Peter Gammons: Third time around the order

On Sunday, Joe Ross, Zack Greinke, Jonathon Niese and Patrick Corbin pinch hit, Oliver Perez bunted and Shelby Miller pinch ran, then saw the game-winning hit soar over his head while playing left field. It was one of my favorite afternoons since Roger Clemens pinch hit in a 17 inning playoff game with the Braves. […]

Peter Gammons: The development curve for Curaçaoan and Aruban players

In September, 2014, the Rangers’ highly intelligent general manager Jon Daniels, patient through a run of injury setbacks for the once Everyone’s All-American Top Prospect, made an interesting observation about the talented young players from Curacao and Aruba. “We have to appreciate that most of the kids out of these islands come from strong, extremely […]

Peter Gammons: Troy Tulowitzki, Travis Shaw, and attention to the defensive side

Less than a 16th of the season had passed Friday night, and Troy Tulowitzki was hitting .139. “I don’t care,” said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons, “if he doesn’t get another hit all season. His defense is that good.” “Of course,” laughed Gibbons, “he will get another hit.” A week and a half of a […]

Peter Gammons: Orioles’ hot start highlights 5-year trend

It’s not just that the Orioles were the last team standing in the undefeated column, it’s that after a bad spring and some bizarre journeys into the free agent market they were the consensus pick to finish last in the American League East. “So what’s new?” asked Adam Jones, with a smile. “We’re never a […]

Peter Gammons: The modest, humble, and ego free teammate, Mike Trout

By the time there was ten days remaining in spring training, Mike Morin thought he’d make it out  of Arizona in the Angels bullpen, but he didn’t know it, not for certain. He was coming off a year in which he, Mike Scioscia and Billy Eppler understood that his peripheral numbers belied his 6.37 earned run […]

Coffee and Clippings: Abreu: ‘I want to spend whole career with White Sox’

Daryl Van Schouwen (@CST_soxvan) of the Chicago Sun Times covers White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu and his undeniable connection to the community… There’s no doubt the White Sox love having Jose Abreu on their side. What’s not to like about a slugging superstar who works hard, leads by example in the clubhouse and has a […]

Peter Gammons: Joe Maddon and managing human beings

MESA, Ar.—It was between games of a day-night doubleheader in Pittsburgh last September, and as we sat together in the visiting manager’s office between games, Joe Maddon summed up his managerial style. “I appreciate, love and use all the analytics and scouting information that so many people work on and get to my desk, the […]

Peter Gammons: 2016 pre-season predictions

It is one of those years when one wonders if the traditional order has shifted. The Cardinals and the Cubs are the game’s greatest rivalry, not the Red Sox and Yankees; Boston has been a last place team three of the last four years, the Yankees last won a post-season game in 2012, in the […]

Peter Gammons: Blue Jays’ time is now, Trayce Thompson, and more spring notes

There is 2016, when the Toronto Blue Jays can—and really need to—go back to the world series. And there is 2017 and beyond, when the trades Alex Anthopoulos made to bring back 1993 for the city, the country and Rogers Communication leave the organization in re-tooling mode as Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, Drew Storen and […]

Peter Gammons: Dave Roberts and Dodgers in reset mode

GLENDALE, Ariz.—At one point, Dave Roberts was experimenting with Andre Ethier leading off against righthanders, not exactly Dee Gordon, but an idea. “You can’t always have a guy who gets on base 40 percent of the time and steals 50 bases,” said Roberts. “You make the best of what you have.” Of the last 10 […]