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: Griffey and Piazza defined different temperatures of cool

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.—On Friday, when Ken Griffey and Mike Piazza dine with the members of sports’ most select and earned society, they will fully grasp what this means. They will see how Sandy Koufax, Tom Seaver, Willie Mays, Henry Aaron, Johnny Bench and all the rest of the men with the HOF suffix act as peers, […]


Whiff Sometimes our perceptions are based on more on fact than fiction. Scanning the box scores on a lazy summer Sunday morning  a ritual I like millions of baseball fans have been doing while we are sipping our morning coffees and chewing on our buttered bagel. (You ever notice that no matter how fastidious you are you inevitably put […]

Leave intentional walks alone

As I was watching Francisco Rodriguez earn his 39th save of the season, I started timing the span between each of his pitches with the bases empty. I didn’t time every break in the action, but those that I did time, for the most part, fell between 20-27 seconds, a lot longer than the 12 […]

Devin Mesoraco: 5 straight games with HR stamps “certified” on a breakout year

Last night Devin Mesoraco tied the Reds’ franchise record for consecutive games with a home run, joining Ted Kluszewski, George Crowe, Johnny Bench, Ken Griffey Jr., and Adam Dunn in the exclusive club. Prior to 2014, Mesoraco compiled 589 plate appearances since 2011, totaling just 16 home runs with a forgettable .225/.282/.385 slashline. This five […]

Legends of the Game: Johnny Bench

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. Lee can followed on twitter @ATMreports. Today’s Legend of the Game is Johnny Bench. YEAR AGE TRAA RCAA FRAA OBA SLG OPS OWP RC/G AVG HR RBI SB G TEAM 1967 19 -7 -9 2 .207 .256 […]