Peter Gammons: The Transitional Culture of Cuban Baseball Development

It was well after 10 p.m., we were leaving a playoff game in Havana between Industriales and La Isla, and we were driving back to our hotel. Down one dimly-lit street there was a line a half-block long, and when we asked what could possibly be going on at that time of night, our guide, […]

Coffee and Clippings: Checking the facts … yup, MLB still has greater parity than the NFL

Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) of ESPN weighs in on the parity of the MLB over the NFL… Yeah, if only baseball could be more like football. If only baseball weren’t a sport where (sing along with me) The Same Teams Win Every Year. If only baseball had a little parity, like the almighty NFL. If only […]

D-Backs Need Yasmany Tomas to Step Up in 2016

The Arizona Diamondbacks have emptied their coffers — not to mention their farm system — in a quest to clinch their first NL West title since 2011 and capture their first World Series title since 2001. The D-Backs made Zack Greinke the most handsomely paid pitcher on a per-year basis in MLB history, securing the […]

Peter Gammons: Winter Meetings Over, Holiday Shopping Continues

Just don’t try to apply analytical logic to all things baseball. Actually, there was logic to the Miami Marlins at least talking to more than a half-dozen teams about Jose Fernandez. “We’d be crazy not to listen,” said Marlins President David Samson. So word would leak about Fernandez. Team X, Y or Z would be mentioned. […]

Video: Peter Gammons discusses Cubs’ offseason moves

Peter Gammons joins Matt Yallof on MLB Tonight to discuss Jason Heyward, Theo Epstein’s plan to build Cubs’ depth and possible moves going forward, and the Diamondbacks targeting of Jose Fernandez…

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 […]

Centering on David Peralta’s Second-Half Emergence

Paul Goldschmidt and the Arizona Diamondbacks have scored more runs (516) than any team in the National League this season. That’s fairly noteworthy because A.) Arizona finished as a bottom-feeder in this category last season, B.) Chase Field has been anything but home run-friendly in 2015 and C.) no significant winter moves were made to make this possible. So, how’ve […]

8/11/2015: Home teams make MLB history

It is rare, but not that rare, to see every team in the Major Leagues playing on the same night. It happens a fair amount throughout the season. But last night something happened that we have never seen before. All 15 home teams won. I know what you are thinking; this can’t be the first time […]

Coffee and Clippings: Diamondbacks reach .500 mark but look to accomplish more

Zach Buchanan (@azc_zachb) of the Arizona Republic writes that the Diamondbacks look to accomplish more after reaching the .500 mark… There were no champagne celebrations after the Diamondbacks beat the Texas Rangers 7-4 on Wednesday at Globe Life Park. No obvious signs of joviality or even a sigh of relief. Sure, the Diamondbacks finally reached .500 […]

A look under the standings – July 6, 2015

Nine to Know: Interesting look at the teams that are between 5.5 and 6.5 out of first place: Braves 40-42 (3rd place NL East), Pirates 47-34 (2nd place NL Central), Diamondbacks 40-42 (3rd place NL West), Red Sox 39-45 (5th place AL East), Tigers 41-40 (3rd place AL Central), Rangers 41-42 (3rd place AL West). AL East is the only division with […]