Peter Gammons: Chase Utley, Mattingly’s roster decisions, the Mets, and more

Understand, the return of Chase Utley was not a luxury item, a Rodeo Drive trinket. It was, in many ways, Farhan Zaidi and Andrew Friedman’s exercise in baseball democracy. It was clearly peer driven, respect from teammates, young and old, that even with the acquisition of Logan Forsythe—which was universally applauded by the Dodger players—the […]

Sticking at 3B or Corner OF Could be Hefty Challenge for Sano

The Minnesota Twins surprised many by submitting the winning, $12.85 million posting bid to negotiate with South Korean first baseman Byung-ho Park. In the abstract, it’s easy to understand why the Twins, who finished just 26th in the majors in park-and-league adjusted OPS in 2015, would want to add the bat-flipping Nexen Heroes home run […]

Sunday Nine to Notes: September 20, 2015

Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files. 9/20/15 So far, 52 players have at least 20 homers, but Nelson Cruz is the only one without a sac fly. Dee-fense: According to BillJamesonline.com, division leaders team runs saved: Royals + 55, Cardinals +16, Jays +11, Mets +10, Dodgers 0 and Rangers -2 . Todd Frazier hit […]

Sano Slugging His Way to ROY, Postseason Contention

That a man named Miggy is raking and leading his team toward the top of the AL Central standings should come as no surprise. What’s astonishing, though, is that we’re not talking about a certain future first ballot Hall of Famer from Detroit. A mere two months into his MLB career, Miguel Sano has kept […]

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) Angels GM Jerry Dipoto resigned. Dipoto has reportedly been in a power struggle with manager Mike Scioscia for years. 2) Astros CF George Springer had to leave yesterday’s game, due to a right wrist contusion, and […]

Peter Gammons: Mauer embraces move to first; excited about new rebuilding era

FORT MYERS, Fla.—The Twins this past weekend chose to wear black t-shirts that read “Stand Up to Cancer,” in honor of and respect to General Manager Terry Ryan, who is home in Minnesota recovering from cancer treatment. It was a sweltering, humid southwest Florida weekend, but none of the 110 club employees cared. “Terry Ryan,” […]

Terry Ryan Managing with Patience

Terry Ryan is patient, he is fair, self-effacing, as well as an extraordinary talent evaluator. So when the third straight disappointing Twins season ended Sunday, Ryan got Ron Gardenhire re-signed. “I can’t blame Gardy for what happened,” says Ryan. “I have to do a better job.” With outfielder Byron Buxton, third baseman Miguel Sano, second […]