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: The archaic, arbitrary, and unwritten rules of beaning

Manny Machado made a late, bad slide Friday. He didn’t read the situation, as Dustin Pedroia was stretched out towards Xander Bogaerts, back turned to first base, and had no intention of turning a double play, which should have been obvious to Machado, who slid, leg high, caught the knee Pedroia had surgically repaired in […]

Peter Gammons: 2017 Predictions (Part I)

It sounded like a campaign promise when the words “Cubs and Indians World Series” rolled out last April 1, or, perhaps to give it more credence, an April Fool’s joke. It really did happen, like the 1991 last-to-first Twins-Braves series with an unforgettable extra inning seventh game culmination of a memorable World Series. A year […]

Peter Gammons: Developed relievers making the difference

In the end, the cost is never knowing. Back on August 18th, the Red Sox were coming off a rain-delayed night game in Baltimore. Flew to Detroit, landed at 6 a.m. and courtesy of whatever Tiger ownership still felt a year after firing Dave Dombrowski scheduled a 1:05 game—the only beloved Thursday afternoon game scheduled […]

Peter Gammons: With Pomeranz, Red Sox pitching staff is theoretically set

The cost was an 18-year old pitcher Pedro Martinez called “one guy we cannot trade,” but there is cost attached to finishing last in three of the last four seasons with a starters’ earned run average precipitously close to taking the Fifth. Anderson Espinoza may indeed be a once-in-a-decade talent, a ‘Julio Urias‘ as one […]

Peter Gammons: Craig Kimbrel and the Red Sox Pitching Staff

The haul the Padres got for Craig Kimbrel was expensive, as Dave Dombrowski knew it might be. Maybe too much, as Keith Law suggests, because Javier Guerra may be an everyday shortstop, Manuel Margot an everyday center fielder and Logan Allen a major league starting lefthanded pitcher. But reconstructing the Red Sox pitching was always […]

Peter Gammons: Figuring out the AL East; Gauging Dodger trade options

OK, Madison Bumgarner had more RBI against Clayton Kershaw Thursday than Hanley Ramirez has in the entire month of May, as many RBI against Kershaw as Pablo Sandoval has against lefthanded pitching all season. Yet, this is the American League East, and as David Ortiz pointed out to the standings on the Green Monster Thursday, […]

Video: Peter Gammons on Matt Barnes, Rays pitching culture, Dee Gordon, and Devin Mesoraco

Peter Gammons joined MLB Central to talk about Matt Barnes’ move to the bullpen and the Rays’ pitching culture. He also talks about Dee Gordon and provides an injury update on Devin Mesoraco. He ends the video with his song of the day which you can listen to in Peter’s Outside The Lines section. Your browser does […]

Peter Gammons: Cherington, Red Sox Faced With Long Winter Ahead

Ben Cherington left Sunday for Phoenix because it is his turn to chair the General Manager Meetings. He was able to enjoy his final day before the trip seeing Amherst beat Williams and spending the day with fellow Lord Jeffs, Dan Duquette and Neal Huntington, and when the meetings begin Monday, he can begin to […]

Peter Gammons: Developing Pitchers in the Bullpen

The concept is hardly novel. Earl Weaver and the Orioles brought Mike Flanagan, Scott McGregor and Dennis Martinez to Baltimore in the late Seventies and indoctrinated them to the American League East out of the bullpen. Halfway through his first full season, Flanagan went into the rotation, started 10 games, and the next three years […]