Coffee and Clippings: Red Sox not going to shut Koji Uehara down

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Brian MacPherson (@brianmacp) of the Providence Journal writes that the Red Sox are not going to shut Koji Uehara down… Koji Uehara threw from nearly 300 feet before batting practice on Tuesday afternoon, just as he always does. As he shortened the distance to finish his session, he threw with increasing intensity, firing the ball into […]

Peter Gammons: Giancarlo Stanton’s historic season

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So I hear arguments about the National League MVP, and I get the Clayton Kershaw case, even if he started late because of a spring training injury. But any other position player other than Giancarlo Stanton? Please. Do not be silly. He leads the National League in WAR, XBH, HR, RBIs, Runs Produced, bases on […]

Peter Gammons: Highly-respected scout on Rusney Castillo

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While the Red Sox blew other teams away in the Rusney Castillo sweepstakes, his tool set clearly impressed a lot of teams. This from a highly-respected scout from another club: “Body type reminds of a more physical and muscular Andrew McCutchen. Absolutely shredded. Rumors of increasing physicality dramatically in the last 6 months. Jaw dropping, […]

Peter Gammons: Key adjustments propelling Mariners’ surge

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(Chris Denorfia and Austin Jackson Friday night at Fenway Park.)  It was one thing to walk into Fenway Park and score five runs off Koji Uehara in the ninth inning to beat the Red Sox 5-3. It is another to think about where that puts the Mariners: in the second wild card spot with Oakland, […]

Gammons Notes: Dodgers’ offseason, the ongoing Castro-Mets saga and Rusney Castillo

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Dodgers As the Dodgers wait to see how Zack Greinke’s elbow feels after Saturday’s start and how Hyun-jin Ryu’s glute progresses as he shoots to return next weekend, they realize that once the season ends they have some major decisions. They will carefully watch shortstops Miguel Rojas and Erisbel Arruebarrena; it now seems highly unlikely […]

Coffee and Clippings: What went wrong with Xander Bogaerts & Jackie Bradley?

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Peter Abraham (@PeteAbe) of the Boston Globe talks about what went wrong with Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley… The fight is over, at least for this season. The last-place Red Sox threw in the towel on Bogaerts’s fellow rookie Jackie Bradley Jr., sending him back to the minors Monday, and only stubbornness seems to have […]

Peter Gammons: The struggles of top prospects in MLB

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Baseball America’s Pre-season Top Ten Position Player Prospects and 2014 Numbers BA’s Preseason Top 10 Position Players, 2014 AVG OBP SLUG HR RBI 1. Xander Bogaerts, BOS. 21 .225 .294 .336 8 30 2. Oscar Taveras, STL. 22 .224 .263 .298 2 14 3. Javier Baez, CHC. 21 .231 .265 .492 5 9 4. Gregory […]

Coffee and Clippings: Struggling Taveras is a work in progress

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Joe Strauss (@JoeStrauss) of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that struggling Oscar Taveras is a work in progress… The Cardinals moved all-in on Oscar Taveras on July 31. They strongly suspect he will grow into something special but right now would settle for merely good. “I’ve got a long way to go in baseball,” the […]

Coffee and Clippings: Will this year’s Dodgers ever really get it all together?

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Steve Dilbeck (@stevedilbeck) of the LA Times talks about if the Dodgers will ever really get it all together this season… We now interrupt this season to say, “Wake up! You’re supposed to be better than this.” The Dodgers returned home fresh off a 6-3 road trip with the best record in the National League […]

Peter Gammons: Just like his idol, Mike Trout always plays the game hard

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“You shouldn’t praise me for running hard to first base,” Derek Jeter said, recently. “What’s the big deal? What’s so tough about that? How many times do you run down the line a night—four times? You shouldn’t get praise for that. That’s what you’re supposed to do.” When Jeter plays his final game, his farewell will […]