Peter Gammons: 2B MVP’s, contending bullpens, and more late September notes

Second base has traditionally not been an MVP position. There have been only six MVPs in either league since World War II, from Jackie Robinson in 1949, to Dustin Pedroia in 2007. In the last decade, only twice—2016 with Jose Altuve and Robinson Cano—and 2013, with Cano and Pedroia, have two second basemen made either’s […]

Peter Gammons: Historic view of the state of the Dodgers

Earlier this week, Joe Sheehan looked at the nine teams that had .700 winning percentages. The two best, the 1906 Cubs (.763) and 1909 Pirates (.724) played more than a century ago, played a far different game, but helped make his point, because the .763 Cubs lost the World Series. In fact, four of the […]

Peter Gammons: Now that the deadline dust has settled

The first question was about the certainty of the Dodgers in the World Series. The second was a look-ahead to a replay of the 1981 Dodger-Yankee World Series. I covered the 1978 Red Sox. I remember when they were 14 up on the Yankees on July 19. Or that on August 1 they were 65-38, […]

Peter Gammons: 2017 ASG was fun and the way the event should be

How the 1981 All Star Game ended really didn’t matter. There was no twitter, no television or radio sport shock-talk, no blogs, so when American League manager Jim Frey had to bat Blue Jays pitcher Dave Stieb in the ninth inning with one out and none on down a run in the bottom of the ninth inning, there were […]

Peter Gammons: The winding the road for a superhuman draft pick

In Chicago Saturday, there was a relieved cheer that echoed from Wrigley to The Gold Coast when Kyle Schwarber hit his grand slam to beat the Cardinals. There was the same sense across New England when Andrew Benintendi, who’d broken an 0-for-19 slump Saturday, went yard against Chris Tillman in Baltimore. Schwarber and Benintendi will […]

Peter Gammons: The crucial development question: To college or the draft?

We saw how far Dansby Swanson, Alex Bregman, Carlos Rodon and Andrew Benintendi reached in their first full professional seasons, as we did the year before when Kyle Schwarber and Michael Conforto were opposing one another in the NLCS in their first full seasons. This is not to suggest that Kyle Tucker, whom the Astros […]

Peter Gammons: Dodgers and Giants primed for another race in 2017

GLENDALE, AR—They seem to have been bolted to one another since the end of World War II. Jackie Robinson, then Monte Irvin, and when the Dodgers tried to trade Jackie to the Giants, he refused. The Shot Heard ‘Round the World. Willie and The Duke. The Giants won in ’54, the Dodgers in ’55, and […]

Peter Gammons: The reality of positioning for the MLB Draft

JUPITER, FLA.—The 2008 Angels set their franchise record—and, remember, this was a franchise that began playing in the Eisenhower Administration—with 100 wins. The following June, because of free agents lost. They didn’t pick until the 24th selection in the first round, but had five selections in the first two rounds. That first pick, at 24, […]

Corey Seager: From Prospect to Postseason

The following contribution comes from Bodie Dykstra. You can follow Bodie on Twitter @bodiedykstra. When July turned to August and August to September, it appeared as though the Year of the Rookie may have left Dodgers top prospect Corey Seager behind. Along with Carlos Correa and Addison Russell, Seager was universally regarded as one of […]

Peter Gammons: Managing without a bullpen, offensive explosion for young shortstops

Yes, the Ilitch family fired Dave Dombrowski after the most successful decade since the Tigers joined the American League in 1901. There is little doubt Brad Ausmus will get the ax at season’s end; too many leaks keep the executioners anonymous. Once Dombrowski got the orders the Tuesday before the trading deadline to move David […]