Hal Bodley, who joined MLB.com as senior correspondent in 2008, has covered baseball since 1958 and offers insight on MLB.com and MLB.com/Live.
|If the season were to end today, Boston's John Farrell would be American League Manager of the Year. What Farrell has done with the Red Sox mess is not impressive; it is amazing.
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|The struggling Blue Jays, who had so much hope and anticipation before the season opened, have been baseball's biggest disappointment.
More» Scott walks off Rays with a bases-loaded walk|
|To say the years since the 1985 World Series championship have been difficult for the Royals is an understatement. That's why their fast start out of 2013's gate is so impressive, so exciting for the long-starved Kansas City fans.
More» James Shields on his outing against the Rays|
|When they left Spring Training, last rites were being written about the Yankees as a contender in the tough American League East. Instead, manager Joe Girardi's makeshift lineup has been one of the season's biggest surprises.
More» Ichiro lines a clutch two-run single in ninth|
|Any notion the Oakland A's unexpected 2012 was a mirage by a group of overachievers who shocked the baseball world probably should be put to rest.
More» Lowrie knocks a single to get A's on the boar|
|Jackie Robinson breaking our national pastime's rigid color barrier in 1947 is without debate one of MLB's most significant historic events. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of that moment remains a cherished event in our national pastime's timeline.
More»Today's game owes much to Robinson's style of play|
|The Orioles enter the season with plenty of skepticism about whether they can duplicate last year's success, but with a 7-4 win Tuesday in the season opener at Tropicana Field, it appears 2012 might have been a prelude to bigger and better things.
More» Wieters clubs a two-run shot in the first|
|Manager Joe Maddon believes strongly that the Rays will regain their postseason swagger with a full season from Evan Longoria and a reloaded pitching staff.
More»Rays starters looking to go deep in games in 2013|
|Years ago, the late John Quinn, the Phillies' general manager at the time, called me aside and whispered: "Remember this: Spring Training performances are never as good as they look or as bad as they appear." Those words are as credible today as they were 50-plus years ago when I first heard them. They still ring in my ears.
More»Halladay on exiting game early with stomach bug|
|Davey Johnson has obviously mellowed. In casual conversations, he doesn't sound as head-strong as he was nearly a half-century ago. Few players were as cocky, but that's what made Johnson so good, so darn determined.
More»Johnson talks with MLB Tonight about Nats for 2013|
|Start here: This is the best team Fredi Gonzalez has had as manager of the Marlins and now the Braves. Top to bottom, these Braves ooze with talent -- plenty to maybe unseat Washington as the National League East champion.
More»Braves have some question marks in their lineup|
|Normally, when the Yankees come to Clearwater, Fla., it's a special day on the Phillies' Grapefruit League schedule. The park is almost always sold out, the sun usually shines and in short, it's a happening. Blame some of it on the rain, but the usual hoopla and electricity attached to the Yankees coming to town was missing Tuesday.
More» Ichiro collects three hits against Phils|
|Roy Halladay enters Spring Training out to prove that 2012, when back and shoulder problems made him ineffective, was an aberration.
More»Halladay on health and preparation heading into 2013|
|The Rays lose key pieces every season and they always seem to find a way to replace them. With the offseason trade for top prospect Wil Myers, this year will be no different for manager Joe Maddon's squad.
More» Myers has huge potential, might start in '13|
|With the Blue Jays having made great improvements to their roster during the offseason, and the young Rays and O's already formidable foes in the AL East, the Yankees are no sure bet to make the postseason in 2013.
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|Stan Musial played on three World Series winners and watched many, many more. However, the Hall of Famer, who passed away Saturday, said the 1942 Cardinals were the best in franchise history.
More»MLB.com reflects on the passing of Stan Musial|
|Even though Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington has had a busy offseason, climbing out of last place seems like a Herculean task.
More»Red Sox excited to see what healthy Lackey can offer|
|Voting members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America sent a strong message Wednesday when they didn't elect anyone to the Hall of Fame.
More»Lack of 2013 Hall inductees has major repercussions|
|Sadly, this year's Hall of Fame ballot is more about moral judgments than numbers. That's not the way it's supposed to be.
More»Hot Stove on first-year candidates for Hall of Fame|
|As the Marlins continue to rebuild their roster, they should maximize their return for Giancarlo Stanton by dealing him as soon as possible.
More» Stanton homers, drives in three|