Peter Gammons: San Francisco and the courting of Giancarlo Stanton

As of the morning of Monday, December 4, we still don’t know whether the Marlins preferred the offer for Giancarlo Stanton from the Cardinals or the Giants, or whether or not the Dodgers were preparing to at least shadow box. What we do know is that Gary Denbo has done a remarkable job in his […]

Peter Gammons: Hall of Fame issues, Shohei Otani, Stanton, Yawkee Way, and more

Joe Morgan was slow to accept analytics, I get it. He was traditional, and he became the whipping boy for every new waver who wanted us to know they were smarter than any of us, like the guy who wrote he hoped Felix Hernandez would lose games because it would prove how insane traditional thinkers […]

Peter Gammons: MVP’s, Cy’s, Otani, Swihart, the Orioles, and more November notes

In March, 2007, Al Pedrique was a scout in the Houston organization, managing in Venezuela, and he called GM Tim Purpora and told him this 5-foot-5 kid came in for a tryout and that he loved him, so much that while he’d sign for $5,000, he wanted to give him $15,000 not only because he […]

Peter Gammons: GM Meetings, Red Sox off-season options, and more

There was a time when business was accomplished at the General Managers Meetings. They weren’t media events, covered by few, with quiet meetings and dinners when the official business of the day was finished. Today, it is different. “It’s mainly the agents meeting, a sale conference,” says one American League general manager. “Frankly, we’d get […]

Peter Gammons: Cora and Red Sox in search of identity for 2018 and beyond

It wasn’t as if the Red Sox 2017 season was 1965 all over again. They won 93 games and the division for the second year in a row. But even as they tried to battle back against the World Champion Astros in the ALDS, there was something that felt as if the team had some […]

Peter Gammons: After due celebration, Alex Cora will quickly refocus on Boston

LOS ANGELES—It has been a long year for Alex Cora, exhausting at time. He assembled and ran the Puerto Rican team that finished second in the World Baseball Classic. He served as A.J. Hinch’s LBJ, a bench coach who coordinated practice and video and conduit to players; be it Carlos Correa’s injured hand, the hurricane […]

Peter Gammons: Red Sox make a seismic shift with manager Alex Cora

LOS ANGELES—Alex Cora is who the Red Sox wanted from the beginning, knowing that once the Astros ended another New England baseball season two weeks ago that they would have to wait until the end of Houston’s run before they could have a show-and-tell presentation at Fenway Park. Knowing that if they waited the Nationals […]

Peter Gammons: Verlander and Astros are built for “moment” games

There’s no way to measure how Justin Verlander would have finished the 2017 were he still in Detroit. Al Avila and Brad Ausmus understood what going to Houston might mean to him; they know him, appreciate and admire that he is a moment pitcher, that with the Astros position players and fellow alpha personalities like […]

Peter Gammons: Moving on from the anticipated departure of John Farrell

Right after one of the network pregame shows Saturday, a current manager called. “I listened to Joe Girardi and John Farrell being bashed by talk show and ex-player guys,” he said, heatedly, “people who have never managed, don’t know about 30 second replay times, dealing with players and the media and they wonder why there […]

Peter Gammons: Reflection of Yankees over Twins on this Wild Card Wednesday

NEW YORK—When the Yankees defeated the Phillies to win the 2009 World Series, it was the first title in the new venue, and turns out to be their last, as if eight seasons without winning a World Series is hardly a long time. What I remember most is how quiet it seemed, like a Thursday […]