Peter Gammons: Verlander and Astros are built for “moment” games

There’s no way to measure how Justin Verlander would have finished the 2017 were he still in Detroit. Al Avila and Brad Ausmus understood what going to Houston might mean to him; they know him, appreciate and admire that he is a moment pitcher, that with the Astros position players and fellow alpha personalities like […]

Peter Gammons: The integration of science and humanity

We don’t know why baseball is in an era of inaction, or record numbers of home run and strikeout outcomes. We can look at Yandy Diaz, whose 92.9 average exit velocity is in the top 20 in baseball, yet the average distance of what he hits is 123 feet, infield at double play depth. We […]

Peter Gammons: The Hall of Fame ballot

The 2005 Induction ceremony was over, and inductees, friends, guests and well-wishers were winding back to the Otesaga Hotel. Outside the entrance, Bud Selig was on his cell phone, his voice raised in what obviously was a heated discussion. We later learned that Selig was in a discussion about a piece of news that he […]

The Hall of Fame adds a four-decade player

Playing in the major leagues in four different decades requires luck, skill, health, luck, durability, and did I mention luck? The likelihood of playing in four different decades if your career started in 1983 is very slim, but it is much greater when your career began in 1989 like Ken Griffey‘s did and that’s why […]

Peter Gammons: The Hall of Fame conversation: Jay Jaffe, Bill James, Bonds, Griffey, and Mussina

Sometimes I feel as if we Hall of Fame voters, most of whom really care about filling out the ballot, need a year-round, 24/7 Spotlight Team to define these times. There is so much we really still do not know, not about performance enhancing drug use in the 1980s—which was apparently a lot more prevalent than […]

The 2015 Fielding Bible Awards Winners

The results of THE 2015 FIELDING BIBLE AWARDS: The most definitive examination of the best fielders in baseball as determined by a preeminent panel of experts. First place votes received 10 points, second place 9 points, third place 8 points, etc. A perfect score was 120. Position Winner Points First Base Paul Goldschmidt 118 Second […]

Was Scherzer’s 2nd No-Hitter the Best of 2015?

The Washington Nationals aren’t headed for the postseason, but that hasn’t prevented Max Scherzer from pummeling teams that are chasing a World Series title. Scherzer no-hit the NL East champion New York Mets last night, a mere three months after doing the same to the 97-win Pittsburgh Pirates. The Nats ace joined Roy Halladay (2010, […]

Nine holiday gifts you can still get for the baseball fan

Yes, I know you think that sweater looks terrific and you probably think the new CD “Kim and Kanye’s Favorite Kristmas Karols” will be loved, but it’s not too late to get the baseball fan in your life a gift they will actually like this holiday season. Nine to Give Here are some items that […]

The 2014 Fielding Bible Awards

The 2014 FIELDING BIBLE Awards have been officially announced and this year, for the first time, there are 10 winners. The goal of THE FIELDING BIBLE AWARDS is to state: “Here is the best fielder at this position in Major League Baseball last season.” A complete record of the voting can be found in The […]

Clayton Kershaw’s nearly perfect no-no (video)

The Los Angeles Dodgers’ ace Clayton Kershaw threw his first no-hitter as he struck out a career-high 15 and allowed only one baserunner as the Dodgers topped the Rockies, 8-0. Corey Dickerson was Colorado’s only baserunner when he led off the 7th with a slow bouncer to Hanley Ramirez whose throw to first baseman Adrian […]