Peter Gammons: Maybe a Cuban-American Team?

PHOENIX—At different stops along the line this spring, in Fort Myers, Surprise and Glendale, players of Cuban ancestry have asked, “why not have a Cuban-American team in the World Baseball Classic?” The thought of a sold-out stadium in Miami with Cuba playing the Cuban-Americans is fascinating. Watching Cuba playing Japan at 3:45 a.m. MT, it […]

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 […]

Around the majors report: News report

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. 1) The Cardinals activated LF Matt Holliday from the DL and sent P Nick Greenwood to the minors. HOLLIDAY YEAR AGE TRAA RCAA FRAA OBA SLG OPS OWP RC/G AVG HR RBI SB G TEAM 2013 33 […]

Peter Gammons: Managers sit and live on “The Hot Seat”

The search for the next manager to be fired has become part of baseball coverage’s daily routine. It begins in March with prognostications about which managers could be on “The Hot Seat,” and continues on through the season, which happened in September, 2008 in Milwaukee when Ned Yost was fired while tied for first place […]

MLB Video Highlights: Bumgarner goes deep off of Kershaw, Tigers Walk-off

Madison Bumgarner goes deep to left field off of Clayton Kershaw… Bumgarner goes 6 1/3 innings, allowing no runs on seven hits while striking out six… Bochy on win over the Dodgers… Kris Bryant drills a two-run homer to center in the 1st inning… Kris Bryant charges a softly hit ground ball, barehands it, and […]

Peter Gammons: Drifting from the ‘The Braves Way’, Atlanta fires GM Frank Wren

This wasn’t just about going 4-14 in September, or 59-72 since April 27, the B.J. Upton and Dan Uggla contracts, the strikeouts, the second fewest runs scored in the National League. Frank Wren is a good man, a smart man, very tough, often very opinionated, and there was an undeniable sense all the way back […]

Gammons Notes: Latest Dodgers’ drama, Yankees, Yasmani Tomas and more

What Don Mattingly has to worry most about is whether Hanley Ramirez’s elbow injury is serious, and whether Hyun-Jin Ryu is going to respond to the cortisone shot and be ready to pitch in the post-season. The rest? So Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp have words, and some days some feel slighted when Kemp, Puig, […]

Peter Gammons: Leading off with Jason Heyward

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.—He is not your Rafael Furcal, Kenny Lofton Braves leadoff hitter. Granted, he is, as Freddie Freeman says, “freakish,” and Rickey Henderson and Tim Raines were, in their days, freakish in other ways. Jason Heyward stands six-foot-six and weighs somewhere between 240 and 250 pounds, runs like Randy Moss in his prime, […]

Which of the lame duck managers will get the axe in 2014? – POLL

Don Mattingly did not want to go into the 2014 season with the mantle of “lame duck” hanging over his head. The Dodgers did not want that either and brought a sense stability to the free-spending organization by providing Donnie Baseball  with a three-year contract extension. There are however a number of managers who would […]

Coffee and Clippings: Syndergaard could be the next Harvey

John Harper (@NYDNHarper) of the NY Daily News talks about Mets’ pitcher Noah Syndergaard potentially being the next Matt Harvey… Spend a day with Noah Syndergaard and you can’t help but come away thinking, above all else: he’s got a lot of Matt Harvey in him. That’s high praise, obviously, and it remains to be seen if Syndergaard lives up to […]