Peter Gammons: Curse-conqueror Theo Epstein on right path to do it again

Peter Gammons: Curse-conqueror Theo Epstein on right path to do it again

Instead of being a college professor, Wall Street millionaire or the second coming of Edward Bennett Williams, Epstein took his Yale education and became an exorcist of the two biggest curses in baseball history. [read more]

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Nine Nuggets from “The Fielding Bible, Volume IV”

Let me get a couple of things out before I share some terrific insights from The Fielding Bible, Volume IV, this great book by John Dewan and Ben Jedlovec of Baseball Info Solutions: I love fielding. I never was a good hitter as a kid and I never got any better and knew I never would. As a … [Read More...]

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2014 Leaders by Batting Order Position

Nine to Know: 2014 Leaders by Batting Order Position Stats reflect a minimum of 300 plate appearances solely in that batting slot Leadoff Jose Altuve hit .331 Matt Carpenter had a .375 OBP Josh Harrison had an .894 OPS Denard Span had 184 hits Jose Altuve only struck out 30 … [Read More...]

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Newly-Extended Dozier’s Power Can’t Be Contained

Five years ago, Brian Dozier was an eighth-round draft pick from Southern Mississippi who received a well below-slot $30,000 bonus. On Monday, Dozier -- now considered one of the most well-rounded, productive second basemen in the game -- signed a four-year, $20 million contract extension that locks … [Read More...]

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Peter Gammons: P Fielder Covers Prince’s ‘Fixurlifeup’

SURPRISE, AZ.—Yes, Prince Fielder was worried. So was Jon Daniels and everyone up and down the Texas Rangers line when the then-29-year-old Fielder was so weak he couldn’t even do a pushup, an epidural couldn’t relieve the pain in his neck and led to a May surgery that fused the c-5 and c-6 … [Read More...]

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Coffee and Clippings: Alex Rodriguez continues to earn Joe Girardi’s confidence as DH

Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) of the New York Daily News writes that Alex Rodriguez continues to earn Joe Girardi's confidence as the Yankees' DH... Alex Rodriguez came to camp needing to prove himself to earn at-bats. He hasn’t done enough for Joe Girardi to name him as the everyday designated … [Read More...]

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Coffee and Clippings: Ned Yost expects Royals to carry seven relievers on Opening Day

Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) of the Kansas City Star writes that Royals manager Ned Yost expects the team to carry seven relievers in the bullpen on Opening Day... With Brandon Finnegan dispatched to the minors, the Royals roster picture has nearly clarified. Manager Ned Yost indicated that he … [Read More...]