Peter Gammons: A Marlins Monday, position allocation, & Dusty Baker on Betts

JUPITER, Fla.—Some days the split squad games suit what the Marlins need to make their eight man bullpen work. For instance, as Mike Hill says, “we’re trying to get Ichiro Suzuki and Justin Bour as many at-bats against lefthanded pitchers as possible this spring because with a four man bench we have to see if […]

Peter Gammons: Loria remains patient as Marlins focus long-term

No one knows what Fernando Rodney will mean to the Marlins. A.J. Ramos has been successful in his last 33 save opportunities, David Phelps has blossomed into a prime setup man throwing 98 mph, Mike Dunn will be back soon. But Don Mattingly will worry about how Rodney and Ramos are used over time. The […]

Peter Gammons: The accountability of PED use in baseball

One of the great attributes of Bud Selig was that he understood that baseball should be one business with 30 franchisees devoted first and foremost to the best interests of the game and the MLB business. It doesn’t, of course, work that way, because so many owners believe their own city-states are the only business […]

Analyzing the Early Stolen Base Drought

The 2016 season is all of four days old, which means everything we’ve witnessed up to this point can mostly be chalked up to noise and random variance. Small samples, after all, can be pretty misleading, and all we have to work with right now is a collective total of 2,864 plate appearances through Wednesday’s […]

Peter Gammons: Mattingly, Bonds, and the Marlins

JUPITER, Fla.—The Don Mattingly – Barry Bonds hitting conversation this particular morning was whiffle ball. I’d been there with Donnie Baseball standing in front of his parents’ house in Evansville, showing me the tree in front of the house where he and his three older brother played whiffle ball, and how, since the purpose of […]

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. […]

Marlins Bet on Dee Gordon’s Wheels

While Tom Gordon had the nickname “Flash,” that moniker really suits his son Dee Gordon better. Coming off a career-best 2015 season, Gordon just signed a five-year, $50 million extension with the Miami Marlins that includes a $14 million vesting option for a sixth year. During his first season with the Fish, the former Dodgers […]

2015 Silver Slugger Award Winners

The 2015 Silver Slugger Awards were been handed out last week. The Silver Slugger is awarded annually to the best offensive player at each position in both the American League and the National League, as determined by the coaches and managers of Major League Baseball. Here are the results… 2015 AL Silver Slugger Award Winners PA […]

Sunday Nine to Notes for September 27, 2015

Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files, 9/27/15 The Cardinals have allowed opponents one run or less in an MLB-leading 47 games this season going 45-2 in those games, the Mets are next going 34-4 in 38 games. Chris Sale leads the majors with 13 double-digit strikeout games, which included a streak of eight […]

Christian Yelich, Adjustment, and the Ingredients of a 2016 Breakout

On both a team and individual level, the last 30 days in Major League Baseball have encompassed a flurry of intriguing storylines. Heading into many teams’ final stretch-run toward the postseason (and others’ plight toward playoff obscurity), we’ve seen Bryce Harper arguably at his best. We’ve seen Yoenis Cespedes stake his claim as a potential NL MVP candidate. […]