Peter Gammons: After due celebration, Alex Cora will quickly refocus on Boston

LOS ANGELES—It has been a long year for Alex Cora, exhausting at time. He assembled and ran the Puerto Rican team that finished second in the World Baseball Classic. He served as A.J. Hinch’s LBJ, a bench coach who coordinated practice and video and conduit to players; be it Carlos Correa’s injured hand, the hurricane […]

Peter Gammons: Moving on from the anticipated departure of John Farrell

Right after one of the network pregame shows Saturday, a current manager called. “I listened to Joe Girardi and John Farrell being bashed by talk show and ex-player guys,” he said, heatedly, “people who have never managed, don’t know about 30 second replay times, dealing with players and the media and they wonder why there […]

Peter Gammons: Some Astro and Marlins thoughts at season’s end

When one runs the streets of Beverly Hills, each driveway has a sign posted that reads: “Beware. Trespassers Will Be Greeted With an Armed Response.” Which might as well be posted at the entrances to Minute Maid Park this Thursday, because while so many of us have placed the burden of expectations on the Indians […]

Peter Gammons: Quintana crosses town to Wrigleyville, Springer’s MVP shot, and more

The news of the Cubs blockbuster trade featuring Jose Quintana broke around 11 Thursday morning. The phone rang. “So much for the hangovers,” said the major league coach on the other line. “Theo and Jed just dumped a bucket of ice water over the entire clubhouse. What differentiates those guys is that they understand players. They […]

Peter Gammons: 2017 ASG was fun and the way the event should be

How the 1981 All Star Game ended really didn’t matter. There was no twitter, no television or radio sport shock-talk, no blogs, so when American League manager Jim Frey had to bat Blue Jays pitcher Dave Stieb in the ninth inning with one out and none on down a run in the bottom of the ninth inning, there were […]

Newberg: Like it’s 1999.

Dig if U will the picture. Think back 17 years, if your baseball experience allows it. It was 1999, and the Texas Rangers, in what was then the most optimistic stretch in franchise history, were once again sent into a circle around the drain by the frustratingly insurmountable New York Yankees. Back in 1996, Texas had beaten […]

Newberg: Bookends and other things that look alike.

  Last year, on this date, the Houston Astros were in the thick of a majestic run of baseball, one that saw them win 14 of 15, the lone setback a one-run loss to Seattle. When that 15-game domination ended on May 3, they were 18-7 overall. It was the best record in the American […]

Peter Gammons: A New October’s First Light

Baseball is a sport whose forward progress has long trudged through rising, rushing rivers, while on higher ground folks debate the good old days and the Emily Post rites of engagement and times when real baseball men drooled tobacco juice down their uniforms and didn’t know how to even use a laptop, much less apply […]

Nine to Notes: Sunday, August 2, 2015

Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files… Jonathan Papelbon was successful in 88% of his saves opportunities with the Red Sox and 89% with the Phillies. Holy shift! In 2012, in 90 games, David Ortiz grounded out 79 times; this season in 92 games, he grounded out 99 times.* Bartolo Colon leads the majors […]

Peter Gammons: Craig Biggio revels in moment as Astros fans rise to occasion

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.—Main Street was lined at 7 p.m. Friday, lined with people in Houston Astros garb. “I don’t ever remember seeing an Astros shirt here,” one Hall of Fame worker laughed. And inside, with the museum open until 8, there were Astros fans filling every room. By 7:30, they’d made a remarkable discovery—the Craig Biggio […]