Peter Gammons: Kansas City looks to cope as more tragedy touches the game

Any premature death is tragic, be it a former baseball phenom like Andy Marte, a 30 year old man trapped inside his Mississippi trailer home in yesterday’s tornadoes, a 23 year old Stradivarius of a pitcher named Jose Fernandez, or a 25 year old kid named Yordano Ventura. Many of remember how distraught Ventura was […]

The 20 pitchers who threw 3300+ pitches in 2015

There are 85 days until Opening Day, 2016. There are only about 35 days until pitchers and catchers report. There is no question that there are plenty of pitchers who are wondering when their arm will feel ready after their work loads of last season. Pressure innings, postseason pitching, accumulation of pitches, types of pitches, […]

Giants Assemble Pricey, Talented, Volatile Rotation

Just a year removed from another World Series title, the San Francisco Giants fell short of the playoffs in 2015. The main culprit? A starting rotation that was best in class just a few seasons ago. While the Giants’ homegrown infield mashed (San Francisco’s offense was sixth in the majors with a 102 OPS+), the rotation […]

Peter Gammons: Winter Meetings Over, Holiday Shopping Continues

Just don’t try to apply analytical logic to all things baseball. Actually, there was logic to the Miami Marlins at least talking to more than a half-dozen teams about Jose Fernandez. “We’d be crazy not to listen,” said Marlins President David Samson. So word would leak about Fernandez. Team X, Y or Z would be mentioned. […]

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 […]

Sunday Nine to Notes for November 29, 2015

Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files of November 29, 2015 Not one wild pitch or passed ball for Bartolo Colon or Johnny Cueto in 2015. Seven National Leaguers received votes for Rookie of the Year in 2015, unanimously won by Kris Bryant, but Odubel Herrera the Phillies centerfielder wasn’t one of them. Herrera […]

Much ado about nothing

“A victory is twice itself when the achiever brings home full numbers.” Will Shakespeare (famous baseball writer (?) Much Ado About Nothing – First performed 1612) JERRY: So you’re saying, I go in to NBC, and tell them I got this idea for a show about nothing. GEORGE: We go into NBC. JERRY: “We”? Since […]

Sunday Nine to Notes: Free Agent edition – 11/15/15

Nine to Know: Free Agents – From the Bill Chuck Files – November 15, 2015 Jose Altuve and Yoenis Cespedes each walked just 33 times in 2015; Altuve struck out 67 times, Cespedes 141 times. John Lackey has one of the best cutters in baseball; in 2015, his 37.4% K rate was second only to […]

Sunday Nine to Notes: November 8, 2015

Nine to Know From the Bill Chuck Files… Over the last three seasons, no team has won more regular season games than the Cardinals who have 287 victories. Of the 13 teams who have won the most games, only the Royals (270 wins) have a championship to their credit. How good were the Royals in […]