Peter Gammons: Quintana crosses town to Wrigleyville, Springer’s MVP shot, and more

The news of the Cubs blockbuster trade featuring Jose Quintana broke around 11 Thursday morning. The phone rang. “So much for the hangovers,” said the major league coach on the other line. “Theo and Jed just dumped a bucket of ice water over the entire clubhouse. What differentiates those guys is that they understand players. They […]

Newberg: The curious case of Heterochromia Iridum V. Bibens-Dirkx.

They were both chosen out of college in the 2006 draft, and that’s basically where the parallels end, unless you note the fact that each has pitched in the independent leagues and one has as many last names as the other has eye colors. Only Max Scherzer went 11th overall in that draft, and Austin […]

Peter Gammons: Pitchers working fast could benefit more than just pace of play

Back in the late 1970’s, Oriole pitchers used to wear t-shirts inspired by George Bamberger and Ray Miller that read, “work fast, throw strikes, change speeds.” Simple. “It still applies,” says John Farrell. When working on a piece on the relationship between Greg Maddux and Eddie Perez, Maddux said, “what Eddie does is get the […]

Peter Gammons: 2017 Predictions (Part I)

It sounded like a campaign promise when the words “Cubs and Indians World Series” rolled out last April 1, or, perhaps to give it more credence, an April Fool’s joke. It really did happen, like the 1991 last-to-first Twins-Braves series with an unforgettable extra inning seventh game culmination of a memorable World Series. A year […]

Peter Gammons: After unfortunate delays, Brandon Guyer has now arrived

  It’s never been easy for Brandon Guyer. Oh, there was a time when he ran for 285 yards in a high school game in Herndon, Virginia, played on really good U.Va. teams with college stars like Sean Doolittle, and before he was traded to the Rays by the Cubs in the Matt Garza deal—which […]

The Rays Rotation has a New Philosophy

Organizationally, the Rays always seem to have a knack for doing things a bit differently. Some of it might boil down to necessity, given Tampa’s small market size and comparably small payroll to the rest of the league, but there’s something admirable about how the Rays — perhaps largely due to Joe Maddon — constantly appear […]

Peter Gammons: An optimistic state of the Rays

ST. PETERSBURG—Saturday was why you’re in Florida at the end of February. Sunny, dry, temperatures in the mid-seventies, and yet for blocks nearing Tropicana Field the traffic was backed up at noon waiting to get into the parking lots for the Rays’ FanFest. By 2:30, they had clearly set a record attendance of nearly 17000—more […]

The 20 pitchers who threw 3300+ pitches in 2015

There are 85 days until Opening Day, 2016. There are only about 35 days until pitchers and catchers report. There is no question that there are plenty of pitchers who are wondering when their arm will feel ready after their work loads of last season. Pressure innings, postseason pitching, accumulation of pitches, types of pitches, […]

Peter Gammons: For Yankees, Aroldis Chapman was a gamble worth taking

Of course Aroldis Chapman is a gamble, a huge gamble. Guns, domestic violence charges, whispers going all the way back to the Arizona Fall League. He also is the hardest throwing, most prolific strikeout reliever that ever strolled out of a major league bullpen, and now the Yankees can put him with Andrew Miller and […]

Peter Gammons: David Price signing was about more than just adding an ace

Dave Dombrowski remembers the night of April 22. Brad Ausmus has never forgotten it, because the Tigers manager believes it was the night that defines David Price. The gametime temperature was 38 degrees, with a 15 MPH wind that made it feel as if they were in minus Celsius territory. Snow flurries. When Price hit […]