Tracy Ringolsby, the 2005 recipient of the Hall of Fame's Spink Award, has covered Major League Baseball since 1976.
|Every team in the Majors faces pressure to win. With Monday's non-waiver Trade Deadline approaching, that pressure is mounting. These are the five teams in each league under the most scrutiny to make something happen before the Deadline.
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|Throughout the past few decades, the bulk of the attention-grabbing deals on Deadline Day are centered around pitchers. Here's a look at 10 star-studded deals from past Deadlines.
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|Dick Balderson had a three-year tenure as the general manager of the Seattle Mariners, and former Mariners president Chuck Armstrong said that during that time, Balderson made the two most significant moves in the franchise's history.
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|Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich got the attention of the baseball world in advance of the non-waiver Trade Deadline a year ago with the Troy Tulowitzki trade. That has created an anticipation for what Bridich might do to add some life to the Deadline party this year, and the focus has been on the possibility of moving Carlos Gonzalez. Here are five reasons why the Rockies would keep Gonzalez instead of moving him at the Deadline.
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|For a day, the Royals get a chance to escape the daily grind, kick back and relive the magical moments of the World Series championship in 2015 during a White House visit with President Barack Obama on Thursday morning. Then it's back to reality.
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|There are dreams. And there is reality. Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti understands the difference.
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|For the better part of the past 44 years, Terry Ryan had been with the Minnesota Twins in various roles ranging from a Minor League pitcher, signed out of high school, to two terms as the club's general manager. Through it all, Ryan never lost touch with reality.
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|Pete Incaviglia didn't waste time getting to the Major Leagues, debuting for the Rangers on Opening Day in 1986 after skipping the Minors. The love of the game still resonates for the former slugger, who is now a manager in the independent leagues.
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|Before the All-Star break was even over, Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski had his shopping done ahead of the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline.
More»Dombrowski speaks about trade for Drew Pomeranz|
|The Wild Card was created for seasons like this. Because the odds are against a handful of down-to-the-wire pennant races this September.
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|Larry Bowa didn't even make his high school baseball team, but still found a way to make it to the Major Leagues and become an All Star. He talks about his journey in this week's Q&A.
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|Pete Mackanin has countless memories of playing for Gene Mauch and Billy Martin, and he has used that experience to become a better coach and now manager in his first full year with the Phillies.
More» Mackanin on win and bright spots on the team|
|Carlos Gonzalez has done a good job of masking his frustration with the Rockies, if there is any. He is one of the more upbeat players in the game, and he is rarely without a smile and kind word for anyone he encounters.
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|Major League Baseball gets it. The game has tinkered with the methods for selecting All-Star teams over the years. Well, take a bow, MLB.
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|Scott Servais is a first-year manager. This, however, isn't his first rodeo. Servais is in his 29th season in baseball. In addition to an 11-year big league career as a catcher, there was time in the Minor Leagues, and then front-office experience as a director of player development with the Rangers and an assistant general manager with the Angels. So when the Mariners started to stumble in June, he knew the time had come for a meeting with a handful of veteran players. A message was delivered.
More» Servais discusses 9-4 win vs. the Orioles|
|Safeco Field is a notoriously tough park to hit for power in, but the Mariners don't seem to be having any trouble this season.
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|One of the benefits Brad Ziegler has with the recognition he receives for being a baseball player is the opportunity to help others, which Ziegler is using to provide support at home for the families of military troops overseas.
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|Buck Showalter's managerial record speaks for itself. He's won division titles with the Yankees, an expansion D-backs team in its second year of existence, and the Orioles in 2014 after claiming the American League Wild Card in '12 with the franchise that had suffered through 14 losing seasons prior to that, and hasn't had a losing season since.
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|It was one of those regularly unscheduled sessions.
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|Five days removed from becoming the sixth active manager -- and 61st all-time -- to fill out a lineup card for 1,000 big league victories, Pirates skipper Clint Hurdle was sitting on the bench at Safeco Field on Wednesday afternoon when the irony of the situation hit. Thirty-three years, two months, three weeks and one day earlier, across the street in the Kingdome, which has since been demolished, Hurdle reached a critical juncture in his baseball life.