Peter Gammons: Mike Hazen and the culture of accountability and understanding

The deal wasn’t an MLB lead story. It happened late on the night of last November 23, between two teams in the left time zone that finished a combined 31 games out of their respective Western Divisions. Jean Segura had played in parts of six seasons and in 2016 batted .313, Mitch Haniger was a […]

Peter Gammons: Look West for the class of the National League

In a year in which the Seattle Mariners, who haven’t made the postseason since 2001, were redeveloped and now playing in exile in a land called the Disabled List, the discussions over the weekend in Fenway Park were a positive distraction. It was about shortstop Jean Segura, his .329 average coming off leading the National […]

Zunino Whiffing His Way into Oblivion

Earlier this week, we broke down why the Seattle Mariners landed a bargain by signing free agent backstop Chris Iannetta. While Iannetta looks like a prime bounce-back candidate, the reason why new Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto brought in a new catcher in the first place is much less cheery. Incumbent starter Mike Zunino, selected third […]

How Chris Iannetta improved during his nightmarish 2015 season

How profound were the offensive struggles of Seattle Mariners catchers last year? The club just picked up a new starter who batted .188 in 2015 — and that’s an upgrade over the incumbent option. Easy punch line aside, newly-minted M’s GM Jerry Dipoto might have landed a bargain when he signed Chris Iannetta to a […]

Newberg: The varying degree of cutting ties.

There are nine new GM’s in baseball since August, and while some of their predecessors are merely moving upstairs, that’s not the case for all of them, including Seattle’s Jerry Dipoto. Dipoto hasn’t overhauled his new club the way A.J. Preller did last winter with the Padres, but it’s early.  He’s been on the job less than two […]

Coffee and Clippings: Travis Shaw showcasing promising ability to adapt at the plate

Tim Britton (@TimBritton) of the Providence Journal talks about Boston’s Travis Shaw showing his ability to adapt at the plate… Shaw’s homer Wednesday came on a 3-2 splitter that Masahiro Tanaka left hanging over the plate; contrary to most home runs hit to Yankee Stadium’s right field, there was nothing cheap about a shot that […]

Peter Gammons: Manager-GM Collaboration; Trade Deadline Ambiguity

The first call came less than an hour after Jerry Dipoto quit as Angels manager, the most recent came Sunday. Essentially, every message was similar to the very first ball, from a general manager who said, “the days of the Mike Scioscia managers are a thing of the past. It’s no longer about the manager, […]

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) Angels GM Jerry Dipoto resigned. Dipoto has reportedly been in a power struggle with manager Mike Scioscia for years. 2) Astros CF George Springer had to leave yesterday’s game, due to a right wrist contusion, and […]

Peter Gammons: Angels add Huston Street in their pursuit for first in AL West

In a three game weekend, they played 37 innings, scored 11 runs, allowed 10, used 16 relievers, and when the Mariners finally left Anaheim the Angels still trailed the Oakland Athletics by a game-and-a-half with the second best record and run differential in the majors and a reminder verbalized by Jerry Dipoto “that no one […]

Gammons Notes: Winter Meetings, Angels, Jackie Bradley Jr. and more

Baseball’s Winter Meetings have become the day before Thanksgiving at O’Hare Airport. “I left our suite once in four days,” said one assistant general manager. “And, even then, it took me more than an hour to circle the lobby (of the Dolphin Hotel) and get back to the room.” If the idea of the meetings […]