The Hit List

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

Sunday Nine to Notes for November 29, 2015

Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files of November 29, 2015 Not one wild pitch or passed ball for Bartolo Colon or Johnny Cueto in 2015. Seven National Leaguers received votes for Rookie of the Year in 2015, unanimously won by Kris Bryant, but Odubel Herrera the Phillies centerfielder wasn’t one of them. Herrera […]

Zunino Whiffing His Way into Oblivion

Earlier this week, we broke down why the Seattle Mariners landed a bargain by signing free agent backstop Chris Iannetta. While Iannetta looks like a prime bounce-back candidate, the reason why new Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto brought in a new catcher in the first place is much less cheery. Incumbent starter Mike Zunino, selected third […]


2015 Recipients Willie Mays     2013 Recipient   Ernie Banks     2010 Recipient   Stan Musial   2005 Recipient Frank Robinson     2003 Recipient   Roberto Clemente 2002 Recipient   Hank Aaron 1991 Recipient   Ted Williams 1984 Recipient   Jackie Robinson 1977 Recipient   Joe DiMaggio 1945 Recipient   Moe Berg  

How Chris Iannetta improved during his nightmarish 2015 season

How profound were the offensive struggles of Seattle Mariners catchers last year? The club just picked up a new starter who batted .188 in 2015 — and that’s an upgrade over the incumbent option. Easy punch line aside, newly-minted M’s GM Jerry Dipoto might have landed a bargain when he signed Chris Iannetta to a […]

Sunday Nine to Notes: November 22, 2015

Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files…11/22/15 Prior to 2015, the last batter to hit at least 37 homers and not get hit by a pitch was in 2004 when Moises Alou slammed 39 dingers without getting slammed by a pitch. Last season, David Ortiz hit 37 homers and was not hit once by […]

Much ado about nothing

“A victory is twice itself when the achiever brings home full numbers.” Will Shakespeare (famous baseball writer (?) Much Ado About Nothing – First performed 1612) JERRY: So you’re saying, I go in to NBC, and tell them I got this idea for a show about nothing. GEORGE: We go into NBC. JERRY: “We”? Since […]

K-Rod Thriving with a Changeup and a Prayer

Fourteen years ago, Francisco Rodriguez rocketed to the majors with a combination of mid-90s velocity and a fall-off-the-table changeup that seemed cosmically unfair. Nearly 900 full-throttle innings since have diminished the 34-year-old righty’s fastball, but certainly not his performance. Rodriguez, just acquired by the Tigers from the Brewers in exchange for infield prospect Javier Betancourt, […]

Crawford Joins Offensive Elite, Gets Paid

The San Francisco Giants locked up Brandon Crawford on Tuesday, signing the 29-year-old shortstop to a six-year, $75 million extension that keeps the Bay Area native in town through 2021. Crawford has been an elite defender since he made his MLB debut in 2011, but he earned the long-term deal by emerging as one of […]

Newberg: The varying degree of cutting ties.

There are nine new GM’s in baseball since August, and while some of their predecessors are merely moving upstairs, that’s not the case for all of them, including Seattle’s Jerry Dipoto. Dipoto hasn’t overhauled his new club the way A.J. Preller did last winter with the Padres, but it’s early.  He’s been on the job less than two […]

Sunday Nine to Notes: Free Agent edition – 11/15/15

Nine to Know: Free Agents – From the Bill Chuck Files – November 15, 2015 Jose Altuve and Yoenis Cespedes each walked just 33 times in 2015; Altuve struck out 67 times, Cespedes 141 times. John Lackey has one of the best cutters in baseball; in 2015, his 37.4% K rate was second only to […]