Peter Gammons: Splashes and notes from the Orlando Winter Meetings

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla—Brian Cashman has done the big deals, like Mike Mussina, Mark Teixeira and C.C. Sabathia. He worked for George Steinbrenner, which meant living in the immediate, and when he and Hal Steinbrenner set out to make over the Yankees from their post-Messersmith Decision prominence—from Reggie Jackson to Alex Rodriguez—to a team whose […]

Peter Gammons: Reflection of Yankees over Twins on this Wild Card Wednesday

NEW YORK—When the Yankees defeated the Phillies to win the 2009 World Series, it was the first title in the new venue, and turns out to be their last, as if eight seasons without winning a World Series is hardly a long time. What I remember most is how quiet it seemed, like a Thursday […]

Peter Gammons: 2B MVP’s, contending bullpens, and more late September notes

Second base has traditionally not been an MVP position. There have been only six MVPs in either league since World War II, from Jackie Robinson in 1949, to Dustin Pedroia in 2007. In the last decade, only twice—2016 with Jose Altuve and Robinson Cano—and 2013, with Cano and Pedroia, have two second basemen made either’s […]

Newberg: A glimpse of invincible.

Really excellent win last night, with the Rangers offense piling six of their 10 hits up in one inning, picking up their ace after he’d done so for them so many times, Rougie Odor having a day at the plate and in the field, all kinds of outstanding infield defense, and four right-handed relievers shutting […]

Sunday Nine to Notes: December 27, 2015

Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files of 12/27/15 Zack Greinke was the only starter (min. 30 starts) in 2015 who did not allow a homer leading off any inning; Greinke faced 226 batters leading off an inning. Through his age 25 seasons, Starlin Castro has 991 hits and 62 homers. Through his age […]

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 […]

Elvis Andrus May Benefit from Change of Scenery

Just a few years ago it seemed like the Texas Rangers were destined to be perennial contenders. But injuries piled up and guys like Elvis Andrus struggled to rediscover what made them so successful. Andrus is a 26-year-old shortstop who recently signed an 8-year $120-million contract, putting him under team control until 2022. But he […]

MLB Video Highlights: Bryant, Rizzo hit back-to-back HRs; Van Slyke’s walk-off three run homer

Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo hit back-to-back home runs in the 1st Your browser does not support iframes. Scott Van Slyke hits a walk-off three run home run off Steve Cishek in the 9th Your browser does not support iframes. Manny Machado launches a leadoff home run for the 1-0 lead in the 1st Your […]

Yankees to retire the uniform numbers of Bernie Williams, Jorge Posada, and Andy Pettitte

The New York Yankees are retiring Bernie Williams‘ uniform number 51, Jorge Posada‘s number 20, and Andy Pettitte‘s number 46. In addition, each will be honored with plaques in Monument Park along with Willie Randolph. And if you think the Yankees have retired too many numbers, don’t worry they seem to be moving into double letters: CC Sabathia and […]

Gammons Notes: The Hall of Fame Voting Process, Yankee shortstops, Red Sox and more

Sometimes the rhetoric gets pretty heated, to the point where honest opinion is demeaned; I had someone rail at me on twitter about Alan Trammell v. Lou Whitaker. Someone who clearly never saw them play regularly, did not discuss them with teammates and opponents and knew only what the screen blinked, as if baseball players […]