Gammons Notes: Dodgers’ offseason, the ongoing Castro-Mets saga and Rusney Castillo

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Dodgers As the Dodgers wait to see how Zack Greinke’s elbow feels after Saturday’s start and how Hyun-jin Ryu’s glute progresses as he shoots to return next weekend, they realize that once the season ends they have some major decisions. They will carefully watch shortstops Miguel Rojas and Erisbel Arruebarrena; it now seems highly unlikely […]

Coffee and Clippings: What went wrong with Xander Bogaerts & Jackie Bradley?

The overmatched Jackie Bradley Jr. has hit .143 in the last six games and .196 this month

Peter Abraham (@PeteAbe) of the Boston Globe talks about what went wrong with Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley… The fight is over, at least for this season. The last-place Red Sox threw in the towel on Bogaerts’s fellow rookie Jackie Bradley Jr., sending him back to the minors Monday, and only stubbornness seems to have […]

Peter Gammons: The struggles of top prospects in MLB

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Baseball America’s Pre-season Top Ten Position Player Prospects and 2014 Numbers BA’s Preseason Top 10 Position Players, 2014 AVG OBP SLUG HR RBI 1. Xander Bogaerts, BOS. 21 .225 .294 .336 8 30 2. Oscar Taveras, STL. 22 .224 .263 .298 2 14 3. Javier Baez, CHC. 21 .231 .265 .492 5 9 4. Gregory […]

Coffee and Clippings: Struggling Taveras is a work in progress

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Joe Strauss (@JoeStrauss) of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that struggling Oscar Taveras is a work in progress… The Cardinals moved all-in on Oscar Taveras on July 31. They strongly suspect he will grow into something special but right now would settle for merely good. “I’ve got a long way to go in baseball,” the […]

Coffee and Clippings: Will this year’s Dodgers ever really get it all together?

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Steve Dilbeck (@stevedilbeck) of the LA Times talks about if the Dodgers will ever really get it all together this season… We now interrupt this season to say, “Wake up! You’re supposed to be better than this.” The Dodgers returned home fresh off a 6-3 road trip with the best record in the National League […]

Peter Gammons: Just like his idol, Mike Trout always plays the game hard

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“You shouldn’t praise me for running hard to first base,” Derek Jeter said, recently. “What’s the big deal? What’s so tough about that? How many times do you run down the line a night—four times? You shouldn’t get praise for that. That’s what you’re supposed to do.” When Jeter plays his final game, his farewell will […]

Coffee and Clippings: Will Cuban phenom pick Yankees over Phillies?

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George A. King III (@GeorgeAKingIII) of the NY Post asks if Cuban phenom Rusney Castillo will pick the Yankees over the Phillies… Rusney Castillo is sifting through offers from MLB teams, but hasn’t set a timetable for when he will sign a free-agent contract. Castillo, a Cuban refugee, completed private workouts last Friday when he worked […]

Gammons Notes: Rob Manfred, Giancarlo Stanton, recovering in Colorado and Rusney Castillo

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There is no question Rob Manfred can be a very good commissioner, as Tim Brosnan would have been, and so would Bob Iger had baseball been willing to look outside their house. Manfred knows where the bodies are buried. He understands some of the issues in the gathering storms between a new union leadership and […]

Peter Gammons: Red Sox Hall of Fame: Pedro Martinez vs. Roger Clemens

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It is the Red Sox Hall of Fame—not the National Baseball Hall of Fame—induction, held Thursday morning in Boston, not Cooperstown. So as Roger Clemens and Pedro Martinez stand aside one another, arguably the two most dynamic, if not best, pitchers in that franchise’s history and analytically two of the 17 best starters in major […]

Coffee and Clippings: As Jackie Bradley Jr. ends hitless streak, questions remain

The overmatched Jackie Bradley Jr. has hit .143 in the last six games and .196 this month

Tim Britton (@TimBritton) of the Providence Journal writes that questions remain for Jackie Bradley Jr. as he ended his hitless streak last night… Jackie Bradley, Jr. could actually smile on Wednesday. He could crack a joke about being hit by a 100 mph fastball by Aroldis Chapman, and he could breathe after ending his 0-for-35 […]