Peter Gammons: Agents, scouts, prospects, changing trends, and the MLB Draft

The Baseball Draft was changed in 2012 because the Commissioner’s Office felt that teams like the Red Sox could use their development revenues to sign players like Anthony Rizzo in later rounds for high round contracts. The idea was to restrict signing pools based on the previous year’s standings and allow losing teams better access […]

Newberg: The importance of Mark Teixeira.

I’ve been doing this for more than 18 years.  I started before Mark Teixeira was a professional baseball player, and there’s at least a decent chance I’ll be doing it after that, too. Strange feeling. He and a fellow Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket are the two greatest first-round draft picks in Texas Rangers history, but Teixeira, […]

And Now—–David Ortiz and other baseball players who are employees

And Now… baseball players who tell us that they are an employee (with all due respect accorded to John Oliver) “You know, I was a little bit down when I heard the news. Because I’m at the point in my career where I want to compete. I want to win. I’m 32 years old. I’ve […]

The Amazing Matt Harvey’s First 50 Games

Matt Harvey made his 50th appearance (and his 50th start) for the Mets on Sunday. He and the Mets lost 1-0 with Harvey throwing 6.2 innings and allowing one run. This was Harvey’s 36th career Quality Start. To give you some perspective on this, let’s remember that Harvey made 10 starts in 2012, 26 in […]

Yu Darvish becomes fastest pitcher to reach 500 strikeouts

Last night Rangers’ pitcher, Yu Darvish struck out 6 batters in a 3-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. In doing so, he reached a milestone faster than any other pitcher in MLB history. Yu Darvish struck out his 500th major league batter in just 401 2/3 innings pitched, passing Kerry Wood who did it […]