Peter Gammons: Red Sox, Rays faced with deadline dilemma

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When Ben Cherington addressed the media in announcing the release of A.J Pierzynski, he turned the mirror on himself. “A.J. is not the reason we’re in last place,” Cherington said. “This is on me, decisions made, decisions not made.” Little more than a month earlier, when the Rays were dead last, Andrew Friedman called in […]

Peter Gammons: Angels add Huston Street in their pursuit for first in AL West

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In a three game weekend, they played 37 innings, scored 11 runs, allowed 10, used 16 relievers, and when the Mariners finally left Anaheim the Angels still trailed the Oakland Athletics by a game-and-a-half with the second best record and run differential in the majors and a reminder verbalized by Jerry Dipoto “that no one […]

Peter Gammons: Bidding Farewell to the Toughest Job in Baseball

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In between the glow of Derek Jeter’s elegant respect and next weekend’s historic inductions in Cooperstown, the murky, backroom politics of baseball kept Bud Selig from enjoying prolonged moments of the sport he loves, and the business he runs. Were there flaws in the entire All-Star festival? Of course. The notion that an exhibition game […]

Coffee and Clippings: The pitching prospect hailed as Yankees’ best in a decade

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Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) of the NY Post talks about Luis Severino, who is being hailed as the Yankees’ best pitching prospect in a decade… Severino was not on any significant top-prospect list to begin this year. But at the midseason, Baseball Prospectus had him at No. 48 and Baseball America at No. 34. Severino also was […]

Coffee and Clippings: 10 super surgeons tasked w/ putting MLB’s arms back together

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Will Carroll (@injuryexpert) of Bleacher Report talks about the 10 super surgeons in Major League Baseball… This is the All-Star team of sports medicine. After consultation with people around the world of baseball and sports medicine, I’ve compiled a list of 10 “Super Surgeons.” This is my version of this kind of list, and I […]

Peter Gammons: What Derek Jeter means to the game of baseball

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Derek Jeter finished taking his ground balls as he always takes them, his feet balanced and positioned, his glove inside his left foot. That is how he prepares. Several years ago, I asked him if he ever fooled around and one-handed a ball in those monotonous minutes that coaches hit ball after ball off their […]

Coffee and Clippings: Derek Jeter’s MLB All-Star farewell is perfect: No rules, just right

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Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) of the LA Times talks about Derek Jeter’s All-Star farewell… As Derek Sanderson Jeter graced his final All-Star game, what made the moment special was what it was not. Not contrived. Not manufactured. Not choreographed by a video board operator with his button on the oversized clapping hands, or by event planners […]

Coffee and Clippings: Royals got more than they bargained for in catcher Salvador Perez

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Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) of the Kansas City Star writes that the Royals got more than they bargained for in catcher Salvador Perez… On the day he became baseball’s best bargain, Salvador Perez called his mother. Yilda Diaz devoted her adult life to raising her only son, and on Feb. 27, 2012, Perez felt he could […]

Peter Gammons: Ten observations from the Futures Game

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Ten observations from the Futures Game: Joey Gallo may have begun his hitting career with Jason Giambi back in Las Vegas, but his batting practice and game power repeatedly brought the same comparison: Josh Hamilton. Different type of athlete, but the loft in his swing is, indeed, reminiscent of Hamilton. But Vas sidekick Kris Bryant […]

Coffee and Clippings: For Masahiro Tanaka, Injury Is About His Mechanics, Not His Splitter

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Will Carroll (@injuryexpert) of Bleacher Report writes that Masahiro Tanaka’s injury is about mechanics not his splitter… Masahiro Tanaka may have been a high-priced addition to theNew York Yankees last offseason, but he’s been an invaluable pitcher through the first half of the season. With CC Sabathia out for this season with knee problems and losing several […]