Peter Gammons: Remembering the great Jose Fernandez

Jose Fernandez was 19, not even a year after signing with the Florida Marlins. He was pitching for Greensboro of the South Atlantic League, on the road in Augusta, Georgia, and a day or two after Jose threw a seven inning one-hitter, a young scout for the Tampa Bay Rays called to tell me about […]

Peter Gammons: Managing playoff pitching staffs

It may be that we have no idea how the World Series can end before the election if we end up with two- and three-way ties when the regular season ends and the play-ins are supposed to begin, but, the six division champions thought to have been determined, the attention has now begun to focus […]

Peter Gammons: Orioles pushing for top spot, rest is key for Tanaka and Maeda

Nothing seems to add up, but it doesn’t matter. Only three pitching staffs in the American League have fewer quality starts, or a higher starters’ earned run average than the Orioles. They have one pitcher who has won nine games. Wednesday night in Fenway Park their starting lineup against Rick Porcello had only three hitters […]

Peter Gammons: Developed relievers making the difference

In the end, the cost is never knowing. Back on August 18th, the Red Sox were coming off a rain-delayed night game in Baltimore. Flew to Detroit, landed at 6 a.m. and courtesy of whatever Tiger ownership still felt a year after firing Dave Dombrowski scheduled a 1:05 game—the only beloved Thursday afternoon game scheduled […]

Peter Gammons: A year’s difference makes all the difference for Rich Hill

When Rich Hill awakened to the morning after his Wednesday Dodger debut, he tried to remember where he was on August 24th last year. “I know I was in Pawtucket,” he says, with no recollection of whether or not he pitched. Which he did not. A year ago Wednesday he probably threw a bullpen in […]

Peter Gammons: Four cities in five nights, contending pitchers down the stretch

It happens all over baseball. It happens in Seattle and in Baltimore, Texas flying home into the microwave heat. Everywhere. The attention this week is on the Red Sox, who are playing five games in four cities in five days in a stretch where they’re playing 23 days in a row, and a Wednesday night […]

Peter Gammons: A farewell to Alex Rodriguez

He seemed so young, so well scrubbed that he looked like he could have been a high school sophomore that rose out of the AAU summer camps stamped NBA swing guard/forward committed to Kentucky long before his driver’s permit. It was July 8, 1994, 13 months after the Mariners had made him the first pick in […]

Peter Gammons: Trade rumors, Hall of Fame, and more notes from July

We are in the crazy time when there is a trade rumor a second. A few things heard: –The Royals have entertained dozens of scouts with the Angels in town. Some were in to look at Hector Santiago and Huston Street, but many others were in to see if Kansas City would seriously talk Wade […]

Peter Gammons: Griffey and Piazza defined different temperatures of cool

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.—On Friday, when Ken Griffey and Mike Piazza dine with the members of sports’ most select and earned society, they will fully grasp what this means. They will see how Sandy Koufax, Tom Seaver, Willie Mays, Henry Aaron, Johnny Bench and all the rest of the men with the HOF suffix act as peers, […]

Peter Gammons: With Pomeranz, Red Sox pitching staff is theoretically set

The cost was an 18-year old pitcher Pedro Martinez called “one guy we cannot trade,” but there is cost attached to finishing last in three of the last four seasons with a starters’ earned run average precipitously close to taking the Fifth. Anderson Espinoza may indeed be a once-in-a-decade talent, a ‘Julio Urias‘ as one […]