Newberg: The curious case of Heterochromia Iridum V. Bibens-Dirkx.

They were both chosen out of college in the 2006 draft, and that’s basically where the parallels end, unless you note the fact that each has pitched in the independent leagues and one has as many last names as the other has eye colors. Only Max Scherzer went 11th overall in that draft, and Austin […]

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 […]

Peter Gammons: National League East Outlook

There is no PECOTA or simulation that knows whether David Wright’s legs will be strong again, or whether Wright’s teenage sidekick Ryan Zimmerman can play 140 games, Jose Fernandez can make 30 starts, and Giancarlo Stanton gets 600 plate appearances. Look, we know that in a National League whose teams are separate but far from equal—and […]

2015 IP Leaders by Team

There were 28 pitchers who threw 200.0+ innings in 2015 with the White Sox having three and the Braves, Cubs, Astros, Dodgers, and Nationals having two each. The 28 was the lowest total for a full season since the 25 in 1947. There a dozen teams that did not have a pitcher reach 200 innings pitched. […]

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: Royals take epic World Series opener on historic date

Dan Shaughnessy (@Dan_Shaughnessy) of the Boston Globe weighs in on an epic World Series Game 1 and the incredibly historic date that is 10/27. It featured the first series late-inning go-ahead run due to a first baseman’s error (Eric Hosmer) since Bill Buckner’s gaffe-for-the-ages in 1986. It featured a game-saving, bottom-of-the-ninth homer by KC’s Alex […]

Video: Peter Gammons and Brian Kenny prior to Game 1

Peter Gammons sits down with Brian Kenny at Kauffman Stadium prior to Game ! of the World Series to talk about Matt Harvey feeling strong, Bartolo Colon having an impact from the bullpen, Lorenzo Cain’s baserunning, and more

Peter Gammons: World Series preview and questions to be answered

KANSAS CITY—In the 55th season since the first expansion from two eight leagues, the American and National, in 1961, there never was a World Series held between two teams that came into existence since the Dec. 24, 1960 expansion draft. A draft that began with the name Eli Grba and included Haywood Sullivan, Jim Fregosi […]

Only one team has four pitchers with 155+ IP

With a plethora of solid starters, you may be noticing that the Mets are skipping the turns of some of their great starters. Here’s why: Player IP WHIP Age G GS CG W L W-L% H R ER BB SO ERA HR BA Pit Str Matt Harvey 166.1 1.010 26 25 25 0 12 7 […]

Nine to Notes: Sunday, August 2, 2015

Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files… Jonathan Papelbon was successful in 88% of his saves opportunities with the Red Sox and 89% with the Phillies. Holy shift! In 2012, in 90 games, David Ortiz grounded out 79 times; this season in 92 games, he grounded out 99 times.* Bartolo Colon leads the majors […]