Peter Gammons: Instant classic as Cubs win World Series

He broke out in a smile, a peaceful, calm smile. It was early on a November morning, the 343rd pitch of the seventh game of one of the most memorable World Series, and the ball Michael Martinez hit squibbled towards him, through wet grass and the tying run sprinting towards second base, and Kris Bryant […]

Peter Gammons: Old deals forcing Nationals to stay idle in the market

As folks in Washington were shut-ins because of the snow, they spent the weekend wondering why players aren’t being signed by the Nationals. The failure of the Nationals this winter to sign a number of free agents—from Yoenis Cespedes to Jason Heyward, Ben Zobrist to Darren O’Day—can be traced back to the MASN deal Major […]

Peter Gammons: Dust still settling over the Jason Heyward deal

It all began with a happy day, a press conference to celebrate Jason Heyward’s eight year, $184M signing with the Cubs. Because he left more money on the table from the Cardinals to leave St. Louis and joined John Lackey in Chicago, there was bound to be a National League Central rivalry element to the story, […]

Peter Gammons: Cubs’ Leadership Ensures a Merry Christmas in Wrigleyville

It’s easy to understand why John Lackey left St. Louis for the Cubs; Jon Lester is one of his closest friends, everyone who’s ever played with David Ross wants to be re-united, and he had signed with Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer once before. It’s easy to get Ben Zobrist’s decision. Begin with Joe Maddon […]

Coffee and Clippings: Mozeliak says Cards no longer looking for ‘dynamic signing’

Derrick Goold (@dgoold) of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch spotlights Cardinals’ GM John Mozeliak as he claims they are no longer looking for a star free agent… Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak, two days removed from Jason Heyward’s decision to sign with the rival Chicago Cubs, said Sunday that his front office does not intend to speed […]

Video: Peter Gammons discusses Cubs’ offseason moves

Peter Gammons joins Matt Yallof on MLB Tonight to discuss Jason Heyward, Theo Epstein’s plan to build Cubs’ depth and possible moves going forward, and the Diamondbacks targeting of Jose Fernandez…

Can Defensive Whiz Simmons Elevate his Offensive Game?

The Atlanta Braves continued their massive, pitcher-focused overhaul on Thursday, trading shortstop Andrelton Simmons to the Los Angeles Angels for shortstop Erick Aybar (a free agent after the 2016 season) and two powerful, if control-challenged arms: lefty Sean Newcomb and right-hander Chris Ellis. In Simmons, the Angels picked up a 26-year-old, cost-controlled player who is […]

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 […]

The NL Central Championship

Here we sit just hours before the first pitch of the 2015 NL Wild Card Game, a game that is supposed to host 2 teams on the bottom end of the playoff spectrum as they cling desperately to their playoff hopes. The only difference is that this year the teams are 2 of the best […]

Coffee and Clippings: Heyward throws Cubs for a loss

Derrick Goold (@dgoold) of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch discusses the Cardinals win over the Cubs thanks to the beautiful play of one Jason Heyward… “It’s the only one I care about right now,” Heyward said. “Playoff-type game. Playoff-type atmosphere. … I’ve made some good throws. It was a great one right there for keeping the game (from […]