Peter Gammons: Verlander and Astros are built for “moment” games

There’s no way to measure how Justin Verlander would have finished the 2017 were he still in Detroit. Al Avila and Brad Ausmus understood what going to Houston might mean to him; they know him, appreciate and admire that he is a moment, that with the Astros position players and fellow alpha personalities like Jose […]

Peter Gammons: Moving on from the anticipated departure of John Farrell

Right after one of the network pregame shows Saturday, a current manager called. “I listened to Joe Girardi and John Farrell being bashed by talk show and ex-player guys,” he said, heatedly, “people who have never managed, don’t know about 30 second replay times, dealing with players and the media and they wonder why there […]

Peter Gammons: The Hall of Fame ballot

The 2005 Induction ceremony was over, and inductees, friends, guests and well-wishers were winding back to the Otesaga Hotel. Outside the entrance, Bud Selig was on his cell phone, his voice raised in what obviously was a heated discussion. We later learned that Selig was in a discussion about a piece of news that he […]

Peter Gammons: Quick notes for a Wednesday in January

There’s been a lot of discussion as to whether or not Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds will creep up to the necessary 75% with five more shots on the ballot. But it may not be that easy, because despite their increases, it’s difficult to ascertain how fixed hard-liners that did not vote for them will […]

Peter Gammons: Reflection of Hall of Fame inductees Tim Raines and Jeff Bagwell

Tim Raines signs HOF after his name, the second greatest leadoff hitter in history, a man who reached base more often than Tony Gwynn or Roberto Clemente. So does Jeff Bagwell, who statistically is one of the six best first basemen ever, second only behind Albert Pujols since World War II. And Pudge Rodriguez, one […]

Videos: Peter Gammons’ Hall of Fame discussions, includes Peter’s votes

MLB Network analysts Ken Rosenthal,Jon Paul Morosi and Peter Gammons discuss their voting methodology for the 2017 Hall of Fame… Peter Gammons joins Chris Russo to discuss the legacy of Fred Lynn and break down his choices for the 2017 Hall of Fame… Jon Paul Morosi and Peter Gammons break down their 2017 Hall of […]

Video: Peter Gammons on potential HOF Class of 2017

Peter joins Christopher Russo on MLB Network’s High Heat to discuss the potential Hall of Fame class of 2017

Newberg: A glimpse of invincible.

Really excellent win last night, with the Rangers offense piling six of their 10 hits up in one inning, picking up their ace after he’d done so for them so many times, Rougie Odor having a day at the plate and in the field, all kinds of outstanding infield defense, and four right-handed relievers shutting […]

Peter Gammons: The Hall of Fame conversation: Jay Jaffe, Bill James, Bonds, Griffey, and Mussina

Sometimes I feel as if we Hall of Fame voters, most of whom really care about filling out the ballot, need a year-round, 24/7 Spotlight Team to define these times. There is so much we really still do not know, not about performance enhancing drug use in the 1980s—which was apparently a lot more prevalent than […]

Coffee and Clippings: Inside the plan for Kyle Schwarber

Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) of ESPN talks about the Cubs’ plan for Kyle Schwarber… The plan for Chicago Cubs rookie Kyle Schwarber is simple: Get his feet wet in the majors for five days as the designated hitter in two American League parks then go to Triple-A Iowa to continue his development as a catcher — something […]