Peter Gammons: With respect to 1st rounders, winning takes a much wider collective

We understand the importance of Monday’s draft. Bryce Harper, Kris Bryant, Mike Trout, Clayton Kershaw, Mookie Betts, Dustin Pedroia, Aaron Judge, C.C. Sabathia, Francisco Lindor, Carlos Correa, Paul Goldschmidt, Max Scherzer, Nolan Arenado, Buster Posey, Andrew McCutchen, Madison Bumgarner  and Corey Seager were draft choices who altered their franchises. Miguel Sano is changing the Twins, […]

Peter Gammons: Swihart and the Red Sox catching depth chart

Brian Bridges was still an area-crosschecking scout for the Braves in 2010, helping coach the high school Team USA team. He had a particular player he thought was special, a kid out of New Mexico named Blake Swihart. “He would be the shortstop,” Bridges said that summer as the team toured. “But we have a […]

Peter Gammons: A deserved celebration and an unforgettable goodbye

It was one of those BP moments. David Ortiz, as was the team tradition, was finishing up in the last four man hitting group before the Red Sox went to the clubhouse, while Jason Kipnis, part of the Indians first group, was watching until Ortiz stepped out and moved to exchange pleasantries. No one had […]

Peter Gammons: Bringing along a top prospect

Prospects are like sophomore college quarterbacks. Play them. Now. It was that way in 2013 when Jackie Bradley Jr. tore up spring training, the Red Sox were coming off a meltdown season and talk shows howled for him to go North for Opening Day. An injury opened the door, and when he put up a .189 average […]

Peter Gammons: Indians look solid, Cespedes, and more mid-January thoughts

Five mid-January thoughts: 1.  Even though FanGraphs has picked the Indians to win the American League Central, there still is constant media speculation that they will trade one of their four starters. But after two months of being asked about Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar and/or Trevor Bauer, the calls have stopped since Christmas. […]

Crawford Joins Offensive Elite, Gets Paid

The San Francisco Giants locked up Brandon Crawford on Tuesday, signing the 29-year-old shortstop to a six-year, $75 million extension that keeps the Bay Area native in town through 2021. Crawford has been an elite defender since he made his MLB debut in 2011, but he earned the long-term deal by emerging as one of […]

Peter Gammons: Managing without a bullpen, offensive explosion for young shortstops

Yes, the Ilitch family fired Dave Dombrowski after the most successful decade since the Tigers joined the American League in 1901. There is little doubt Brad Ausmus will get the ax at season’s end; too many leaks keep the executioners anonymous. Once Dombrowski got the orders the Tuesday before the trading deadline to move David […]

Francisco Lindor Among Young Shortstop Royalty

Back in the Fall of 1993, the Cleveland Indians acquired a young shortstop by the name of Omar Vizquel to add defensive chops to terrifying collection of power bats. Vizquel went on to win eight Gold Gloves in Cleveland, and 11 overall during a career that spanned three decades. The Fall of ’93 provided another […]

Francisco Lindor Handles Heat, Breaks Out for Tribe in Second Half

Glove? Check. Arm? You bet. Speed? Duh. Bat? We’ll see. The words you have just read form the basis for what many considered an accurate — albeit unfairly brief — scouting report on Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor prior to his June 13 callup from Triple-A Columbus. And, for the most part, this evaluation has proved an […]

Gammons Notes: An exceptional season for young players, Brady Aiken, and Pirates

When Byron Buxton and Francisco Lindor made their major league debuts Sunday and Lance McCullers took a no-hitter into the 6th inning in his 5th major league start at the age of 22, it was a reminder that this has been an exceptional season for young players. Some 21 players 22 or younger have made […]