The Hit List

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

Who Are the Game’s Best Low-Ball Hitters?

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With each passing season, games are increasingly won and lost in the lower portion of the strike zone — and pitchers are winning the battle. Hurlers threw 43.4% of their pitches to the lower third of the zone in 2014, compared to 37-38% during the early years of Pitch F/X in 2008 and 2009. That […]

Royals Bet that Rios’, Morales’ Bats Aren’t Dead

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Fresh off a glorious season, 29 years in the making, that ended just one win shy of a World Series title, the Royals just added two free agents hitters who would rather forget that 2014 ever happened. Right fielder Alex Rios and designated hitter Kendrys Morales, whose collective contributions were 1.5 wins worse than replacement-level […]

The best and worst hitters over the last five seasons

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I’m tired of just looking back at the 2014 season, so I was curious to look at batters for the last five seasons, 2010-14. Me being curious invariably mean me sharing my curiosity with you, so here goes. To make these lists your only prerequisite was having played in at least 500 games. .300 batters […]

Brett Anderson’s $10M Slider

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If you’re searching for a barometer of baseball’s current player-friendly market, look no further than new Dodgers starting pitcher Brett Anderson. With Francisco Liriano staying in Pittsburgh, Anderson was virtually the only promising lefty with a pulse remaining in free agency. The low, low supply of southpaw starters and Anderson’s brief stretches of brilliance in […]

Crowdsourcing by position

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Teams have 25 players active on their roster at any given time. They have 40-men on their roster at any given time. But how many players are required to meet a team’s need at each position as the year progresses? It turns out to be quite a bit. Here are the teams that had the […]

Jamey Newberg: Unkempt

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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. Because I’m in the final stages of workup for tomorrow night’s Book Release Party, I had no plans to write today. The queue includes blank-so-far reports on Delino DeShields Jr., Kyle Blanks, and Kyuji Fujikawa, […]

Nine holiday gifts you can still get for the baseball fan

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Yes, I know you think that sweater looks terrific and you probably think the new CD “Kim and Kanye’s Favorite Kristmas Karols” will be loved, but it’s not too late to get the baseball fan in your life a gift they will actually like this holiday season. Nine to Give Here are some items that […]

Patience, Not Aggression, Key for Evan Longoria in 2015

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Alec Dopp is a contributor to Gammons Daily and also covers the Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League. Connect with him on LinkedIn and give him a follow on Twitter @alecdopp Though headlines surrounding the Tampa Bay Rays this offseason have largely fixated on the departure of both Joe Maddon and Andrew Friedman — which […]

Red Sox Remake Starting Rotation, Bet on their Infield Defense

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The Boston Red Sox entered the winter meetings with a starting rotation consisting of Clay Buchholz, Joe Kelly and a gaggle of on-the-cusp prospects who have yet to prove themselves in the majors. A few days later, the Sox depart San Diego with lefty Wade Miley (acquired from Arizona in exchange for RHPs Rubby De […]

Ups and downs: The Rangers trade for Ross Detwiler

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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. Going into their historic teardown season of 2007, and as part of the reason Jon Daniels and Thad Levine pushed ownership for it, the Rangers had enviable firepower in the amateur draft, owning five of the […]