Gammons Notes: New generation of young shortstops, Dodgers, Pirates and more

“A few years ago,” says one scouting director, “we were wondering if we’d ever see young shortstops coming to the major leagues from this country. Now we look around and see the game loaded with potential impact star shortstops. And look at the draft. There might be six college shortstops taken in the first 50 […]

Gammons Notes: Marlin’s new speed piece, Cardinals, Red Sox, Mets and more

JUPITER, Fla.—Dee Gordon’s first bunt of the spring came in his second at-bat. Perfectly laid down on the ground. Base hit. Just the way Brett Butler has taught him every day. The idea, according to Butler and Gordon, is to try to get a bunt down every day, if that’s what it takes to be […]

Gammons Notes: Cole Hamels to Boston?, Alex Rodriguez, Royals, Mariners and Game Changes

No matter what has passed, and one can argue Alex Rodriguez probably doesn’t recall everything that has happened since he signed that original $252M deal with the Rangers, it is his bargained right as a major league baseball player to try to come back and collect the rest of the contract he signed during the […]

Gammons Notes: The Impact of the Victor Martinez Injury, Yoan Moncada and Hector Olivera

The Impact of Victor Martinez Injury The Tigers won’t have any timetable on Victor Martinez’s return until after the operation on his left knee for a torn meniscus Tuesday. But, realistically, they go into spring training in two weeks uncertain when Miguel Cabrera will be 100% following ankle surgery, or how Martinez will recover from this freak […]

Gammons Notes: The Hall of Fame Voting Process, Yankee shortstops, Red Sox and more

Sometimes the rhetoric gets pretty heated, to the point where honest opinion is demeaned; I had someone rail at me on twitter about Alan Trammell v. Lou Whitaker. Someone who clearly never saw them play regularly, did not discuss them with teammates and opponents and knew only what the screen blinked, as if baseball players […]

Gammons Notes: What’s next for Joe Maddon?, Yusmeiro Petit, Giancarlo Stanton and more

1. When Joe Maddon opted out of his Tampa Bay contract, he had nothing in his site. “I really have no idea what will happen,” Maddon said, driving across the country in his RV. “But it was an opportunity I have to take.” Maddon’s agent Alan Nero advised Lou Piniella to take a year off […]

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

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, […]

Gammons Notes: Under-the-radar pre-deadline deals, knuckleballers, Mike Yastrzemski and more

It’s been nearly six weeks since the trade deadline passed. Look, everyone enjoys Yoenis Cespedes and the energy and intensity he brings, but getting Jon Lester is not the reason the Oakland Athletics have gone 14-30 since the sun rose on August and gone from one game lead on the Angels to seven games back […]

Gammons Notes: Dodgers’ offseason, the ongoing Castro-Mets saga and Rusney Castillo

Dodgers As the Dodgers wait to see how Zack Greinke’s elbow feels after Saturday’s start and how Hyun-jin Ryu’s glute progresses as he shoots to return next weekend, they realize that once the season ends they have some major decisions. They will carefully watch shortstops Miguel Rojas and Erisbel Arruebarrena; it now seems highly unlikely […]

Gammons Notes: Rob Manfred, Giancarlo Stanton, recovering in Colorado and Rusney Castillo

There is no question Rob Manfred can be a very good commissioner, as Tim Brosnan would have been, and so would Bob Iger had baseball been willing to look outside their house. Manfred knows where the bodies are buried. He understands some of the issues in the gathering storms between a new union leadership and […]