Peter Gammons: Hall of Fame issues, Shohei Otani, Stanton, Yawkee Way, and more

Joe Morgan was slow to accept analytics, I get it. He was traditional, and he became the whipping boy for every new waver who wanted us to know they were smarter than any of us, like the guy who wrote he hoped Felix Hernandez would lose games because it would prove how insane traditional thinkers […]

Peter Gammons: Quick notes for a Wednesday in January

There’s been a lot of discussion as to whether or not Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds will creep up to the necessary 75% with five more shots on the ballot. But it may not be that easy, because despite their increases, it’s difficult to ascertain how fixed hard-liners that did not vote for them will […]

Happy 81st birthday, Hank Aaron

Today, February 5, 2015, is Hank Aaron’s 81st birthday. Here’s 44 to Know about #44 Henry Louis Aaron was born on February 5, 1934. In Aaron’s first season in the majors he wore uniform #5 (and made $5,000 in salary) Aaron was born in Mobile, Alabama, the same city as fellow Hall of Famer Willie […]

Nine batters who had little trouble with the Big Unit, Pedro, and Smoltzie

If as expected Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, and John Smoltz are named as the newest honorees by the Baseball Hall of Fame we can expect to see a slew of articles, columns, and anecdotes about the brilliance of each of these pitchers. But even the best pitchers had some batters who gave them headaches and […]

Legends of the Game: Chipper Jones

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. Today’s Legends of the Game is […]

Adrian Beltre is Cooperstown-bound

As my colleague Lee Sinins reports, yesterday the Rangers’ Adrian Beltre set the major league record for career total bases by a third baseman. As the spiraling Rangers were decimated by the Angel, 15-6, Adrian Beltre went 3-4 with a homer to further enhance his Hall of Fame credentials. Nine to Know: Most career Total […]

Peter Gammons: Baseball’s Christmas

Bobby Cox was in the fifth draft of a reconstruction of the Braves he knew would take close to eight years after leaving Toronto. He had the first pick in that 1990 draft, and while he may have longed to be back in the dugout he managed to Cooperstown, he was a year from the […]

80 to celebrate on Henry Aaron’s 80th birthday

If I were to write my autobiography of my life as a baseball fan, I would make sure that the world knew that one of my highlights was that I got to see Hank Aaron play baseball. Happy 80th birthday, Hank! Henry Louis Aaron was born on February 5, 1934. In Aaron’s first season in […]

Coffee and Clippings: Predicting 2014 disappointments

Dan Szymborski (@DSzymborski) of ESPN predicts the players who will be disappointments in 2014… [subscription required] Baseball’s a zero-sum game, with every win being a loss for someone else and every home run hit being a home run allowed for the other guys. Inevitably, there are going to be a number of players who are going […]

No team needed a player more than the Yanks needed Brian McCann

The Yankees entered this offseason with more holes than the finest Jarlsberg cheese. The Yankees know that they will be without Alex Rodriguez for at least part of the season, and hope for all of the season in order to clear $25 million to spend. But as of now they don’t have a third baseman. […]