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 […]

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 Marlins activated P Jose Fernandez from the DL and sent P Jose Urena to the minors. FERNANDEZ YEAR AGE RSAA ERA G GS IP SO SO/9 WHIP W L SV NW NL TEAM 2013 20 […]

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) TIGERS 7, INDIANS 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E – – – – – – – – – – — – Tigers 0 0 1 0 6 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) RED SOX 13, ROYALS 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E – – – – – – – – – – — – Red Sox 0 1 0 1 5 […]