Peter Gammons: Dodgers and Giants primed for another race in 2017

GLENDALE, AR—They seem to have been bolted to one another since the end of World War II. Jackie Robinson, then Monte Irvin, and when the Dodgers tried to trade Jackie to the Giants, he refused. The Shot Heard ‘Round the World. Willie and The Duke. The Giants won in ’54, the Dodgers in ’55, and […]

Peter Gammons: Jose Bautista and the future of athletic preparation and longevity

DUNEDIN, Fla.—One day Jose Bautista is sparring with the media about reports of his contract demands, which he believes to have been leaked by the Rogers ownership to make a 35 year old man that was claimed to have wanted five years and $150M and colored as greedy. At the end of that day, a veteran […]

Pirates Hope for More than Flashes from Feliz in 2016

The past few years have not been kind to Neftali Feliz. The 2010 AL Rookie of the Year underwent Tommy John surgery in 2012 and hit rock bottom last season, when he posted the fourth-worst ERA+ (64) among relievers tossing at least 40 innings. The Rangers designated him for assignment last summer and the Tigers, […]

The 2015 Jesse Orosco Award

Relievers with the most appearances in which they did not allow a baserunner in 2015 “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” – Vince Lombardi We really never expect perfection from starting pitchers, but we demand it from relievers. And why shouldn’t we? After all, a reliever’s job is […]

Relievers with the most scoreless appearances

You don’t ask much from a reliever, all you want is to enter the game, and not allow any of the batters you face to score. It doesn’t matter whether you face one batter or pitch three innings – just don’t let batters score during your stay on the mound. Some relievers are better at […]

Joey Votto and When Reaching Base Becomes Child’s Play

If Joey Votto retired from baseball tomorrow, God forbid, what would be his lasting legacy? Some would say hitting, and that’s compelling given his Cooperstown-worthy .310 career average. Some would claim hitting for power, which is also persuasive when one considers his career .533 slugging percentage. Others would support his glove-work, which is also a credible argument given his Gold Glove […]

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 Pirates placed 3B Josh Harrison on the 15 day DL. Harrison has torn ligaments in his left thumb and is expected to miss about 6 weeks. YEAR AGE TRAA RCAA FRAA OBA SLG OPS OWP […]

The Streak Report

Let’s hear it for Jeff Samardzija, the Red Sox, the Dodgers, and Edwin Encarnacion and the Blue Jays. Nine to Know: Let’s go streaking! Cy Young Award candidate Jeff Samardzija of the Cubs, won his first game of the season allowing six hits, walking none and whiffing 10 in seven-plus innings as Chicago topped San […]

The Walking Dread

Is it too much to ask from a reliever for an inning without proffering a walk? It doesn’t seem unreasonable does it? I mean for many relievers their sole job is to come in and give you a clean inning. I can understand giving up hits, even homers, after all, they are facing major league […]

The Pirates’ All-Around Effort

Neil Weinberg is the Founder of New English D and a writer at Beyond The Box Score. You can follow him on Twitter @NeilWeinberg44. Since the Pirates beat the Rangers on Monday night to secure their first winning season since 1992, you probably haven’t been able to ignore the flood of ink spilled in their […]