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, that with the Astros position players and fellow alpha personalities like Jose […]

Peter Gammons: Moving on from the anticipated departure of John Farrell

Right after one of the network pregame shows Saturday, a current manager called. “I listened to Joe Girardi and John Farrell being bashed by talk show and ex-player guys,” he said, heatedly, “people who have never managed, don’t know about 30 second replay times, dealing with players and the media and they wonder why there […]

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: Another February traveling through Florida

PHOENIX—The flight from Tampa to Phoenix is a time to think about how different spring training is in the two states that equally divide the 30 training teams. The difference is driving. Arizona’s longest ride from the Biltmore area of Phoenix is 40 minutes. You can do that simply turning off 17 towards Dunedin, let […]

Peter Gammons: Orioles pushing for top spot, rest is key for Tanaka and Maeda

Nothing seems to add up, but it doesn’t matter. Only three pitching staffs in the American League have fewer quality starts, or a higher starters’ earned run average than the Orioles. They have one pitcher who has won nine games. Wednesday night in Fenway Park their starting lineup against Rick Porcello had only three hitters […]

Peter Gammons: Managing without a bullpen, offensive explosion for young shortstops

Yes, the Ilitch family fired Dave Dombrowski after the most successful decade since the Tigers joined the American League in 1901. There is little doubt Brad Ausmus will get the ax at season’s end; too many leaks keep the executioners anonymous. Once Dombrowski got the orders the Tuesday before the trading deadline to move David […]

Gammons Notes: The Impact of the Victor Martinez Injury, Yoan Moncada and Hector Olivera

The Impact of Victor Martinez Injury The Tigers won’t have any timetable on Victor Martinez’s return until after the operation on his left knee for a torn meniscus Tuesday. But, realistically, they go into spring training in two weeks uncertain when Miguel Cabrera will be 100% following ankle surgery, or how Martinez will recover from this freak […]

The back end of the game (7-9th innings)

The Orioles scored eight times in the 8th inning of Game 1 of the ALDS as the O’s ended up coasting to a 12-3 victory. At one point, I thought Tigers’ manager Brad Ausmus would call in the planes that put out wildfires in California, but then I realized that the flame retardant that they […]

Gammons Notes: Contract extensions for pitchers, Brad Ausmus, Mookie Betts and more

Contract extensions/big money offers for pitchers Noting the rash of pitching injuries the last two months, one general manager said, “I would think it would be very hard for a pitcher to turn down extensions or big contract offers. It takes a lot of guts because it is so risky.” The GM went on to […]

Peter Gammons: My new favorite person, Cody Decker

Cody Decker is a 27-year-old outfielder with El Paso in the Pacific Coast League, a Padres affiliate. “He is,” says Pads GM Josh Byrnes, “hysterical.” And, of course, so is his manager, Pat Murphy, who coached Dustin Pedroia, Andre Ethier and so many other great players at Arizona State. Decker grew up in Santa Monica, […]