Peter Gammons: A Marlins Monday, position allocation, & Dusty Baker on Betts

JUPITER, Fla.—Some days the split squad games suit what the Marlins need to make their eight man bullpen work. For instance, as Mike Hill says, “we’re trying to get Ichiro Suzuki and Justin Bour as many at-bats against lefthanded pitchers as possible this spring because with a four man bench we have to see if […]

Peter Gammons: Midway Point Thoughts (Parts 1 and 2)

As the 2016 passes the midway point with the curtsy of the All Star Game, last weekend’s game at Fort Bragg, N.C. perfectly captured its responsibility as the National Pastime, symbolically, and because of the Marlins and Braves players, the reality in a time when the country is struggling to maintain its most important freedom, […]

Peter Gammons: Loria remains patient as Marlins focus long-term

No one knows what Fernando Rodney will mean to the Marlins. A.J. Ramos has been successful in his last 33 save opportunities, David Phelps has blossomed into a prime setup man throwing 98 mph, Mike Dunn will be back soon. But Don Mattingly will worry about how Rodney and Ramos are used over time. The […]

Peter Gammons: The modest, humble, and ego free teammate, Mike Trout

By the time there was ten days remaining in spring training, Mike Morin thought he’d make it out  of Arizona in the Angels bullpen, but he didn’t know it, not for certain. He was coming off a year in which he, Mike Scioscia and Billy Eppler understood that his peripheral numbers belied his 6.37 earned run […]

MLB’s oldest current players

Baseball has always been the sport for aging men with decreasing speed and mobility. Satchel Paige finished his career in 1965 with the Kansas City Athletics, pitching a single game against the Boston Red Sox at the age of 59. In 1934, shortstop Charley O’Leary was called out of retirement at the age of 58 […]

Peter Gammons: Mattingly, Bonds, and the Marlins

JUPITER, Fla.—The Don Mattingly – Barry Bonds hitting conversation this particular morning was whiffle ball. I’d been there with Donnie Baseball standing in front of his parents’ house in Evansville, showing me the tree in front of the house where he and his three older brother played whiffle ball, and how, since the purpose of […]

Ichiro, Pitching!

Anyone who has ever witnessed Ichiro Suzuki launch Hellfire missiles from right field, vanquishing greedy opponents looking to take an extra base, has wondered how the longtime Orix Blue Wave and Seattle Mariners star would fare on the pitcher’s mound. On Sunday, during an otherwise sleepy game 162 between the Phillies and Marlins, we finally […]

Sunday Nine to Notes: September 20, 2015

Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files. 9/20/15 So far, 52 players have at least 20 homers, but Nelson Cruz is the only one without a sac fly. Dee-fense: According to, division leaders team runs saved: Royals + 55, Cardinals +16, Jays +11, Mets +10, Dodgers 0 and Rangers -2 . Todd Frazier hit […]

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 […]

It doesn’t matter how old a batter is, he’ll still strike out

Last season, 317 players struck out at least 50 times, the most in the history of baseball. That broke the record of 304 in 2013. That broke the record of 296 in 2012. You get the sense that there’s a trend? So far this season there have been 204 batters who have whiffed at least […]