Peter Gammons: Moving on from the anticipated departure of John Farrell

Right after one of the network pregame shows Saturday, a current manager called. “I listened to Joe Girardi and John Farrell being bashed by talk show and ex-player guys,” he said, heatedly, “people who have never managed, don’t know about 30 second replay times, dealing with players and the media and they wonder why there […]

Peter Gammons: David Price’s anticipated return to the bullpen

In his two simulated game outings during the week, there was a sense of normalcy to David Price. He was animated and enthusiastic. The other four Red Sox starting pitchers came out from the clubhouse to watch, a symbolic gesture of team solidarity for which Price had always been known in Tampa and Detroit and Toronto. […]

Peter Gammons: Pitchers working fast could benefit more than just pace of play

Back in the late 1970’s, Oriole pitchers used to wear t-shirts inspired by George Bamberger and Ray Miller that read, “work fast, throw strikes, change speeds.” Simple. “It still applies,” says John Farrell. When working on a piece on the relationship between Greg Maddux and Eddie Perez, Maddux said, “what Eddie does is get the […]

Peter Gammons: Early May check in on Red Sox pitching staff

Anyone who thought Dave Dombrowski essentially tossed blank checks at the Padres and White Sox to get Craig Kimbrel, Drew Pomeranz and Chris Sale had a large antiphonal choir with them. Prospect rankings may been rotisserie fools’ gold in many cases, but Dombrowski emptied some of the stock shelves for the three pitchers. Now, a […]

Peter Gammons: Development of the 2011 Pitching Draft Class

The 2011 draft was supposed to be the pitchers’ draft. UCLA’s Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer went one and three, with Virgina’s Danny Hultzen two, before his path of shoulder issues. Then came the three celebrated high school righthanders (Dylan Bundy 4, Archie Bradley 7, Jose Fernandez 15) surrounding Anthony Rendon (6), Francisco Lindor (8), Javier Baez (9) and George […]

Peter Gammons: 2017 Predictions (Part II)

Back in time when the Red Sox held spring training in Winter Haven, Florida, on the banks of Lake Lulu in the land of Goat Milk Fudge and the Fossil Museum, a great Boston television sportsman named Bob Lobel would annually drive a player to Lakeland to Madame Christine’s House of Palmistry to try to […]

Peter Gammons: Daniel Bard is willing to endure the frustration

JUPITER—It’s for the pure love of the game, it’s that, as Daniel Bard says, “I still know there’s something.” Something of what in 2010 might have been the best setup man in baseball, 98 MPH, a 1.93 earned run average, 76 strikeouts in 74 2/3 innings. Before it all unraveled in Sept., 2011, when his […]

Peter Gammons: A deserved celebration and an unforgettable goodbye

It was one of those BP moments. David Ortiz, as was the team tradition, was finishing up in the last four man hitting group before the Red Sox went to the clubhouse, while Jason Kipnis, part of the Indians first group, was watching until Ortiz stepped out and moved to exchange pleasantries. No one had […]

Peter Gammons: Orioles pushing for top spot, rest is key for Tanaka and Maeda

Nothing seems to add up, but it doesn’t matter. Only three pitching staffs in the American League have fewer quality starts, or a higher starters’ earned run average than the Orioles. They have one pitcher who has won nine games. Wednesday night in Fenway Park their starting lineup against Rick Porcello had only three hitters […]

Peter Gammons: Developed relievers making the difference

In the end, the cost is never knowing. Back on August 18th, the Red Sox were coming off a rain-delayed night game in Baltimore. Flew to Detroit, landed at 6 a.m. and courtesy of whatever Tiger ownership still felt a year after firing Dave Dombrowski scheduled a 1:05 game—the only beloved Thursday afternoon game scheduled […]