Peter Gammons: There is a (new) Season, Turn, Turn, Turn

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It is spring, baseball’€™s new year, the beginning of a new era with Commissioner Rob Manfred and some of the best and the brightest moving the game and the business forward. Bud Selig took the business out of the darkness of the 1994-95 strike, when it was a $1.3B industry, and left behind a $9B […]

Coffee and Clippings: Teixeira knee scare reminds how quickly Yankees can nosedive

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Ken Davidoff (@KenDavidoff) of the New York Post writes that Mark Teixeira’s knee scare shows how quickly the Yankees can fall apart… We’ll make sure Teixeira is OK on Tuesday, when the Yankees return to work after taking off Monday. But at the least, Teixeira’s scare — on a day he was just looking to get […]

Peter Gammons: Transitioning to MLB carries several concurring themes for Japanese pitchers

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Obviously one of the most devastating spring injuries was the loss of Yu Darvish to the Rangers, which has left the Texas pitching likely too weakened to make a post-season run despite the encouraging springs of Prince Fielder, Shin-Soo Choo and Elvis Andrus. The Rangers have spent considerable time talking to Darvish and other Japanese […]

Peter Gammons: P Fielder Covers Prince’s ‘Fixurlifeup’

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SURPRISE, AZ.—Yes, Prince Fielder was worried. So was Jon Daniels and everyone up and down the Texas Rangers line when the then-29-year-old Fielder was so weak he couldn’t even do a pushup, an epidural couldn’t relieve the pain in his neck and led to a May surgery that fused the c-5 and c-6 discs. “Sure, […]

Coffee and Clippings: Alex Rodriguez continues to earn Joe Girardi’s confidence as DH

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Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) of the New York Daily News writes that Alex Rodriguez continues to earn Joe Girardi’s confidence as the Yankees’ DH… Alex Rodriguez came to camp needing to prove himself to earn at-bats. He hasn’t done enough for Joe Girardi to name him as the everyday designated hitter, but A-Rod has shown his […]

Coffee and Clippings: Ned Yost expects Royals to carry seven relievers on Opening Day

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Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) of the Kansas City Star writes that Royals manager Ned Yost expects the team to carry seven relievers in the bullpen on Opening Day… With Brandon Finnegan dispatched to the minors, the Royals roster picture has nearly clarified. Manager Ned Yost indicated that he was now leaning toward carrying seven relievers on […]

Defensive specialist Nick Ahmed primed as Diamondbacks’ starting shortstop

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SCOTTSDALE, Arizona—Nick Ahmed’s path from East Longmeadow, Ma. to beginning the 2015 season as “the best defensive shortstop in the National League” in the words of his Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale, is that of a lot of kids who grew up throwing snowballs at this time in March. When Ahmed was a high school senior, […]

Coffee and Clippings: Mookie Betts winning the race for center field job

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Peter Abraham (@PeteAbe) of the Boston Globe writes that Mookie Betts is winning the race for the Red Sox center field job… The Red Sox saw Betts as a table-setter coming into the season. But he’s developing into a hitter with power. The Bill James Handbook predicted Betts for 13 home runs and that’s looking prescient. […]

Peter Gammons: Curse-conqueror Theo Epstein on right path to do it again

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SCOTTSDALE, Arizona—The presentation on MLB Network by MLB.com’s highly respected Jim Callis rated the Cubs and the Red Sox as having the two best farm systems in the major leagues today, with a common thread named Theo Epstein. “Curse of the Bambino” was alive and well, fed even more that first year when Grady Little […]

Peter Gammons – Matt Kemp: Off the L.A. Freeway to the Restoration of a Career

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PEORIA, Ar.—He is now in another culture, albeit down the road apiece from Alvarado Street and the Hollywood Hills and Topanga Canyon. Matt Kemp still thinks about what got him here to the Padres and San Diego and a place teammates tell him he can go out to eat and no one will bother him, […]