The Hit List

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

Anthony Ranaudo – Where are the Whiffs?

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Back in 2007, the Texas Rangers drafted Anthony Ranaudo in the 11th round and dangled an above-slot bonus in front of the imposing righty to keep him from reaching LSU’s campus. Instead, Ranaudo led the Tigers to the 2009 College World Series and was drafted in the supplemental first round a year later by the […]

Reds Extend Mesoraco, Invest in Improving Swing

Devin Mesoraco

On Tuesday, Devin Mesoraco became the recipient of a shiny new four-year, $28 million contract extension from the pocketbook of Reds general manager Walk Jocketty, a deal that will reportedly include a $500,000 signing bonus and back-loaded payout structure. Mesoraco, a former first-round amateur selection of Cincinnati back in 2007, was arguably the most productive offensive catcher in baseball […]

On the Epstein/Rosenthal idea of making relievers face more than one batter

Marc Rzepczynski oftens throws more pitches in the bullpen than on the mound

Now, here is an idea worthy of discussion to pick up the pace of play and, in the process, perhaps enhance the offense: make relievers face more than one batter when they appear in a game. According to a really interesting article, by the always interesting Kenny Rosenthal, “Cubs president Theo Epstein floated such a […]

Newberg: Ross for Ranaudo

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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. Is Robbie Ross Jr. a success story? Maybe he hasn’t settled in at his ceiling, either as a starting pitcher prospect or as the bullpen weapon he proved to be as a rookie in 2012. […]

Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) tribute to Ernie Banks on the Senate floor


There are certain people, not just in the world of sports, whose loss is felt across country. It’s felt across age differences, racial lines, genders, incomes, religions, politics, and any other issue that divides the “United” States. The loss of Ernie Banks fits that category. Ernie’s numbers were Hall of Fame worthy as was his […]

Gregory Polanco Needs to Let it Rip vs. Fastballs in 2015

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The Pittsburgh Pirates recently traded outfielder Travis Snider to the Baltimore Orioles, all but guaranteeing that Gregory Polanco will get another crack at showcasing his prodigious talent as the club’s everyday right fielder in 2015. Polanco, 23, ranked as a top-10 prospect last spring and vaporized Triple-A pitching (.328/.390/.504, .894 OPS). When he arrived at […]

Wins and Complete Games have little meaning, but still interesting

Max Scherzer an (in-)completely great pitcher

I’m in the camp with those who no longer count wins as a meaningful representation of the quality of a pitcher. I also no longer believe that a complete game is a relevant statistic in this new era of pitch counts and dominant middle and late-inning relievers. Yet it’s still a fun way to spend […]

ICYMI: Rob Manfred’s introductory letter to the fans

Commissione Manfred letterhead

  Dear Fans: On the night of August 14, 2014, I left a Baltimore hotel after being elected Commissioner of Baseball. As I began to reply to the overwhelming number of congratulatory messages coming in, it hit me that I’d just been entrusted to protect the integrity of our National Pastime and to set a […]

Re-Loading Rays Need Longoria to Find his Patience, Power

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The Tampa Bay Rays are accustomed to losing top players via trades and free agency, relying upon young talent acquired in return to help them compete on a Costco budget with the AL East’s financial behemoths. The 2015 season will be no different, with Ben Zobrist (traded to the Oakland A’s for a package headlined […]

Bud Norris’ Altered Approach Delivers Results

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While Dan Duquette’s transaction log has remained bereft of any marquee acquisition this winter, which I suppose is somewhat understandable given the nature of his current situation, the Baltimore Orioles nevertheless took a step in the right direction on Monday by avoiding arbitration with right-handed starter Bud Norris. Both sides came to an agreement on a $8.8 million salary for […]