Peter Gammons: Historic view of the state of the Dodgers

Earlier this week, Joe Sheehan looked at the nine teams that had .700 winning percentages. The two best, the 1906 Cubs (.763) and 1909 Pirates (.724) played more than a century ago, played a far different game, but helped make his point, because the .763 Cubs lost the World Series. In fact, four of the […]

Peter Gammons: 2017 ASG was fun and the way the event should be

How the 1981 All Star Game ended really didn’t matter. There was no twitter, no television or radio sport shock-talk, no blogs, so when American League manager Jim Frey had to bat Blue Jays pitcher Dave Stieb in the ninth inning with one out and none on down a run in the bottom of the ninth inning, there were […]

Peter Gammons: For those with trader’s remorse

We are so familiar with prospects we were stunned when Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez went in a trade for Adam Eaton. Never mind that one hybrid scouting and analytics general manager referred to Eaton as “one of the 15 best players in the game” and my personal fondness for Eaton’s game likeness to Ken Linseman, the […]

Peter Gammons: Postseason bullpen management proves more crucial than ever

Don’t even try to explain bloody drones and seven relievers to win one game, or how Clayton Kershaw can save one game and come back 48 hours later and throw seven shutout innings in another, or how the two best regular season teams in the American League could  not win a division series game. It […]

Blanton Revives Career with Move to ‘Pen, Wicked Slider

Kentucky Joe has gone Hollywood (again): righty Joe Blanton just signed a one-year, $4 million deal to serve as a long relief bridge to Kenley Jansen with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Blanton, 35, once devoured innings for the Athletics and Phillies, throwing no fewer than 175 frames each season between 2005-2012. He wasn’t a world-beater […]

Around the majors report: News report

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. 1) The Diamondbacks traded OF Mark Trumbo and P Vidal Nuno to the Mariners for C Welington Castillo, P Domonic Leone and minor leaguers SS Jack Reinheimer and OF Gabby Guerrero. TRUMBO YEAR AGE TRAA RCAA FRAA […]

Around the majors report: Stats notes

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. 1) Yesterday, Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre hit his 400th career HR. Beltre is the 4th 3B with 400 HR and is 12th vs. the league average. (Complete Baseball Encyclopedia,) Beltre is the 11th player to hit 400 […]

Around the majors report: News report

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. 1) The Nationals placed P Doug Fister on the 15 day DL and called up P A.J. Cole. Fister has forearm tightness. YEAR AGE RSAA ERA G GS IP SO SO/9 WHIP W L SV NW NL […]

Around the majors report: Pitchers & catchers start reporting

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) Pitchers and catchers report today […]

Clean Save and Ultra Clean Save leaders

I don’t ask for perfection from pitchers, but I certainly don’t reject the notion. Particularly, from relievers, and specifically from closers. Is it too much to ask for one 1-2-3 inning? The answer is apparently a resounding “yes!” We don’t get an awful lot of what I refer to as “Clean Saves” because invariably these […]