Peter Gammons: David Price’s anticipated return to the bullpen

In his two simulated game outings during the week, there was a sense of normalcy to David Price. He was animated and enthusiastic. The other four Red Sox starting pitchers came out from the clubhouse to watch, a symbolic gesture of team solidarity for which Price had always been known in Tampa and Detroit and Toronto. […]

Peter Gammons: Toronto building a new culture

DUNEDIN, Fla.—In many ways, Toronto has returned to its Pat Gillick glory days these last two years. They made the playoffs for the first time since the world championship team9 in 1993. They won 11 more games in 2015-16 than any other A.L. East team, attracted 6.1M fans into Rogers Centre, on most nights had more […]

Peter Gammons: The Gurriel Brothers are upon us

In Houston camp, the older brother Yulieski Gurriel, star of the 2006 World Baseball Classic, is playing first base and veteran players have told people that despite his average 130 at-bat finish to the 2016 season–.292 OBP, .345 slug—that he is so good a hitter as the rust wears off that he could hit anywhere […]

Peter Gammons: With Pomeranz, Red Sox pitching staff is theoretically set

The cost was an 18-year old pitcher Pedro Martinez called “one guy we cannot trade,” but there is cost attached to finishing last in three of the last four seasons with a starters’ earned run average precipitously close to taking the Fifth. Anderson Espinoza may indeed be a once-in-a-decade talent, a ‘Julio Urias‘ as one […]

Peter Gammons: The 2011 MLB Draft, 5 years later

It’s been five years since that draft, which is approximately the time teams should realistically wait before assessing the MLB amateur draft. That 2011 draft was historically good, as Gerrit Cole was the first pick and Jose Fernandez the 15th and they were—and are—prodigies. The first round included Anthony Rendon, Francisco Lindor, George Springer, Sonny […]

Peter Gammons: Reconstructing Gillickism in Boston

One of the many reasons Pat Gillick is arguably the most respected executive since Branch Rickey is that as he moved from building the Blue Jays franchise from scratch to taking the Orioles to first place from wire to wire in 1997 to winning 116 games in Seattle to taking the Phillies to a world […]

Peter Gammons: Anthopolous was simply uncomfortable with situation in Toronto

It wasn’t the money. Alex Anthopolous had been thinking this out since the Blue Jays were eliminated by the Royals. He’d been offered a five year deal by the Rogers people. It wasn’t Mark Shapiro, who starts as club president on Nov. 2. The 38 year old general manager, whose trades brought Toronto its first […]

Peter Gammons: The New Order is the child of The Old Order

What is significant about the Red Sox announcement that Mike Hazen has been promoted to general manager is what it says about Dave Dombrowski. When the news broke that Dombrowski had been hired as President of Baseball Operations and that Ben Cherington had chosen not to remain in the new order given the blood he’d […]

Peter Gammons: Collaborating with the Light

What is interesting about this fusing of the world of analytics and sabermetrics with the more traditional world of coaches and scouts reared in baseball long before there was a Baseball Savant or Wins Above Replacement or people other than the Branch Rickey School knew about spin rates, is that the man raised in the […]

Nine to Notes: Sunday, August 23, 2015

Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files The Brewers’ Khris Davis has four multi-homer games this season and five in his career. The Orioles’ Chris Davis has four multi-homer games this season and 11 in his career. Will the Blue Jays be haunted by their 12-24 record in one-run games? Only the A’s at […]