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 […]

Newberg: The importance of Mark Teixeira.

I’ve been doing this for more than 18 years.  I started before Mark Teixeira was a professional baseball player, and there’s at least a decent chance I’ll be doing it after that, too. Strange feeling. He and a fellow Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket are the two greatest first-round draft picks in Texas Rangers history, but Teixeira, […]

Going for it — the Rangers trade for Carlos Beltran, Jonathan Lucroy, and Jeremy Jeffress.

We’ve all pointed to 2007 as the year when the Rangers’ front office philosophy changed — maybe “took shape” is the better way to put it — when one- and five-year plans were put in place to take what had been a flagging franchise, at least in terms of pennant race absence and regular double-digit […]

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 […]

Jamey Newberg: Holaday plans.

Stephen Strasburg gave up five home runs in his three seasons at San Diego State. He’s allowed two homers this spring for the Nationals. [Editor’s note: Please don’t assume you’ve subscribed to the wrong report.  At least not yet.] In 2009, Strasburg’s junior year at SDSU, he was taken deep four times in 109 dominant […]

Albert Pujols’ Brilliant Season

Going off All-Star Game votes alone, Albert Pujols is having an ordinary season. Somehow Justin Smoak received more votes from fans than Pujols: 2,921,764 to 2,378,486, despite the fact that Pujols has triple the home runs. In 332 plate appearances, the 35-year-old first baseman has a stat line of 25 HR, 53 RBI, .265 AVG, […]

Around the majors report: Game recaps

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. 1) BLUE JAYS 11, RED SOX 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E – – – – – – – – – – — – Red Sox 0 0 0 0 […]

Last week’s notable free agent signings

Black Friday has come and gone with the number one toy still on the shelf. Although the league is still waiting for the big domino to fall, deals are still being struck. So as the winter meetings are set to begin on Sunday, here are some of the more notable free agent signings from the past week… Nelson […]

Around the majors report: Braves sign Nick Markakis

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. All stats in the ATM reports are generated from the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, unless explictly stated otherwise. FRAA, since 1950, comes from Baseball Prospectus. Lee can be followed on twitter @BaseballEncyclo. 1) The Braves signed free agents […]

Around the majors report: Blue Jays trade Lind to Brewers

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. All stats in the ATM reports are generated from the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, unless explictly stated otherwise. FRAA, since 1950, comes from Baseball Prospectus. Lee can be followed on twitter @BaseballEncyclo. 1) The Blue Jays traded 1B […]