The Hit List

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

Nine to Know: The Royals


Nine to Know from the Bill Chuck Royals Files… The Royals are riding an 11-game postseason winning streak, having won the last three games of the 1985 World Series. There have been 11 different AL teams in the World Series since the Royals in 1985 with the Yankees appearing seven times, the Red Sox four times, […]

Nine to Know: The Giants

madison bumgarner giants

Nine to Know from the Bill Chuck Giants Files… From October 30, 2010 to October 16, 2014, Jeremy Affeldt has appeared in 18 postseason games, covering 18 innings and he has not allowed a run. He’s permitted eight hits, walked five, and whiffed 12. From October 7, 2012 to October 16, 2014, Santiago Casilla has […]

Posey, Molina Still the Standard, But Salvador Perez is Catching Up

salvador perez

Salvador Perez isn’t the most talked-about backstop in the World Series — not with San Francisco’s Buster Posey batting over .300+ in the postseason, contending for his second MVP Award, and putting together a superb dossier for a young catcher that calls to mind all-time greats like Yogi Berra and Mike Piazza. Perez isn’t even […]

Which Jose Abreu Will We See Next Season?

Jose Abreu, the Rookie of the Year in waiting

Regardless of who the baseball writers believe was the American League’s most valuable player this season, one could make a very compelling argument that Jose Abreu was baseball’s best hitter in 2014. I certainly wouldn’t be one to dismiss such an argument. After all, the man did lead baseball in straight-up slugging percentage (.584), finish second to […]

Four Years Later, Greinke Trade Looks Golden for Royals

alcides Escobar

As the Kansas City Royals celebrate their first World Series appearance since George Brett raked, Ronald Reagan reigned, and REO Speedwagon was cool, they can point to a then-painful trade sending a Cy Young Award winner out of town as a critical part of the franchise’s rebirth. The December 2010 deal that sent Zack Greinke to […]

Postseason walkoff homers


There have been 2418 homers hit in the postseason, Travis Ishikawa‘s was the 48th walkoff. There have been none in hit in the three AL or NL Wild Card play-ins. There have been eight hit in the ALDS Date Gm Batter Tm Opp Pitcher Score Inn RoB Out Pitches RBI 1995-10-03 1 Tony Pena CLE […]

Music for the Wild Card World Series

Lou Reed

The National League champion San Francisco Giants will face the American League champion Kansas City Royals in an all wild-card World Series that begins Tuesday night in Kansas City. In 2002, San Francisco lost in seven games to the Anaheim Angels in an all Wild Card World Series. Like the Giants, the Florida Marlins made […]

The Yostseason continues as the Royals head to the Series

Even tying the record with four saves in the ALCS,  Greg Holland is no Dennis Eckersley. And, Cal Ripken is certainly no Eck in the broadcast booth.

With Kansas City manager Ned Yost becoming the first skipper in history to start his postseason career with eight consecutive victories, and everybody writing so much about the LCS, I didn’t want to feel left out. Congrats to the Royals and their fans The Royals are riding an 11-game postseason winning streak, having won the […]

A Season of Grief

Ron Washington

Patrick Despain is freelance sports writer appearing on and recently on Check out his personal blog and follow him on Twitter @PatrickDespain. Baseball is life. We have probably heard that slogan somewhere or eyed it on a t-shirt at some point and while that is not entirely true, it does hold some truth as we […]

American League teams that have reached World Series since the Royals in 1985

Royals 1985 WS ring

The last time the Royals were in the World Series was in 1985, when they defeated the Cardinals, four games to three. According to the great Bill Arnold (@sfgwire), the Royals are headed back to the World Series for the first time in 10,592 days. Here are the 11 AL teams that have appeared in […]