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 and MLB.com/live.
|In a city where the ballpark is packed and the crowd is roaring every single night, Hunter Pence is at his best.
More»Pence discusses Giants winning the NLCS with Sam Ryan|
|The Giants' ability to overcome injuries and a couple of rough stretches has made their third NL pennant in the past five years all the more sweet.
More» Baer presented with Warren C. Giles Trophy|
|Like the Giants, the Cardinals were a team that had trouble making the pieces fit in a rollercoaster of a season. Like the Giants, the Cardinals kept pushing and fighting and clawing. They did themselves proud on a bunch of different levels. In a magical postseason, the Giants just had a bit more.
More»Memorable Game 5 sends Giants to World Series|
|The St. Louis Cardinals look across the diamond at the San Francisco Giants and see themselves. At least, they see the team they were for most of the season.
More»Breaking down the Giants' winning formula in Game 4|
|The Los Angeles Dodgers have just hired a brilliant man, a brilliant baseball executive. Is Andrew Friedman baseball's best general manager? Put it this way: There's no way to have this conversation without including him. He's a rare individual on many levels.
More»Justice reacts to Dodgers hiring Friedman|
|The Giants pack AT&T Park with fans who create the kind of atmosphere we associate with college football. It's a San Francisco atmosphere, too, from the energy of public-address announcer Renel Brooks-Moon to Lou Seal, the iconic mascot.
More»Giants return home after tough loss in Game 2 of NLCS|
|The Giants won another postseason game Saturday night, this one 3-0 over the Cardinals in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series. No surprise there. When the lights are bright and the stage is large, the Giants are at their best.
More» Bochy on Bumgarner's start, Panda's big day|
|The Cardinals and Giants are more alike than they are different, and shouldn't that make this National League Championship Series even more interesting? Unwrap these franchises a layer at a time, and you'll find common threads.
More»Giants and Cardinals rotations lead the way into NLCS|
|We pause now to appreciate what we have just seen in this postseason. Has there been a better nine days of baseball? And now we welcome the Orioles and Royals back to the American League Championship Series, and catch up once more with our old friends, the Giants and Cardinals, for the National League Championship Series.
More»The 2014 postseason has had no shortage of thrills|
|Dodgers manager Don Mattingly understands he'll be the focus of the postmortems. He had 10 different managers during his 14 seasons as a player for the Yankees. Billy Martin had three tours of duty during his time. So Mattingly understands that managers get dismissed for all sorts of reasons and that they get blamed for things they shouldn't be blamed for.
More» Mattingly on NLDS loss vs. Cardinals|
|From the beginning of this season, the Dodgers' bullpen has been an ongoing issue, as injuries and poor performances have forced manager Don Mattingly to rearrange roles.
More» Dodgers on bullpen's 7th inning in loss|
|It's logical to assume Clayton Kershaw's stuff won't be as sharp as it usually is in Game 4 and that he won't go as deep into the game. In the end, though, manager Don Mattingly is giving the Dodgers their best chance to win.
More» Mattingly on Kershaw bouncing back|
|This first week of postseason baseball has been spectacularly good. It has delivered on every level.
More» Belt breaks tie with 18th-inning homer|
|Don Mattingly said that he plans to start Dan Haren in Game 4 of the NLDS against the Cardinals, but Haren will prepare to pitch in relief in Monday's Game 3 if he is needed. With a loss, Mattingly would likely call on Clayton Kershaw on Tuesday.
More» Mattingly on why he left Kershaw in game|
|When Dodgers manager Don Mattingly had a decision to make Saturday night, he actually had no decision at all.
More» Mattingly on Greinke's strong outing|
|For both the Giants and Pirates, the 2014 regular season was full of ups and downs, highs and lows. All led to the NL Wild Card Game on Wednesday in Pittsburgh, and both teams couldn't be happier.
More»Duquette previews the NL Wild Card Game|
|Baseball's most interesting front office made another gutsy, fascinating hire on Monday by naming A.J. Hinch the Astros new manager. Not the first for Houston, probably not the last. Onward. Here's to years of success and a long, happy marriage.
More»Duquette on Astros hiring Hinch|
|National right-hander Jordan Zimmermann's no-hitter was a joy to behold; in fact, the whole team is a joy to watch. The Nats climbed alone atop the NL East on July 21 and spent a total of 119 days there. This might just be their moment.
More»MIA@WSH Zimmermann throws no-hitter vs. Marlins|
|Derek Jeter said goodbye the way we always figured he might. That is, he did his job. Isn't that the thing that defined him for 20 seasons? When he takes a deep breath and reflects on all of it, he's sure to look back and take pride in always being part of a great whole, a team.
More» Butterfield presents Jeter with a gift|
|Derek Jeter will put on the Yankees gray road uniform one final time on Sunday morning. He'll do this because, well, you know why. He'll go through all the routines one final time, and at some point, it's sure to hit him that now it is really over.
More» Girardi discusses Jeter's retirement|
|Tim Hudson is a reminder that prices are going up. Baseball teams have money to spend, and with a thin free agent market and at least 20 clubs thinking they’ve got a chance to win the World Series in 2014, it’s a great off-season to be a free agent. Jacoby Ellsbury and Brian McCann are […] More»|
|Revisionist history says the Phillies made terrible decisions in giving all these longterm commitments to Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, etc. This is just silly. What were they supposed to do with these guys? Walk away from them? Allow Ryan Howard to leave via free agency? This group of players has transformed the Phillies from a […] More»|
|Until the moment the World Series was won on Wednesday night, the Red Sox were focused only on the job at hand. One pitch at a time. One inning at a time. Et cetera. “Whatever the task is in front of us, that’s the one we address,” manager John Farrell said earlier in the week. […] More»|
|Maybe the Astros came to town at just the right time to save the Rangers. Speaking of the Astros, this is the two-week anniversary of their last victory. During this little 0-12 run, they’ve been outscored 69-19. The Reds, Indians and Rangers all swept ‘em at a time when all three teams needed victories. The […] More»|
|How crazy is this American League Wild Card race? Donât blink or youâll miss something important, and I speak as one who stayed with the Rays and Orioles for their 6-hour, 54-minute marathon that ended at 2:05 a.m. Saturday. In case you missed it, the Rays won it 5-4 in the bottom of the 18th […] More»|
|Dodgers starters are 21-5 with a 1.91 ERA since July 26. In that time, they’ve had 12 games in which the starter didn’t allow an earned run. The Dodgers are 22-6 in August and 32-8 since the All-Star Break and 49-13 since June 22. 22 wins in August is a Los Angeles record for the […] More»|
|Tom Boswell of The Washington Post has an excellent column about baseball’s recent September surprises. He’s reminding his hometown team that it’s important to play the season out because you just never know. Here are some highlights: In just the past two years, six teams have imploded to lose division titles or a playoff spot. […] More»|
|I’m sure Ryan Braun was told that the reaction to whatever apology he issued would be negative. There’s nothing columnists and talk show nitwits like more than climbing on their soapbox and trashing another man’s ethics. As a matter of fact, I enjoy it myself. Some people were going to be satisfied only if Braun […] More»|
|Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig made the following statement today regarding the discipline issued to players in relation to Major League Baseballâs Biogenesis investigation: âMajor League Baseball has worked diligently with the Players Association for more than a decade to make our Joint Drug Program the best in all of professional sports. I am […] More»|
|It was the spring of 1993 in Fort Lauderdale when Orioles manager Johnny Oates introduced Cal Ripken Jr. to a skinny, 17-year-old kid from Miami. Alex Rodriguez would be the overall No. 1 pick in the draft that summer and had asked to meet with his boyhood idol. Ripken redefined the position of shortstop, proving […] More»|