Peter Gammons: MVP’s, Cy’s, Otani, Swihart, the Orioles, and more November notes

In March, 2007, Al Pedrique was a scout in the Houston organization, managing in Venezuela, and he called GM Tim Purpora and told him this 5-foot-5 kid came in for a tryout and that he loved him, so much that while he’d sign for $5,000, he wanted to give him $15,000 not only because he […]

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Peter Gammons: Verlander and Astros are built for “moment” games

There’s no way to measure how Justin Verlander would have finished the 2017 were he still in Detroit. Al Avila and Brad Ausmus understood what going to Houston might mean to him; they know him, appreciate and admire that he is a moment pitcher, that with the Astros position players and fellow alpha personalities like […]

Peter Gammons: 2B MVP’s, contending bullpens, and more late September notes

Second base has traditionally not been an MVP position. There have been only six MVPs in either league since World War II, from Jackie Robinson in 1949, to Dustin Pedroia in 2007. In the last decade, only twice—2016 with Jose Altuve and Robinson Cano—and 2013, with Cano and Pedroia, have two second basemen made either’s […]

Peter Gammons: Quintana crosses town to Wrigleyville, Springer’s MVP shot, and more

The news of the Cubs blockbuster trade featuring Jose Quintana broke around 11 Thursday morning. The phone rang. “So much for the hangovers,” said the major league coach on the other line. “Theo and Jed just dumped a bucket of ice water over the entire clubhouse. What differentiates those guys is that they understand players. They […]

Peter Gammons: 2017 ASG was fun and the way the event should be

How the 1981 All Star Game ended really didn’t matter. There was no twitter, no television or radio sport shock-talk, no blogs, so when American League manager Jim Frey had to bat Blue Jays pitcher Dave Stieb in the ninth inning with one out and none on down a run in the bottom of the ninth inning, there were […]

Newberg: Like it’s 1999.

Dig if U will the picture. Think back 17 years, if your baseball experience allows it. It was 1999, and the Texas Rangers, in what was then the most optimistic stretch in franchise history, were once again sent into a circle around the drain by the frustratingly insurmountable New York Yankees. Back in 1996, Texas had beaten […]

Peter Gammons: Ian Kinsler’s glove, Yankees rebuild, and the Gourriel brothers

LAKELAND, Fla.—Then when the American League Gold Glove winners were announced, one of them wasn’t Ian Kinsler, it was Jose Altuve. It’s almost always been someone other than Kinsler. In the prime of his career, it was Dustin Pedroia and Robinson Cano. “They earned and deserved everything they got,” says Kinsler. “They are great players.” […]

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 […]

2015 Silver Slugger Award Winners

The 2015 Silver Slugger Awards were been handed out last week. The Silver Slugger is awarded annually to the best offensive player at each position in both the American League and the National League, as determined by the coaches and managers of Major League Baseball. Here are the results… 2015 AL Silver Slugger Award Winners PA […]