Terence Moore has covered a variety of sports for more than three decades and contributes columns to MLB.com.
|As Black History Month draws to a close, everybody mentions the usual suspects associated with Major League Baseball, but when thinking about those other significant African Americans, Monte Irvin's name keeps surfacing for MLB.com's Terence Moore.
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|On the one hand, let's take Melvin Upton Jr. -- formerly B.J. -- at his word. He said his decision to switch from his nickname to his given name after 10 seasons in the Major Leagues has nothing to do with trying to change the vibes in his baseball world after struggling at the plate for two straight years. OK, but there is "on the other hand."
More»Melvin Upton Jr. on using birth name, bouncing back|
|Throughout northern Georgia, there is a debate percolating toward a boil over what to do with the Hank Aaron statue at Turner Field. Does it remain at its present location in downtown Atlanta, or do you move it to a northern suburb with the Braves when they open their new ballpark in 2017? But there is no debate. Why not two Aaron statues? End of debate.
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|In case you didn't hear, the folks at Heritage Auctions just announced they will spend this weekend in New York City asking for bids on the glove that helped make Jeffrey Maier the most famous 12-year-old boy in America.
More» Jeter's homer brings fame to Maier|
|It's fine to be sad, angry and perplexed by the Jackie Robinson West controversy, but there are more positives than negatives on the horizon regarding African-Americans and baseball.
|Things change, but this hasn't: The Giants still train in Scottsdale, Ariz., and they'll roll into these city limits within the next few days with hopes of preparing for their fourth World Series championship in six seasons.
|I'm sorry, but Dusty Baker has no business in his Sacramento hometown doing anything right now other than preparing to leave for Spring Training in Arizona or Florida as somebody's manager. Instead, Baker is spending his retirement age of 65 in an active yet restless state away from the game of his soul.
|Al Michaels is huge these days. It's because of several things, but many Reds fans will always remember him for one thing: That home run call.
More» Reds win after Bench's shot|
|Just so you know, there are several ties between baseball and why the Seattle Seahawks are a victory away from consecutive Super Bowl titles. You probably know about Russell Wilson. You may not know of Bryan Walters or the home-run derbies put on by head coach Pete Carroll as a team-bonding exercise.
More»Wilson explains how baseball helped him with football|
|Everything about Ernie Banks was joyful. There was his smile. Then there was his walk, along with his handshake and his voice. They all told the world that this was a human being who embraced every moment of his life. Not only did Banks pass away, but so did part of baseball.
More»Hall of Famer Ernie Banks remembered|
|Johan Santana is 36 and hasn't thrown a Major League pitch in three years. Dontrelle Willis is 33, and he hasn't done so since 2011. They both were huge deals during the earlier part of their careers. Then the disabled list became their companion. Now, they've both returned as pitching warriors... almost. Actually, we don't know, but we can hope.
More»MLB Now digs in on Johan Santana|
|With the addition of Max Scherzer, the Nationals have a pitching rotation for the ages, but you know what? Once again, we're seeing the difference between greatness when it comes to a collection of starters on a Major League staff and whatever otherworldly adjective is appropriate for all of those years when Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz kept throwing their way toward Cooperstown.
More»Nationals sign Max Scherzer to seven-year deal|
|Sooner rather than later, Major League Baseball will add a 20-second pitch clock to the game, and I will be fine with that. This is huge news. Not only the part about the pitch clock, but the fact that I approve of such a thing as The World's Greatest Baseball Traditionalist. I mean, if I don't have a problem with this, then neither will the Players Association, which has to give its nod to rule changes.
More»Selig confirms pace of play committee making progress|
|You have Hank Aaron, and then you have ... well, let's be honest. None of the other names matter. Not around this city, where various media outlets say the list of those in a group trying to buy the local NBA team goes from Steve Kaplan (who?) to folks named Erick Thohir, Handy Purnomo Soetedjo and Jason Levien to their only partner who counts. We're back to Henry Louis Aaron.
|Cy Maddux, Cy Glavine or Cy Smoltz? Actually, I should give each member of the Braves' storied pitching trio an upgraded title. So I'll rephrase what I just wrote this way: Baseball Hall of Famer Maddux, Baseball Hall of Famer Glavine or Baseball Hall of Famer Smoltz? Tough choice, but if it's Game 7 of the World Series, and if I need to start one of those pitchers in their prime, I'm going with ...
More»Smoltz elated to join Maddux, Glavine in Cooperstown|
|There is nothing I enjoy more than voting for Baseball Hall of Famers, and let's start with this: It's a splendid honor.
More»2015 HOF class reflects on Cooperstown election|
|Just between us, I've peeked at the 2015 New Year's resolutions of several folks involved with Major League Baseball. It's fascinating stuff, but to save time, I'll only give you my nine favorites. I'll also give you the likelihood of them happening.
More»A look at Lester's introduction to the Cubs|
|The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is peerless. There are only two Halls of Fame within even a couple of vintage Frank Howard blasts of Cooperstown. And neither the Pro Football Hall of Fame nor the James Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has quite the same ring to it.
More»Heyman and Floyd discuss 2015 Hall of Fame Ballot|
|You should ignore the hand-wringing around Atlanta over the offensively challenged Braves trading Jason Heyward and Justin Upton within days of one another. In the long run -- if not the medium run, or even the short run -- the Choppers and the Chanters will get over it. They'll discover the Braves did the right thing for so many reasons.
More»Bowman on Braves trading Justin Upton to Padres|
|Rarely has there been an offseason where so many teams that struggled like crazy months before have tried so fervently to sprint from nothing to something by Spring Training. You get the feeling no team is satisfied in baseball anymore, and that's a very good thing.
More»Jon Morosi talks offseason on Hot Stove|