The Hit List

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

Nine Nuggets from “The Fielding Bible, Volume IV”

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Let me get a couple of things out before I share some terrific insights from The Fielding Bible, Volume IV, this great book by John Dewan and Ben Jedlovec of Baseball Info Solutions: I love fielding. I never was a good hitter as a kid and I never got any better and knew I never […]

2014 Leaders by Batting Order Position

Adrian Beltre hit .338 from the clean-up slot last season

Nine to Know: 2014 Leaders by Batting Order Position Stats reflect a minimum of 300 plate appearances solely in that batting slot Leadoff Jose Altuve hit .331 Matt Carpenter had a .375 OBP Josh Harrison had an .894 OPS Denard Span had 184 hits Jose Altuve only struck out 30 times Christian Yelich struck out […]

Newly-Extended Dozier’s Power Can’t Be Contained

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Five years ago, Brian Dozier was an eighth-round draft pick from Southern Mississippi who received a well below-slot $30,000 bonus. On Monday, Dozier — now considered one of the most well-rounded, productive second basemen in the game — signed a four-year, $20 million contract extension that locks him up until he’s eligible for free agency […]

Newberg: Straight Outta Compton….to New Jersey?

keone kela rangers

This contribution was provided by Jamey Newberg of The Newberg Report. The Newberg Report provides daily coverage of the Texas Rangers. The Keone Kela backstory is familiar to some and will be soon to many more, but the present tense is the story now, with last night providing the latest chapter, and an exclamation point. Asked to pitch […]

Chacin’s Fastball, Career Stall

Jhoulys Chacin

Jhoulys Chacin anchored the Colorado Rockies’ rotation two seasons ago, approaching 200 innings pitched while posting a park-and-league-adjusted ERA that was 29% better than the MLB average. This past week, the Rockies — coming off a year in which their starters tossed the fewest frames (905.1) and tallied the fewest Wins Above Replacement (5.5) in […]

20/20 recipients of the 2014 Willie Mays Award

Willie Mays Swing

The number of players with seasons of 20 homers and 20 steals are drifting down once again to their rightful numbers, meaning it needs to be a pretty extraordinary event which is why I would like present players who have 20/20 seasons with the “Willie Mays Award.” Here are the five seasons in which there […]

Desmond Jennings and His Breaking-Ball Issues

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On the one hand, it seems like just yesterday when the Tampa Bays Rays promoted Desmond Jennings to their big-league roster for the first time, a highly anticipated move that concluded a sterling minor league career defined by athleticism, production and stratospheric potential. But on the other, that seems like a while ago at this point, which it certainly has; Jennings’ call-up transpired more than […]

Newberg: The hoping and the hating

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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. A few days ago a friend sent me a link to a BBC article on cricket and rugby, which I nearly deleted as quickly as you’re considering deleting this, but I checked it out, and both the subtitle […]

Active Streaks heading into 2015

Kelvin Herrera hasn't allowed a home run since July 26, 2013

As we are within two weeks of Opening Day 2015, you need to know: The Dodgers are on baseball’s longest winning streak at five games and the Mariners have the AL longest winning streak at four games. The Rockies have baseball’s longest current losing streak having lost four straight, while the Angels have the AL […]

Yordano Ventura Misses Bats; Can He Get Hitters to Chase?

yordano ventura royals

As of Thursday morning, Ned Yost hasn’t formally announced who will take the hill for the Kansas City Royals when the club opens its season April 6 against the Chicago White Sox. But the presumptive favorite to land the Opening-Day gig seems to be flamethrowing right-hander Yordano Ventura. Despite a rather rough go at it in spring training […]