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.
|As the Astros celebrated the Astrodome's 50th anniversary, it was a reminder of baseball finally arriving in Houston, and the history of the franchise from some of its legends.
More» Former Astros legends on Astrodome's history|
|Sometimes, the worst of times brings out the best in people. Just to be clear, Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond would rather not be this kind of example. On the other hand, he's showing everyone in professional sports -- and perhaps beyond -- how to handle a few bad days.
More» Desmond clobbers a solo homer to left|
|On Monday afternoon, the day of the home opener at Fenway Park, 22-year-old outfielder Mookie Betts played three of the best innings any baseball player can play. To do it in that setting, amid the pageantry and expectations, is a reminder the kid wasn't overwhelmed by the moment.
More» Betts steals the show on Opening Day|
|Nationals left fielder Jayson Werth sat in front of his locker in the visitor's clubhouse at Fenway Park on Monday afternoon and was peppered with questions players on really bad baseball teams always get. There was just one small thing that made the conversation odd. Werth is not on a bad baseball team.
More» Zimmerman crushes a homer to deep center|
|Maybe the New York Yankees will look back and see that this was the night something finally clicked. Or maybe the big picture doesn't matter. Not after a tough opening week. Not with a difficult schedule ahead.
More» Girardi on team's offense and running game|
|Masahiro Tanaka is the only one who can end the speculation about his arm strength, and there's only one way he can do it. Let's not make this thing more complicated than it is. All the Yankees' right-hander has to do is pitch well.
More» Tanaka on Yankees' loss on Opening Day|
|Afterward, Marty Foster was proud that he'd been part of the whole thing. Not just for himself, either. "I'm proud of being part of this game," he said. Especially this game. He was the home-plate umpire at Yankee Stadium on Friday night when the Yankees and Red Sox played 19 innings.
More» Red Sox resilient in 19-inning parade|
|In the winners' clubhouse, it was eerily quiet. No music. No celebration. Actually, there had been a brief celebration on the field when it finally ended, all six hours and 49 minutes of it.
More» Red Sox resilient in 19-inning parade|
|So should we look at the National League East race any differently than we did, say, a week ago? Absolutely not. Nothing has changed even with Matt Harvey at his 98-mph best on Thursday afternoon, and despite the Braves being 3-0 and the Marlins 0-3.
More» Harvey fans nine in first start of 2015|
|Here's what the Mets and Nationals will give us Thursday afternoon at Nationals Park: Matt Harvey vs. Stephen Strasburg. Grabs your attention, doesn't it? Sometimes, baseball gives us something so compelling that it has the look and feel of being an event. Every game has that potential, but every once in awhile, it seems predestined.
More» Mets fans chant 'Harvey's better'|
|Forty years ago today, the Cleveland Indians did something historic, courageous and absolutely brilliant when they made Frank Robinson baseball's first African-American manager. Seen now through the prism of history, that decision looks even more brilliant today than it did then.
More»Robinson makes managerial debut on Opening Day 1975|
|Just before the whole thing came undone in a loss to the Mets on Monday afternoon, the Washington Nationals had played a game that could serve as a blueprint for everything the organization believes in.
More» Scherzer fans eight in Nationals debut|
|For the Nationals, the news that they have been awarded the 2018 All-Star Game arrives amid great expectations. They surely are one of the three or four best baseball teams this season. But the Midsummer Classic that Commissioner Rob Manfred officially announced on Monday afternoon is about way more than that.
More»Nationals to host 2018 All-Star Game in DC|
|Welcome to the best day of the year. Say goodbye to the offseason. So long to Spring Training. No more dress rehearsals. This is the real thing.
More» McCutchen remains consistent, dynamic talent|
|All in all, the New York Mets have had a Spring Training that has generated all kinds of optimism about the next six months. Almost everything has clicked nicely, and what's that they say about the journey of a thousand miles beginning with a single step? Besides, a good spring beats the alternative by miles.
More» Alderson on Mets' roster and offseason moves|
|These days, Matt Carpenter is not just one of the best players in baseball. He's also one of the most respected -- especially inside the Cardinals' clubhouse, where his work ethic and drive are admired.
More» Carpenter will provide high average and runs|
|Dee Gordon is sitting in front of his locker after having another one of those games in which he made the Miami Marlins look really smart for adding him to the top of their lineup. He could pass for the happiest man on the planet.
More» Gordon laces a one-out triple in the 3rd|
|There's nothing like celebrating the final week of Spring Training by drawing an old-fashioned line in the sand. So here we go, our list of players who may or may not be in make-or-break seasons.
More» Moustakas sends an RBI double to center field|
|The Boston Red Sox do indeed have enough starting pitching to go back to the playoffs. In fact, the Red Sox may very well have enough starting pitching to win another World Series. Just because the opinion to the contrary has been repeated a thousand times, doesn't make it fact.
More»Clay Buchholz excited about 2015 Red Sox rotation|
|When the games have meant the most and the pressure cranked the highest, Gerrit Cole has been at his best. Isn't that what they say about the all the great ones? OK, slow down. He's not there yet. He's 24 years old and has made just 41 career starts for the Pittsburgh Pirates these last two seasons.
More»Cole knows staying healthy is the key to success|