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: Toronto building a new culture

DUNEDIN, Fla.—In many ways, Toronto has returned to its Pat Gillick glory days these last two years. They made the playoffs for the first time since the world championship team9 in 1993. They won 11 more games in 2015-16 than any other A.L. East team, attracted 6.1M fans into Rogers Centre, on most nights had more […]

Video: Peter Gammons on Bautista, Astros, and the HOF ballot

Peter Gammons joins Hot Stove on MLB Network to discuss the market for Jose Bautista, the Astros rotation, and his Hall of Fame ballot and much more…

Peter Gammons: Reflections and notes from the Winter Meetings

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.—Slowly, sometimes reluctantly, major league baseball executives are trickling into the Gaylord Hotel—which they will find is larger than Newfoundland– here on the Potomac River. There is a strong sense of relief that Commissioner Rob Manfred reached a deal with Tony Clark and the Players Association, yet most are in freeze-frame because until […]

Jamey Newberg: Ever after.

It’s without apology or more than a split-second’s introspection that I admit that, in certain years — most of them, lately — my rooting interest in the playoffs once Texas has exited has been that I pretty much want every team to lose, with only slight indifference in some cases. The last two seasons, for obvious reasons, the exception has been […]

Jamey Newberg: Flippin’ Retribution

I’ve been on record for years, and as late as yesterday’s seventh inning, that as much as we as Rangers fans can’t stand Jose Bautista and Josh Donaldson, I’d take them on my team in a second. I like good baseball players who bring an edge to the game. Well, after yesterday, this is as […]

Peter Gammons: The accountability of PED use in baseball

One of the great attributes of Bud Selig was that he understood that baseball should be one business with 30 franchisees devoted first and foremost to the best interests of the game and the MLB business. It doesn’t, of course, work that way, because so many owners believe their own city-states are the only business […]

Peter Gammons: Blue Jays’ time is now, Trayce Thompson, and more spring notes

There is 2016, when the Toronto Blue Jays can—and really need to—go back to the world series. And there is 2017 and beyond, when the trades Alex Anthopoulos made to bring back 1993 for the city, the country and Rogers Communication leave the organization in re-tooling mode as Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, Drew Storen and […]

Peter Gammons: Jose Bautista and the future of athletic preparation and longevity

DUNEDIN, Fla.—One day Jose Bautista is sparring with the media about reports of his contract demands, which he believes to have been leaked by the Rogers ownership to make a 35 year old man that was claimed to have wanted five years and $150M and colored as greedy. At the end of that day, a veteran […]

Sunday MLB Nine to Notes: From the Bill Chuck Files of 1/10/16

Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files of 1/10/16 Last season, Boston’s Rusney Castillo banged into 11 double plays in 55 opportunities; over the last three seasons, Colby Rasmus has hit into 11 DPs in 250 opportunities. In 2014, Salvador Perez hit .260 with 70 RBI and one stolen base. In 2015, Perez hit […]