Peter Gammons: Verlander, Price, Otani, Marlins’ ownership, and more Friday notes

The day the Astros acquired Justin Verlander, they aligned their starting pitching so that if they needed to win on the final day of the season, he would pitch that game in Boston. What they never foresaw was that as it now stands, the Indians would have home field advantage on through, which means that if […]

Peter Gammons: The Matisse Chapel, Fenway, Houston, and creating what’s right

On a hill in the town of Vence in the South of France sits a building that during World War II was a small garage, rebuilt into the Matisse Chapel over a four year period, finished in 1951. Inside, it’s stark, simple, stunning beauty takes one to a feeling of a frozen motion, one that […]

Peter Gammons: Historic view of the state of the Dodgers

Earlier this week, Joe Sheehan looked at the nine teams that had .700 winning percentages. The two best, the 1906 Cubs (.763) and 1909 Pirates (.724) played more than a century ago, played a far different game, but helped make his point, because the .763 Cubs lost the World Series. In fact, four of the […]

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 […]

Peter Gammons: Troy Tulowitzki, Travis Shaw, and attention to the defensive side

Less than a 16th of the season had passed Friday night, and Troy Tulowitzki was hitting .139. “I don’t care,” said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons, “if he doesn’t get another hit all season. His defense is that good.” “Of course,” laughed Gibbons, “he will get another hit.” A week and a half of a […]

Peter Gammons: The modest, humble, and ego free teammate, Mike Trout

By the time there was ten days remaining in spring training, Mike Morin thought he’d make it out  of Arizona in the Angels bullpen, but he didn’t know it, not for certain. He was coming off a year in which he, Mike Scioscia and Billy Eppler understood that his peripheral numbers belied his 6.37 earned run […]

Bill Chuck’s Sunday Nine to Notes

Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files Of Mike Trout’s 27 homers, 20 have come with the bases empty. In Brian McCann’s 32 PA in the 1st inning, he’s hitting .500 going 13-26. He has a .531 OBP. After starting an at bat 0-2, Jose Iglesias leads the majors with 23 hits, followed by Xander […]

Peter Gammons: Trout highlights All-Star Game resurgence as baseball enters new era

CINCINNATI—There is not a city in recent memory that more emotionally embraced the All-Star Game, and it’s sense of history. This is the site of the first professional baseball game, where Johnny Bench was honored Tuesday night as one of the four greatest living players, where Todd Frazier’s last second homer to win Monday’s Home […]

Barry Bonds and Dexter Fowler: Teacher and Pupil

            “Son, it all comes down to one simple rule. You treat everybody just the way you want them to treat you.”  Skin Deep, Buddy Guy and Derek Trucks   Dexter Fowler repeats those words, in some form, whenever he talks at any length to anybody, because that it is who he is, and what […]

Madison Bumgarner and baseball’s other SI Sportsman of the Year recipients

Since it’s first issue in 1954 with the Milwaukee Braves Eddie Mathews, Giants catcher Wes Westrum, and umpire Augie Donatelli on the cover, Sports Illustrated has been sports most influential magazine. Since its inaugural year, SI has annually presented the “Sportsman of the Year.” The first recipient was Roger Bannister, the track star who ran […]