Peter Gammons: Trade deadline thoughts from Cooperstown

COOPERSTOWN—The drive here, that begins with the Turnpike from Cataumet to Stockbridge, gave time to think about Jeff Bagwell being inducted into the Hall of Fame, which means he and Frank Thomas, born on the same day and both losers (as well as Mo Vaughn) to Dave Staton in the 1988 Cape League Home Run […]

Peter Gammons: With respect to 1st rounders, winning takes a much wider collective

We understand the importance of Monday’s draft. Bryce Harper, Kris Bryant, Mike Trout, Clayton Kershaw, Mookie Betts, Dustin Pedroia, Aaron Judge, C.C. Sabathia, Francisco Lindor, Carlos Correa, Paul Goldschmidt, Max Scherzer, Nolan Arenado, Buster Posey, Andrew McCutchen, Madison Bumgarner  and Corey Seager were draft choices who altered their franchises. Miguel Sano is changing the Twins, […]

Peter Gammons: The Pirates and the depreciating asset of Gerrit Cole

Gerrit Cole was brilliant Wednesday night. He gave up one bloop single in his first six innings. Then again, since the Pirates’ April 3 opener at Fenway Park, Cole has been consistently brilliant, allowing two earned runs or less in his last seven starts. He is healthy. He is still a power pitcher who averaged […]

Peter Gammons: 2017 Predictions (Part II)

Back in time when the Red Sox held spring training in Winter Haven, Florida, on the banks of Lake Lulu in the land of Goat Milk Fudge and the Fossil Museum, a great Boston television sportsman named Bob Lobel would annually drive a player to Lakeland to Madame Christine’s House of Palmistry to try to […]

Examining Andrew McCutchen’s Approach Issues

The last month has not been particularly kind to the Pirates’ postseason conquest, and the same can be accurately said of the man patrolling center field for the Buccos on a nightly basis: Andrew McCutchen. The 29-year-old perennial NL MVP candidate has been marred in an extended slump as his club enters the latter half […]

Peter Gammons: The modest, humble, and ego free teammate, Mike Trout

By the time there was ten days remaining in spring training, Mike Morin thought he’d make it out  of Arizona in the Angels bullpen, but he didn’t know it, not for certain. He was coming off a year in which he, Mike Scioscia and Billy Eppler understood that his peripheral numbers belied his 6.37 earned run […]

Coffee and Clippings: Celtics hold talks about playing game at Fenway Park

Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) of the Boston Globe reports on the recent talks regarding the Celtics bringing a basketball game to Fenway Park… Friday, Celtics coach Brad Stevens said he’d heard the idea floated that the Celtics might someday take one of their games outdoors, too. While that possibility remains a long way from materializing, it might […]

2015 Silver Slugger Award Winners

The 2015 Silver Slugger Awards were been handed out last week. The Silver Slugger is awarded annually to the best offensive player at each position in both the American League and the National League, as determined by the coaches and managers of Major League Baseball. Here are the results… 2015 AL Silver Slugger Award Winners PA […]

Banging into the inning-ending double play

The inning-ending double play elicits joy from the defensive team’s fans and groans from the team at the plate. No team hit into fewer inning-ending DPs than the Astros or more than the Mariners Inning-ending DPs, by team G PA 1. Houston Astros 51 66 2. Chicago Cubs 54 70 3. Philadelphia Phillies 60 71 […]

The NL Central Championship

Here we sit just hours before the first pitch of the 2015 NL Wild Card Game, a game that is supposed to host 2 teams on the bottom end of the playoff spectrum as they cling desperately to their playoff hopes. The only difference is that this year the teams are 2 of the best […]