Peter Gammons: What the Red Sox need from Ramirez and company to contend in 2016

FORT MYERS, Fla—It was 13 years ago, on a back field in the old Red Sox minor league complex far across town, and then-Boston international scouting director Craig Shipley and I were watching a teenage Hanley Ramirez take ground balls. “If Hanley had gone to high school in…say…Boynton Beach, what do you think he’d be […]

Peter Gammons: Wade Boggs’ Career at Fenway Park

The point isn’t that it took so long for Wade Boggs’ number to be retired in Fenway, it is that 26 will now be there as long as Fenway. Hey, the man had to wait seven years in the minors and pass through three Rule V drafts to get to the big leagues, where he […]

Coffee and Clippings: One More Thing That Zack Greinke Does Well

Jeff Sullivan (@based_ball) of FanGraphs on the all-around athlete that is Zach Greinke… Based on pretty much all reports, we’re destined for one of two realities: one in which Greinke returns to the Dodgers for a fortune, or one in which Greinke goes to the Giants for a similar fortune. In the case of the […]

Kendrys Morales, 2015 DH of the Year

Major League Baseball announced today that Kendrys Morales of the Kansas City Royals has been voted the winner of the 2015 Edgar Martinez Outstanding Designated Hitter Award. Morales received 50 of the 88 first-place votes cast to garner the honor for the first time in his nine-year career. Kendrys batted .295 (156-for-529) with 39 doubles, […]

Much ado about nothing

“A victory is twice itself when the achiever brings home full numbers.” Will Shakespeare (famous baseball writer (?) Much Ado About Nothing – First performed 1612) JERRY: So you’re saying, I go in to NBC, and tell them I got this idea for a show about nothing. GEORGE: We go into NBC. JERRY: “We”? Since […]

Peter Gammons: David Ortiz, The Headmaster of the Moment

He spent nearly three years as David Arias in the Seattle organization until the Mariners sent him to Minnesota in 1996 in a waiver deal for Dave Hollins, then was released by the Twins in December, 2002 as David Ortiz. A month later, he was signed by Theo Epstein, who believed all he needed was […]

Video: Peter Gammons on David Ortiz, Hanley Ramirez, and Craig Kimbrel

Peter Gammons joins Christopher Russo of High Heat on MLB Network to discuss David Ortiz retiring after the 2016 season, Hanley Ramirez’s future, and the awaited arrival of Craig Kimbrel…

Coffee and Clippings: What’s Up With Jeff Samardzija?

Tony Blengino (@tonyblengino) of FanGraphs discusses Jeff Samardzija and his free agent status… Samardzija’s backstory, obviously, is quite unique. Baseball was essentially his second sport early in his college career at Notre Dame; he was a highly renowned wide receiver, thought to be a likely future high round NFL draftee. As his two-sport career progressed, however, […]

World Series MVP: Salvador Perez

It was tough to give this year’s World Series MVP to just one player. The Royals were a team in a way that is rarely seen. Every single player on the World Series roster made an on-field contribution. There was not any one player channeling a 2013 David Ortiz or a 2014 Madison Bumgarner. There was just […]

Bieber, Beckham, and Baseball

The following contribution comes from Trae Lewis. You can follow Trae on Twitter @traelewis. For years we’ve seen the waning appeal of the great game. The decline is reflected in lower television ratings to shrinking youth involvement in Baseball. Non-measuring, yet still impacting, factors such as lack of household Baseball player names among causal fans to […]