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 […]

Peter Gammons: All Star Game pitching leaves something to be desired

SAN DIEGO—The All Star Game is really Coachella, or, if you missed that, October’s Desert Trip in Indio, CA. It matters because it is a three day festival, especially when you get San Diego weather (remind me: why don’t I live here?), the sport’s most underappreciated great park (thank you, Larry Lucchino, as you and […]

Peter Gammons: Red Sox’ bright future and more from San Diego

SAN DIEGO—It was at this time last season that across New England there were howls to trade Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley and even Xander Bogaerts for a pitcher, any veteran pitcher, no matter how he profiled pitching for the Red Sox, who play 108 games a season in four of the worst pitchers’ parks […]

Peter Gammons: Midway Point Thoughts (Parts 1 and 2)

As the 2016 passes the midway point with the curtsy of the All Star Game, last weekend’s game at Fort Bragg, N.C. perfectly captured its responsibility as the National Pastime, symbolically, and because of the Marlins and Braves players, the reality in a time when the country is struggling to maintain its most important freedom, […]

Peter Gammons: Loria remains patient as Marlins focus long-term

No one knows what Fernando Rodney will mean to the Marlins. A.J. Ramos has been successful in his last 33 save opportunities, David Phelps has blossomed into a prime setup man throwing 98 mph, Mike Dunn will be back soon. But Don Mattingly will worry about how Rodney and Ramos are used over time. The […]

Peter Gammons: Winning time in Cleveland, elite rotation, and utilizing the new draft system

We get why it has long been said for Cleveland to have been built on pessimism. It is a great, proud city that the Rust Belt economy left behind, less than half the population it had in the Fifties, an exodus of Fortune 500 companies and despite a spectacular suburban lifestyle, has a shocking percentage of its […]

Peter Gammons: Future of Sonny Gray, anticipation builds for top draft picks

Sonny Gray returned to the A’s Sunday, and did so nobly. He was supposed to have a rehab start that day, but when he heard that Rich Hill couldn’t make his start because of a groin pull, Gray texted a club official and offered to come up and take the ball. Gray allowed one run […]

Peter Gammons: State of the Royals, scouting bullpen prospects, and the 2016 draft

Whit Merrifield, Paulo Orlando and Drew Butera were in the starting lineup Wednesday night when the Royals beat the Rays and culminated a 6-0 homestand in which they scored seven runs in the ninth inning to beat the White Sox 8-7 in one game, were down 5-1 and scored six runs in the sixth, seventh […]