Peter Gammons: The Cleveland Indians, best run team in professional sports

PHOENIX—The Cleveland Indians have won 454 games the last five years, 22 more than the runner-up Boston Red Sox. In those years, the Indians spent $414M  less in payroll than Boston, which at the start speaks volumes about how well the Indians have been run. Two years ago, they got to the tenth inning of […]

Peter Gammons: Early Spring look at Aaron Boone’s Yankees

TAMPA—The most common phrase here at Legends Field is “they are the Yankees again.” Which they are. They’re coming off 91 wins and a post-season in which they knocked off the American League’s best team and defending champions, Cleveland, got all the way to the seventh game of the ALCS before losing to the eventual […]

Peter Gammons: A few thoughts as we start 2018

So we’re in 2018. The owners have their tax cuts. But they also have luxury tax threshold of $197M with serious disincentives not to cross, at least not this winter, which, in accordance with their last labor agreement with the Players Association, is in many agents’ eyes $13M less than that in terms of payroll […]

Peter Gammons: Chris Sale, Pomeranz, health concerns, and more Red Sox thoughts

Be honest, if not for Chris Sale and Craig Kimbrel, the Red Sox today would be focused on beating out the Angels for the second card or next year. So unless they have to use Sale Sunday or Monday, logic says a first game matchup between Sale and either Justin Verlander or Corey Kluber gives […]

Peter Gammons: Trevor Bauer, Yankee pitching, and Doug Fister

TREVOR BAUER AND THE INDIANS PATIENCE One of Trevor Bauer’s longtime friends watched his exchange of words with Avisail Garcia on September 4 and said he knew then he was completely back to the state he was in as a UCLA junior and the best pitcher in college baseball, when in his final regular season […]

Peter Gammons: Buying and developing starters in an inefficient market

We all get it. There is Chris Sale and Corey Kluber, Clayton Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner, when they are healthy, but wins are not what they were when Bob Welch won 27. But begin an analytical lecture with the Astros, because they used the first pick in two drafts to take Mark Appel and Brady […]

Video: World Series Game 2 Preview

Peter Gammons joins MLB Now to talk about the recent success of Roberto Perez and Terry Francona’s decision to start Corey Kluber in Game 4…

Bill Chuck: World Series Game One – By The Numbers

World Series Game One – By The Numbers 1 – Kyle Schwarber had one hit last night in his amazing recovery from April surgery; he now has one hit this season in total 2 – Roberto Perez had the first two-homer of his career last night, he also hit the second three-run homer of his career; Perez […]

Peter Gammons: A deserved celebration and an unforgettable goodbye

It was one of those BP moments. David Ortiz, as was the team tradition, was finishing up in the last four man hitting group before the Red Sox went to the clubhouse, while Jason Kipnis, part of the Indians first group, was watching until Ortiz stepped out and moved to exchange pleasantries. No one had […]

Peter Gammons: Postseason roundup, bullpen is key

We have seen the Royals to the seventh game of consecutive world series without a 15 game winner, but with a bullpen structured, built on power, and craftily managed. We look out at the next strata of series that will take us into November and see the Dodgers are 29th in the majors in starters’ […]