Peter Gammons: 2B MVP’s, contending bullpens, and more late September notes

Second base has traditionally not been an MVP position. There have been only five MVPs in either league since World War II, from Jackie Robinson in 1949, to Dustin Pedroia in 2007. In the last decade, only twice—2016 with Jose Altuve and Robinson Cano—and 2013, with Cano and Pedroia, have two second basemen made either’s […]

Peter Gammons: David Price’s anticipated return to the bullpen

In his two simulated game outings during the week, there was a sense of normalcy to David Price. He was animated and enthusiastic. The other four Red Sox starting pitchers came out from the clubhouse to watch, a symbolic gesture of team solidarity for which Price had always been known in Tampa and Detroit and Toronto. […]

Peter Gammons: Verlander, Price, Otani, Marlins’ ownership, and more Friday notes

The day the Astros acquired Justin Verlander, they aligned their starting pitching so that if they needed to win on the final day of the season, he would pitch that game in Boston. What they never foresaw was that as it now stands, the Indians would have home field advantage on through, which means that if […]

Peter Gammons: Trevor Bauer, Yankee pitching, and Doug Fister

TREVOR BAUER AND THE INDIANS PATIENCE One of Trevor Bauer’s longtime friends watched his exchange of words with Avisail Garcia on September 4 and said he knew then he was completely back to the state he was in as a UCLA junior and the best pitcher in college baseball, when in his final regular season […]

Peter Gammons: Mike Hazen and the culture of accountability and understanding

The deal wasn’t an MLB lead story. It happened late on the night of last November 23, between two teams in the left time zone that finished a combined 31 games out of their respective Western Divisions. Jean Segura had played in parts of six seasons and in 2016 batted .313, Mitch Haniger was a […]

Peter Gammons: Enough is enough with September call ups

Mike Scioscia and Bob Melvin played the game under the rules baseball has ignored for decades. Managers hate the absurdity of unlimited September call ups, led by the Jim Leyland and Buck Showalter, who have said for years that the way September is played is a manager’s worst nightmare. It also is an affront to […]

Peter Gammons: The Matisse Chapel, Fenway, Houston, and creating what’s right

On a hill in the town of Vence in the South of France sits a building that during World War II was a small garage, rebuilt into the Matisse Chapel over a four year period, finished in 1951. Inside, it’s stark, simple, stunning beauty takes one to a feeling of a frozen motion, one that […]

Peter Gammons: Historic view of the state of the Dodgers

Earlier this week, Joe Sheehan looked at the nine teams that had .700 winning percentages. The two best, the 1906 Cubs (.763) and 1909 Pirates (.724) played more than a century ago, played a far different game, but helped make his point, because the .763 Cubs lost the World Series. In fact, four of the […]

Peter Gammons: Carl Yastrzemski is the toughest player I’ve ever covered

Yaz is 78 this Tuesday, August 22. I covered him the night Dick Williams was fired in 1969, a kid in his first year at the Boston Globe, right through to that final game in 1983, when Indians pitcher Dan Spillner tried to lay in a BP fastball, missed thrice, Yaz popped it up and later bid adieu by […]

Carl Yastrzemski on Tony Conigliaro

Carl Yastrzemski was in the on deck circle when Jack Hamilton’s pitch hit Tony C in the eye. “We were all afraid for him,” says Yaz. “It’s like he almost lost the ball. He never moved. It hit him flush, and we didn’t have the ear flaps then. When he went down, I thought it […]