Peter Gammons: Red Sox trade Anthony Ranaudo to Rangers for Robbie Ross

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Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reported this morning that the Red Sox have traded RHP Anthony Ranaudo to the Rangers for bullpen arm Robbie Ross. The Red Sox felt two years ago Ross was on his way to being an elite reliever with his four seam/slider/changeup mix. But gradually he became more reliant […]

Peter Gammons: MLB’s mantle passes onto Manfred

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Bud Selig’s legacy is that he guided baseball from a sport governed by “sportsmen” who even when The Strike hit the fans in August, 1994 still thought Messersmith-McNally and the Players Association could be dismissed to an entertainment industry/business. He was like George Herbert Walker Bush when he dealt with the leaders of the world, […]

Monbo Time by The Remains

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Peter Gammons: EdgeGate

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The afternoon following Sammy Sosa’s corkgate, we did a multi-hour special on ESPN. At one point, as a Sports Illustrated writer got into a heated debate with Bobby Valentine and suggested Sosa should be suspended for the rest of the season, Valentine asided, “I think his head’s going to explode…over nothing.” OK, Sammy Sosa went […]

Peter Gammons: Optimistic Tigers have sights set high for 2015 season

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DETROIT—Their dinner for ticketholders, corporate partners and friends was held on a frigid Friday night, and drew the largest crowd the Tigers had ever attracted. Their Saturday Fan Fest had sold out in 20 minutes when tickets went on sale days earlier, and their four day caravan around Detroit and the state of Michigan drew […]

How Stanton, A.J. Ramos, Ricky Nolasco and Chris Dickerson spend their off-season

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How Giancarlo Stanton, A.J. Ramos, Ricky Nolasco and Chris Dickerson spend their off-season: @pgammo wanted shot at this but knew he’d embarrass us all even in khakis. pic.twitter.com/R8B98PY3mm — Chris Dickerson (@CDickerson_PFTP) January 20, 2015

Peter Gammons: Starting pitching becoming a young man’s game

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  Fine, Tanner Roark’s ERA+ was better than that of Max Scherzer, and with all the deferrals and bonuses the real present day value of the announced $210M deal was closer to $185M, but he broke the bank, and probably can soon afford a little getaway cabin in the Ozarks or off the Blue Ridge […]

Peter Gammons: The MLB Power Crave

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They had taken outfielder Albert Almora with the sixth pick in 2012, had spent handsomely to sign Jorge Soler, and when they got to 2013 and the Astros clearly were going to take Mark Appel with the first pick, passed on Oklahoma’s hard-throwing Jonathan Gray to take slugging University of San Diego third baseman Kris Bryant. Theo […]

Coffee and Clippings: Players set for make-or-break seasons

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Christopher Crawford (@CrawfordChrisV) of ESPN talks about four players who face make-or-break seasons in 2015… [subscription required] We’re just more than a month away from pitchers and catchers reporting for spring training, and though there are still some big names left on the market, most teams have addressed their various offseason needs and feel at […]

Gammons Notes: The Hall of Fame Voting Process, Yankee shortstops, Red Sox and more

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Sometimes the rhetoric gets pretty heated, to the point where honest opinion is demeaned; I had someone rail at me on twitter about Alan Trammell v. Lou Whitaker. Someone who clearly never saw them play regularly, did not discuss them with teammates and opponents and knew only what the screen blinked, as if baseball players […]