Peter Gammons: Winning time in Cleveland, elite rotation, and utilizing the new draft system

We get why it has long been said for Cleveland to have been built on pessimism. It is a great, proud city that the Rust Belt economy left behind, less than half the population it had in the Fifties, an exodus of Fortune 500 companies and despite a spectacular suburban lifestyle, has a shocking percentage of its […]

Video: Peter Gammons on Blue Jays, Bogaerts, and Hot Stove Cool Music

Peter Gammons joins Lauren Shehadi and MLB Central on the MLB Network to discuss Xander Bogaerts big time impact, the Blue Jays’ injuries, and the Hot Stove Cool Music festival…

Video: Peter Gammons on Sonny Gray trade possibilities and the 2016 Draft aftermath

Peter Gammons joins Lauren Shehadi and MLB Central on MLB Network to discuss Sonny Gray’s trade possibilities, as well as the impact of the 2016 Draft, the Braves building a pitching staff for the future, the stolen base story on Jon Lester, and Peter’s song of the day…

Peter Gammons: Future of Sonny Gray, anticipation builds for top draft picks

Sonny Gray returned to the A’s Sunday, and did so nobly. He was supposed to have a rehab start that day, but when he heard that Rich Hill couldn’t make his start because of a groin pull, Gray texted a club official and offered to come up and take the ball. Gray allowed one run […]

Peter Gammons: State of the Royals, scouting bullpen prospects, and the 2016 draft

Whit Merrifield, Paulo Orlando and Drew Butera were in the starting lineup Wednesday night when the Royals beat the Rays and culminated a 6-0 homestand in which they scored seven runs in the ninth inning to beat the White Sox 8-7 in one game, were down 5-1 and scored six runs in the sixth, seventh […]

Peter Gammons: After unfortunate delays, Brandon Guyer has now arrived

  It’s never been easy for Brandon Guyer. Oh, there was a time when he ran for 285 yards in a high school game in Herndon, Virginia, played on really good U.Va. teams with college stars like Sean Doolittle, and before he was traded to the Rays by the Cubs in the Matt Garza deal—which […]

Peter Gammons: The 2011 MLB Draft, 5 years later

It’s been five years since that draft, which is approximately the time teams should realistically wait before assessing the MLB amateur draft. That 2011 draft was historically good, as Gerrit Cole was the first pick and Jose Fernandez the 15th and they were—and are—prodigies. The first round included Anthony Rendon, Francisco Lindor, George Springer, Sonny […]

Peter Gammons: The lost game of pepper, Astros’ analytical approach, chess, and more

Ted Williams used to play pepper almost every day, for what he said was the feel of manipulating the bat and getting the daily feel of exacting the barrel of the bat to the ball. Yet, for a number of reasons like complaints by ground crews that players dug up the grass with their games, […]

Peter Gammons: Bringing along a top prospect

Prospects are like sophomore college quarterbacks. Play them. Now. It was that way in 2013 when Jackie Bradley Jr. tore up spring training, the Red Sox were coming off a meltdown season and talk shows howled for him to go North for Opening Day. An injury opened the door, and when he put up a .189 average […]

Peter Gammons: Volume of Tommy John surgeries begs some questions

When the news came that Garrett Richards needed Tommy John Surgery, the reality hit the Angels that they were in a place from which they may not be able to escape. Andrew Heaney was already on the disabled list, C.J. Wilson trying to come back from surgery, Tyler Skaggs trying to come back, Matt Shoemaker was […]