Hal Bodley, dean of American baseball writers who joined MLB.com as senior correspondent in 2008, has covered baseball since 1958.
|Ask Kevin Cash what advice he'd give someone who's about to take over a Major League team and who's never managed at any level, and there's little hesitation. "Prepare yourself for the unexpected," Cash said, followed by a chuckle.
|For Toronto Blue Jays fans, Joe Carter's legendary home run that won the 1993 World Series seems eons ago. The image of that historic blast resurfaced when the Blue Jays ended their 22-year postseason drought in 2015 and returned again last month. But making it to the World Series has become a huge hump in the journey they haven't been able to overcome.
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|The last time the Dodgers went to the World Series was in 1988, that unexpected, improbable five-game conquest of heavily favored Oakland.
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|The Red Sox, fired up by the momentum of a late-season 11-game winning streak, will invade the Evil Empire's Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night, poised to clinch their first American League East title since 2013.
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|The Yankees limped out of Fenway Park late Sunday night, stunned in four games by the streaking Red Sox, and with three of their key players hurt.
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|Dusty Baker sat in the visiting dugout on March 2 at Charlotte Sports Park and tried to explain why he was returning to the pressure of managing a Major League baseball team -- this time, the Washington Nationals.
|Just when it appeared the Orioles were poised to complete a sweep of last-place Tampa Bay, the Rays' bats came alive, their bullpen was perfect, and they jogged off the Tropicana Field turf with a 7-6 victory.
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|Like the wonderful song, September is different. And no matter how much players argue the point, baseball is played differently in September. Especially for contenders.
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|Prior to the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline, the Rangers were a good team. Since then, they've become arguably the best team in the American League.
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|The day in August 2014 when the Indians unveiled a bigger-than-life statue of Jim Thome at Progressive Field, the slugger said another should be erected next to his: Charlie Manuel. It's not a statue, but when Thome is inducted into the Phillies Wall of Fame this weekend during ceremonies at Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park, his bronze plaque will be close to Manuel's.
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|A year ago, en route to their exciting World Series championship, the hungry Royals would have refused to let important scoring opportunities go to waste.
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|The Toronto Blue Jays, at least on paper, arguably have the best team in the American League East. The Boston Red Sox, with an improved pitching staff, are coming on fast. That leaves the surprising Baltimore Orioles, who desperately need pitching help, atop the division by two games as they invade Yankee Stadium on Monday night.
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|All-Star Games in San Diego have always been special to Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda. The former Dodgers skipper managed the National League All-Stars four times, but his first of three victories was in 1978 at San Diego.
|On the morning of June 1, the Red Sox were flying high in the American League East. They were 32-20, and they were in first place, ahead of the Orioles by three games. As they begin a weekend set at Fenway Park against the Angels, Boston is mired in second place, 5 1/2 games behind Baltimore.
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|First inning: Jake Peavy was struggling with his command, the Rays had taken a 1-0 lead against the Giants and had runners on first and third with one out. Bruce Bochy rubbed his huge hand over his face and almost yawned. Peavy quickly got two outs and the Rays threat was over.
|The Tampa Bay Rays have been written off more times this season than the double-martini lunch.
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|If there's a trace of a silver lining to the Astros' disappointing start, it's that this young team with the highest of expectations is learning the hard way it's not so easy.
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|With a little more than a quarter of the season behind them, the Marlins have essentially been treading water in the National League East's four-team logjam.
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|As the Oakland Athletics struggled their way through 10 excruciating May losses, the painful setbacks weren't something Moneyball could fix.
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|To say the Dodgers are sputtering and not hitting on all cylinders is an understatement at best.
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