Peter Gammons: Assembling a pitching staff for 2018

The National League Championship Series was barely over and the Dodgers in the World Series when Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Joe Maddon began rethinking the way they develop pitching. They hired Jim Hickey, Maddon’s former pitching coach in Tampa Bay. When the new Marlins ownership fired all of Jeffrey Loria’s baseball hirings, former Pirates […]

Peter Gammons: Reflection of Yankees over Twins on this Wild Card Wednesday

NEW YORK—When the Yankees defeated the Phillies to win the 2009 World Series, it was the first title in the new venue, and turns out to be their last, as if eight seasons without winning a World Series is hardly a long time. What I remember most is how quiet it seemed, like a Thursday […]

Peter Gammons: Trevor Bauer, Yankee pitching, and Doug Fister

TREVOR BAUER AND THE INDIANS PATIENCE One of Trevor Bauer’s longtime friends watched his exchange of words with Avisail Garcia on September 4 and said he knew then he was completely back to the state he was in as a UCLA junior and the best pitcher in college baseball, when in his final regular season […]

Peter Gammons: Lester shelved, Astros’ pitching, Marlins ownership, and more

Of course Cubs fans were dispirited Friday morning after Jon Lester had to leave Thursday’s game after five outs and nine runs with a lat strain that required an MRI. The Cubs starters were already 21st in innings, had a 4.19 ERA that bested the Brewers’ 4.20, and, after all, from the time he won […]

Peter Gammons: Buying and developing starters in an inefficient market

We all get it. There is Chris Sale and Corey Kluber, Clayton Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner, when they are healthy, but wins are not what they were when Bob Welch won 27. But begin an analytical lecture with the Astros, because they used the first pick in two drafts to take Mark Appel and Brady […]

Peter Gammons: State of the MLB at the Summer Solstice

The Summer Solstice arrived and the sun rose on Buzzard’s Bay on three remarkable facts: –Two rookies named Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger led their leagues in home runs, 46 between them, and Bellinger didn’t make it to Los Angeles until April 25; –The three best records and widest run differentials in the National League […]

Peter Gammons: 2017 Predictions (Part I)

It sounded like a campaign promise when the words “Cubs and Indians World Series” rolled out last April 1, or, perhaps to give it more credence, an April Fool’s joke. It really did happen, like the 1991 last-to-first Twins-Braves series with an unforgettable extra inning seventh game culmination of a memorable World Series. A year […]

Peter Gammons: Maybe a Cuban-American Team?

PHOENIX—At different stops along the line this spring, in Fort Myers, Surprise and Glendale, players of Cuban ancestry have asked, “why not have a Cuban-American team in the World Baseball Classic?” The thought of a sold-out stadium in Miami with Cuba playing the Cuban-Americans is fascinating. Watching Cuba playing Japan at 3:45 a.m. MT, it […]

Peter Gammons: Another February traveling through Florida

PHOENIX—The flight from Tampa to Phoenix is a time to think about how different spring training is in the two states that equally divide the 30 training teams. The difference is driving. Arizona’s longest ride from the Biltmore area of Phoenix is 40 minutes. You can do that simply turning off 17 towards Dunedin, let […]

Peter Gammons: Offseason notes, turning to 2017

As a historic World Series and histrionic post-season gives way to another season, it has been interesting to listen to voices from people different than we are. One club president with decades of leadership said, “in the end, we felt the teams with the most talent were the Cubs, Red Sox and Indians, and for […]