Peter Gammons: Old deals forcing Nationals to stay idle in the market

As folks in Washington were shut-ins because of the snow, they spent the weekend wondering why players aren’t being signed by the Nationals. The failure of the Nationals this winter to sign a number of free agents—from Yoenis Cespedes to Jason Heyward, Ben Zobrist to Darren O’Day—can be traced back to the MASN deal Major […]

Peter Gammons: Davis and the Orioles, Hanley Ramirez, and the scout-analytic balance

Who cares if the Chris Davis offer is $161M or $140-something-M in present day value? He is where is he is most wanted, his power plays very big in Camden Yards and the ballparks of the American League East, he can play first base—which he does very well—and we got to watch two master negotiators […]

Sunday MLB Nine to Notes: From the Bill Chuck Files of 1/3/16

Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files of 1/3/16 In 2014, Ben Revere hit .306 with seven triples and two homers. In 2015, Revere hit .306 with seven triples and two homers.* The highest foul ball percentages last season were recorded by the Indians and the Red Sox at 39.3%. Eddie Rosario led the […]

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 […]

Sunday MLB Nine to Notes of December 13, 2015

Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files – 12/13/15 Chris Davis and Chris Carter must hate Mondays – they each walked nine times and struck out 26 times; Davis hit .193 on Mondays in 2015, while Carter just .096. In 2015, Dallas Keuchel had 25 PA with the bases loaded, the most of any […]

Peter Gammons: Winter Meetings Over, Holiday Shopping Continues

Just don’t try to apply analytical logic to all things baseball. Actually, there was logic to the Miami Marlins at least talking to more than a half-dozen teams about Jose Fernandez. “We’d be crazy not to listen,” said Marlins President David Samson. So word would leak about Fernandez. Team X, Y or Z would be mentioned. […]

Sunday Nine to Notes: Free Agent edition – 11/15/15

Nine to Know: Free Agents – From the Bill Chuck Files – November 15, 2015 Jose Altuve and Yoenis Cespedes each walked just 33 times in 2015; Altuve struck out 67 times, Cespedes 141 times. John Lackey has one of the best cutters in baseball; in 2015, his 37.4% K rate was second only to […]

Nine to Know: Mets/Royals regular season homer feats in games

Nine to Know from the Bill Chuck Files: HR feats by the league champions The Royals homered in 95 games and went 64-31. The Mets homered in 93 games and went 63-30. The Royals hit one homer in 62 games, the fourth most in baseball, and went 37-25, the only team with more wins when […]

2015 HR Split Leaders

Nine to Know: Home Run Split Leaders Josh Donaldson leads the majors hitting 21 homers when the score is tied, Mike Trout is next with 18. Nelson Cruz and Giancarlo Stanton lead the majors hitting 16 homers in a losing cause. Nelson Cruz has hit 18 homers in the 7th inning or later to lead […]

Sunday Nine to Notes: September 13, 2015

Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files Here’s an MVP stat: Josh Donaldson leads the majors with 21 homers when the score is tied.* The Astros’ Chris Carter must hate Mondays: not only is he just 4-50 (.080) in 17 games on that day, but he’s whiffed a league-leading 25 times. The Tigers have scored […]