Peter Gammons: Red Sox make a seismic shift with manager Alex Cora

LOS ANGELES—Alex Cora is who the Red Sox wanted from the beginning, knowing that once the Astros ended another New England baseball season two weeks ago that they would have to wait until the end of Houston’s run before they could have a show-and-tell presentation at Fenway Park. Knowing that if they waited the Nationals […]

Peter Gammons: The integration of science and humanity

We don’t know why baseball is in an era of inaction, or record numbers of home run and strikeout outcomes. We can look at Yandy Diaz, whose 92.9 average exit velocity is in the top 20 in baseball, yet the average distance of what he hits is 123 feet, infield at double play depth. We […]

Peter Gammons: Swihart and the Red Sox catching depth chart

Brian Bridges was still an area-crosschecking scout for the Braves in 2010, helping coach the high school Team USA team. He had a particular player he thought was special, a kid out of New Mexico named Blake Swihart. “He would be the shortstop,” Bridges said that summer as the team toured. “But we have a […]

Nine to No-No: Notes from the Cole Hamels No-Hitter

Cole Hamels, in what may be his last game as a member of the Phillies, tossed a complete game no-hitter blanking the Cubs, 5-0. Dexter Fowler walked twice for the Cubs. Nine to No: The Cole Hamels Masterpiece Cole Hamels threw 129 pitches, 83 for strikes, Hamels averaged 88.7 mph reaching a high of 95.9 […]

Peter Gammons: Victor Martinez, Silent Leader

He defines gentleman, quiet, soft in word, ever smiling, often with his ten year old son Victor Jose tagging along behind him, which may still be the case eight or ten years from now when Victor Jose is drafted. “Have you seen Victor Jose hit?” Wally Joyner asked this week, the answer being that I’ve […]