Peter Gammons: 2017 Predictions Part I

It sounded like a campaign promise when the words “Cubs and Indians World Series” rolled out last April 1, or, perhaps to give it more credence, an April Fool’s joke. It really did happen, like the 1991 last-to-first Twins-Braves series with an unforgettable extra inning seventh game culmination of a memorable World Series. A year […]

Peter Gammons: Daniel Bard is willing to endure the frustration

JUPITER—It’s for the pure love of the game, it’s that, as Daniel Bard says, “I still know there’s something.” Something of what in 2010 might have been the best setup man in baseball, 98 MPH, a 1.93 earned run average, 76 strikeouts in 74 2/3 innings. Before it all unraveled in Sept., 2011, when his […]

Peter Gammons: WBC breaks through to show us something

The fact that Team U.S.A. won isn’t the point. Adam Jones and Eric Hosmer may have played with the fervor and passion of flag-waving Olympic moments from Jesse Owens to David Silk clearing the defensive zone to make real beliefs in miracles, but this isn’t the same. If there were a Cuban-American team in the […]

Peter Gammons: New Englander Jeff Locke and a personal David Ortiz moment

JUPITER, Fla.–Jeff Locke is now 29. He was an all-star in 2013, he has won 35 major league games, and after coming through the Braves system and being traded to Pittsburgh, is now with the Miami Marlins. But, throughout, he remains a New Englander. He grew up in North Conway, N.H., home of the Skimobile. […]

Peter Gammons: A Marlins Monday, position allocation, & Dusty Baker on Betts

JUPITER, Fla.—Some days the split squad games suit what the Marlins need to make their eight man bullpen work. For instance, as Mike Hill says, “we’re trying to get Ichiro Suzuki and Justin Bour as many at-bats against lefthanded pitchers as possible this spring because with a four man bench we have to see if […]

Peter Gammons: 7 questions to be answered by 2017 Red Sox

Ft. MYERS, Fla.—The fact is that the Red Sox are supposed to win. They are today’s George Steinbrenner Yankees. Since John Henry brought  Dave Dombrowski in to replace Ben Cherington in August, 2015, they have signed David Price for $217M, traded 13 prospects—some very good—for Craig Kimbrel, Drew Pomeranz, Chris Sale and Tyler Thornburg. The front […]

Peter Gammons: Toronto building a new culture

DUNEDIN, Fla.—In many ways, Toronto has returned to its Pat Gillick glory days these last two years. They made the playoffs for the first time since the world championship team9 in 1993. They won 11 more games in 2015-16 than any other A.L. East team, attracted 6.1M fans into Rogers Centre, on most nights had more […]

Peter Gammons: Maybe a Cuban-American Team?

PHOENIX—At different stops along the line this spring, in Fort Myers, Surprise and Glendale, players of Cuban ancestry have asked, “why not have a Cuban-American team in the World Baseball Classic?” The thought of a sold-out stadium in Miami with Cuba playing the Cuban-Americans is fascinating. Watching Cuba playing Japan at 3:45 a.m. MT, it […]

Peter Gammons: Notes from early March

PHOENIX—Bryan Shaw has pitched in more games the last four years than anyone, 299, plus 11 more this past October. Cody Allen is fourth with 290 appearances, in addition to 11 more in the last post-season. Think back to what the Indians bullpen did this fall to get to extra innings in Game Seven of […]

Peter Gammons: Dodgers and Giants primed for another race in 2017

GLENDALE, AR—They seem to have been bolted to one another since the end of World War II. Jackie Robinson, then Monte Irvin, and when the Dodgers tried to trade Jackie to the Giants, he refused. The Shot Heard ‘Round the World. Willie and The Duke. The Giants won in ’54, the Dodgers in ’55, and […]