Peter Gammons: Carl Yastrzemski is the toughest player I’ve ever covered

Yaz is 78 this Tuesday, August 22. I covered him the night Dick Williams was fired in 1969, a kid in his first year at the Boston Globe, right through to that final game in 1983, when Indians pitcher Dan Spillner tried to lay in a BP fastball, missed thrice, Yaz popped it up and later bid adieu by […]

Chap: From the CHUMPS to the CHAMPS?

Here’s what the Yankees received from the franchise that made even Santa blush with the gift giving they gave not just to New York but to other teams as well. Remember Kansas City and Johnny Cueto?   The acquisition of Aroldis Chapman to the Yankees bullpen makes them a legitimate contender to win the AL […]

Beware of Wacha’s Breakout

With perennial 200-plus inning horse Adam Wainwright (torn Achilles) lost for the season, Michael Wacha has emerged as the Cardinals’ rock in the rotation. Wacha, limited to 19 starts last year due to a stress fracture in his shoulder, has sprinted to a 7-0 start in 2015 and totes the seventh-best park-adjusted ERA (210 ERA+) […]

Happy 81st birthday, Hank Aaron

Today, February 5, 2015, is Hank Aaron’s 81st birthday. Here’s 44 to Know about #44 Henry Louis Aaron was born on February 5, 1934. In Aaron’s first season in the majors he wore uniform #5 (and made $5,000 in salary) Aaron was born in Mobile, Alabama, the same city as fellow Hall of Famer Willie […]

Will Clayton Kershaw be a unanimous Cy Young Award winner?

There are good pitchers, there are great pitchers, and there are pitchers whose seasons were so outstanding that no matter how many other good and great pitchers there were that season, they still won the Cy Young Award unanimously. Was Clayton Kershaw good enough to join this select group? Here are Clayton Kershaw‘s 2014 numbers: […]

The NL Unanimous Cy Young Award winners

Will Clayton Kershaw join this group? Sandy Koufax Koufax was a unanimous selection three-of-five seasons including 1966, the final year of his career. In those three seasons he pitched 969.2 innings and had 67 complete games. Year Age Tm W L W-L% ERA GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP SO/W […]

2014 has shattered the record for most games with one or no runs scored

Continuing a season-long pattern, there were 14 games played yesterday in which nine teams scored either once or not at all. Since 1914, there has never been a season in which so many teams have been held to one or no runs in a game. Nine to Know: Most games since 1914 in which a […]

Corey Kluber and the Strikeout Report

For the second straight start, Corey Kluber of the Indians struck out 14 in the Tribe’s 7-2 victory over the Twins yesterday, keeping their slim chances alive in the AL postseason race. Kluber (17-9) struck out 14 Astros in seven innings in his previous start on Tuesday. Nine to Know: MLB Strikeout leaders Rk Player […]

Hitters take it to the Chin

This contribution comes from Nick Friar, Northwestern baseball alum and writer for numberFire. Check out his website and follow him on Twitter @friarNU29. Last night was the house of horrors for MLB hitters. Not in the sense that there were multiple no-hitters or shutouts, but in a much more threatening way. It seemed like no matter what […]

Legends of the Game: Decade by decade SO leaders

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 @ATMreports. Today’s Legends of the Game is […]