Peter Gammons: A late January look at some 2018 story-lines

I get every argument. J.D. Martinez is older than Justin Upton, and, lord knows, the Red Sox are the only team in baseball over the luxury tax threshold because of Pablo Sandoval. I also get how hard the man has worked to get to 45 home runs, and his likely ability to stay healthy as […]

Peter Gammons: A few thoughts as we start 2018

So we’re in 2018. The owners have their tax cuts. But they also have luxury tax threshold of $197M with serious disincentives not to cross, at least not this winter, which, in accordance with their last labor agreement with the Players Association, is in many agents’ eyes $13M less than that in terms of payroll […]

Peter Gammons: Spotlight on the 2017 Royals

SURPRISE, ARIZONA—This is one of those springs where the Royals needed to get out and play. Raul Mondesi, who annually roomed with Yordano Ventura, needs to play and concentrate on showing Ned Yost he is ready to play second base in the big leagues. “We all need to play,” says Salvador Perez. “Focus on baseball.” […]

Peter Gammons: Reflections and notes from the Winter Meetings

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.—Slowly, sometimes reluctantly, major league baseball executives are trickling into the Gaylord Hotel—which they will find is larger than Newfoundland– here on the Potomac River. There is a strong sense of relief that Commissioner Rob Manfred reached a deal with Tony Clark and the Players Association, yet most are in freeze-frame because until […]

Peter Gammons: Trade rumors, Hall of Fame, and more notes from July

We are in the crazy time when there is a trade rumor a second. A few things heard: –The Royals have entertained dozens of scouts with the Angels in town. Some were in to look at Hector Santiago and Huston Street, but many others were in to see if Kansas City would seriously talk Wade […]

Xander Bogaerts, Defensive Shifts, and the State of the Pulled Ball

Here’s something you probably already knew: Xander Bogaerts is pretty good at this baseball thing. He’s good at it on a number of levels, both offensively and defensively, and that’s been the case for quite some time now. Of course, from a statistical vantage point, Bogaerts only very recently — last year, in fact — became pretty good […]

Here’s what you should be talking about before Game 3

From the Bill Chuck Files… From the first two games: It’s not that the Royals swing and miss that much less frequently than the Mets – the Mets have 28 swings and misses and the Royals 25. Granted, the Mets have struck out swinging 14 times compared to the Royals seven. In 88 PA, the Mets […]

The Mets and the Royals – Head-to-Head – 20 facts

Both the Mets and the Royals are under .500 in their regular season lives in this first match-up of two expansion teams in the World Series. Here are 20 facts about their face-to-face history The New York Mets, born 1962, have played 8616 regular season games going 4128-4480 (.480). The Kansas City Royals, born 1969, have played […]

Nine to Know: Mets/Royals regular season homer feats in games

Nine to Know from the Bill Chuck Files: HR feats by the league champions The Royals homered in 95 games and went 64-31. The Mets homered in 93 games and went 63-30. The Royals hit one homer in 62 games, the fourth most in baseball, and went 37-25, the only team with more wins when […]

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) The Nationals placed CF Denard Span on the 15 day DL, placed P Jordan Zimmermann on the paternity leave list, activated P Aaron Barrett from the DL and called up 2B Wilmer Difo. Span has back […]