Peter Gammons: With respect to 1st rounders, winning takes a much wider collective

We understand the importance of Monday’s draft. Bryce Harper, Kris Bryant, Mike Trout, Clayton Kershaw, Mookie Betts, Dustin Pedroia, Aaron Judge, C.C. Sabathia, Francisco Lindor, Carlos Correa, Paul Goldschmidt, Max Scherzer, Nolan Arenado, Buster Posey, Andrew McCutchen, Madison Bumgarner  and Corey Seager were draft choices who altered their franchises. Miguel Sano is changing the Twins, […]

Peter Gammons: 2017 Predictions (Part II)

Back in time when the Red Sox held spring training in Winter Haven, Florida, on the banks of Lake Lulu in the land of Goat Milk Fudge and the Fossil Museum, a great Boston television sportsman named Bob Lobel would annually drive a player to Lakeland to Madame Christine’s House of Palmistry to try to […]

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 […]

2015 RBI Leaders by Batting Order Positions and by Innings

Nine to Know: RBI Leaders by Batting Order Position* Leading off – Mookie Betts – 69 Batting second – Josh Donaldson – 113 Batting third – Jose Bautista – 108 Clean-up batters – Edwin Encarnacion – 100 Batting fifth – Kendrys Morales – 86 Batting sixth – Russell Martin – 47 Batting seventh – Nick […]

2015 Silver Slugger Award Winners

The 2015 Silver Slugger Awards were been handed out last week. The Silver Slugger is awarded annually to the best offensive player at each position in both the American League and the National League, as determined by the coaches and managers of Major League Baseball. Here are the results… 2015 AL Silver Slugger Award Winners PA […]

The 2015 Fielding Bible Awards Winners

The results of THE 2015 FIELDING BIBLE AWARDS: The most definitive examination of the best fielders in baseball as determined by a preeminent panel of experts. First place votes received 10 points, second place 9 points, third place 8 points, etc. A perfect score was 120. Position Winner Points First Base Paul Goldschmidt 118 Second […]

Peter Gammons: Chase Utley and Ruben Tejada are victims of instinct

It was a bad slide, late, as was the one on which Matt Holliday wiped out Marco Scutaro in the second game of the 2012 NLCS. Holliday actually went over the bag, hit Scutaro high, and while the Giants announcers denounced the 240 pound Cardinal outfielder, the St. Louis broadcaster said, “that’s Holliday’s job.” After […]

Sunday Nine to Notes for September 27, 2015

Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files, 9/27/15 The Cardinals have allowed opponents one run or less in an MLB-leading 47 games this season going 45-2 in those games, the Mets are next going 34-4 in 38 games. Chris Sale leads the majors with 13 double-digit strikeout games, which included a streak of eight […]

Who did the best and worst in baseball between Letterman and Colbert?

With all due respect to Conan O’Brien, but what a relief it is to have the Late Show back. I DVR Conan, James Corden, and Jimmy Kimmel (I would sooner eat pounds of cotton candy for dinner than to watch “Little Jimmy”) but there is a joyous feeling having the brilliance of Stephen Colbert back […]

Nine to Notes: Sunday, August 23, 2015

Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files The Brewers’ Khris Davis has four multi-homer games this season and five in his career. The Orioles’ Chris Davis has four multi-homer games this season and 11 in his career. Will the Blue Jays be haunted by their 12-24 record in one-run games? Only the A’s at […]