Peter Gammons: With Friedman aboard, Dodgers are in good hands

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When Ned Colletti was told that the Guggenheim folks and Stan Kasten were headed in another direction, in some ways it was a relief to Colletti. He’d been the Dodger general manager for nine years, with five first place finishes, but Ned was like an air traffic controller at the Beirut Airport. The McCourt years. […]

Peter Gammons: In the year of the improbable, will the impossible happen?

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It has been a post-season whose crescendo built up to a Travis Ishikawa moment, two weeks of game-winning wild throws and 18 inning games that went bump in the night, in which Mike Moustakas and Matt Carpenter, who hit 23 homers between them in the regular season, have 8, in which Madison Bumgarner emerged as […]

Coffee and Clippings: Ishikawa went from nearly quitting to hitting it big

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Ann Killion (@annkillion) of the San Francisco Chronicle talks about Travis Ishikawa’s walk-off home run after almost walking away from the game just months ago… For all the wives or parents who might be trying to convince a baseball player to grow up and abandon his dream, Travis Ishikawa just ruined things. In this most […]

Coffee and Clippings: Matt Silverman says Rays intend to keep Joe Maddon

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Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) of the Tampa Bay Times writes that new Rays baseball president Matt Silverman plans to keep Joe Maddon as the team’s manager… Until and if the Rays sign manager Joe Maddon to another multiseason extension, there will be speculation that he eventually will join departed top executive Andrew Friedman with the Dodgers. But […]

Peter Gammons: Three questions as the Royals advance to the World Series

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The countdown to the trading deadline began on the Ides of June, and here we are, four months later, waiting to see what difference all the mystics and statistics really made. On the first day that a team could be elevated to the World Series, the starting pitchers were Miguel Gonzalez, to block, Jason Vargas […]

Coffee and Clippings: Royals one win away from World Series berth after 2-1 victory over Orioles

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Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) of the Kansas City Star talks about the Royals being one win away from the World Series after beating the Orioles 2-1 in Game 3 of the ALCS… By now, the Royals have grown used to these results. They have yet to lose in the playoffs. In order to derail the Kansas […]

From Rays to Riches: Andrew Friedman leaves Tampa Bay for Los Angeles

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As the news leaked Tuesday afternoon that Andrew Friedman is leaving Tampa Bay for Los Angeles and Alvarado Boulevard and Hollywood, those who knew him so well and so respected his leadership, stability and friendship as his employees seem stunned. “I never thought he’d leave,” said one former Rays scout who moved on for a […]

Coffee and Clippings: Cardinals shouldn’t gamble with Yadier Molina

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Bernie Miklasz (@miklasz) of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that the Cardinals shouldn’t gamble with Yadier Molina… There’s nothing oblique about Yadier Molina’s determination to play baseball again this month. His latest grimace has nothing to do with a strained rib cage. No, Molina is wincing in response to any suggestion that he’s done for […]

Jake Peavy and Tim Flannery sing ‘Poncho and Lefty’ in a stairwell outside a clubhouse

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Jake Peavy and Tim Flannery are together again, re-united with the Giants after their days with the Padres. Peavy loves music. Flannery is an accomplished, extraordinary singer/songwriter who plays solo, has played with the Grateful Dead and will pick up a guitar and sing anywhere. On the road. On a plane. Anywhere. And his road […]

Coffee and Clippings: Is Bruce Bochy One of the Best Managers in Baseball History?

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Jonah Keri (@jonahkeri) of Grantland explains why Bruce Bochy is one of the best managers in baseball history… The Giants’ success starts with the players, of course — the mainstays like Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval, and Madison Bumgarner who’ve come up big in the last three postseason runs. Superstitious types will cite The Even-Year Effect, […]