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.
|It's not only about those six young people and their college scholarships. It's what they represent. "Our program works," said Daryl Wade, director of the Houston Astros' Urban Youth Academy (UYA). That's the larger lesson. On Wednesday, the Astros held a ceremony to honor the five boys and one girl who signed letters of intent to play college baseball and college softball.
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|Let's take a look at six clubs that are in the long-shot category but still seem nicely positioned for big turnarounds in 2016.
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|The St. Louis Cardinals must be absolutely thrilled that some of us have already conceded the National League Central to the Chicago Cubs. The Cardinals? They're playing for second place -- or third. You can look it up.
More»John Mozeliak calls in to High Heat|
|Here's a look at one thing each team needs to happen if it is to fulfill its potential in 2015.
More»X-factors for all 30 MLB teams for the 2016 season|
|The calendar just flipped to February and there are still good players available on the free-agent market -- probably even some difference-makers. At least, that's what recent history tells us. In fact, this might be the best time to shop. Prices have dropped, so the smart teams have a chance to clean up.
More»Gallardo, Fowler, Desmond among available free agents|
|The Dodgers got better on Friday by re-signing second baseman Howie Kendrick, and isn't that the bottom line? Let's not overthink it.
More»Justice on Kendrick, Dodgers agreeing to a contract|
|In the end, the Astros did almost everything they could have hoped to do this offseason. So what do you think, Jeff Luhnow? "This team is built to go the distance this year," the Astros' general manager said Thursday.
More»Astros rotation deeper after Fister's one-year deal|
|Before we get to the new Top 100 Prospects list, let's pause for a word about baseball's older generation of players. Let's appreciate how many 35-year-old-plus players are still contributing at a high level.
More»Veterans 35 and older continue to impact the game|
|Rob Manfred's first year has flown by. If there has been a surprise for baseball's 10th Commissioner, perhaps that is it.
More»Manfred, Ripken hold Play Ball event in Tennessee|
|Did the New York Mets just move back ahead of the Washington Nationals and position themselves to win a second straight division championship? You're not alone if that's your instant reaction. At the very least, the National League East is positioned to deliver a 15-round heavyweight bout in 2016.
More»With Cespedes, Justice sees Mets as division favorite|
|For now, we appear to be a long way from having the designated hitter in both leagues. But you can expect to hear much more discussion over the next few months. And that's a good thing.
More»Manfred discusses the possibility of a DH rule change|
|During an offseason in which we've seen Zack Greinke, Jason Heyward, etc., strike it rich, Yoenis Cespedes has had to wait a little longer for a market to develop. In the end, that market has developed, and a nice market it appears to be.
More»MLB Now examines the Nationals' interest in Cespedes|
|Will this finally be the season that both Jose Fernandez and Giancarlo Stanton stay healthy? And if so, will this be the season the Marlins finally break through? As Miami officials put the finishing touches on their offseason work, they're again optimistic about what the club is capable of doing.
More»Hill on bringing in the fences, Gordon|
|The Atlanta Braves are in a good place. That's the one thing everyone in the organization can say for sure now. There's more work to be done, but there's an inner confidence about what has already been done and even more about what's ahead.
|Go down every roster in the American League East, and you'll come up with some very good reasons that team can win. You'll also come up with a string of large questions.
More»Richard Justice on remaining needs for AL East teams|
|Here's to you, Mike Ilitch. We offer a tip of the hat. You made a promise. You delivered. That's what Justin Upton agreeing to a six-year, $132.75 million contract represents.
More»Slugger Justin Upton joins formidable Tigers lineup|
|Chris Davis loves Baltimore. Baltimore loves Chris Davis. So doesn't this feel like a smart, sensible conclusion?
More»Upton, Cespedes remain on market after Davis deal|
|The White Sox and Tigers have gotten better, possibly way better. The Indians and Twins have made impactful additions. And that other team in the American League Central just won the World Series. Welcome to baseball's most competitive race.
More»Indians and White Sox could pose biggest threats|
|Sometimes, the marketplace just doesn't play out the way a lot of people thought it would. Isn't that right, Yoenis Cespedes? Here's a reminder that there's no predicting this stuff, that free agency is a gamble for even the best players.
More»Mad Dog shares his thoughts on latest Cespedes news|
|I still believe in the Washington Nationals. That's not the popular opinion it once was, is it? No big deal there. Sometimes, things take a little longer to click. Ask the Kansas City Royals about that.
More»Revere on what he brings to talented Nationals roster|