Peter Gammons: Maybe a Cuban-American Team?

PHOENIX—At different stops along the line this spring, in Fort Myers, Surprise and Glendale, players of Cuban ancestry have asked, “why not have a Cuban-American team in the World Baseball Classic?” The thought of a sold-out stadium in Miami with Cuba playing the Cuban-Americans is fascinating. Watching Cuba playing Japan at 3:45 a.m. MT, it […]

Peter Gammons: A moment for David Ortiz and his city

The memorial and celebration of the Marathon Bombing was before a Saturday game, with heroes and speeches and videos on the megaboard as the players lined up in the dugout, waiting to file out onto the field to join Fenway’s high mass to its city’s people. I was at the far end of the dugout […]

Peter Gammons: Remembering the great Jose Fernandez

Jose Fernandez was 19, not even a year after signing with the Florida Marlins. He was pitching for Greensboro of the South Atlantic League, on the road in Augusta, Georgia, and a day or two after Jose threw a seven inning one-hitter, a young scout for the Tampa Bay Rays called to tell me about […]

Peter Gammons: Miami’s Destination Ace

JUPITER, Fla.—The bullpen session lasted 15 pitches, maybe three minutes. “There were more cameras clicking and rolling and more media members and fans than we often see at the peak of spring training,” said one Marlins official. Because it was Jose Fernandez. “And,” says General Manager Dan Jennings, “Jose is one of the most unusual […]

Peter Gammons: Red Sox Hall of Fame: Pedro Martinez vs. Roger Clemens

It is the Red Sox Hall of Fame—not the National Baseball Hall of Fame—induction, held Thursday morning in Boston, not Cooperstown. So as Roger Clemens and Pedro Martinez stand aside one another, arguably the two most dynamic, if not best, pitchers in that franchise’s history and analytically two of the 17 best starters in major […]

Even Batters Admire Johnny Cueto’s Brilliance

When you think of historically dominant pitching seasons — aces at the apex of their profession — who comes to mind? Probably Pedro Martinez, torturing hitters with his nosediving changeup in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Or Greg Maddux, spotting his sinker on the farthest outside sliver of home plate. And who can forget […]

Whatever Greinke is doing, he’s doing it Zackley right

Zack Greinke was brilliant again as the Dodgers defeated Cole Hamels and the Phillies, 5-2. Greinke (4-0) allowed two runs and five hits while striking out 11 and walking one batter intentionally. Greinke has a streak of 17 straight games in which he allowed two earned runs or less. According to Elias Greinke has allowed […]

Peter Gammons: Panel of experts could be solution to current Hall of Fame system

It is nearly 11 months until we begin submitting Hall of Fame ballots, and while everyone seems to agree there can be a better way than the system we now utilize, stomping our feet and staging “hell, no, we won’t go” protests accomplish little. I get it. I get frustrated when a Ted Simmons or […]

Puig, Ortiz, Cespedes; Strong personalities leading MLB clubs

The Tampa Bay problem consumes the people who run baseball, even more than the dilemma of how Bud Selig strikes a deal with the Giants to get the A’s into San Jose, even more than trying to figure out if the Cleveland Indians can ever be even a mid-level market when the Browns are in […]