ways to appreciate Buck Showalter's genius is to show up early one morning in Spring Training and watch him run a couple of drills with his Baltimore Orioles. On Showalter's 60th birthday, this is a path to understanding one of baseball's most respected, creative and successful managers.
|When he traded for Cole Hamels in 2015, Rangers GM Jon Daniels looked ahead to a time this season when Texas would have two aces -- Hamels and Yu Darvish -- at the top of its rotation. That vision is about to become reality.
More» Hamels dominates Astros with 11 strikeouts|
|Forget the possibility of Joe Kelly throwing a no-hitter at Fenway Park on Saturday afternoon. There was something a lot larger in play: the construction of a postseason team. Little by little, the Red Sox appear to be getting there.
More» Kelly throws 6 2/3 one-hit innings|
|One question lots of people are asking about the Phillies is whether or not they're remarkable start is sustainable. Let's just enjoy the ride and all its possibilities as the Braves come to Citizens Bank Park for a weekend series.
More» Gomez fans Stanton to pick up the save|
|When the San Francisco Giants are on a roll like this, almost everyone in baseball seems to be struck by the same thought. Uh oh, here they come.
More» Cueto's complete game leads Giants to a win|
|Among the tougher decisions on your 2016 All-Star ballot is right there at third base in the American League: Josh Donaldson or Manny Machado.
More» Machado belts a towering two-run shot|
|This was a fracas the Texas Rangers seemingly wanted, one they apparently had to have. That it might have been as much about flushing demons as getting revenge is irrelevant. So was waiting seven months and two days for the right moment.
More» Blue Jays, Rangers get into wild melee|
|Maybe they weren't on our radars on Opening Day, but what does that matter now? One of the coolest things about every All-Star Game is watching the players who are there for the first time.
More» Trumbo opens the scoring with a two-run shot|
|One of the things we love about Bryce Harper is that he brings a certain energy and fire to the ballpark every single night. Has it been over the top at times? Sure, it has. Let's remember that he was 19 years old when he played his first Major League game four years ago. Did he still have some growing up to do? Of course.
More» Harper connects for a solo shot to right|
|Wednesday was a reminder why baseball is the best sport on the planet and why we love it. This isn't the September stretch run. This isn't the postseason. Doesn't matter. On Wednesday, baseball gave us one of those days that was spectacularly entertaining. We could use a day or two to wrap our minds around all of it. That is, if we weren't back at it on Thursday.
More» Scherzer fans 20 Tigers, ties record|
|"Twenty-five players engaged, prepared and playing hard," manager Jeff Banister will say. That's the lesson of this mini-surge in which the Rangers have won five of six games to move five games above .500 for the first time this season at 20-15.
More» Rua's homer caps Rangers' rally|
|Stephen Strasburg's seven-year, $175 million contract extension with the Washington Nationals is a tribute to a smart, efficient organization. It couldn't be simpler.
More»Nationals, Strasburg announce agreement on extension|
|It's with a cluttered mind and a tip of the hat to the tidal wave of talent that has entered the game in recent years, that I mark my first 2016 American League All-Star ballot. This is the squad that will try to give the AL home-field advantage in the World Series for the fourth straight season.
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|This National West race is insane -- five teams bunched within 3 1/2 games of one another. Sure, it's early. We all understand that. On the other hand, the NL West hasn't been this close on this date in 10 years.
More» Pederson's 434-foot blast|
|Someday, we'll look back and tell people we were the lucky folks who got to watch Jose Altuve play baseball. We've been reminded of that over and over in the first weeks of a new season, as he has taken an already elite game to an entirely new level.
More» Altuve skies home run to left field|