Coffee and Clippings: Banister’s leadership council aims to help Rangers with transparency

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Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) of the Dallas Morning News writes that Jeff Banister’s leadership council aims to help the Rangers with transparency… The council idea was one Banister brought with him from Pittsburgh. The Pirates, partly at his suggestion, developed the idea to invite players to speak openly with manager Clint Hurdle about any perceived clubhouse/team […]

Coffee and Clippings: Red Sox prospect Yoan Moncada triples in debut

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David Dorsey (@DavidADorsey) of The News Press writes that Red Sox prospect Yoan Moncada tripled in his debut… The switch-hitting Moncada started at second base and hit third in the lineup. Batting right-handed against Orioles left-handed pitching prospect Jonathan Ramos, Moncada smashed the third pitch he saw to deep right-center field for a standup triple. […]

Coffee and Clippings: Hold the presses! Jon Lester throws to first

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David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield) of ESPN talks about Jon Lester’s first throw to first since April, 2013… It’s rarely news when a pitcher throws to first base, unless perhaps he’s picking off a runner to end a World Series game. Enter Jon Lester, who threw to first base for the first time since April 30, 2013, […]

Peter Gammons: Quick to the Plate

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Watching spring training and now the first week of the season with baseball trying to quicken the time pitchers take between pitches, Buck Showalter has his thought. “Pitchers like Mark Buehrle and R.A. Dickey who work really quickly are going to have big seasons,” says Showalter. “A lot of hitters want to take their time. […]

Peter Gammons: Kansas City’s Young, Devout Leader

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It was one of those late March days a year ago, and a scout who had the Royals in his spring coverage went to the day game. Salvador Perez caught seven innings. The scout went to a 6 p.m. game on the Surprise complex because it was for pitchers who needed work in a game […]

Coffee and Clippings: 3 games into year, Yankees facing absolute worst nightmare

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Ken Davidoff (@KenDavidoff) of the New York Post writes that just three games into the season, the Yankees are facing the nightmare of being “bad, boring and overshadowed” by the Mets… OK, so just take Thursday, in its entirety. Bottle it, replicate it and serve it over the next six months. Voila! You have perfected […]

Coffee and Clippings: A’s young bats drop hammer on Rangers

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Jason Leskiw (@LeskiwSFBay) of the San Francisco Bay News and Sports talks about the Athletics’ young bats that led the team to a 10-0 victory over the Rangers… Oakland first baseman Mark Canha and infielder Tyler Landendorf each played their first big league games, picking up multiple RBIs in Oakland’s 10-0 drubbing of the Texas […]

Coffee and Clippings: Dodgers’ starting rotation is a high-wire, high-risk act

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Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) of the LA Times writes that the Dodgers’ starting rotation is a high-wire, high-risk act… As dominant as Greinke was for the six innings he was on the mound, these remain unsettling times for the Dodgers and their rotation. Greinke didn’t have a completely normal spring training, which, in itself, shouldn’t be […]

Peter Gammons: 2015 Award Predictions

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American League MVP Josh Donaldson Mike Trout Hanley Ramirez Miguel Cabrera Jose Abreu National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton Bryce Harper Andrew McCutchen Joey Votto Yasiel Puig American League Cy Young Felix Hernandez David Price Chris Sale Chris Tillman Garrett Richards National League Cy Young Clayton Kershaw Stephen Strasburg Adam Wainwright Gerrit Cole Matt Harvey American […]

Five questions for each division on Opening Day

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On Opening Day, it is meet and right to remember the final games of the last five seasons. And remember that last fall Juan Perez started in left field in Game Seven for the San Francisco Giants, as Xander Bogaerts started the clincher at a position at which he’d started 9 regular season games in […]