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: Instant classic as Cubs win World Series

He broke out in a smile, a peaceful, calm smile. It was early on a November morning, the 343rd pitch of the seventh game of one of the most memorable World Series, and the ball Michael Martinez hit squibbled towards him, through wet grass and the tying run sprinting towards second base, and Kris Bryant […]

Peter Gammons: Joe Maddon and managing human beings

MESA, Ar.—It was between games of a day-night doubleheader in Pittsburgh last September, and as we sat together in the visiting manager’s office between games, Joe Maddon summed up his managerial style. “I appreciate, love and use all the analytics and scouting information that so many people work on and get to my desk, the […]

MLB’s oldest current players

Baseball has always been the sport for aging men with decreasing speed and mobility. Satchel Paige finished his career in 1965 with the Kansas City Athletics, pitching a single game against the Boston Red Sox at the age of 59. In 1934, shortstop Charley O’Leary was called out of retirement at the age of 58 […]

Peter Gammons: Pirates and Cubs play out an Indian Summer series

PITTSBURGH–As a kid, I never knew why they called it “Indian Summer,” only that it was what we hoped for growing up in a Central Massachusetts town of 2500. It meant getting off the bus in the early afternoon and playing stickball or, if there were enough kids, baseball, and that when we tucked the […]

Add David Ross to the list of catchers who are batteries

If you missed the action this past Saturday, the Cubs lost to the Brewers, 12-4. So what you say? Well, here’s what: with the Cubs trailing 12-4 in the 8th inning, Chicago manager Joe Maddon brought in catcher David Ross to pitch and Ross retired Hector Gomez, Scooter Gennett and Adam Lind 1-2-3. Ross threw […]

Players with more walks than hits in 2015

The following list is comprised of hitters who have recorded more walks (at least 5) than hits in 2015. PA H BB AVG OBP 1. Bryce Harper 113 23 24 .261 .416 2. Alex Avila 66 10 13 .192 .354 3. Jake Smolinski 57 6 10 .133 .298 4. Carlos Peguero 45 6 9 .171 […]

The Cardinals steal four for the first time since 2012

The St. Louis Cardinals had not stolen four bases in a game since they ripped off four against the Reds on April 18, 2012 and May 1, 2012 against Pittsburgh. But last night, the Cards in their 3-0 victory over the Cubs, added thievery to their already impressive repertoire of weapons. Kolten Wong, Matt Holliday, […]

Around the majors report: Braves trade Justin Upton to Padres

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) The Braves traded LF Justin […]

Red Sox still have room for catchers: Geovany Soto a perfect fit?

Assuming things stay as they are with the Red Sox catching situation, it is going to be a little light at the position. Apart from the recently acquired Ryan Hanigan (pending), Christian Vazquez is the only guy on the roster with any real MLB catching experience (53 MLB appearances at catcher). Beyond Vazquez, fellow minor leaguers Dan Butler […]