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 […]

Is Pirates’ Rotation Prepared for NL Central Warfare?

To paraphrase manager Clint Hurdle, the Pittsburgh Pirates have serious street cred when it comes to fixing pitchers. From A.J. Burnett (twice) to Francisco Liriano, and Edinson Volquez to J.A. Happ, the Pirates have a track record of extracting maximum value from low-cost, low-profile signings and trades. They take castoffs from MLB’s Island of Misfit […]

Neal Huntington’s Pittsburgh Pirates

I recently received an email from Dan Duquette, who brought to my attention the efforts of his colleagues to recognize the work of Neal Huntington who in their opinion deserves to be recognized as the 2016 Sporting News MLB Executive of the Year. Now as you are debating whether Yoenis Cespedes has played for the Mets long […]

Sunday Nine to Notes: August 30, 2015

Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files… The Pirates have won each of Francisco Liriano’s last 11 starts, the longest streak for any pitcher this season; Liriano is 5-0 during the streak. Former Padres/Rangers pitcher Miles Mikolas is now pitching for the Yomiuri Giants and is 10-3 and has an NPB-best 1.83 ERA. Mikolas […]

Without Burnett, is Bucs’ Rotation in Trouble?

The Pirates possess the majors’ third best record and are positioned to punch their third straight ticket to the postseason thanks largely to stellar starting pitching. The Bucs’ offense has disappointed, ranking 17th in park-adjusted OPS despite returning largely the same lineup that placed 6th in that category last year. The rotation has stepped up, […]

Around the majors report: Stats report

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. 1) Yesterday, Dodgers P Clayton Kershaw became the 1st pitcher in MLB history with 3 consecutive starts with 0 R, 10+ SO and 0 BB. (Elias) Kershaw moved into 7th place for career SO among NL pitchers […]

Around the majors report: Game recaps

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. 1) DODGERS 3, METS 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E – – – – – – – – – – — – Dodgers 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 […]

Around the majors report: Stats report

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. 1) Yesterday, Angels CF Mike Trout moved into 4th place for career TRAA through age 23. (Complete Baseball Encyclopedia,) YEAR AGE TRAA RCAA FRAA OBA SLG OPS OWP RC/G AVG HR RBI SB G TEAM 2013 21 […]

Around the majors report: Game recaps

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. 1) NATIONALS 3, ORIOLES 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E – – – – – – – – – – — – Nationals 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 […]

Around the majors report: Game recaps

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. 1) DIAMONDBACKS 4, RANGERS 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E – – – – – – – – – – — – Diamondbacks 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 […]