Peter Gammons: Splashes and notes from the Orlando Winter Meetings

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla—Brian Cashman has done the big deals, like Mike Mussina, Mark Teixeira and C.C. Sabathia. He worked for George Steinbrenner, which meant living in the immediate, and when he and Hal Steinbrenner set out to make over the Yankees from their post-Messersmith Decision prominence—from Reggie Jackson to Alex Rodriguez—to a team whose […]

Peter Gammons: Mike Hazen and the culture of accountability and understanding

The deal wasn’t an MLB lead story. It happened late on the night of last November 23, between two teams in the left time zone that finished a combined 31 games out of their respective Western Divisions. Jean Segura had played in parts of six seasons and in 2016 batted .313, Mitch Haniger was a […]

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: D-backs are in a decent position on Black Friday

What Diamondbacks’ owner Ken Kendrick and President Derrick Hall need to remember is that where the Diamondbacks have been the last decade has not been a long nightmare. They actually won the National League West in 2007, beat the Cubs in the Division Series, then lost out on the World Series that season when they […]

Peter Gammons: Blue Jays and Indians are cut from the same cloth

While we have watched chilling, complex layers of wild card play-ins into the League Championship Series, with innings that like the Cubs ninth in San Francisco that ended the Giants season, the Dodger-Nationals seventh in the NLCS elimination game that took Washington out of the post-season to seventh in Chicago Saturday night that left the […]

Peter Gammons: Reconstructing Gillickism in Boston

One of the many reasons Pat Gillick is arguably the most respected executive since Branch Rickey is that as he moved from building the Blue Jays franchise from scratch to taking the Orioles to first place from wire to wire in 1997 to winning 116 games in Seattle to taking the Phillies to a world […]

Coffee and Clippings: Rangers turn to Hamels for ALDS Game 5, who’s in an unfamiliar position

Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) of the Dallas Morning News discusses Game 5 of the ALDS as Cole Hamels takes the mound for Texas… He has clinched playoff spots. He has clinched postseason series. He has won a World Series. And, for crying out loud, he was the World Series MVP. One thing Cole Hamels has never […]

Peter Gammons: The New Order is the child of The Old Order

What is significant about the Red Sox announcement that Mike Hazen has been promoted to general manager is what it says about Dave Dombrowski. When the news broke that Dombrowski had been hired as President of Baseball Operations and that Ben Cherington had chosen not to remain in the new order given the blood he’d […]

Gammons Notes: Grady Sizemore, Daniel Bard, Logan Forsythe and Orioles

Two of the most interesting comebacks to watch this spring will be Grady Sizemore and Daniel Bard. Red Sox manager John Farrell and assistant GM Mike Hazen knew Sizemore well in Cleveland, where from 2005 to 2008 he averaged 27 homers, an .862 OPS and averaged 160 games played. Then came injuries, two microfiber injuries […]

Peter Gammons: Without depth and durability, genius is fragile

As we wait to see if Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine are elected to the Hall of Fame Wednesday, as expected, one of the most underappreciated elements to their remarkable 300 win records and their greatness was their durability. In a 15 year period, interrupted only by The Strike that cancelled the 1994 post-season, the […]