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.
|President Obama stood there smiling and playful in front of the Kansas City Royals on Thursday, leading the audience in cheers for catcher Salvador Perez and first baseman Eric Hosmer, for general manager Dayton Moore and manager Ned Yost and all the rest. This is one of the rites of passage for a World Series champion.
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|In a perfect world, what would your favorite team do? Forget fallback positions. Let's go for something that might just be the final touch. Let's attempt to put ourselves in the shoes of 10 executives as the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches.
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|We tend to focus on starting pitching and impact bats as the non-waiver Trade Deadline nears, and rightfully so. Among the hot names: Rich Hill, Jay Bruce, Chris Archer and Jonathan Lucroy. Less talked about are the relievers. Some of the most intriguing names are not as well known.
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|With the non-waiver Trade Deadline now just two weeks away, these are tense times around Major League front offices. Not just for the contenders, either, even though that's where everything starts.
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|The Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline could still bring a flurry of last-second deals, but the heavy lifting is already underway.
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|It's probably symbolic of something larger that David Ortiz played his 10th and final All-Star Game at this moment in baseball history. He has a front-row seat to a sport that's being transformed right in front of our eyes. Here's to youth and energy. Here's to amazing talent, too.
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|The first half of this baseball season has reminded us of the greatness of Clayton Kershaw and Mike Trout, of Josh Donaldson and Jose Altuve. These are four of the players who are defining this generation of baseball.
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|Astros second baseman Jose Altuve has arrived at his fourth All-Star Game presented by MasterCard with the same sense of wonder and expectation he brought to his first.
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|On this last All-Star ride, David Ortiz is hoping to slow the whole thing down.
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|There just can't be a sweeter, more improbable story at this All-Star Game than Astros closer Will Harris. Surely, his 10-year journey makes the moment just a bit more special, especially considering there were times he doubted he'd ever be healthy enough to have a baseball career.
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|If this was about sending a message to the Astros, Alex Bregman, the club's No. 1 prospect, could not have done more. As the Astros contemplate when to add him to the Major League club, Bregman made a significant statement of his own.
More» Statcast tracks Bregman's triple and double|
|Remember when Bryce Harper and Mike Trout were the fresh new faces of the All-Star Game? Hard to believe four years have passed since then.
More» Final Vote begins, rosters revealed|
|We acknowledge that picking All-Star teams is an impossible task. No matter how thorough the selection process, there'll be oversights here, there and everywhere. Here's a miniature and highly imperfect list of oversights in each league.
More»Scherzer etches name in record books with 20 whiffs|
|Three hours before first pitch of the Marlins' 5-2 win over the Braves, players and coaches from both teams were on the field at Fort Bragg taking photos, greeting soldiers, soaking in the atmosphere. This was something new, something that both inspired and humbled. These teams got that part of it, and they did themselves and their sport proud. They understood it was about baseball and so much more. Major League Baseball had one of its finer hours Sunday night in kicking off a two-day celebration of the Fourth of July with an idea that was smartly conceived and brilliantly executed.
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|The Cleveland Indians had an extraordinary June. They posted the best record in baseball, at 22-6, for that month, and they still have that 13-game winning streak alive and well. And they have been doing it the old-fashioned way, with pitching. So how do we explain the Baltimore Orioles?
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|We're going down to the wire on some of these races in both leagues. Time to give your guys another push toward San Diego as we approach the final hours of online voting (11:59 p.m. ET tonight).
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|This season is a reminder of how much baseball's Wild Card games has made the sport better and more interesting. At a time when three of the six division races aren't close, 20 of baseball's 30 teams are still within five games of a postseason berth. Two more -- Diamondbacks and Brewers -- are 6 1/2 games out.
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|There just has to be a place for Washington's Wilson Ramos on the National League All-Star Team. For one thing, he has been the best offensive catcher in baseball this season. For another, players like him are part of what makes the All-Star Game such a compelling event.
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|This much we know: Mike Trout is a lock for one of the three starting outfield spots on the American League All-Star team. Come to think of it, we can go ahead and pencil him in for next season and the foreseeable future while we're at it.
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|This one was not easy. In that way, it represented everything this crazy season has thrown at the Houston Astros. "We're a resilient group," manager A.J. Hinch would say later. They are that and possibly more.
More» Correa lines a two-run walk-off single|