Peter Gammons: Dodgers and Giants primed for another race in 2017

GLENDALE, AR—They seem to have been bolted to one another since the end of World War II. Jackie Robinson, then Monte Irvin, and when the Dodgers tried to trade Jackie to the Giants, he refused. The Shot Heard ‘Round the World. Willie and The Duke. The Giants won in ’54, the Dodgers in ’55, and […]

Peter Gammons: Manager-GM Collaboration; Trade Deadline Ambiguity

The first call came less than an hour after Jerry Dipoto quit as Angels manager, the most recent came Sunday. Essentially, every message was similar to the very first ball, from a general manager who said, “the days of the Mike Scioscia managers are a thing of the past. It’s no longer about the manager, […]

Around the majors report: Josh Hamilton won’t be suspended, Ervin Santana is suspended

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 @BaseballEncyclo. 1) An arbitrator ruled that Angels […]

Peavy Finds His Control on the West Coast

For a 13-year vet with a Cy Young Award on his mantle and a newly-minted World Series ring on his finger, Jake Peavy‘s move to San Francisco in late July garnered scant headlines. With contemporary aces like David Price, Jeff Samardzija and Jon Lester on the move, a past-his-prime Peavy didn’t exactly lead the trade deadline […]

NLCS Game 3 Video Highlights

Members of the 1987 Giants NL Championship team toss the ceremonial first pitches… Your browser does not support iframes. Jon Jay runs a long way to track down Joe Panik’s fly in center… Your browser does not support iframes. Hunter Pence lines an RBI double to right field to give the Giants an early 1-0 […]

Coffee and Clippings: Is Bruce Bochy One of the Best Managers in Baseball History?

Jonah Keri (@jonahkeri) of Grantland explains why Bruce Bochy is one of the best managers in baseball history… The Giants’ success starts with the players, of course — the mainstays like Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval, and Madison Bumgarner who’ve come up big in the last three postseason runs. Superstitious types will cite The Even-Year Effect, […]

The LCS Managers

Here’s an overview of the four men leading their teams in the LCS. Three of the four managers were catchers Bruce Bochy was a catcher. Mike Matheny was a catcher. Buck Showalter was an outfielder and first baseman. Ned Yost was a catcher. Three of the four managers were major league players Bochy and Matheny […]

Peter Gammons: The Power of Continuity and Stability

ST. LOUIS—The last time neither the Cardinals or the Giants were playing in the NLCS was 2009, when the Phillies beat the Dodgers and went on to help the Yankees open the new Stadium. That was, in many ways, a time when the road opened lanes and started drifting across the plains after an era […]

NL Wild Card Game Video Recap

Madison Bumgarner sends the Giants to the NLDS with a complete game shutout while allowing only four hits Your browser does not support iframes. With the bases loaded in the 4th, Brandon Crawford hits a grand slam to put the Giants on top 4-0 Your browser does not support iframes. Bumgarner, Crawford, Bruce Bochy and Hunter […]

All-time records for baseball’s current managers

Nine to Know: Managers and their wins Mike Scioscia is 204 games over .500, the most of any active manager. Lloyd McClendon is the only active manager over a hundred games under .500. Before the Jays dropped their last two to the Cardinals, their manager John Gibbons had finally gotten to the .500 mark. On […]