Peter Gammons: An abundance of options can make all the difference

The pitching trend-line is obvious. Those who start retire fewer batters per outing virtually every season, down to less than 5 2/3 innings a start. With that, the offense has fueled the relievers’ earned run average to rise to the reach of the last three seasons-3.71 to 3.93 to 4.06—while the MLB save percentage has […]

Peter Gammons: Development of the 2011 Pitching Draft Class

The 2011 draft was supposed to be the pitchers’ draft. UCLA’s Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer went one and three, with Virgina’s Danny Hultzen two, before his path of shoulder issues. Then came the three celebrated high school righthanders (Dylan Bundy 4, Archie Bradley 7, Jose Fernandez 15) surrounding Anthony Rendon (6), Francisco Lindor (8), Javier Baez (9) and George […]

The key to winning baseball games

Baseball is really very simple, at least according to Earl Weaver: The key to winning baseball games is pitching, fundamentals, and three run homers. Weaver’s theory was right often enough to land him in the Hall of Fame in 1996. But are players still hitting three-run homers? Of course they are, but not with the […]

Newly-Extended Hardy’s Still Got Leather, But What About Power?

The 2014 Baltimore Orioles are Earl Weaver‘s kind of team. The late Hall of Fame manager and professed lover of three-run homers would dig that the O’s led the majors in big flies (211) during the regular season. And, as the long-time president of the Mark Belanger fan club, Weaver would appreciate that Baltimore saved […]

Peter Gammons: Developing Pitchers in the Bullpen

The concept is hardly novel. Earl Weaver and the Orioles brought Mike Flanagan, Scott McGregor and Dennis Martinez to Baltimore in the late Seventies and indoctrinated them to the American League East out of the bullpen. Halfway through his first full season, Flanagan went into the rotation, started 10 games, and the next three years […]

Coffee and Clippings: An updated look at Red Sox’ payroll in 2014

Scott Lauber (@ScottLauber) of the Boston Herald provides an updated look at the Red Sox’ payroll in 2014… Four arbitration cases down, only one to go, so it feels like a good time to take another gander at the Red Sox’ payroll for 2014. The number to keep in mind: $189 million. The Sox prefer […]

Remembering the members of the baseball community we lost in 2013

Playing Yrs From To ASG WAR/pos G Date of Death Jim Cosman 3 1966 1970 0 -0.1 12 Jan 7 Fred Talbot 8 1963 1970 0 2.0 207 Jan 11 Bubba Harris 3 1948 1951 0 -0.3 87 Jan 12 Enzo Hernandez 8 1971 1978 0 0.4 714 Jan 13 Bill Glynn 4 1949 1954 […]