Coffee and Clippings: A-Rod delivers zinger as slugger inches closer to Willie Mays

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John Harper (@NYDNHarper) of the New York Daily News talks about Alex Rodriguez being only one home run shy of Willie Mays on the all-time home run list… Instantly, you could almost see the wheels spinning in A-Rod’s head. He has stuck so perfectly to the script of contrition, downplaying his stunning display of slugging […]

Peter Gammons: The AL East Pitching Grind

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Pitching in the American League East is still a grind, the Long Island or Southeast Expressway at 4:30 p.m., the Gandy Bridge at 8:20 a.m. Yankee Stadium, Rogers Centre, Camden Yards, Fenway and while this may not be a season resembling 1989 or 2003 in terms of talent levels, it seems like everyone is stuck […]

Coffee and Clippings: Tanaka’s resurgence typifies underdog Yanks, somehow beating odds

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Ken Davidoff (@KenDavidoff) of the New York Post talks about Masahiro Tanaka’s resurgence for the underdog Yankees who are somehow beating the odds… You can’t achieve baseball vindication in April. Yet Masahiro Tanaka deserves something for his efforts, doesn’t he? Like, Vindication of the Month Award? Or at least second place, behind the increasingly beloved […]

Bill Ripken on Manny Machado

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Billy Ripken is an expert on playing the infield, taught by a baseball lifer father who was such an integral part of the Baltimore organization for decades, growing up playing with brother Cal, who is not only an infield professor, but in this mind’s eye the most underrated great defensive shortstop in my years covering […]

Peter Gammons: The Worst Curse in Life

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It was the first inning of the first 2015 game at Fenway Park. Bryce Harper was announced and walked towards the batter’s box, and about ten rows behind home plate a man with a large girth and the bravery of a few noon-on beers stood and booed at the top of his lungs. “You(—) Haapah,” […]

Coffee and Clippings: Banister’s leadership council aims to help Rangers with transparency

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Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) of the Dallas Morning News writes that Jeff Banister’s leadership council aims to help the Rangers with transparency… The council idea was one Banister brought with him from Pittsburgh. The Pirates, partly at his suggestion, developed the idea to invite players to speak openly with manager Clint Hurdle about any perceived clubhouse/team […]

Coffee and Clippings: Red Sox prospect Yoan Moncada triples in debut

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David Dorsey (@DavidADorsey) of The News Press writes that Red Sox prospect Yoan Moncada tripled in his debut… The switch-hitting Moncada started at second base and hit third in the lineup. Batting right-handed against Orioles left-handed pitching prospect Jonathan Ramos, Moncada smashed the third pitch he saw to deep right-center field for a standup triple. […]

Coffee and Clippings: Hold the presses! Jon Lester throws to first

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David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield) of ESPN talks about Jon Lester’s first throw to first since April, 2013… It’s rarely news when a pitcher throws to first base, unless perhaps he’s picking off a runner to end a World Series game. Enter Jon Lester, who threw to first base for the first time since April 30, 2013, […]

Peter Gammons: Quick to the Plate

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Watching spring training and now the first week of the season with baseball trying to quicken the time pitchers take between pitches, Buck Showalter has his thought. “Pitchers like Mark Buehrle and R.A. Dickey who work really quickly are going to have big seasons,” says Showalter. “A lot of hitters want to take their time. […]

Peter Gammons: Kansas City’s Young, Devout Leader

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It was one of those late March days a year ago, and a scout who had the Royals in his spring coverage went to the day game. Salvador Perez caught seven innings. The scout went to a 6 p.m. game on the Surprise complex because it was for pitchers who needed work in a game […]