Peter Gammons: Blue Jays and Indians are cut from the same cloth

While we have watched chilling, complex layers of wild card play-ins into the League Championship Series, with innings that like the Cubs ninth in San Francisco that ended the Giants season, the Dodger-Nationals seventh in the NLCS elimination game that took Washington out of the post-season to seventh in Chicago Saturday night that left the […]

Peter Gammons: Anthopolous was simply uncomfortable with situation in Toronto

It wasn’t the money. Alex Anthopolous had been thinking this out since the Blue Jays were eliminated by the Royals. He’d been offered a five year deal by the Rogers people. It wasn’t Mark Shapiro, who starts as club president on Nov. 2. The 38 year old general manager, whose trades brought Toronto its first […]

Peter Gammons: Surging Blue Jays fueled by depth and defensive upgrades

When the Yankees arrived at the Rogers Centre Friday night for the foreign version of a pennant race played over two weekends, they visited a team that had won 11 games in a row and trailed in two of their last 100 innings, a team mystics and statistics believed was bringing a great city into […]

Peter Gammons: Public opinion casts long shadow over GMs

Six days out from the Trade Deadline, the wake from the S.S. Blue Jays can be seen for miles and miles and miles out across Lake Ontario. They haven’t lost since Troy Tulowitzki and David Price were acquired, averaging six runs a game with Tulowitzki in the lineup, and the sound in the Rogers Centre […]

Peter Gammons: Blue Jays, Royals go all in for Today

Dayton Moore spent years building the Royals organization, then spent October watching his team come from behind in the play-in wild card game against Oakland and motor all the way to the tying run on third in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game Seven of the World Series. “There comes a point where […]

Peter Gammons: Managers sit and live on “The Hot Seat”

The search for the next manager to be fired has become part of baseball coverage’s daily routine. It begins in March with prognostications about which managers could be on “The Hot Seat,” and continues on through the season, which happened in September, 2008 in Milwaukee when Ned Yost was fired while tied for first place […]

Peter Gammons: For the Blue Jays, It’s Been Too Long to Boast

In the first month of the off-winter, Alex Anthopoulos has signed Russell Martin, traded for a prized second base prospect named Devon Travis and now acquired Josh Donaldson, whose WAR puts him in an elite class among all American League players, let alone third basemen. But on Saturday, Anthopoulos refused to spike the ball in […]

Drew Hutchison: Baseball’s Next Great Swing-and-Miss Artist?

In his post-season press conference earlier this month, Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthropolous pointed out to reporters the blatantly obvious when he said his club didn’t achieve its goals this season. Toronto finished third in the American League East in 2014 and in the process extended its postseason drought to 21 consecutive seasons — […]

Peter Gammons: Anti-Analytic Buehrle leading explosive Blue Jays atop AL East

Alex Anthopoulos maintains a perspective, and it is not the Blue Jays perch atop the American League East. It was May, 2009, when he was J.P. Ricciardi’s assistant, “we were 27-13 and headed off on a nine game road trip,” he recalls. “We lost them all,” Anthopoulos said before Friday night’s win against the league’s […]

Peter Gammons: As Yankees await Tanaka decision, AL East looking strong

The countdown to Masahiro Tanaka Friday is on the clock, and its ramifications. Dodgers? A ridiculous rotation, supplemented by a restocked bullpen. The Cubs? A foundation. Diamondbacks? More pitchbuilding. And, of course, if he signs with the Yankees, then dominoes from Grant Balfour to maybe a Bronson Arroyo or Stephen Drew tumble above and beyond […]