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: The Transitional Culture of Cuban Baseball Development

It was well after 10 p.m., we were leaving a playoff game in Havana between Industriales and La Isla, and we were driving back to our hotel. Down one dimly-lit street there was a line a half-block long, and when we asked what could possibly be going on at that time of night, our guide, […]

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 […]

Kendrys Morales, 2015 DH of the Year

Major League Baseball announced today that Kendrys Morales of the Kansas City Royals has been voted the winner of the 2015 Edgar Martinez Outstanding Designated Hitter Award. Morales received 50 of the 88 first-place votes cast to garner the honor for the first time in his nine-year career. Kendrys batted .295 (156-for-529) with 39 doubles, […]

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 […]

Nine to Know: Mets/Royals regular season homer feats in games

Nine to Know from the Bill Chuck Files: HR feats by the league champions The Royals homered in 95 games and went 64-31. The Mets homered in 93 games and went 63-30. The Royals hit one homer in 62 games, the fourth most in baseball, and went 37-25, the only team with more wins when […]

Inside Kendrys Morales’ record setting day

15, 15 total bases. For a lot of guys that is a great week. For Kendrys Morales, it was one unforgettable day. Going into Sunday the Royals’ record for most bases reached in a game was held by Hall of Famer George Brett, who was able to reach 14 bases on May 28th, 1979. Brett […]

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) GIANTS 2, DODGERS 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E – – – – – – – – – – — – Giants 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 […]

B.J. is Melvin J. now

Atlanta Braves outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. wants to deny the existence of B.J. Upton. Okay, “deny” may be a little strong, albeit understandable, but Upton now wants to be called by his given name “Melvin” as opposed to “B.J.”, the name he used throughout his major league career. B.J. is short for Bossman Junior, in […]