Hal Bodley, dean of American baseball writers who joined MLB.com as senior correspondent in 2008, has covered baseball since 1958.
|After assuming the lead spot in the Braves' dugout in 1990, Bobby Cox began one of the most successful stretches in baseball history. That, and the respect that he had for his players, and they for him, led Cox to Cooperstown.
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|Major League Baseball is seriously considering changing its rules to make certain types of hits at home plate illegal. The sooner the better.
More» Avila, Ross collide at the dish|
|While departed baseball purists are turning over in their graves at the thought of expanded replay, it's good for the game, for the fans, not to mention managers and umpires.
More»Torre gives the latest word on replay expansion|
|As the Cardinals lick their wounds after being crushed by Boston, 8-1, in the first game of the World Series, all they have to do is look back to 1982 to gain a measure of hope.
More» Matheny on moving on from lopsided game|
|John Farrell's current version of the Red Sox shares a a great deal in common with Dick Williams' 1967 "Impossible Dream" team, which lost the World Series to the Cardinals in seven games.
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|The Rays finally were unable to find a miracle in the eleventh hour of the American League Division Series against Boston. But even though they're finished for 2013, this franchise is establishing a legacy that is the envy of many other Major League teams.
More» Maddon on being proud of the 2013 Rays|
|These Rays do nothing easily. They like to play with one arm tied behind their backs, with those backs to the wall. They're at their best when they're down for a 10 count, and they don't get up until it reaches nine. That's their trademark this autumn.
More» Maddon on deciding to lose the DH spot|
|The Rays, clinging to a one-game lead in the American League Wild Card race, open a series on Tuesday against a Yankees squad and in front of a Yankee Stadium crowd that is sure to be fired up for Mariano Rivera's final games at The Cathedral.
More» Loney discusses walk-off homer after win|
|When the Rays stunned the Rangers, 4-3, in 12 innings Wednesday night in a game that had more twists and turns than a mountain trail, it was right there on display: the "organic moment" manager Joe Maddon sought. As moments go, Tampa Bay's was short-lived.
More» Loney doubles in DeJesus to knot score early|
|With fewer than three weeks -- just 14 games -- left, the Red Sox are poised to go very deep in the postseason. They are certainly capable of returning to the World Series for the first time since 2007. I'll be surprised if they don't.
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|Put runners in scoring position and the Tampa Bay Rays come up empty. In blunt terms, they choke. The Rays, who led the rugged American League East by percentage points on Aug. 25, have been in an out-of-control free fall. They're a Major League-worst 4-12 since then, trying desperately to hold onto the AL's second Wild Card berth.
More» Price fans nine, holds Sox to two over eight|
|The Angels entered the season with sky-high expectations and poised to make a run at the postseason. At the end of August, the reality is much more bleak for the Angels and manager Mike Scioscia.
More» Aybar's two-run double gives Angels late lead|
|The Yankees would have preferred a better venue to prove they're for real this season than the snake pit that Tropicana Field has become for them. They're here for a telltale weekend, out to prove they're legitimate contenders for the postseason.
More» Reynolds makes a gorgeous sliding catch|
|Nobody wants to get hurt, and Joe Maddon certainly didn't want David Price to go down, but the Rays manager believes his ace has returned from a triceps injury a better pitcher, one with new-found focus.
More» Price fans seven Mariners over seven frames|
|The Tampa Bay Rays are a fun team to watch. They complement their talent with enormous energy, and they obviously have fun -- inside the clubhouse and on the field. On June 23, the Rays were in last place. They turned their season around with a torrid July streak.
|Anybody who believes someone other than Detroit's Miguel Cabrera will win the American League Most Valuable Player Award is living on another planet.
More» Miggy sends a solo shot to left field|
|The 1964 All-Star Game at newly built Shea Stadium was a spectacle that featured 18 future Hall of Famers, but it was Phillies outfielder Johnny Callison who made the game memorable with a walk-off home run.
More» Callison blasts a walk-off home run for the NL|
|The countdown for next week's All-Star Game respite is underway, and just when the Rays are playing their best baseball of the summer, they have to put their bats, balls and momentum away for four days.
More» Zobrist stops Cosart's no-hit bid with single|
|The Detroit Tigers have been playing baseball for 113 years and never before has one of their pitchers opened the season 12-0 -- until Max Scherzer did so on Friday night against the Rays.
More» Scherzer strikes out nine, moves to 12-0|
|The Blue Jays' celebrated 11-game winning streak came to a screeching halt Monday night, but this team has proven in the last two weeks it has the confidence and ability to put its dreadful start far behind.
More» Bautista homers with two outs in ninth|