Peter Gammons: Quintana crosses town to Wrigleyville, Springer’s MVP shot, and more

The news of the Cubs blockbuster trade featuring Jose Quintana broke around 11 Thursday morning. The phone rang. “So much for the hangovers,” said the major league coach on the other line. “Theo and Jed just dumped a bucket of ice water over the entire clubhouse. What differentiates those guys is that they understand players. They […]

Peter Gammons: 2017 ASG was fun and the way the event should be

How the 1981 All Star Game ended really didn’t matter. There was no twitter, no television or radio sport shock-talk, no blogs, so when American League manager Jim Frey had to bat Blue Jays pitcher Dave Stieb in the ninth inning with one out and none on down a run in the bottom of the ninth inning, there were […]

Peter Gammons: State of the league going into the All Star Break

We’ve heard the game show since mid-March, “buyers” and “sellers,” who they should be and what they should do. As the second half of the season began, by Friday the Milwaukee Brewers had a 4 ½ game lead in the National League Central with the fourth best run differential (+40) in the league. And when […]

Peter Gammons: Dennis Eckersley and what it is to be a teammate

I spent 11 Januaries flying into Cleveland for the Indians Rookie Development Program, and have done many others, from the Yankees to the Red Sox to the Rays. There was always one story I told about what it is to be a teammate, a story about Dennis Eckersley. A lot of those young players to […]

Peter Gammons: Midway check-in from Miami to Cambridge, Columbia SC, and the Cape

The season reaches its midway point this weekend, with the Dodgers, Diamondbacks, Rockies, Brewers and Nationals in line for the National League playoff positions, the Red Sox, Indians, Astros, Yankees and Twins out front, the Rays and Angels a game back of the wild card. With the All Star Game on the immediate horizon, this […]

Peter Gammons: State of the MLB at the Summer Solstice

The Summer Solstice arrived and the sun rose on Buzzard’s Bay on three remarkable facts: –Two rookies named Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger led their leagues in home runs, 46 between them, and Bellinger didn’t make it to Los Angeles until April 25; –The three best records and widest run differentials in the National League […]

Peter Gammons: Agents, scouts, prospects, changing trends, and the MLB Draft

The Baseball Draft was changed in 2012 because the Commissioner’s Office felt that teams like the Red Sox could use their development revenues to sign players like Anthony Rizzo in later rounds for high round contracts. The idea was to restrict signing pools based on the previous year’s standings and allow losing teams better access […]

Peter Gammons: With respect to 1st rounders, winning takes a much wider collective

We understand the importance of Monday’s draft. Bryce Harper, Kris Bryant, Mike Trout, Clayton Kershaw, Mookie Betts, Dustin Pedroia, Aaron Judge, C.C. Sabathia, Francisco Lindor, Carlos Correa, Paul Goldschmidt, Max Scherzer, Nolan Arenado, Buster Posey, Andrew McCutchen, Madison Bumgarner  and Corey Seager were draft choices who altered their franchises. Miguel Sano is changing the Twins, […]

Peter Gammons: The winding the road for a superhuman draft pick

In Chicago Saturday, there was a relieved cheer that echoed from Wrigley to The Gold Coast when Kyle Schwarber hit his grand slam to beat the Cardinals. There was the same sense across New England when Andrew Benintendi, who’d broken an 0-for-19 slump Saturday, went yard against Chris Tillman in Baltimore. Schwarber and Benintendi will […]

Peter Gammons: Look West for the class of the National League

In a year in which the Seattle Mariners, who haven’t made the postseason since 2001, were redeveloped and now playing in exile in a land called the Disabled List, the discussions over the weekend in Fenway Park were a positive distraction. It was about shortstop Jean Segura, his .329 average coming off leading the National […]