Peter Gammons: Hall of Fame issues, Shohei Otani, Stanton, Yawkee Way, and more

Joe Morgan was slow to accept analytics, I get it. He was traditional, and he became the whipping boy for every new waver who wanted us to know they were smarter than any of us, like the guy who wrote he hoped Felix Hernandez would lose games because it would prove how insane traditional thinkers […]

Peter Gammons: Quick notes for a Wednesday in January

There’s been a lot of discussion as to whether or not Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds will creep up to the necessary 75% with five more shots on the ballot. But it may not be that easy, because despite their increases, it’s difficult to ascertain how fixed hard-liners that did not vote for them will […]

Peter Gammons: The Padres pillar in San Diego grows stronger than ever

The first time the ad for “The Founder” ran, the first thought wasn’t about a Big Mac or McRib sandwich, it was about who would play Doug Rader taking the lineup card up to home plate in a chef’s hat, the night after Ray Kroc called his newly-owned Padres a bunch of “short order cooks.” […]

The key to winning baseball games

Baseball is really very simple, at least according to Earl Weaver: The key to winning baseball games is pitching, fundamentals, and three run homers. Weaver’s theory was right often enough to land him in the Hall of Fame in 1996. But are players still hitting three-run homers? Of course they are, but not with the […]

Doff your cap to the all-time Golden Sombrero whiffer

If you strike out three times in a game, it is called a “hat trick.” If you strike out four times in a game, that hat becomes a “golden sombrero.” If you strike out five times in a game, that gold turns and becomes a “platinum sombrero.” If you strike out six times in a […]

Career Spotlight: Adrian Beltre, Hall of Fame?

At the age of 35, Adrian Beltre is coming off a 2013 season in which he accrued 30 HR’s and a MLB best, 199 hits. In his 17 year career, Beltre has amassed 2,434 hits, 376 HR’s, 498 2B’s, and 1311 RBI, with 3 Silver Sluggers, 4 Golden Gloves, as well as 2nd and 3rd […]

Where have all the left-handed power hitters gone?

We have already looked at the decreasing number of righties who went deep for thirty homers last season, but there were even fewer lefties who hit 30 dingers in 2013. Chris Davis was the only lefty with over 36 homers last season. There were only six in 2013 2013 Lefties with 30+ Homers HR AVG […]

The top five homer hitters, every five years, 1994-2013

Okay, we know that baseball is still not totally clean. Cheaters will always cheat and they will always stay ahead of those who test. I just accept this and painfully wait for the next shoe to drop. However, this doesn’t prevent me from appreciating how much better the game is today than it was when a twitch […]

Coffee and Clippings: Twins expected to sign Hughes to three-year deal

LaVelle E. Neal III (@LaVelleNeal) of the Star Tribune writes that the Twins are expected to sign righthander Phil Hughes to a three-year deal… The Twins are expected to announce the signing of free-agent righthander Phil Hughes to a three-year, $24 million deal this week, according to a person with knowledge of negotiations. Hughes could […]