The Hit List

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

Joc Pederson is baseball’s must-watch prospect in 2015

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Lou Musto is a beat writer for the SWB RailRiders and has been featured on USA Today, Forbes, and Comcast Sports Net. Follow him on Twitter @LouisMusto. The Los Angeles Dodgers were awfully busy this offseason trading off old talent and bringing in new (old) contributors, but all their unraveling may have opened the door for the […]

Ryan Braun’s Thumb is Healthy — Will His Inner-Half Potency Resurface?

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Aside from the compulsive denials, legal action and subsequent public backlash elicited from his performance-enhancing drug use, the most prevalent story-line connected to Milwaukee Brewers right fielder Ryan Braun over the past two years has been the health of his right thumb. The 2011 National League MVP has battled soreness and discomfort in his right hand since the middle […]

A look back at strikeout totals

Pitchers and fans will miss Adam Dunn

As you consider talking or writing about these strikeout numbers, here are some quotes from some others on strikeouts to inspire you: I’ve never heard a crowd boo a homer, but I’ve heard plenty of boos after a strikeout. – Babe Ruth I eventually became proud of my strikeouts, because each one represented another learning […]

If His Elbow Cooperates, Lee Could Be Elite in 2015

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Seemingly half of the Philadelphia Phillies’ roster is on the trading block — Cole Hamels, Jonathan Papelbon, Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, the Phillie Phanatic — and Cliff Lee might seem like a particularly hard sell. Previously one of the game’s true workhorses, Lee tossed just 81 innings last year while spending more than 120 days […]

In honor of Black History month, the first black player for each team

First all-black outfield to ever play in a World Series. Monte Irvin, Willie Mays, and Hank Thompson in 1951.

February is Black History Month and while I’m confident that everyone knows that Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier* for the Brooklyn Dodgers, I’m less than confident that fans are aware of the brave players who broke through for baseball’s other teams. As we honor Monte Irvin‘s 96th birthday today: Here is a list of […]

Clayton Kershaw: Historically Platoon-Proof

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To put into perspective everything that Clayton Kershaw means to the game of baseball, both from a historical and current standpoint, is an impossibly difficult task to undertake. The 26-year-old southpaw trotted onto the fresh-cut grass at Camelback Ranch-Glendale last Thursday as the reigning National League Most Valuable Player, a three-time Cy Young Award winner and owner of four […]

Newberg: The curse of caring

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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. I read words about Joey Gallo a couple days ago, describing the sound every six seconds of ball-off-bat under the rolling batting cage.  I saw no video.  I heard no audio.  I just read words. It […]

Beltre’s Bat Still Lightning Quick in Mid-30s

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Amid a spate of injuries that have claimed the Texas Rangers’ top prospects, seemingly every starting pitcher, big-ticket trade acquisitions and free agent signees, Adrian Beltre remains a model of durability and excellence. That’s why GM Jon Daniels recently extended Beltre’s contract through the 2016 season, tearing up an incentives-base club option that was part […]

Will Name Change Spark Upper-Half Improvement for Melvin Upton Jr.?

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On Monday, while news of Yoan Moncada‘s signing with the Boston Red Sox poured through media outlets across the globe, Atlanta Braves outfielder B.J. Upton made lesser headlines for reportedly changing his name back to the one he was given at birth: Melvin Upton Jr. The motivation behind Upton’s decision remains uncertain at this point, but it may have something to […]

Starling Marte Primed for Monster 2015 Season

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The Pittsburgh Pirates’ resurgence over the past two seasons has been ascribed to many different factors — a total commitment to sabermetrics, pitch-framing and defensive shifts; pitcher-whispering abilities that have brought talented-but-lost arms back to life; eagle-eyed scouting, uncovering value from the amateur ranks to the independent leagues. But quietly, Starling Marte has done as […]