Jamey Newberg: Laboring Day

“It’s not good.” He said it stoically, his face devoid of the familiar smiles and the fake dugout indignation and the joy he brings effortlessly to the game, instead lined with the pain borne not only of a strained hamstring that forced him from Thursday’s game with not a shred of resistance but also of the reality […]

Peter Gammons: The crucial development question: To college or the draft?

We saw how far Dansby Swanson, Alex Bregman, Carlos Rodon and Andrew Benintendi reached in their first full professional seasons, as we did the year before when Kyle Schwarber and Michael Conforto were opposing one another in the NLCS in their first full seasons. This is not to suggest that Kyle Tucker, whom the Astros […]

Peter Gammons: Reflections and notes from the Winter Meetings

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.—Slowly, sometimes reluctantly, major league baseball executives are trickling into the Gaylord Hotel—which they will find is larger than Newfoundland– here on the Potomac River. There is a strong sense of relief that Commissioner Rob Manfred reached a deal with Tony Clark and the Players Association, yet most are in freeze-frame because until […]

Peter Gammons: Midway Point Thoughts (Parts 1 and 2)

As the 2016 passes the midway point with the curtsy of the All Star Game, last weekend’s game at Fort Bragg, N.C. perfectly captured its responsibility as the National Pastime, symbolically, and because of the Marlins and Braves players, the reality in a time when the country is struggling to maintain its most important freedom, […]

Peter Gammons: Future of Sonny Gray, anticipation builds for top draft picks

Sonny Gray returned to the A’s Sunday, and did so nobly. He was supposed to have a rehab start that day, but when he heard that Rich Hill couldn’t make his start because of a groin pull, Gray texted a club official and offered to come up and take the ball. Gray allowed one run […]

Coffee and Clippings: The most important thing Matz provided Mets was a smile

Ken Davidoff (@KenDavidoff) of the New York Post highlights the stellar debut of Mets’ starting pitcher and attitude savior Steven Matz…  Yes, most of the postgame chatter focused not on Matz’s prized left arm, but rather his impressive bat, which delivered three hits and four RBIs, the latter a franchise record for a player in his […]

Peter Gammons: Potential Draft Choices for Red Sox

There are times when it seems right. Like Thursday, in Arlington, Texas, when a 23-year-old lefthander named Eduardo Rodriguez dazzled the Rangers in partnership with his 23-year-old catcher, 22-year-old shortstop and 22-year-old center fielder. It seemed right because it was the plan, hatched in 2002 when Theo Epstein was elevated to General Manager and expressed […]