Matt Yallof is an MLB Network studio host who hosts the regular season studio show The Rundown and regularly appears on MLB Tonight, Quick Pitch and the offseason studio show Hot Stove.
|Everyone loves a good comeback story. Ideally, it's a tale that tugs on your heart strings and produces a few tears. Unfortunately, I can't offer you that type of drama. What I can produce is a list of players who have the talent, swagger and opportunity to change the way the playoff races unfold in 2015.
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|After playing for his original team across 15 seasons, Jimmy Rollins is bumped off the top of the longest tenured list as he returns to his California roots to play in Los Angeles. It will be so odd to see Rollins wearing the color blue that pictures may seem photoshopped.
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|Since last fall, Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain became a dad for the first time, won the American League Championship Series Most Valuable Player Award and starred in the World Series.
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|A few months after taking over for Kirk Gibson, D-backs skipper Chip Hale is finally on the verge of his first Spring Training as a big league manager. There's excitement but also some nervous anticipation. Hale knows he'll make some mistakes along the way. Baseball is not a perfect sport.
More»Gilbert discusses Hale's managerial competitiveness|
|Right-hander Max Scherzer won a $144 million game of chicken that he played with the Tigers. But unless Scherzer helps the Nationals win their first World Series title, this signing will be a bust.
More»Nationals sign Max Scherzer to seven-year deal|
|Today's 'view' is aided by the use of a rear view mirror along with the handy work of the MLB Network Research Department. While this is typically the time of year to project, predict and forecast the future, it seems a bit fruitless at this point in 2015.
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|Many high-profile players enter the 2015 season feeling the heat to turn in All-Star performances, including Giancarlo Stanton after signing the most lucrative contract in baseball history this offseason.
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|Let me take you back to Smithtown, N.Y., 1985. The Smithtown Recreation Baseball Camp was running like a tight ship. Hundreds of boys whose ages ranged from 8-14 spread out across a dozen baseball fields on the grounds of Smithtown High School East. The dream was to someday play in college. One coach in particular was already living that dream.
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|Unfortunately, Fred McGriff will most likely not be among the group of players inducted into the Hall of Fame this year. Make no mistake, Crime Dog deserves a place in Cooperstown. Given the fact the highest percentage of the vote he's received in five years of eligibility is 23.9 percent, don't bet on one of the most feared power hitters of his era being named on 75 percent of the ballots.
More»McGriff strings together 10 seasons of 30-plus homers|
|While Torii Hunter would not confirm the specific teams that are interested in his services, the outfielder did say that many clubs are in the mix. He has certain requirements that give a few clues as to where he could land.
More»Rangers showing interest in veteran outfielder Hunter|
|Alan Trammell was everything we want in a Hall of Famer, right? He spent his entire 20-year career with one team. He was a World Series champion. But a jam-packed 2015 ballot doesn't bode well for Trammell, who deserves enshrinement, writes MLB Network's Matt Yallof.
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|In this age of limited character space, limited attention spans (equivalent to that of a gerbil) and self promotion that makes P.T. Barnum look tame, it's easy to forget about one the best hitters in the world. And because it's the offseason, that is perfectly fine with the Arizona Diamondbacks star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.
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|"The view" is back after weeks of watching in awe as the regular season turned into a captivating postseason. The playoffs have been so thrilling to this point that lifelong baseball folks are throwing around terms like "best ever" and "historic."
|This week it's the Orioles, or maybe the Angels. No, scratch that, it's the Nationals. Hold on, stop the music, it's still the A's. Unless it's the Brewers. Ask 10 different people to name the best team in baseball and you'll get 10 different answers.
More» Gordon gives Royals lead with solo homer|
|He plays the game the way you and I would play it if we were given the chance. All out. Hard-nosed. The kind of guy who looks like he'd eat glass slivers if it meant coming away with a win.
More» Calhoun discusses Angels' extra-inning win|
|Derek Jeter's career is winding down. It will end in either September or October. Let's hope it's October.
More» President Bush surprises Jeter at ceremony|
|It is the midway point of the regular season and currently 12 of the 30 teams are either in first place or within five games of first place. While forecasting postseason teams is fruitless at this point, it may be worthwhile to hand out some awards for the first half in each league.
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|Padres pitcher Jesse Hahn's brief Major League career has produced four starts, a 3-1 record and a 2.38 ERA.
More» Hahn fans eight, holds Giants to two over six|
|We know where Jeter will be on induction weekend 2020. But when and if these other stars eventually arrive in Cooperstown is something we won't know for a very long time. In the meantime, enjoy them while you can.
More» Rollins becomes Phils' all-time hits leader|
|Tony Gwynn's statistics are so good they don't seem real -- numbers you'd see in a video game or a stickball game. Perhaps we need to stop throwing around the word "star" so liberally. Gwynn's passing should help us rediscover the true meaning of the word.
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