Peter Gammons: Jeter’s final game has drawn biggest volume of interest in Fenway’s history

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On September 28, 1960, some 10,454 fans were at Fenway Park for Ted Williams’ final game, chronicled by John Updike in “Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu.” Fifty-four years later, also on September 28, Derek Jeter will bid baseball fans adieu, but Fenway will be sold out. On Stub-Hub, a few Bleacher seats can be had […]

Coffee and Clippings: Building Jake Arrieta

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Jeff Sullivan (@based_ball) of FanGraphs breaks down Jake Arrieta and how he’s built… Arrieta wasn’t born 6’4, 225, but he got there eventually, probably the former ahead of the latter. Arrieta was blessed with genes allowing for a pitcher’s body, and then he developed interest in becoming a pitcher, which is the other necessary component. Arrieta […]

Coffee and Clippings: David Price hasn’t delivered for Tigers

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David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield) of ESPN writes that David Price hasn’t delivered for the Detroit Tigers… That’s what was so disappointing about Price’s performance Wednesday night. A day after the Tigers suffered a tough, walk-off loss to the Twins, they staked Price to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, and he promptly coughed […]

Peter Gammons: Trading OBP for Power, and why

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The days of the 400-something on base, 600-something slugging hitters are gone, with drug-testing and bullpens full of 96-to-100 relievers and, as several baseball people point out, a return to the strike zone as written. What is interesting is how teams that not long ago looked the other way from hitters who had on-base percentages […]

Gammons Notes: Latest Dodgers’ drama, Yankees, Yasmani Tomas and more

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What Don Mattingly has to worry most about is whether Hanley Ramirez’s elbow injury is serious, and whether Hyun-Jin Ryu is going to respond to the cortisone shot and be ready to pitch in the post-season. The rest? So Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp have words, and some days some feel slighted when Kemp, Puig, […]

The Cuban Talent Line: The New Source of Hopes and Dreams

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There was a moment in what has been a disappointing White Sox season Saturday night that spoke for what may well be their immediate future. Down 6-5 to the Twins and facing all-star closer Glen Perkins, Jose Abreu worked a 14-pitch walk. Three batters later, Dayan Viciedo, not always known for his plate discipline, worked […]

Coffee and Clippings: Cardinals’ October rotation unsettled

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Bernie Miklasz (@miklasz) of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that the Cardinals’ rotation for the postseason is still unsettled… There are so many things going right for the team these days, it almost feels silly to stress over anything. But with this team, there’s always something going on to create a little anxiety. The latest: […]

Coffee and Clippings: Like K.C.’s Wade Davis, Boston might look to bullpen with young starters

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Brian MacPherson (@brianmacp) of the Providence Journal writes that like Kansas City’s Wade Davis, the Red Sox could use some of their young starters in the bullpen… Wade Davis never did pitch for the Royals in their four-game series against the visiting Red Sox this week. That was just fine by Boston hitters. Davis has […]

Peter Gammons: La Russa leading the way in Arizona

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Tony La Russa has travelled with the Diamondbacks for more than three months, watching players, managers, coaches. He is presently interviewing general manager candidates in Jacksonville (Larry Beinfest, Gary LaRocque) and Phoenix, everything from major league players to minor leagues to scouting. “We began with a clear plan in mind,” says La Russa. “It’s a […]

Peter Gammons: Accident ends Stanton’s MVP season; Orioles forced to move on without Davis

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One was ugly, sickening, an accident that ended Giancarlo Stanton’s MVP season, perhaps impact the career of a 24-year-old already on the Cooperstown radar. The other was a suspension to Chris Davis, an important element on an Orioles team that one rival executive this week said, “plays as hard as any team I’ve ever seen.” […]