Tracy Ringolsby

Mike Leake Made Quite The Leap

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Mike Leake made headlines by jumping from Arizona State to Cincinnati's rotation, bypassing the minor leagues completely. Tim Conroy can relate. Just 81 days after his 18th birthday, a couple of weeks after his graduation from Gateway High in Monroeville, Pa., Conroy found himself standing on the mound at Royals Stadium, wearing an Athletics uniform, and facing the two-time defending American League West champion.

Majors | #2010#Column

Rushed Pitchers Have Little Success

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The temptation is there. Can Washington resist? The Nationals are not going to win the National League East or the wild card—sorry if that bursts anybody's bubble—whether Stephen Strasburg starts the season in the rotation or in the minor leagues. With that in mind, the Nationals had every reason to err on the side of caution.

Majors | #2010#Column

This Could Be The Year Of The Manager

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t the end of last season, Braves manager Bobby Cox let it be known that he would return in 2010 for one final managerial fling. With Joe Torre, Lou Piniella and Tony La Russa in the final years of their contracts, too, it's possible that each of those veteran managers could decide to fill out their final lineup card this season.

Majors | #2010#Column

Draft Gives Teams Chance To Succeed

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With the Stephen Strasburg signing by the Nationals came an outcry to revamp baseball's draft. Why? The draft does what it is supposed to do. It gives the teams that have less success on the field a chance to add the better amateur prospects each year.

Majors | #2009#Column

Needed Step

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For all the fanfare surrounding the Nationals agreeing to terms with righthander Stephen Strasburg, the more significant moment in the history of that franchise came three days later. That's when the term interim was removed from Mike Rizzo's title and he was officially announced as the team's general manager, and the true foundation for the future was put in place.

Majors | #2009#Column

Rickey Steals The Show

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What was so special about Rickey Henderson's induction into the Hall of Fame is that it was clear how special the moment was for Henderson. Henderson stole the show at this year's induction ceremony. But then, what else could you expect from the game's all-time thief?

Majors | #2009#Column