The Hit List

The Hit List is a compilation of analysis from writers that have been selected by Peter Gammons.

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Turk Wendell

The Thanksgiving Menu Soups Bill Campbell and Jeff Suppan. You will need Karl Spooner and Tim Spooneybarger. Turkeys Turkey Stearnes was one of the most prolific home-run hitters in the Negro leagues and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000. Turk Lown was primarily a Chicago pitcher. From 1951-58, Lown went 30-44 for the Cubs […]

Kole Calhoun’s Second-Half Regressions, Explained

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Back in mid-July, when 27-year-old Los Angles Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun had been mashing as efficiently as any big-league outfielder, Mike Scioscia put it best when he told Mike DeGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, “I don’t know if there’s a hotter player in our league right now. He’s seeing the ball well. He’s swinging the bat well.” Indeed, he […]

Joe DiMaggio was born on November 25, 1914

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Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio was born one hundred years ago today in Martinez, California, Even the casual baseball fan knows that Joe played his entire major league career with the New York Yankees from 1936 and 1951. During that time Joe picked up nine World Series rings. But undoubtedly he is most famous for his 56-game […]

In Boston, the kids are not alright

GN Pablo Sandoval

The  Red Sox have already started their Thanksgiving gluttony, probably not the best lede to put under a picture of The Panda. Boston is certainly putting their money where their mouth is in their desire to go from worst-to first-to-worst-to-first as they are in the process of signing both Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval to […]

Can Heyward Emerge as True Two-Way Threat?

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A few years back, Giancarlo Stanton and Jason Heyward were prospects 1 and 1A. Both were crowned future MVP candidates and have made good on those prognostications since debuting in 2010, with Stanton posting the 11th-highest Wins Above Replacement total among outfielders (19.5) and Heyward the seventh-highest (21.4). They’ve done it in drastically different ways, […]

Bang: The Rangers Update Their 40-Man Roster

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This contribution was provided by Jamey Newberg of The Newberg Report. The Newberg Report provides daily coverage of the Texas Rangers. November 20 is one of those days on the baseball calendar when the ratio that’s most appropriate to focus on isn’t strikeout-to-walk or groundball-to-flyball, but instead bang-to-hype. Teams spend hours and days evaluating which draft-eligible […]

With Martin Gone, Bucs Must Focus on Upgrading Rotation

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The bushy-bearded, uber-patient, strike-stealing soul of the Pirates’ return to prominence has left town, with catcher Russell Martin signing a five-year, $82 million deal with the Toronto Blue Jays. Martin’s departure deals a severe blow to Pittsburgh’s chances of reaching the playoffs for a third consecutive season in 2015, with new presumed starting backstop Francisco […]

Lack of Quality Starters

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Okay, let’s accept that a Quality Start is at least six innings pitched allowing three earned runs or less and an Ultra Quality Start is when a pitcher throws at least seven innings pitched allowing two earned runs or less. But what do you call a start that doesn’t meet these criteria? An Edwin Jackson? […]

After Historic Rookie Season, Abreu’s Bat Speed No Longer in Question

Jose Abreu, the Rookie of the Year in waiting

When the Chicago White Sox signed Cuban home run champ Jose Abreu last winter, the club thought it had found a ready-made hitter capable of carrying on a proud tradition of slugging first base and DH-types that includes Frank Thomas, Jim Thome, and Paul Konerko. Some scouts, however, thought the Pale Hose paid $68 million […]

More or Lester

Jon Lester

Lefty ace Jon Lester is one of the hottest commodities on the free-agent market this offseason. The Red Sox and the Cubs seem to be leading the charge but the Braves and the Cardinals and perhaps the Yankees and the Blue Jays are lurking as well. No team needs Lester more than Boston who finished […]