Peter Gammons: GM Meetings, Red Sox off-season options, and more

There was a time when business was accomplished at the General Managers Meetings. They weren’t media events, covered by few, with quiet meetings and dinners when the official business of the day was finished. Today, it is different. “It’s mainly the agents meeting, a sale conference,” says one American League general manager. “Frankly, we’d get […]

Videos: Peter joins MLB Network in LA before Game 1

Peter joins High Heat to give some perspective on the Astros-Dodgers World Series matchup… Peter joins MLB Now before Game 1 to talk about the World Series featuring two 100-win teams… Peter discusses the connection between Dave Roberts and Alex Cora as well as the emergence of the Astros’ young stars…

Peter Gammons: Red Sox make a seismic shift with manager Alex Cora

LOS ANGELES—Alex Cora is who the Red Sox wanted from the beginning, knowing that once the Astros ended another New England baseball season two weeks ago that they would have to wait until the end of Houston’s run before they could have a show-and-tell presentation at Fenway Park. Knowing that if they waited the Nationals […]

Peter Gammons: An abundance of options can make all the difference

The pitching trend-line is obvious. Those who start retire fewer batters per outing virtually every season, down to less than 5 2/3 innings a start. With that, the offense has fueled the relievers’ earned run average to rise to the reach of the last three seasons-3.71 to 3.93 to 4.06—while the MLB save percentage has […]

Peter Gammons: Notes from early March

PHOENIX—Bryan Shaw has pitched in more games the last four years than anyone, 299, plus 11 more this past October. Cody Allen is fourth with 290 appearances, in addition to 11 more in the last post-season. Think back to what the Indians bullpen did this fall to get to extra innings in Game Seven of […]

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: Dave Roberts and Dodgers in reset mode

GLENDALE, Ariz.—At one point, Dave Roberts was experimenting with Andre Ethier leading off against righthanders, not exactly Dee Gordon, but an idea. “You can’t always have a guy who gets on base 40 percent of the time and steals 50 bases,” said Roberts. “You make the best of what you have.” Of the last 10 […]

Coffee and Clippings: Dodgers are set to hire Dave Roberts as manager

Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez), Bill Plaschke (@BillPlaschke) and Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) of the LA Times discuss the Dodgers bringing in Dave Roberts as the new manager… Roberts, 43, will receive a three-year contract with the team holding an option to keep him for a fourth season; he will be one of only three minorities to manage in the […]

Around the majors report: News report

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. 1) The Padres fired manager Bud Black. Dave Roberts managed the team yesterday and they expect to name an interim manager within the next day or 2. 2) The Padres placed CF Wil Myers on the 15 […]

Coffee and Clippings: Indians Led By Unlikely Duo

Bill Livingston (@Livy70) of the Cleveland Plain Dealer looks at the Indians’ two unlikely leaders in Jason Giambi and Danny Salazar as they chase the postseason… Fittingly, the season that has been such a surprise ended with Danny Salazar, the young phenom who is just starting his career, starting the last home game after Jason […]