Peter Gammons: Look West for the class of the National League

In a year in which the Seattle Mariners, who haven’t made the postseason since 2001, were redeveloped and now playing in exile in a land called the Disabled List, the discussions over the weekend in Fenway Park were a positive distraction. It was about shortstop Jean Segura, his .329 average coming off leading the National […]

Peter Gammons: A 1982 tale of Gaylord Perry and a foreign substance

Gaylord Perry was honored in Seattle this past week for his place in Mariner history. Winning his 300th game in the HO-scaled Kingdome, for his place in the Hall of Fame with Junior Griffey and Randy Johnson. When I was covering the Red Sox, a clubhouse worker once gave me a jar of Vaseline from […]

Peter Gammons: 2017 Predictions (Part II)

Back in time when the Red Sox held spring training in Winter Haven, Florida, on the banks of Lake Lulu in the land of Goat Milk Fudge and the Fossil Museum, a great Boston television sportsman named Bob Lobel would annually drive a player to Lakeland to Madame Christine’s House of Palmistry to try to […]

Peter Gammons: Notes from early March

PHOENIX—Bryan Shaw has pitched in more games the last four years than anyone, 299, plus 11 more this past October. Cody Allen is fourth with 290 appearances, in addition to 11 more in the last post-season. Think back to what the Indians bullpen did this fall to get to extra innings in Game Seven of […]

Peter Gammons: Manfred, MLBPA, Brazil, and more notes from Phoenix

PHOENIX—When Rob Manfred took the Arizona media day to express his frustrations about dealing with the MLB Players Association, it was, in many ways, the Fort Sumter. He explained that pace of game and several other proposals would be postponed for a year “due to a lack of cooperation” from the union, and effectively threatened […]

Video: Peter on Mariners’ rotation, strike zone, and more

Peter Gammons joins Hot Stove from Phoenix to discuss the possible changes to the strike zone, Mariners’ rotation, expectations for Tyler Glasnow and more…

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: A farewell to Alex Rodriguez

He seemed so young, so well scrubbed that he looked like he could have been a high school sophomore that rose out of the AAU summer camps stamped NBA swing guard/forward committed to Kentucky long before his driver’s permit. It was July 8, 1994, 13 months after the Mariners had made him the first pick in […]

New York State of Mind

The Mets are really still the “Mess” .Overshadowed by their acquisition of Yoenis Cespedes at the trade deadline last July is the fact that the Mets have really been a mediocre team despite having a starting pitching staff that has the potential to rival any of the great ones that come to mind immediately: Cleveland 1950s, Atlanta 1990s. With […]

Peter Gammons: Trade rumors, Hall of Fame, and more notes from July

We are in the crazy time when there is a trade rumor a second. A few things heard: –The Royals have entertained dozens of scouts with the Angels in town. Some were in to look at Hector Santiago and Huston Street, but many others were in to see if Kansas City would seriously talk Wade […]