Matt Yallof is an MLB Network studio host who hosts the regular season studio show The Rundown and regularly appears on MLB Tonight, Quick Pitch and the offseason studio show Hot Stove.
|Everyone loves a good comeback story. Ideally, it's a tale that tugs on your heart strings and produces a few tears. Unfortunately, I can't offer you that type of drama. What I can produce is a list of players who have the talent, swagger and opportunity to change the way the playoff races unfold in 2015.
More» Fernandez could make second-half impact|
|After playing for his original team across 15 seasons, Jimmy Rollins is bumped off the top of the longest tenured list as he returns to his California roots to play in Los Angeles. It will be so odd to see Rollins wearing the color blue that pictures may seem photoshopped.
More»Rollins on joining Dodgers, looking ahead to 2015|
|Since last fall, Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain became a dad for the first time, won the American League Championship Series Most Valuable Player Award and starred in the World Series.
More» Cain, CF|
|A few months after taking over for Kirk Gibson, D-backs skipper Chip Hale is finally on the verge of his first Spring Training as a big league manager. There's excitement but also some nervous anticipation. Hale knows he'll make some mistakes along the way. Baseball is not a perfect sport.
More»Gilbert discusses Hale's managerial competitiveness|
|Right-hander Max Scherzer won a $144 million game of chicken that he played with the Tigers. But unless Scherzer helps the Nationals win their first World Series title, this signing will be a bust.
More»Nationals sign Max Scherzer to seven-year deal|
|Today's 'view' is aided by the use of a rear view mirror along with the handy work of the MLB Network Research Department. While this is typically the time of year to project, predict and forecast the future, it seems a bit fruitless at this point in 2015.
More»Randy Johnson discusses playing for the D-backs|
|Many high-profile players enter the 2015 season feeling the heat to turn in All-Star performances, including Giancarlo Stanton after signing the most lucrative contract in baseball history this offseason.
More»Marlins discuss Stanton's record-setting contract|
|Let me take you back to Smithtown, N.Y., 1985. The Smithtown Recreation Baseball Camp was running like a tight ship. Hundreds of boys whose ages ranged from 8-14 spread out across a dozen baseball fields on the grounds of Smithtown High School East. The dream was to someday play in college. One coach in particular was already living that dream.
More»Biggio on New York roots, love of the game|
|Unfortunately, Fred McGriff will most likely not be among the group of players inducted into the Hall of Fame this year. Make no mistake, Crime Dog deserves a place in Cooperstown. Given the fact the highest percentage of the vote he's received in five years of eligibility is 23.9 percent, don't bet on one of the most feared power hitters of his era being named on 75 percent of the ballots.
More»McGriff strings together 10 seasons of 30-plus homers|