Peter Gammons: The significant difference of prospects starting the season in the minors

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JUPITER, Fla.—A fan’s radio rant was about the Cubs, and why if Kris Bryant doesn’t open the season it will prove they’re not serious about winning in 2015. The next, the same point was made about the White Sox, and the possibility of waiting to put Carlos Rodon into the Chicago rotation, given the uncertainly […]

Coffee and Clippings: David Wright shows winning mind-set with scolding of Syndergaard

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John Harper (@NYDNHarper) of the NY Daily News writes that David Wright showed a winning mind-set with the scolding of Noah Syndergaard… For David Wright it was the perfect opportunity to set a tone for what the Mets believe is the start of a new era. That is, if they’re going to talk about winning […]

Coffee and Clippings: In face of a tall task, Hanley Ramirez putting in the work in left field

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Tim Britton (@TimBritton) of the Providence Journal writes that Hanley Ramirez is putting in the work for his transition to left field with the Red Sox… The story about a new acquisition learning how to play the Green Monster in left field is a standby spring trope in these parts — about as common each […]

Peter Gammons: Miami’s Destination Ace

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JUPITER, Fla.—The bullpen session lasted 15 pitches, maybe three minutes. “There were more cameras clicking and rolling and more media members and fans than we often see at the peak of spring training,” said one Marlins official. Because it was Jose Fernandez. “And,” says General Manager Dan Jennings, “Jose is one of the most unusual […]

Peter Gammons – Bryce Harper: Baseball’s tenacious 22-year-old star

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VIERA, Fla.—If Bryce Harper had just gone a normal route and had gone from high school to college, he would be graduating this spring. He’s smart enough and competitive enough to have done so; his year in junior college at the age of 17, he took all serious courses and completed the year with a […]

Peter Gammons – The Creative Buccos: Built for the Long Haul

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BRADENTON, Fla.—Back off the river and the swamps and the Campgrounds sits Pirate City, where it seems it’s been since Dick Stuart was coming off 66 home runs in Lincoln, Nebraska. This has long been a place of intellectual baseball forethought, from Branch Rickey to Jim Leyland to Neal Huntington, and a morning seeing Bill […]

Grace Potter – I Shall Be Released – Love for Levon

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Coffee and Clippings: Why did Red Sox pay Yoan Moncada instead of Jon Lester?

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Alex Speier (@alexspeier) of the Boston Globe talks about why the Red Sox paid Cuban phenom Yoan Moncada instead of Jon Lester… A question hovered like a balloon in the wake of the Red Sox’ decision to commit $63 million to sign dazzling but unproven 19-year-old Yoan Moncada: If the team was willing to set […]

Tom Rush – On The Road Again

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From an appearance on Hot Stove: “Being down here in Florida you drive a lot of highways, my song is Tom Rush’s ‘On the Road Again’. It made me think about driving down the Florida turnpike. Great lyrics in this song. Tom Rush taught two people their first cords on the guitar. One was James […]

Peter Gammons: Red Sox tap into international market, signing 19-year-old Yoan Moncada

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Your browser does not support iframes. TAMPA—Down the road apiece in Fort Myers, the watch has been on Hanley Ramirez’s athleticism and diligence playing the Southwest Florida Green Monster. The balance and seeming comeback of Allen Craig. Bullpens. Garin Cecchini’s prodigious batting practice homers, and dogged following of Dustin Pedroia. It is a team that […]