Hal Bodley, dean of American baseball writers who joined MLB.com as senior correspondent in 2008, has covered baseball since 1958.
|Fifty years ago, I sat in front of a somewhat snowy 21-inch TV set and viewed the first of what has become the most-watched sports event in America. Wow, a half-century ago. Actually, all I really thought about that wintry Jan. 15 in 1967 was that in a month I'd be on my way to Florida and Spring Training. And why not watch this football game between two of the top teams of 1966?
|Start with this: Shortstop Ian Desmond is coming off a very disappointing season with the Nationals, and he has been unable to obtain the mega-bucks contract he dreamed that he would get as a free agent.
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|If George Steinbrenner were still alive, I can picture him swooping in, signing prized free-agent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to a mega-bucks contract and landing his Yankees on the coveted back pages of the New York tabloids. Take that, Mets!
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|When the Blue Jays open their season on April 3 against Tampa Bay, they'll have huge X's on their backs. No longer will they be trying to get back to the postseason for the first time since 1993. They're American League East defending champs! And they'll quickly learn repeating might be a greater challenge than winning the division for the first time.
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|All the buzz is about Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza gaining election to the Hall of Fame. And how could three Baseball Writers' Association of America voters leave Junior off their ballots? That's another story.
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|The baseball scouts are honoring Hall of Famer Andre Dawson next month with something called the "Scout's Dream Award for Outstanding Achievement in Baseball History."
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|Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers' preeminent all-everything left-handed pitcher, was playing catch the other day with Jose Cruz behind a hotel in Havana -- just a little limbering-up workout.
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|Mike Scioscia is Major League Baseball's longest-tenured manager and one of the highest paid. He's been in the dugout for the Angels since 2000 and has three more years to go on his contract. In an era where the fate of MLB skippers hangs by a thread, to be around 16 years with the same team is unheard of. To say Scioscia is a survivor is putting it mildly.
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|In his first year, Joe Maddon steered the Cubs to 97 victories, took them to the postseason for the first time in seven years and stunned the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Division Series.
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|Nothing defines the Winter Meetings, which return to Nashville, Tenn., on Monday for the seventh time, more than the moves made by Pat Gillick and John Schuerholz, two of the most successful GMs in baseball history. Might there be a deal or signing that has similar impact when the game's movers and shakers gather once again?
|I believe at no time in its history has the way the game is managed changed as much as it has the last 10 years -- from the executive suite to the dugout.
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|It's been three weeks since that fateful Game 6 on a rainy night in Kansas City, and slowly the hurt and disappointment inside John Gibbons has turned to realization of how great 2015 truly was for the Blue Jays. They returned to the postseason for the first time since 1993.
More»Gibbons recaps postseason, talks Blue Jays' future|
|The Mets rode their superb young pitching to the World Series, but after two tough losses to the relentless Royals, they head to New York hoping to reverse the unexpected predicament they find themselves in.
More» Collins has confidence in Syndergaard|
|As the years have rolled by, I always regarded that Game 1 in the 1958 World Series as the best I'd ever covered. For openers.
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|Thirty years ago, little Ben Zobrist, not yet 5, would pull on his Royals T-shirt with the No. 1 on the back and accompany his mom and dad to Kansas City where they'd cheer on their beloved team. On Tuesday night, big Ben Zobrist, now 34, will pull on a Royals shirt with No. 18 on the back and try to help his team win its first World Series since 1985.
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|When the Blue Jays roll out their heavy artillery, opponents are shelled with a blinding firestorm of hits and runs. As the curtain went down on their AL East championship Sunday, they'd outscored opponents 891 to 670.
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|When Kevin Cash, who'd never managed a baseball team at any level, was hired as skipper for the Tampa Bay Rays last December, the feeling was he'd have to grow into the job. It would take a season, maybe even more. Cash has proven everyone who had that thought wrong. MLB's youngest manager grew up in a hurry.
More» Cash on lessons in first year managing Rays|
|After a grueling summer-long journey of 145 games, the Yankees' season essentially boils down to the next six. There are three weekend Subway Series games beginning on Friday at Citi Field against the Mets, the rejuvenated juggernaut that has stolen New York headlines from the Yankees. There's no love lost between the two.
More» Heathcott, A-Rod, Gardner and Girardi on win|
|The Rays' Chris Archer is just 26, but don't let his age fool you. He is a thinking man's player, who can put this very difficult game in such perspective.
More»MLB Central features Archer's rise to stardom|
|What's going on here?
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