Lyle Spencer has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2005, covering the Padres and Angels. He has covered Major League Baseball as a reporter and columnist since 1971.
|On the 60th anniversary of his selection as the first Cy Young Award winner, Don Newcombe remains in the Dodgers organization in community relations, visible at Dodger Stadium sharing his wisdom with the new generation. Contemporaries remember him with awe in their voices.
More» Newcombe talks about his career|
|In anticipation of an intriguing spring and a typically wild summer in the American League West, let's examine pivotal position players, and the impact they can have on their clubs.
More»Five players who could shape the AL West in 2016|
|With Spring Training quickly approaching, let's examine five potentially pivotal pitchers in what promises to be another wild American League West race this upcoming season.
More»Yu Darvish denied no-hitters twice in the 9th inning|
|From resting legs to bolstering lineups with an added bat, let's take a look at how National League clubs would benefit if the designated hitter was adopted by the Senior Circuit.
More» Posey blasts grand slam|
|Sticking with their youth plan and a system brimming with talent, the Dodgers aren't getting much patience from fans waiting 27 years for a return to the World Series. Scott Kazmir is a solid pro and Japanese import Kenta Maeda might mesmerize hitters, but the Dodgers are diminished without Zack Greinke in tandem with Clayton Kershaw. This is where Yasiel Puig comes into focus. His team needs him to be the player he can be and once was: an offensive dynamo.
More» Puig's grab robs Escobar of a base hit|
|When he displaced Lou Gehrig, the immortal "Iron Horse," as the game's all-time iron man, Cal Ripken Jr. set a bar so ridiculously high it likely never will be scaled. Ripken's 2,632 consecutive games played are more than twice as many as any player in history, with the exception of Gehrig and his seemingly unapproachable 2,130. Everett Scott (1,307), Steve Garvey (1,207) and Miguel Tejada (1,152) complete the top five.
More» Ripken sets consecutive-games record|
|In this era of dominant pitching and ever-rising strikeout numbers, it's not a good idea to fall behind in counts to the elite artists. Putting Clayton Kershaw, Max Scherzer, Chris Sale or Chris Archer in the driver's seat is not a comfortable way to go. Jose Altuve is in a class of his own. The All-Star second baseman is the most aggressive hitter in Major League Baseball, hands down -- and it is paying huge dividends for his Astros.
More»Jose Altuve wins 2015 Silver Slugger Award|
|Since his full-time emergence on the Major League scene as the Angels' otherworldly center fielder in 2012, Mike Trout has been, among other things, "King of the Road," seizing that title from Miguel Cabrera.
More» Trout gives Angels early lead on 40th homer|
|We have 1,001 ways to evaluate ballplayers these days, ranging from traditional, familiar stats to complex, new-age, computer-driven data. No formula is without flaws or questions, leading to endless debate over the relative merit of numbers.
More» Kershaw fans eight, holds Mets to one|
|At the moment, the Angels have veteran free agents Daniel Nava and Craig Gentry lined up in a potential platoon in left at a total investment of $2.3 million.
|After all the expectations of last season fell flat, San Diego is back in the more customary role of sleeper. With one move -- filling the void at shortstop -- the Padres could surprise the big spenders in the National League West and crash the party, or at least make their presence felt.
More»Desmond, Ramirez are candidates for Padres shortstop|
|From where he eats, sleeps and plays with his kids, an easy drive from Chase Field in downtown Phoenix, free agent Howie Kendrick sees "a really good fit for what I'm looking for in a team."
More» Kendrick singles home two in the 5th inning|
|At first glance, inspecting the 2017 Hall of Fame roster of candidates, it appears nobody approaches Ken Griffey Jr., the most popular inductee in history by the Baseball Writers' Association of America with 99.3 percent of the vote.
More»MLB Tonight looks ahead to 2017 Hall of Fame ballot|
|In the wake of another uninspiring postseason by their beloved baseball team, the natives of the nation's second largest city have been restless this winter.
More»Dodgers assemble lefties on pitching staff|
|Without much fanfare, the Mariners have achieved a makeover this winter that could result in a summer of sunshine and happy endings in Seattle. Almost 40 percent of the roster has been overhauled by new general manager Jerry Dipoto, and while the names aren't necessarily high-profile, recent history suggests that approach can be overrated.
More»Johns on the Mariners acquiring free agent Aoki|
|The remarkable competitive balance in Major League Baseball came sharply into focus last October when six teams crashed the postseason party after missing out in 2014. With a calculating eye fixed on 2016, let's take a look at six clubs poised to make it to the big show after being forced to sit and watch in '15.
More»MLB Tonight on Cueto's deal with the Giants|
|Mike Piazza arrived at the doorstep of the shrine in Cooperstown, N.Y., one year ago. Soon he will learn if he's welcomed as a member of the Hall of Fame in the latest election by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
More»Analyzing Piazza's chances for HOF election in 2016|
|Hall of Famer Rod Carew closed an emotional media conference call on Monday afternoon with a message that was both personal and universal.
|The baseball community came alive, stories flowing, on Sunday evening as the National College Baseball Hall of Fame honored Vin Scully with the George H.W. Bush Distinguished Alumnus Award at Bel-Air Country Club.
More»Scully honored with George H.W. Bush Award|
|Gentlemen and ladies, start your laptops -- and cell phones. The offseason officially has arrived, bringing the promise of heavy action as 29 Major League Baseball clubs take aim at the 2015 World Series champion Royals.
More»Scott and Dan discuss offseason free agents|