Peter Gammons: Toronto building a new culture

DUNEDIN, Fla.—In many ways, Toronto has returned to its Pat Gillick glory days these last two years. They made the playoffs for the first time since the world championship team9 in 1993. They won 11 more games in 2015-16 than any other A.L. East team, attracted 6.1M fans into Rogers Centre, on most nights had more […]

Newberg: The concept of a re-Encarnacion.

  Edwin Encarnacion and Mark Teixeira lead the majors with 31 homers from the clean-up slot. Credit: Peter Llewellyn-USA TODAY Sports ” width=”600″ height=”399″ /> There was a space of about two days, last mid-December, when I thought Mike Napoli was going to join us at last year’s book release party, even though he’d signed with […]

Peter Gammons: Blue Jays’ time is now, Trayce Thompson, and more spring notes

There is 2016, when the Toronto Blue Jays can—and really need to—go back to the world series. And there is 2017 and beyond, when the trades Alex Anthopoulos made to bring back 1993 for the city, the country and Rogers Communication leave the organization in re-tooling mode as Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, Drew Storen and […]

Sunday MLB Nine to Notes: From the Bill Chuck Files of 1/3/16

Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files of 1/3/16 In 2014, Ben Revere hit .306 with seven triples and two homers. In 2015, Revere hit .306 with seven triples and two homers.* The highest foul ball percentages last season were recorded by the Indians and the Red Sox at 39.3%. Eddie Rosario led the […]

2015 RBI Leaders by Batting Order Positions and by Innings

Nine to Know: RBI Leaders by Batting Order Position* Leading off – Mookie Betts – 69 Batting second – Josh Donaldson – 113 Batting third – Jose Bautista – 108 Clean-up batters – Edwin Encarnacion – 100 Batting fifth – Kendrys Morales – 86 Batting sixth – Russell Martin – 47 Batting seventh – Nick […]

Sunday MLB Nine to Notes of December 13, 2015

Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files – 12/13/15 Chris Davis and Chris Carter must hate Mondays – they each walked nine times and struck out 26 times; Davis hit .193 on Mondays in 2015, while Carter just .096. In 2015, Dallas Keuchel had 25 PA with the bases loaded, the most of any […]

2015 HR Split Leaders

Nine to Know: Home Run Split Leaders Josh Donaldson leads the majors hitting 21 homers when the score is tied, Mike Trout is next with 18. Nelson Cruz and Giancarlo Stanton lead the majors hitting 16 homers in a losing cause. Nelson Cruz has hit 18 homers in the 7th inning or later to lead […]

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. […]

Edwin Encarnacion and the Blue Jays were an offensive force in August

Edwin Encarnacion led his Toronto Blue Jays to an amazing month of August. The Blue Jays in August went 21-6 (.778) scoring an MLB most 170 runs and allowing and MLB fewest 83 runs. Encarnacion was named AL Player of the month for August Encarnacion led the majors: Hitting  – .407 Slugging – .919, the […]

MLB August Statistical Leaders

With August now behind us, let’s look at the month’s leaders in an array of categories. Offense Batting Average: On Base Percentage: Slugging Percentage: On Base Plus Slugging: Home Runs: Runs Batted In: Stolen Bases: Pitching  Earned Run Average: Walks Plus Hits Per Inning Pitched: Strikeouts Per 9 Innings: Strikeouts Per Walk: Saves: