Coffee and Clippings: Checking the facts … yup, MLB still has greater parity than the NFL

Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) of ESPN weighs in on the parity of the MLB over the NFL… Yeah, if only baseball could be more like football. If only baseball weren’t a sport where (sing along with me) The Same Teams Win Every Year. If only baseball had a little parity, like the almighty NFL. If only […]

Coffee and Clippings: The subtle changes that helped the small-money Royals spend big

Sam Mellinger (@mellinger) of the Kansas City Star discusses the subtle changes that helped the small-money Royals spend big… Their internal projections are that the club will lose money in 2016 without a postseason appearance, will make a profit with another deep playoff run, or will break even with something in between. But the story […]

Video: Peter Gammons on Business of Baseball panel discussion

Peter Gammons joins Hot Stove on the MLB Network to discuss his Business of Baseball panel discussion and Chase Utley’s impact on the Dodgers…

Peter Gammons: Old deals forcing Nationals to stay idle in the market

As folks in Washington were shut-ins because of the snow, they spent the weekend wondering why players aren’t being signed by the Nationals. The failure of the Nationals this winter to sign a number of free agents—from Yoenis Cespedes to Jason Heyward, Ben Zobrist to Darren O’Day—can be traced back to the MASN deal Major […]

Peter Gammons: Bullpen proves vital as pendulum of dominance continues toward pitching

The concern is that every night around 9 p.m. local time that games come to a halt. Ups, downs, trips to the mound, stalls, left-on-left for one batter, right-on-right for the next, and if they increase rosters to 28, some managers would simply carry 15 pitchers and Major League Baseball would become winter ball. Not […]

Coffee and Clippings: MLB settlement a big win for out-of-town fans

Chad Finn (@GlobeChadFinn) of the Boston Globe discusses a recent legal suit settlement which brings good news for MLB fans outside of their team’s market… MLB settled a class-action lawsuit Tuesday in which lawyers representing a group of fans argued that antitrust laws had been violated by the collusion of some television networks to enact and […]

Coffee and Clippings: Three big questions about the Red Sox’ offense

Jason Mastrodonato (@JMastrodonato) of the Boston Herald asks three big questions about the Red Sox’ offense… The Red Sox, too, have been scoring at a rapid pace since the millennium began, averaging 5.13 runs per game (regular season and postseason combined), second only to the New York Yankees’ average of 5.14. In the Sox’ World […]

Peter Gammons: Davis and the Orioles, Hanley Ramirez, and the scout-analytic balance

Who cares if the Chris Davis offer is $161M or $140-something-M in present day value? He is where is he is most wanted, his power plays very big in Camden Yards and the ballparks of the American League East, he can play first base—which he does very well—and we got to watch two master negotiators […]

Peter Gammons: Indians look solid, Cespedes, and more mid-January thoughts

Five mid-January thoughts: 1.  Even though FanGraphs has picked the Indians to win the American League Central, there still is constant media speculation that they will trade one of their four starters. But after two months of being asked about Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar and/or Trevor Bauer, the calls have stopped since Christmas. […]

Video: Peter Gammons checks-in with offseason news and notes

Peter Gammons joins MLB tonight to discuss various offseason topics including the Dodgers filling the hole Zach Greinke left, the latest on Yoenis Cespedes, the Cleveland Indians chances in the AL central, and more…