The Hit List

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

A Biogenesis Field Day for MLB Critics

This contribution is from Andrew Zimbalist. Andrew Zimbalist is an economics professor at Smith College. An expanded, updated paperback edition of his book, “In the Best Interests of Baseball?”, was published earlier this year by the University of Nebraska Press. His new book, The Sabermetric Revolution, will be published later this year by the University […]

Biogenesis Scandal: A Player’s Perspective

  The following contribution was provided by Chad Durbin. The accepted and challenged penalties being issued in the Biogenesis Scandal are significant, but they’re not the full spectrum of the story. In MLB or any athletic profession, it’s about earning power and a player’s ability to leverage that earning potential. In my opinion, both ownership […]

The Dead Tradeline

From the desk of Joe Sheehan. Joe Sheehan writes for Sports Illustrated and publishes the Joe Sheehan Baseball Newsletter. When Aaron Sorkin gets around to picking topics for Season Three of “The Newsroom,” I’m guessing he’ll skip over this year’s trade deadline. There were four trades on the day of the deadline, two of which were […]

Deadline Wrap Up: Phillies Stay Put

I love the July, 31st non-waiver trade deadline. The finals 72 hours are filled with neurotic insomnia where Twitter becomes my only friend. My thumb on the other hand, resents how often I use it to refresh Twitter on my phone. But it’s only for a few days. Eventually, the non-finger and I makeup, and […]

Soriano Slugging, Hacking Way To History

(All stats through Friday’s games) The injury-ravaged New York Yankees have hit the fewest right-handed home runs (24) in the majors this season, and they rank just 25th in on-base percentage (.306). Well, the Bombers at least addressed one of those issues by throwing lots of cash ($17.7 million of the $24.5 million he’s owed through […]

CC Sabathia – Three Starts In July 2011, 2012, And 2013

It’s time to face the reality that Roy Halliday is not Roy Halliday anymore and CC Sabathia is not CC Sabathia anymore (and we have to begin to wonder if Justin Verlander is Justin Verlander anymore). There comes a point, even in great pitcher’s careers, when they are not the same pitcher they once were. They don’t have the same stuff, […]

Clayton Kershaw’s Curveball Is To Die For

Don’t look now, but Clayton Kershaw is having himself another Clayton Kershaw-type season. What with being stingy on the walks (35), liberal with strikeouts (156) and keeping his WHIP (0.837) at a microscopic level, not to mention leading the league in fun old-school stats like ERA (1.96), and neutralized new-school stats like ERA+ (182), Kershaw […]

The Facts Behind The At Bat That Upset Big Papi

Last night, David Ortiz took out his frustration that he felt about the acumen of home plate umpire Tim Timmons on the bullpen phone in the Sox dugout last night, narrowly missing Dustin Pedroia on his backswing. You can see the video below. That’s the summary, now here are the detes. Here’s What Happened It was […]

Cole, Fernandez Getting Outs, If Not Whiffs, With Blazing Fastballs

Catchers on both clubs will ice sore hands this afternoon, as Pittsburgh’s Gerrit Cole squares off against Miami’s Jose Fernandez. Cole is tied with the Mets’ Matt Harvey for the highest average fastball velocity (95.4 MPH) among starting pitchers, while Fernandez (94.6 MPH) also ranks in the top 10. You might think such premium gas would lead to lots of swings and […]

Why The Yankees Have Gone 23-28 Since May 26

This is not a look at the injuries, turmoil, or the budgetary restrictions of the 2013 New York Yankees. To quote Dragnet’s Joe Friday, “Just the facts, ma’am.” Since May 26 After play on May 26, the Yankees were 30-19 (.612) and basically tied with the Red Sox who were 31-20 (.608) for first place. […]