Peter Gammons: Verlander, Price, Otani, Marlins’ ownership, and more Friday notes

The day the Astros acquired Justin Verlander, they aligned their starting pitching so that if they needed to win on the final day of the season, he would pitch that game in Boston. What they never foresaw was that as it now stands, the Indians would have home field advantage on through, which means that if […]

Peter Gammons: Now that the deadline dust has settled

The first question was about the certainty of the Dodgers in the World Series. The second was a look-ahead to a replay of the 1981 Dodger-Yankee World Series. I covered the 1978 Red Sox. I remember when they were 14 up on the Yankees on July 19. Or that on August 1 they were 65-38, […]

Peter Gammons: Pitchers working fast could benefit more than just pace of play

Back in the late 1970’s, Oriole pitchers used to wear t-shirts inspired by George Bamberger and Ray Miller that read, “work fast, throw strikes, change speeds.” Simple. “It still applies,” says John Farrell. When working on a piece on the relationship between Greg Maddux and Eddie Perez, Maddux said, “what Eddie does is get the […]

Peter Gammons: Quick notes for a Wednesday in January

There’s been a lot of discussion as to whether or not Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds will creep up to the necessary 75% with five more shots on the ballot. But it may not be that easy, because despite their increases, it’s difficult to ascertain how fixed hard-liners that did not vote for them will […]

Peter Gammons: The lost game of pepper, Astros’ analytical approach, chess, and more

Ted Williams used to play pepper almost every day, for what he said was the feel of manipulating the bat and getting the daily feel of exacting the barrel of the bat to the ball. Yet, for a number of reasons like complaints by ground crews that players dug up the grass with their games, […]

Peter Gammons: Orioles’ hot start highlights 5-year trend

It’s not just that the Orioles were the last team standing in the undefeated column, it’s that after a bad spring and some bizarre journeys into the free agent market they were the consensus pick to finish last in the American League East. “So what’s new?” asked Adam Jones, with a smile. “We’re never a […]

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.” […]

Peter Gammons: Managing without a bullpen, offensive explosion for young shortstops

Yes, the Ilitch family fired Dave Dombrowski after the most successful decade since the Tigers joined the American League in 1901. There is little doubt Brad Ausmus will get the ax at season’s end; too many leaks keep the executioners anonymous. Once Dombrowski got the orders the Tuesday before the trading deadline to move David […]

Justin Verlander and the Tigers W-L records in his starts

Nine to Know: Here’s how much the Tigers miss the old young Justin Verlander 2007: Verlander 18-6 /Tigers 22-10 in his starts 2008: Verlander 11-17 /Tigers 13-20 in his starts 2009: Verlander 19-9 /Tigers 23-12 in his starts 2010: Verlander 18-9 /Tigers 21-12 in his starts 2011: Verlander 24-5 /Tigers 25-9 in his starts 2012: […]

Around the majors report: Game recaps

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