Peter Gammons: A late January look at some 2018 story-lines

I get every argument. J.D. Martinez is older than Justin Upton, and, lord knows, the Red Sox are the only team in baseball over the luxury tax threshold because of Pablo Sandoval. I also get how hard the man has worked to get to 45 home runs, and his likely ability to stay healthy as […]

Peter Gammons: Cora and Red Sox in search of identity for 2018 and beyond

It wasn’t as if the Red Sox 2017 season was 1965 all over again. They won 93 games and the division for the second year in a row. But even as they tried to battle back against the World Champion Astros in the ALDS, there was something that felt as if the team had some […]

Peter Gammons: The 2011 MLB Draft, 5 years later

It’s been five years since that draft, which is approximately the time teams should realistically wait before assessing the MLB amateur draft. That 2011 draft was historically good, as Gerrit Cole was the first pick and Jose Fernandez the 15th and they were—and are—prodigies. The first round included Anthony Rendon, Francisco Lindor, George Springer, Sonny […]

Peter Gammons: Bringing along a top prospect

Prospects are like sophomore college quarterbacks. Play them. Now. It was that way in 2013 when Jackie Bradley Jr. tore up spring training, the Red Sox were coming off a meltdown season and talk shows howled for him to go North for Opening Day. An injury opened the door, and when he put up a .189 average […]

Coffee and Clippings: MLB settlement a big win for out-of-town fans

Chad Finn (@GlobeChadFinn) of the Boston Globe discusses a recent legal suit settlement which brings good news for MLB fans outside of their team’s market… MLB settled a class-action lawsuit Tuesday in which lawyers representing a group of fans argued that antitrust laws had been violated by the collusion of some television networks to enact and […]

What the heck were they doing with Jackie Bradley this year?

By now the narrative on Jackie Bradley Jr. for 2015 is ‘he should have been in uniform from opening day’. But that was not the case. Perhaps the game’s best defensive outfielder, Bradley seemed to be held back by his struggling bat going into 2015. Despite a .375 BA in spring training this year, Bradley found it tough […]

Jackie Bradley Jr.’s Bat is Back from the Dead

It has been another bitterly disappointing summer in Boston, with the Red Sox merely trying to avoid a third last-place finish in the AL East over the past four years. With high-priced free agents (Hanley Ramirez, Pablo Sandoval) going bust and the club’s revamped starting rotation (Rick Porcello, Joe Kelly, Wade Miley, Justin Masterson) getting […]

Offensively Historic Series at Fenway

If high scores are your thing, you definitely wanted to be at Fenway this past weekend for the 3 game series against the Mariners. Yes, it was a match up of 2 bottom of the barrel teams. Yes, the pitching performance was rookie grade at-best. But with a run total of 45-21 in favor of […]

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 […]

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) Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera had to leave yesterday’s game, due to a strained left calf, and appears headed to the DL. YEAR AGE TRAA RCAA FRAA OBA SLG OPS OWP RC/G AVG HR RBI SB G […]