Bryce Harper - Washington Nationals

Peter Gammons: The Worst Curse in Life

It was the first inning of the first 2015 game at Fenway Park. Bryce Harper was announced and walked towards the batter’s box, and about ten rows behind home plate a man ... Read More
chris heston

The Good and Bad of Chris Heston’s Curveball

Thrust into Bruce Bochy's starting rotation in wake of Matt Cain's trip to the disabled list, 27-year-old journeyman right-hander Chris Heston has swiftly become one of baseball's most intriguing early storylines. With just 5.1 innings to his big-league résumé prior to this season -- all of which … [Read More...]

Kris Bryant

Nine players who started their MLB career like Kris Bryant

Since 1914, there have been 31 other players besides the vaunted Kris Bryant who in their first big league game went 0-4 with three strikeouts. Here are nine of them. Nine to Know: 0-4 with 3K in career game #1 … [Read More...]

A Gon

13 “13 stats” so far this season

The Blue Jays, Twins, Angels, Royals, Astros, Indians, and Orioles have each used 13 different batters this season. The MLB average for number of pitchers used by a team this season is 13. The White Sox, Phillies, Mets, and Pirates have each hit 13 doubles this season. The Nationals have hit … [Read More...]

jon lester cubs

Coffee and Clippings: Hold the presses! Jon Lester throws to first

David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield) of ESPN talks about Jon Lester's first throw to first since April, 2013... It's rarely news when a pitcher throws to first base, unless perhaps he's picking off a runner to end a World Series game. Enter Jon Lester, who threw to first base for the first time since … [Read More...]

Mark Buehrle

Peter Gammons: Quick to the Plate

Watching spring training and now the first week of the season with baseball trying to quicken the time pitchers take between pitches, Buck Showalter has his thought. “Pitchers like Mark Buehrle and R.A. Dickey who work really quickly are going to have big seasons,” says Showalter. “A lot of … [Read More...]

salvador perez kansas city royals

Peter Gammons: Kansas City’s Young, Devout Leader

It was one of those late March days a year ago, and a scout who had the Royals in his spring coverage went to the day game. Salvador Perez caught seven innings. The scout went to a 6 p.m. game on the Surprise complex because it was for pitchers who needed work in a game between camp minor … [Read More...]