Peter Gammons: Maddon’s Impact On And Off The Field

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To the good people, this is your new Cubs manager: Each June, the Foundation to be Named Later, started a decade ago by Theo and Paul Epstein, stages a game in Chicago called The Urban Classic, between the 18-and-under team from the Jackie Robinson West program and the Boston Astros, the two-time AAU champions from […]

Peter Gammons: The Giants Way of Winning

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Sure, sure, there is always Hunter Pence, part Jerry Falwell, part Rodney Harrison, somewhere between Darin Erstad and Mickey Hatcher. But otherwise the Giants always have that feeling of peace, comfortable with who and what they are, unafraid of things that go bump in the night or failure. That something comfort that when Brandon Crawford […]

Peter Gammons: Top 5 World Series Moments I’ve Covered

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KANSAS CITY—We are back here, where 29 years ago Don Denkinger called Jorge Orta safe at first in the bottom of the ninth inning with the Cardinals three outs from winning Game Six and their second World Series in four years. A Dane Iorg single, then a John Tudor/Joaquin Andujar meltdown, a Bret Saberhagen shutout, […]

Gammons Notes: What’s next for Joe Maddon?, Yusmeiro Petit, Giancarlo Stanton and more

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1. When Joe Maddon opted out of his Tampa Bay contract, he had nothing in his site. “I really have no idea what will happen,” Maddon said, driving across the country in his RV. “But it was an opportunity I have to take.” Maddon’s agent Alan Nero advised Lou Piniella to take a year off […]

Bumgarner stars in this October’s script, but can the Royals write the final chapter?

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SAN FRANCISCO—It all began four weeks ago, a post-season written with an introduction: the Kansas City Royals coming from four runs down against Jon Lester to beat the Oakland Athletics in one play-in game, followed the next night by a Madison Bumgarner complete game shutout in Pittsburgh. And now, here we are, with either one or […]

Coffee and Clippings: Age, injury history don’t play in Victorino’s favor

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Brian MacPherson (@brianmacp) of the Providence Journal writes that Shane Victorino’s age and injury history don’t play well in his favor… Shane Victorino has had 11 terrific seasons in the major leagues. He’s gone to two All-Star games, earned MVP votes three times, won four Gold Gloves. He’s hit more than 200 doubles and 100 […]

Coffee and Clippings: Giants deliver a royal drubbing to start World Series

Madison Bumgarner celebrates with catcher Buster Posey after defeating the Pirates, 8-0, in the NL Wild Card  game at PNC Park.  Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Ann Killion (@annkillion) of the San Francisco Chronicle discusses the Giants’ strong 7-1 win over the Royals in Game 1 of the World Series… This is what the Giants do. They are masters at killing momentum and squashing dreams. At silencing opposing crowds. They’re downright clinical about it. They did to Kansas City what they […]

Peter Gammons: With Friedman aboard, Dodgers are in good hands

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When Ned Colletti was told that the Guggenheim folks and Stan Kasten were headed in another direction, in some ways it was a relief to Colletti. He’d been the Dodger general manager for nine years, with five first place finishes, but Ned was like an air traffic controller at the Beirut Airport. The McCourt years. […]

Peter Gammons: In the year of the improbable, will the impossible happen?

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It has been a post-season whose crescendo built up to a Travis Ishikawa moment, two weeks of game-winning wild throws and 18 inning games that went bump in the night, in which Mike Moustakas and Matt Carpenter, who hit 23 homers between them in the regular season, have 8, in which Madison Bumgarner emerged as […]

Coffee and Clippings: Ishikawa went from nearly quitting to hitting it big

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Ann Killion (@annkillion) of the San Francisco Chronicle talks about Travis Ishikawa’s walk-off home run after almost walking away from the game just months ago… For all the wives or parents who might be trying to convince a baseball player to grow up and abandon his dream, Travis Ishikawa just ruined things. In this most […]