Peter Gammons: Cora and Red Sox in search of identity for 2018 and beyond

It wasn’t as if the Red Sox 2017 season was 1965 all over again. They won 93 games and the division for the second year in a row. But even as they tried to battle back against the World Champion Astros in the ALDS, there was something that felt as if the team had some […]

Peter Gammons: After due celebration, Alex Cora will quickly refocus on Boston

LOS ANGELES—It has been a long year for Alex Cora, exhausting at time. He assembled and ran the Puerto Rican team that finished second in the World Baseball Classic. He served as A.J. Hinch’s LBJ, a bench coach who coordinated practice and video and conduit to players; be it Carlos Correa’s injured hand, the hurricane […]

Peter Gammons: Midway Point Thoughts (Parts 1 and 2)

As the 2016 passes the midway point with the curtsy of the All Star Game, last weekend’s game at Fort Bragg, N.C. perfectly captured its responsibility as the National Pastime, symbolically, and because of the Marlins and Braves players, the reality in a time when the country is struggling to maintain its most important freedom, […]

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: 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 […]