Peter Gammons: Strong hands producing remarkable batspeed for Mookie Betts

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The spring Michael Jordan reported to the White Sox spring training facility in Sarasota, Fla. We wandered around the complex for a while. He talked hitting. And baseball players. “I can’t believe what great athletes baseball players are,” Jordan said. “Their fingers, hands, forearms are so strong. Their hands are so active, the hand-eye coordination […]

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Peter Gammons: Eight thoughts as we turn the Labor Day pole for the final run for October

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Hanley Ramirez September is a critical month for Hanley Ramirez, not only because of what he can bring the Dodgers in their run for the post-season now that he’s back from his oblique strain, but in determining what will happen to him when he enters the free agent market at the end of the season. […]

Peter Gammons: How Wade Davis’ year compares to Mariano Rivera’s 1996 season

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No one is claiming that Wade Davis is Mariano Rivera Redux. But look at the numerical comparison between Rivera’s breakout 1996 season in middle relief and Davis’s season for the Royals. Granted, Rivera had a far heavier workload under Joe Torre than a more cautious use of Davis by Ned Yost. Yet, it is interesting. […]

Coffee and Clippings: Exactly how much better can Yoenis Cespedes get?

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Rob Bradford (@bradfo) of WEEI raises the question on how much better Yoenis Cespedes can get… There has been plenty of talk about the newest Red Sox’ mystery man, Rusney Castillo. Rightfully so. The guy hasn’t played competitively since Bobby Valentine was this team’s manager. But there is also another player — one who currently […]

Coffee and Clippings: Jorge Soler starts career with a bang — a big bang

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Fred Mitchell (@kicker34) of the Chicago Tribune writes that Cubs’ Jorge Soler started his career with a bang last night… Timing is everything in baseball, whether it involves swinging the bat or perhaps even staging an auspicious major league debut. Either way, Jorge Soler certainly knows how to make a favorable first impression. The Cubs […]

Coffee and Clippings: Red Sox not going to shut Koji Uehara down

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Brian MacPherson (@brianmacp) of the Providence Journal writes that the Red Sox are not going to shut Koji Uehara down… Koji Uehara threw from nearly 300 feet before batting practice on Tuesday afternoon, just as he always does. As he shortened the distance to finish his session, he threw with increasing intensity, firing the ball into […]

Peter Gammons: Giancarlo Stanton’s historic season

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So I hear arguments about the National League MVP, and I get the Clayton Kershaw case, even if he started late because of a spring training injury. But any other position player other than Giancarlo Stanton? Please. Do not be silly. He leads the National League in WAR, XBH, HR, RBIs, Runs Produced, bases on […]

Peter Gammons: Highly-respected scout on Rusney Castillo

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While the Red Sox blew other teams away in the Rusney Castillo sweepstakes, his tool set clearly impressed a lot of teams. This from a highly-respected scout from another club: “Body type reminds of a more physical and muscular Andrew McCutchen. Absolutely shredded. Rumors of increasing physicality dramatically in the last 6 months. Jaw dropping, […]

Peter Gammons: Key adjustments propelling Mariners’ surge

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(Chris Denorfia and Austin Jackson Friday night at Fenway Park.)  It was one thing to walk into Fenway Park and score five runs off Koji Uehara in the ninth inning to beat the Red Sox 5-3. It is another to think about where that puts the Mariners: in the second wild card spot with Oakland, […]