The Hit List

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

Adam Eaton: Bucking the Short-Dude Power Conundrum

It’s a question I’ve asked myself a lot recently: Are we ready to live in a world where Adam Eaton hits dingers? Everything we’ve known to be true about Eaton says that, while he certainly has a bevy of skills at his disposal, like hitting for average or stealing bases or manning a respectable center field, he shouldn’t hit for […]

Newberg: The whole.

Football’s final stand of the season was half over, two quarters of clock time away from two shoehorned beer endorsements by the winning quarterback, when the broadcast went to commercial and a man holding center stage — in a moment that was as authentic as Peyton Manning’s double-dipped Budweiser tribute wasn’t — said to a room full of men he shared […]

The Many Present (and Future) Skills of Zach Davies

In the five-or-some-odd months that have passed since David Stearns first updated his LinkedIn resume title to ‘General Manager, Milwaukee Brewers’, he and the organization have made one thing abundantly clear: They’re investing for the future. Nowhere was this reality more evident than this past Saturday night, when Milwaukee shipped shortstop Jean Segura and right-handed pitching prospect Tyler Wagner to the […]

Xander Bogaerts, Defensive Shifts, and the State of the Pulled Ball

Here’s something you probably already knew: Xander Bogaerts is pretty good at this baseball thing. He’s good at it on a number of levels, both offensively and defensively, and that’s been the case for quite some time now. Of course, from a statistical vantage point, Bogaerts only very recently — last year, in fact — became pretty good […]

Newberg: Sunny days.

“Few teams have a better 1-2-3 prospect trio than the Rangers,” wrote Baseball America’s Ben Badler on Tuesday, in conjunction with his publication’s ranking of Texas minor leaguers. He was referring to Joey Gallo, Lewis Brinson, and Nomar Mazara, the same three that front any assessment of the Rangers’ system — though not always in that order, as Baseball Prospectus, for […]

Coffee and Clippings: A-Rod unplugged

Kevin Kernan (@WheresKernan) of the New York Post covers Alex Rodriguez as he opens up about the the Yankees’ moves, off season workouts, and closing in on retirement… In 2016, Alex Rodriguez is determined to build off the new beginning he embarked upon last season. “My plan this year is to continue to build on […]

Video: Peter Gammons’ AL players to watch for

Peter Gammons joins MLB Tonight on the MLB Network to discuss his players to watch for coming out of the American League…

Video: Peter Gammons on Mets signing Cespedes, other offseason moves, and more

Peter Gammons joins High Heat with Christopher Russo on the MLB Network to discuss Yoenis Cespedes returning to the Mets for 3 years and $75 million, Marlins bullpen possibilities, and more offseason topics…

To Bounce Back, Lucroy Must Handle Heat at the Plate, Soft Stuff Behind it

Jonathan Lucroy isn’t demanding a trade, per se, but the backstop sure wouldn’t mind escaping the Milwaukee Brewers’ long-term rebuilding effort in favor of playing for a contender in 2016. Lucroy, nearing 30, would fetch a considerable haul for new GM David Stearns, considering that Lucroy is signed to a dirt cheap contract ($4M in […]

Blanton Revives Career with Move to ‘Pen, Wicked Slider

Kentucky Joe has gone Hollywood (again): righty Joe Blanton just signed a one-year, $4 million deal to serve as a long relief bridge to Kenley Jansen with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Blanton, 35, once devoured innings for the Athletics and Phillies, throwing no fewer than 175 frames each season between 2005-2012. He wasn’t a world-beater […]