Peter Gammons: Historic view of the state of the Dodgers

Earlier this week, Joe Sheehan looked at the nine teams that had .700 winning percentages. The two best, the 1906 Cubs (.763) and 1909 Pirates (.724) played more than a century ago, played a far different game, but helped make his point, because the .763 Cubs lost the World Series. In fact, four of the […]

Keuchel Historically Stingy with Homers

When Dallas Keuchel debuted for the Houston Astros back in 2012, he looked like more of a hazard to bleacher-dwelling fans and the train beyond left field at Minute Maid Park than opposing hitters. The lefty coughed up 1.5 home runs per nine frames that season, and posted the fourth-worst park-adjusted ERA among 28 rookies […]

Yankees to retire the uniform numbers of Bernie Williams, Jorge Posada, and Andy Pettitte

The New York Yankees are retiring Bernie Williams‘ uniform number 51, Jorge Posada‘s number 20, and Andy Pettitte‘s number 46. In addition, each will be honored with plaques in Monument Park along with Willie Randolph. And if you think the Yankees have retired too many numbers, don’t worry they seem to be moving into double letters: CC Sabathia and […]

Around the majors report: Yankees will retire Andy Pettitte’s number

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. All stats in the ATM reports are generated from the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, unless explictly stated otherwise. FRAA, since 1950, comes from Baseball Prospectus. Lee can be followed on twitter @BaseballEncyclo. 1) The Yankees will retire Andy […]

The Yankees have finished third 13 times, and then they…

Much of the offseason has been shaped by the 2013 third place finish of the New York Yankees. Speculation has run rampant on the Hal-Hank Steinbrenner/Brian Cashman plans to rectify this anomaly. Whomever has been available via free-agency or trade their names have always included the phrase: “and, of course, we need to see what […]

No team needed a player more than the Yanks needed Brian McCann

The Yankees entered this offseason with more holes than the finest Jarlsberg cheese. The Yankees know that they will be without Alex Rodriguez for at least part of the season, and hope for all of the season in order to clear $25 million to spend. But as of now they don’t have a third baseman. […]

Peter Gammons: The Good in the Game

There are places I remember All my life, though some have changed Some forever, some for better Some have gone, and some remain All these places have their moments In my life, I’ve loved them all. -Lennon/McCartney They are two of the greatest people I have ever had the privilege of covering, of knowing, and so […]

Coffee and Clippings: Pettitte Exits with Complete Game

John Harper (@NYDNHarper) of the NY Daily News writes about Andy Pettitte’s complete game in Houston last night as he ends his remarkable career… So Andy Pettitte went out in storybook style, or at least as close as you can when you’re a Yankee and you’re going home in September. An empty October is supposed […]

Coffee and Clippings: Indians Led By Unlikely Duo

Bill Livingston (@Livy70) of the Cleveland Plain Dealer looks at the Indians’ two unlikely leaders in Jason Giambi and Danny Salazar as they chase the postseason… Fittingly, the season that has been such a surprise ended with Danny Salazar, the young phenom who is just starting his career, starting the last home game after Jason […]

Coffee and Clippings: Strasburg Scratched from Thursday Start

James Wagner (@JamesWagnerWP) of the Washington Post discusses the Nationals’ decision to sit Stephen Strasburg tonight and start Gio Gonzalez… Two days after throwing a clean bullpen session, Stephen Strasburg was scratched from his Thursday start as a precaution after he had some trouble getting loose while playing catch on Wednesday, Nationals Manager Davey Johnson said. Strasburg […]