Jamey Newberg: Heights.

He’s a dirtdog second baseman, listed under six feet but still generously gifted an inch or three on his reported height, a player who plays with an edge that agitates opponents and endears him to teammates, in that way not unlike Ian Kinsler, a player he once displaced. He can be a lightning rod, for […]

Peter Gammons: Another February traveling through Florida

PHOENIX—The flight from Tampa to Phoenix is a time to think about how different spring training is in the two states that equally divide the 30 training teams. The difference is driving. Arizona’s longest ride from the Biltmore area of Phoenix is 40 minutes. You can do that simply turning off 17 towards Dunedin, let […]

Peter Gammons: Ian Kinsler’s glove, Yankees rebuild, and the Gourriel brothers

LAKELAND, Fla.—Then when the American League Gold Glove winners were announced, one of them wasn’t Ian Kinsler, it was Jose Altuve. It’s almost always been someone other than Kinsler. In the prime of his career, it was Dustin Pedroia and Robinson Cano. “They earned and deserved everything they got,” says Kinsler. “They are great players.” […]

Xander Bogaerts, Defensive Shifts, and the State of the Pulled Ball

Here’s something you probably already knew: Xander Bogaerts is pretty good at this baseball thing. He’s good at it on a number of levels, both offensively and defensively, and that’s been the case for quite some time now. Of course, from a statistical vantage point, Bogaerts only very recently — last year, in fact — became pretty good […]

The 2015 Fielding Bible Awards Winners

The results of THE 2015 FIELDING BIBLE AWARDS: The most definitive examination of the best fielders in baseball as determined by a preeminent panel of experts. First place votes received 10 points, second place 9 points, third place 8 points, etc. A perfect score was 120. Position Winner Points First Base Paul Goldschmidt 118 Second […]

2015 HR Split Leaders

Nine to Know: Home Run Split Leaders Josh Donaldson leads the majors hitting 21 homers when the score is tied, Mike Trout is next with 18. Nelson Cruz and Giancarlo Stanton lead the majors hitting 16 homers in a losing cause. Nelson Cruz has hit 18 homers in the 7th inning or later to lead […]

Mo-Town Renaissance: How Ian Kinsler Turned Back the Clock for Rejuvenated Second-Half

Big-league hitters, unlike fine wine, typically don’t get better with age. We know this because we can physically see it on the field, when joints, bat speed and reaction times begin to progressively deteriorate over time. But we also know this because we can prove it in hard data. Declines in production carry levels of variance from player to […]

This season’s leaders in multi-hit games

Here’s something to talk about. Two hit game leaders Rk Player # PA AB R H 2B 3B HR Tm 1 Prince Fielder 35 160 147 25 70 9 0 10 TEX 2 Matt Carpenter 32 146 135 30 64 22 1 4 STL 3 Ian Kinsler 31 143 132 34 62 15 2 4 […]

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) ROCKIES 6, REDS 5 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E – – – – – – – – – – — – Reds 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) REDS 9, CUBS 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E – – – – – – – – – – — – Cubs 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 […]