Peter Gammons: Hall of Fame issues, Shohei Otani, Stanton, Yawkee Way, and more

Joe Morgan was slow to accept analytics, I get it. He was traditional, and he became the whipping boy for every new waver who wanted us to know they were smarter than any of us, like the guy who wrote he hoped Felix Hernandez would lose games because it would prove how insane traditional thinkers […]

Peter Gammons: The Hall of Fame ballot

The 2005 Induction ceremony was over, and inductees, friends, guests and well-wishers were winding back to the Otesaga Hotel. Outside the entrance, Bud Selig was on his cell phone, his voice raised in what obviously was a heated discussion. We later learned that Selig was in a discussion about a piece of news that he […]

Newberg: The importance of Mark Teixeira.

I’ve been doing this for more than 18 years.  I started before Mark Teixeira was a professional baseball player, and there’s at least a decent chance I’ll be doing it after that, too. Strange feeling. He and a fellow Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket are the two greatest first-round draft picks in Texas Rangers history, but Teixeira, […]

MLB’s oldest current players

Baseball has always been the sport for aging men with decreasing speed and mobility. Satchel Paige finished his career in 1965 with the Kansas City Athletics, pitching a single game against the Boston Red Sox at the age of 59. In 1934, shortstop Charley O’Leary was called out of retirement at the age of 58 […]

Coffee and Clippings: A-Rod unplugged

Kevin Kernan (@WheresKernan) of the New York Post covers Alex Rodriguez as he opens up about the the Yankees’ moves, off season workouts, and closing in on retirement… In 2016, Alex Rodriguez is determined to build off the new beginning he embarked upon last season. “My plan this year is to continue to build on […]

Sunday Nine to Notes for November 29, 2015

Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files of November 29, 2015 Not one wild pitch or passed ball for Bartolo Colon or Johnny Cueto in 2015. Seven National Leaguers received votes for Rookie of the Year in 2015, unanimously won by Kris Bryant, but Odubel Herrera the Phillies centerfielder wasn’t one of them. Herrera […]

Coffee and Clippings: Clayton Kershaw leads Dodgers into postseason with one-hitter

Steve Dilbeck (@stevedilbeck) of the LA Times highlights Clayton Kershaw’s one hitter that clinched the NL West for the dodgers… Led by a masterful Clayton Kershaw one-hitter and three solo home runs off Giants ace Madison Bumgarner, the Dodgers finally clinched the National League West on Tuesday with an 8-0 victory at San Francisco’s AT&T Park. The Dodgers […]

Francisco Lindor Among Young Shortstop Royalty

Back in the Fall of 1993, the Cleveland Indians acquired a young shortstop by the name of Omar Vizquel to add defensive chops to terrifying collection of power bats. Vizquel went on to win eight Gold Gloves in Cleveland, and 11 overall during a career that spanned three decades. The Fall of ’93 provided another […]

A-Rod Hammerin’ Fastballs, Reaches 30 HR Mark for 15th Time

Heading into the 2015 season, the over/under on Alex Rodriguez‘s remaining career home runs would have been well under 30. The 39-year-old, hobbled by surgically repaired hips and brought low by a PED scandal that complicates his first-ballot Hall of Fame credentials, hadn’t taken a swing in an MLB game since September of 2013. The […]

Peter Gammons: Yankees’ high heat starters, Mike Fiers, Will Harris, and the AL ROY

For all our focus on the reconstructed Blue Jays, when Toronto gets to Yankee Stadium to begin a Jays-Yanks stretch of seven games in 10 days next Thursday, the opener will be be David Price against Nathan Eovaldi. The fact is that where once people worried about the Yankee rotation, Eovaldi’s evolution with the development […]