Peter Gammons: Dodgers and Giants primed for another race in 2017

GLENDALE, AR—They seem to have been bolted to one another since the end of World War II. Jackie Robinson, then Monte Irvin, and when the Dodgers tried to trade Jackie to the Giants, he refused. The Shot Heard ‘Round the World. Willie and The Duke. The Giants won in ’54, the Dodgers in ’55, and […]

Blanton Revives Career with Move to ‘Pen, Wicked Slider

Kentucky Joe has gone Hollywood (again): righty Joe Blanton just signed a one-year, $4 million deal to serve as a long relief bridge to Kenley Jansen with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Blanton, 35, once devoured innings for the Athletics and Phillies, throwing no fewer than 175 frames each season between 2005-2012. He wasn’t a world-beater […]

Coffee and Clippings: New baseball helps college teams regain pop on offense

Chris Foster (@cfosterlatimes) of the Los Angeles Times discusses the link between the offensive upward trend in the college ranks and the changes made to the new NCAA baseball… The change resulted from an overcompensation after the NCAA enacted rules to tame aluminum bats for safety reasons in 2011. The drop in offensive production brought howls from […]

Around the majors report: Season starts tonight

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) Today’s schedule– NL Cardinals (Adam […]

Around the majors report: Jason Giambi retires

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) Free agent DH Jason Giambi […]

Ten nominated for Hutch Award

Ten players have been nominated for the 50th annual Hutch Award, to be given Jan. 29 at Safeco Field in Seattle. The award, launched a year after Hutchinson’s death by three of his friends, is presented annually at the Hutch Award Luncheon which raises funds for cancer research at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Former […]

Major League Thank You Notes

‘Tis the season to give thanks… Robinson Cano I’m looking forward to the future and joining the @Mariners in Seattle! Thank you New York & my amazing fans for the support thru the years. — Robinson Cano (@RobinsonCano) December 12, 2013   Jacoby Ellsbury Corey Hart Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the Boston Globe I was going […]

MLB free agency, value versus victories

Every day there is one piece, then another, speculation and guesses as to where Jacoby Ellsbury and Jarrod Saltalamacchia or Carlos Beltran will play next season, how much they’ll be paid. They are seen from a view that the World Series is but the fall training period for the free agent season, a view that […]