The Hit List

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

Can Heyward Emerge as True Two-Way Threat?

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A few years back, Giancarlo Stanton and Jason Heyward were prospects 1 and 1A. Both were crowned future MVP candidates and have made good on those prognostications since debuting in 2010, with Stanton posting the 11th-highest Wins Above Replacement total among outfielders (19.5) and Heyward the seventh-highest (21.4). They’ve done it in drastically different ways, […]

Bang: The Rangers Update Their 40-Man Roster

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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. November 20 is one of those days on the baseball calendar when the ratio that’s most appropriate to focus on isn’t strikeout-to-walk or groundball-to-flyball, but instead bang-to-hype. Teams spend hours and days evaluating which draft-eligible […]

With Martin Gone, Bucs Must Focus on Upgrading Rotation

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The bushy-bearded, uber-patient, strike-stealing soul of the Pirates’ return to prominence has left town, with catcher Russell Martin signing a five-year, $82 million deal with the Toronto Blue Jays. Martin’s departure deals a severe blow to Pittsburgh’s chances of reaching the playoffs for a third consecutive season in 2015, with new presumed starting backstop Francisco […]

Lack of Quality Starters

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Okay, let’s accept that a Quality Start is at least six innings pitched allowing three earned runs or less and an Ultra Quality Start is when a pitcher throws at least seven innings pitched allowing two earned runs or less. But what do you call a start that doesn’t meet these criteria? An Edwin Jackson? […]

After Historic Rookie Season, Abreu’s Bat Speed No Longer in Question

Jose Abreu, the Rookie of the Year in waiting

When the Chicago White Sox signed Cuban home run champ Jose Abreu last winter, the club thought it had found a ready-made hitter capable of carrying on a proud tradition of slugging first base and DH-types that includes Frank Thomas, Jim Thome, and Paul Konerko. Some scouts, however, thought the Pale Hose paid $68 million […]

More or Lester

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Lefty ace Jon Lester is one of the hottest commodities on the free-agent market this offseason. The Red Sox and the Cubs seem to be leading the charge but the Braves and the Cardinals and perhaps the Yankees and the Blue Jays are lurking as well. No team needs Lester more than Boston who finished […]

Jays Pay a Premium for Martin’s Pitch-Framing Skills

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Fresh off a career-best season and hitting free agency as the only viable starting catcher, Russell Martin figured to cash in. And cash in he did: Martin nearly doubled his yearly salary, signing a five-year, $82 million deal with the Blue Jays. Toronto’s first big free agent splash of the Alex Anthopoulos era displaces incumbent […]

Newberg: Old School, New Rules

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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. Mid-Monday morning, national writer Scott Miller reported that the Blue Jays were hiring Rangers assistant minor league hitting coordinator Brook Jacoby to take over as their new big league hitting coach, a position he had held […]

Will Shelby Miller Find his Rhythm in Atlanta?

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In a deal that only a select few outside of Braves president of baseball operations John Hart and Cardinals GM John Mozeliak probably anticipated prior to the beginning of the week, Atlanta and St. Louis participated in the first eye-catching transaction of the 2014-15 off-season Monday afternoon when the two clubs swapped Shelby Miller (and Tyrell Jenkins) for Jason Heyward (and Jordan Walden). […]

Double and Doubler To

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Dumb and Dumber, the story of imbecilic best friends Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) and Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels), was a huge hit in 1994. The sequel, Dumb and Dumber To, the story of imbecilic best friends Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) and Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels), debuted atop the domestic box office this weekend. Baseball in […]