Newberg: The varying degree of cutting ties.

There are nine new GM’s in baseball since August, and while some of their predecessors are merely moving upstairs, that’s not the case for all of them, including Seattle’s Jerry Dipoto. Dipoto hasn’t overhauled his new club the way A.J. Preller did last winter with the Padres, but it’s early.  He’s been on the job less than two […]

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: Cole Hamels to Boston?, Alex Rodriguez, Royals, Mariners and Game Changes

No matter what has passed, and one can argue Alex Rodriguez probably doesn’t recall everything that has happened since he signed that original $252M deal with the Rangers, it is his bargained right as a major league baseball player to try to come back and collect the rest of the contract he signed during the […]

Nelson Cruz Signs: Mariners tool up for 2015

After re-signing Kyle Seager, the Mariners made it clear that they are committed to going on serious runs for the next half decade. This will be the 3rd consecutive year that the Mariners committed 100 million dollars or more to a single player. Over the weekend they were able to add another piece that could shift their line-up […]

Bubbled Mariners ready for the final stretch

With last nights’ victory on the arm of Felix Hernandez and the bat of Logan Morrison, the Mariners have stayed within a game of the final AL Wild Card spot. After four straight seasons of losing baseball, the Mariners were a simple after thought going into the offseason. However with the signing of  Robinson Cano, veteran pitcher Chris […]

Jay Bruce and other lefties vs lefties

Jay Bruce played his first game at first base since high school and while he did commit an error that let in an unearned run against the Cubs, but later he did did something he has been doing for years: he homered against a lefty. The lefty slugger helped his Cincinnati Reds to a 9-3 […]

Jackie Bradley Jr.’s Whiff Problem

The Boston Red Sox let Jacoby Ellsbury walk this past winter in part because Jackie Bradley Jr. seemed primed to take his place in center field. Bradley struggled in limited big league playing time in 2013 (.189 AVG/.280 OBP/.337 SLG), but the 2011 supplemental first-round pick out of South Carolina got on base at better […]

Taking one for the team

  Matt Carpenter has had 202 plate appearances this season and has taken the first pitch 186 times, 93 for strikes, 93 for balls. No batter has taken as many as Carpenter. Nine to Know: Batters who have taken the most pitches this season Taking one for the team P Strk# Zone# Balls PA 1. […]

The best and worst hitters against righties this season

As I was writing this morning about the Red Sox on, my Nine to Know could have been titled “CSI: Fenway,” I mentioned the Sox troubles versus righties this season: The Red Sox are struggling against righties. Last season, they were second in the majors against righties with a .283 BA (Tigers hit .290). […]

Intentional Walks and Slow HR Trots

In the cold climate of Fenway Park yesterday, I watched Will Middlebrooks receive an intentional walk from the Fresh Prince of Milwaukee reliever Will Smith. This was interesting for two reasons, the first thing is this meant that Middlebrooks saw more pitches in this IBB than he had in his first two PA combined, would […]