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, […]

Sunday MLB Nine to Notes: From the Bill Chuck Files of 1/17/16

Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files of January 17, 2016 Ken Griffey, Jr. hit 55 homers against the Twins, the most of any opponent, and he even hit three against the team whose cap he’ll be wearing, the Seattle Mariners. Nelson Cruz hit twice as many homers (44) as doubles (22) in 2015. […]

Hall of Fame

Sunday, Cooperstown inducts four new members to the Hall of Fame: Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio. The three pitchers collected nine Cy Young Awards and finished in the top five numerous times. In addition to being All-Star selections, the three were important, integral pivotal hurlers for their teams. Each in his […]

Peter Gammons: Craig Biggio revels in moment as Astros fans rise to occasion

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.—Main Street was lined at 7 p.m. Friday, lined with people in Houston Astros garb. “I don’t ever remember seeing an Astros shirt here,” one Hall of Fame worker laughed. And inside, with the museum open until 8, there were Astros fans filling every room. By 7:30, they’d made a remarkable discovery—the Craig Biggio […]

Peter Gammons: Cooperstown awaits four baseball giants

I remember the first time I saw Randy Johnson pitch, in relief in Palmer, Alaska in the mid-eighties, which always served as a reminder of the work he put in to win five Cy Youngs, start four different All-star games, win more games in his forties (75) than his twenties (64) and become one of […]

The first and last appearances of the four new Hall of Famers

Whenever new Hall of Famers are declared by my esteemed colleagues (okay, “superiors” because they have votes), I like to check how each of the players began and ended their careers. I wrote about about baseball endings, so I’m always fascinated by them, but because of Hall of Famers like Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, and […]

Pedro, Randy, Craig, & Smoltzie: 2015 Baseball Hall of Fame Top Ten – David Letterman (VIDEO)

Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, Craig Biggio, and John Smoltz with David Letterman (1/7/15)

Around the majors report: hall of fame election

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. 1) Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John […]

Ten nominated for Hutch Award

Ten players have been nominated for the 50th annual Hutch Award, to be given Jan. 29 at Safeco Field in Seattle. The award, launched a year after Hutchinson’s death by three of his friends, is presented annually at the Hutch Award Luncheon which raises funds for cancer research at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Former […]

Jose Altuve is a 2014 rarity

Last night, the Indians’ Corey Kluber faced the Astros and struck out a career-high 14 in seven innings allowing one run and seven hits and lowered his his ERA to a sparkling 2.54. In a league filled with great pitchers, Kluber is in the top 10 ranking seventh. The Astros ended up with nine hits […]