Peter Gammons: 2017 ASG was fun and the way the event should be

How the 1981 All Star Game ended really didn’t matter. There was no twitter, no television or radio sport shock-talk, no blogs, so when American League manager Jim Frey had to bat Blue Jays pitcher Dave Stieb in the ninth inning with one out and none on down a run in the bottom of the ninth inning, there were […]

Newberg: The curious case of Heterochromia Iridum V. Bibens-Dirkx.

They were both chosen out of college in the 2006 draft, and that’s basically where the parallels end, unless you note the fact that each has pitched in the independent leagues and one has as many last names as the other has eye colors. Only Max Scherzer went 11th overall in that draft, and Austin […]

Peter Gammons: With respect to 1st rounders, winning takes a much wider collective

We understand the importance of Monday’s draft. Bryce Harper, Kris Bryant, Mike Trout, Clayton Kershaw, Mookie Betts, Dustin Pedroia, Aaron Judge, C.C. Sabathia, Francisco Lindor, Carlos Correa, Paul Goldschmidt, Max Scherzer, Nolan Arenado, Buster Posey, Andrew McCutchen, Madison Bumgarner  and Corey Seager were draft choices who altered their franchises. Miguel Sano is changing the Twins, […]

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: 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 […]

Coffee and Clippings: Edmonds tutors Grichuk in center field

Derrick Goold (@dgoold) of the The St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Cardinals instructor Jim Edmonds and his work with Randal Grichuk…. The Cardinals’ former All-Star tightened his shoes, walked out to his old haunt, and brought young Randal Grichuk with him. For the past week, the eight-time Gold Glove winner had been talking to Grichuk about […]

Peter Gammons: Old deals forcing Nationals to stay idle in the market

As folks in Washington were shut-ins because of the snow, they spent the weekend wondering why players aren’t being signed by the Nationals. The failure of the Nationals this winter to sign a number of free agents—from Yoenis Cespedes to Jason Heyward, Ben Zobrist to Darren O’Day—can be traced back to the MASN deal Major […]

Collin McHugh and the Value of Fastball Elevation

Collin McHugh, by the standards he set in 2014, did not have a particularly good campaign in 2015. Though he eclipsed the 200-inning plateau for the first time in his career and came but one winning decision shy of becoming just the second 20-game winner in the last decade of Astros baseball, his baseline and peripheral statistics […]

Joe Sheehan Newsletter: Yoenis Cespedes is still a free agent

Yoenis Cespedes is still a free agent, even though he’s untethered to a draft pick and coming off the best season of his career. Cespedes hit so well after being traded to the Mets that he generated MVP buzz and speculation that he could get a contract worth $120 million or more in free agency. […]

2015 IP Leaders by Team

There were 28 pitchers who threw 200.0+ innings in 2015 with the White Sox having three and the Braves, Cubs, Astros, Dodgers, and Nationals having two each. The 28 was the lowest total for a full season since the 25 in 1947. There a dozen teams that did not have a pitcher reach 200 innings pitched. […]