The Hit List

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

Breaking Down Bumgarner’s Epic October


Madison Bumgarner just logged a five-inning, World Series-clinching save that further solidifies his reputation as the Mr. October of moundsmen. During a postseason rife with quick hooks, the Giants ace tossed an MLB-record 52.2 innings and posted an ERA (1.03) worthy of the dead ball era. He was even more lethal in the Fall Classic, […]

Nine quotes to end a baseball season

George WIll quote

Nine to Know: Baseball quotes from the Bill Chuck Files There are only two seasons – winter and Baseball. – Bill Veeck, Jr. It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then […]

The 2014 Fielding Bible Awards

The great glove work of Lorenzo CainCredit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The 2014 FIELDING BIBLE Awards have been officially announced and this year, for the first time, there are 10 winners. The goal of THE FIELDING BIBLE AWARDS is to state: “Here is the best fielder at this position in Major League Baseball last season.” A complete record of the voting can be found in The […]

Drew Hutchison: Baseball’s Next Great Swing-and-Miss Artist?


In his post-season press conference earlier this month, Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthropolous pointed out to reporters the blatantly obvious when he said his club didn’t achieve its goals this season. Toronto finished third in the American League East in 2014 and in the process extended its postseason drought to 21 consecutive seasons — […]

The World Champion San Francisco Giants of 2014

San Francisco Giants fans celebrate after Game 7 of the 2014 World Series   Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

The 2014 members of the dynasty and the games they played by position for the Giants Name Age Yrs G GS Bat Def P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR Tony Abreu 29 6 3 0 3 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 […]

Deep dive into Bumgarner the Saver

World Champion San Francisco Giants players from left Madison Bumgarner , Ryan Vogelsong , Michael Morse and Buster Posey with the Commissioner's Trophy  Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

There are not enough laudatory adjectives that can be attached to Madison Bumgarner. The second most valuable tool for a Giants’ fan today is Roget’s Thesaurus. It was thrilling watching Bumgarner in Game 7, but then again it was a joy every time he stepped on the hill this postseason. Nine to Know: Bumgarner in […]

Ready for Game 7


I’m ready for tonight, are you? Ready for the second one-and-done moment of this postseason for these two teams. I’m not in the mood for small talk. I describe myself as a “baseball newstalgist” combining “news” and “nostalgia” remembering the old and mixing with the new, but I don’t want to hear about history. Nine […]

Will there be babies named “Seven” in Kansas City?

KC Baby basket

The Giants are looking for their third championship in the last five seasons. The Royals are looking for their second since they won in 1985…in Game 7. Which fanbase do you think is going a little crazier today in anticipation of Game 7? I have babies on the brain My daughter is due to make […]

The Giants on the verge

The Giants are rolling in part because of Pablo Sandoval (48) and Hunter Pence   Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

From the Bill Chuck Files… The Giants are rolling. They are showing the Royals that they can play their game and add their own set of skills as well. Saturday night they were losing 4-1 and since that point they have ripped off 15 straight runs. The Giants are hitting .299; the Royals .221. The […]

Kansas City is happy to be home

San Francisco Giants players in the dugout react in the 9th inning as Kansas City Royals fans cheer above them during Game 2 of the World Series at Kauffman Stadium.  Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Hail, hail, the gang’s all here. And by here, I mean Kansas City. In eight of the last 10 World Series in which a team has returned home down 3-2, that team has won the Series. And that’s just one of things that the Royals are banking on. Ironically, the Royals were not a great […]