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: Some Astro and Marlins thoughts at season’s end

When one runs the streets of Beverly Hills, each driveway has a sign posted that reads: “Beware. Trespassers Will Be Greeted With an Armed Response.” Which might as well be posted at the entrances to Minute Maid Park this Thursday, because while so many of us have placed the burden of expectations on the Indians […]

Jamey Newberg: Laboring Day

“It’s not good.” He said it stoically, his face devoid of the familiar smiles and the fake dugout indignation and the joy he brings effortlessly to the game, instead lined with the pain borne not only of a strained hamstring that forced him from Thursday’s game with not a shred of resistance but also of the reality […]

Video: Gammons on Indians and young arms

Peter Gammons joins Harold Reynolds and Hot Stove on MLB Network to discuss Michael Brantley resuming baseball activities, Andrew Miller in the playoffs, Carlos Beltran, the value of young pitching and more…

Newberg: Just you watch

This is Hugh. Hugh leaves baseball games early. As long as he’s done the wave. Hugh will tell you there’s no bigger baseball fan. Every chance he gets. Hugh has a friend 240 miles south who really gets baseball.  It’s about kicking the farm-rankings can and the MVP race and the countdown to someone combining Rasmus’s […]

Newberg: The importance of Mark Teixeira.

I’ve been doing this for more than 18 years.  I started before Mark Teixeira was a professional baseball player, and there’s at least a decent chance I’ll be doing it after that, too. Strange feeling. He and a fellow Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket are the two greatest first-round draft picks in Texas Rangers history, but Teixeira, […]

Going for it — the Rangers trade for Carlos Beltran, Jonathan Lucroy, and Jeremy Jeffress.

We’ve all pointed to 2007 as the year when the Rangers’ front office philosophy changed — maybe “took shape” is the better way to put it — when one- and five-year plans were put in place to take what had been a flagging franchise, at least in terms of pennant race absence and regular double-digit […]

Yankees Make Upside Play with Hicks Trade

In an exchange of relatively well-regarded, but not yet established big leaguers, the Minnesota Twins traded outfielder Aaron Hicks to the New York Yankees for catcher John Ryan Murphy. The swap makes sense for both sides, with the Twins (who ranked 29th in the majors in catcher Wins Above Replacement last season) adding a backstop […]

Nine players you may not realize played for both the Mets & Royals

There have been 106 players (51 pitchers) who wore both the Mets blue and orange and the Royals blue and white, many of whom are pretty well known. David Cone, Carlos Beltran, Vince Coleman, Joe Foy, Brian McRae, Kevin McReynolds, Amos Otis, Hubie Brooks, and Bret Saberhagen are nine that easily come to mind. Rick […]

In-Depth Look At Daniel Murphy’s Historic Run

A career .279/.321/.416 batter over 6 MLB seasons with the Mets, Daniel Murphy had proven that he belonged in the heart of a MLB batting order. However, after averaging 11 home runs a year going into the 2015 postseason, it is fair to say that no one ever dreamed he would have 7 dingers in […]