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 […]

Peter Gammons: Blue Jays and Indians are cut from the same cloth

While we have watched chilling, complex layers of wild card play-ins into the League Championship Series, with innings that like the Cubs ninth in San Francisco that ended the Giants season, the Dodger-Nationals seventh in the NLCS elimination game that took Washington out of the post-season to seventh in Chicago Saturday night that left the […]

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 […]

2015 RBI Leaders by Batting Order Positions and by Innings

Nine to Know: RBI Leaders by Batting Order Position* Leading off – Mookie Betts – 69 Batting second – Josh Donaldson – 113 Batting third – Jose Bautista – 108 Clean-up batters – Edwin Encarnacion – 100 Batting fifth – Kendrys Morales – 86 Batting sixth – Russell Martin – 47 Batting seventh – Nick […]

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 […]

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 […]

Peter Gammons: Value High on Gray, Scouting Cuban Legend Gourriel, and Hector Olivera

Sonny Gray turns 26 Saturday. He’s pitched less than two-and-a-half seasons for the Athletics, won 33 games with a 2.88 earned run average, and this past season finished seventh in the MLB in pitchers Wins Above Replacement. Gray also pitches for an Oakland team that had the worst record in the American League, an Oakland team […]

Sunday Nine to Notes: October 11, 2015

Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files of 10/11/15 The Nationals only hit three triples at home all season. Of the 20 batters with 30+ homers, Paul Goldschmidt led with 29 intentional walks, while Josh Donaldson was the only one with one IBB. Matt Harvey pitched four games against the AL East and had […]

Here’s Looking at You – Batters who saw the most pitches

Some batters are more patient than others, that doesn’t necessarily make them better batters, they are just more selective in their approach to hitting. It’s an interesting approach for some batters because they feel that working the count helps them and their teammates. There are others who are simply focussed on getting their pitch. Take […]