Peter Gammons: Reconstructing Gillickism in Boston

One of the many reasons Pat Gillick is arguably the most respected executive since Branch Rickey is that as he moved from building the Blue Jays franchise from scratch to taking the Orioles to first place from wire to wire in 1997 to winning 116 games in Seattle to taking the Phillies to a world […]

Peter Gammons: 2015 Winter Meetings, big dollars, and differing management ideologies

NASHVILLE—I saw games in the late seventies at the Oakland Coliseum that had fewer people in the building than the Opryland Hotel, which last night housed more than 4000 guests, most, seemingly, in the lobby somewhere the size of Montana, which allowed a 45 minute trip to ones room, somewhere east of Lewistown. Normally, it […]

Peter Gammons: David Price signing was about more than just adding an ace

Dave Dombrowski remembers the night of April 22. Brad Ausmus has never forgotten it, because the Tigers manager believes it was the night that defines David Price. The gametime temperature was 38 degrees, with a 15 MPH wind that made it feel as if they were in minus Celsius territory. Snow flurries. When Price hit […]

Peter Gammons: Dombrowski signing ushers in newest chapter in Red Sox baseball

It seemed crazy for Dave Dombrowski to be fired in Detroit. The last decade was the most successful in terms of wins, revenues and attendance in club history. His trusted associates with the Tigers, many of whom went back with him to Florida, all thought from the outset that Boston was where he wanted to […]

Coffee and Clippings: Ben Cherington out as GM in Red Sox shake-up

Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) of the Boston Globe on the hiring of Dave Dombrowski and what that means for both the Red Sox and Ben Cherington going forward… Dombrowski is expected to hire a general manager to replace Cherington. USA Today speculated that former Braves GM Frank Wren could be a candidate because Dombrowski has known and […]

Peter Gammons: Red Sox tap into international market, signing 19-year-old Yoan Moncada

Your browser does not support iframes. TAMPA—Down the road apiece in Fort Myers, the watch has been on Hanley Ramirez’s athleticism and diligence playing the Southwest Florida Green Monster. The balance and seeming comeback of Allen Craig. Bullpens. Garin Cecchini’s prodigious batting practice homers, and dogged following of Dustin Pedroia. It is a team that […]

Gammons Notes: Latest Dodgers’ drama, Yankees, Yasmani Tomas and more

What Don Mattingly has to worry most about is whether Hanley Ramirez’s elbow injury is serious, and whether Hyun-Jin Ryu is going to respond to the cortisone shot and be ready to pitch in the post-season. The rest? So Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp have words, and some days some feel slighted when Kemp, Puig, […]

Peter Gammons: Decision time approaching Cherington, Red Sox

Ben Cherington’s week was spent flying to Seattle and back to Boston, on the road to New York, his mind wandering back to the thought “I cannot explain this” to the constant wakeup calls from other general managers. As he drove to New York Thursday night for the opener of a Yankee Stadium series that […]

Peter Gammons: Why Lester Matters

Jon Lester was the first player ever drafted by the John Henry Red Sox. He was a second rounder, the 57th player picked, the 28th pitcher, and you can go to the shredder and decide between Matt Cain, Zack Greinke, Cole Hamels and Lester, but there was no one else taken in the opening rounds […]

Coffee and Clippings: Bailey deal weakens 2015 free agent class

David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield) of ESPN talks about Homer Bailey’s deal with the Reds weakening the 2015 free agent class… The big-picture issue is that this continues the trend of teams locking up their best young players before they reach the free-agent market. This offseason, the Braves signed Freddie Freeman, Craig Kimbrel and Julio Teheran to […]