Peter Gammons: Joe Maddon and managing human beings

MESA, Ar.—It was between games of a day-night doubleheader in Pittsburgh last September, and as we sat together in the visiting manager’s office between games, Joe Maddon summed up his managerial style. “I appreciate, love and use all the analytics and scouting information that so many people work on and get to my desk, the […]

Peter Gammons: 2016 pre-season predictions

It is one of those years when one wonders if the traditional order has shifted. The Cardinals and the Cubs are the game’s greatest rivalry, not the Red Sox and Yankees; Boston has been a last place team three of the last four years, the Yankees last won a post-season game in 2012, in the […]

Peter Gammons: Blue Jays’ time is now, Trayce Thompson, and more spring notes

There is 2016, when the Toronto Blue Jays can—and really need to—go back to the world series. And there is 2017 and beyond, when the trades Alex Anthopoulos made to bring back 1993 for the city, the country and Rogers Communication leave the organization in re-tooling mode as Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, Drew Storen and […]

2015 RBI Leaders by Batting Order Positions and by Innings

Nine to Know: RBI Leaders by Batting Order Position* Leading off – Mookie Betts – 69 Batting second – Josh Donaldson – 113 Batting third – Jose Bautista – 108 Clean-up batters – Edwin Encarnacion – 100 Batting fifth – Kendrys Morales – 86 Batting sixth – Russell Martin – 47 Batting seventh – Nick […]

With Cole Pitching Wild Card Game, Bucs Aren’t Merely Arrieta’s Next Prey

With the Pirates no longer in the running for the NL Central crown, a pall has seemingly been cast over PNC Park. Sure, the Bucs are playoff-bound for a third straight season — a once-unfathomable prospect for a team that set a record for the most consecutive losing seasons in North American sports history from […]

Where Addison Russell’s Power Came From

The Chicago Cubs are baseball’s hottest team, and when you’re baseball’s hottest team, people start talking about why you’re baseball’s hottest team. For Joe Maddon and company, two things doubtlessly stand out above the rest. One: Jake Arrieta, specifically his no-hitter, and his foothold on the second-half ERA title (0.91). Two: Kris Bryant, his video-game-esque 495-foot dinger, and his taking home […]

It doesn’t matter how old a batter is, he’ll still strike out

Last season, 317 players struck out at least 50 times, the most in the history of baseball. That broke the record of 304 in 2013. That broke the record of 296 in 2012. You get the sense that there’s a trend? So far this season there have been 204 batters who have whiffed at least […]

Peter Gammons: The Importance of First-Round Draft Picks

When the 2015 draft convenes a week from Monday (on MLB Network), conventional thinking labels this a down pool; deep, but not laden with any immediate impact stars. The primary reason is that college baseball lacks stars. Think back to the ’85 draft, when B.J. Surhoff, Will Clark, Barry Larkin and Barry Bonds were in […]

Around the majors report: Game recaps

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. 1) DODGERS 8, BRAVES 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E – – – – – – – – – – — – Braves 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 […]

Around the majors report: Stats report

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. 1) Yesterday, the Giants completed a 3 game sweep of the Dodgers, with all of the wins coming by shutout. It is the 2nd time this month the Giants have thrown 3 consecutive shutouts (May 3-5) and, […]