Peter Gammons: Trade deadline thoughts from Cooperstown

COOPERSTOWN—The drive here, that begins with the Turnpike from Cataumet to Stockbridge, gave time to think about Jeff Bagwell being inducted into the Hall of Fame, which means he and Frank Thomas, born on the same day and both losers (as well as Mo Vaughn) to Dave Staton in the 1988 Cape League Home Run […]

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 […]

Gammons Notes: An exceptional season for young players, Brady Aiken, and Pirates

When Byron Buxton and Francisco Lindor made their major league debuts Sunday and Lance McCullers took a no-hitter into the 6th inning in his 5th major league start at the age of 22, it was a reminder that this has been an exceptional season for young players. Some 21 players 22 or younger have made […]

Coffee and Clippings: Clay Buchholz needs to be better

John Tomase (@jtomase) of the Boston Herald writes that Clay Buchholz needs to get better for the Red Sox… We bring all this up because Buchholz made his 2014 season debut last night, and it did not go well. The Milwaukee Brewers teed off on Buchholz for 13 hits and six runs in 41⁄3 innings […]

Peter Gammons: Kershaw is well-deserving of historic megadeal

An iPhone text came in around 9 p.m. Wednesday. It read: “Wonder what Jose Fernandez is thinking?” And you could probably add Lucas Sims, Lucas Giolito, Jameson Taillon, Julio Urias, Archie Bradley, Henry Owens and Kohl Stewart to that list of young pitchers who went to bed dreaming of a seven year, $215M contract that […]