Newberg: All due respect.

Because sometimes it takes a little nostalgia to get through an off-season, even in its waning moments, today I ask you to gather around as we celebrate an iconic baseball card. The 1978 Topps Mickey Klutts rookie card. The card featured an eventual 13 All-Star appearances, 60 big league seasons, one toothpick-toting sparkplug, and a Hall of […]

Newberg: Tyson Ross, and rarity.

The Rangers agreed to terms on a pillow contract with Ian Desmond last year on February 29, the rarest of dates, and both the team and the player reaped rich rewards. Friday the 13th is somewhat less of a calendar anomaly than Leap Day, but then again Tyson Ross doesn’t need to have the kind of breakout season […]

Newberg: The concept of a re-Encarnacion.

  Edwin Encarnacion and Mark Teixeira lead the majors with 31 homers from the clean-up slot. Credit: Peter Llewellyn-USA TODAY Sports ” width=”600″ height=”399″ /> There was a space of about two days, last mid-December, when I thought Mike Napoli was going to join us at last year’s book release party, even though he’d signed with […]

Bill Chuck: World Series Game One – By The Numbers

World Series Game One – By The Numbers 1 – Kyle Schwarber had one hit last night in his amazing recovery from April surgery; he now has one hit this season in total 2 – Roberto Perez had the first two-homer of his career last night, he also hit the second three-run homer of his career; Perez […]

Jamey Newberg: Ever after.

It’s without apology or more than a split-second’s introspection that I admit that, in certain years — most of them, lately — my rooting interest in the playoffs once Texas has exited has been that I pretty much want every team to lose, with only slight indifference in some cases. The last two seasons, for obvious reasons, the exception has been […]

Video: Peter Gammons’ 2016 ALCS Preview

Peter Gammons joins The Rundown on MLB Network to talk about the Blue Jays-Indians ALCS, the Red Sox bullpen going into 2017, Andrew Benintendi’s rookie season and more…

Red Sox and Indians ALDS Game 1 Preview

The Boston Red Sox travel to Cleveland to open up the best of five American League Division Series with The Indians Thursday night. Boston took 4 of 6 regular season contests with Cleveland, including 2 of 3 at Jacob’s Field. Red Sox manager John Farrell appeared to prioritize resting key players over securing the 2nd […]

Peter Gammons: What the Red Sox need from Ramirez and company to contend in 2016

FORT MYERS, Fla—It was 13 years ago, on a back field in the old Red Sox minor league complex far across town, and then-Boston international scouting director Craig Shipley and I were watching a teenage Hanley Ramirez take ground balls. “If Hanley had gone to high school in…say…Boynton Beach, what do you think he’d be […]

Newberg: Fits and starts.

It’s been a fairly atypical off-season for the Rangers from the standpoint of roster reconstruction, as the heaviest of the organization’s lifting for 2016 took place way back in July. The winter has been relatively slow on a recent Rangers scale, but that’s largely because the blueprint the front office had drawn up for building […]

Newberg: Sunny days.

“Few teams have a better 1-2-3 prospect trio than the Rangers,” wrote Baseball America’s Ben Badler on Tuesday, in conjunction with his publication’s ranking of Texas minor leaguers. He was referring to Joey Gallo, Lewis Brinson, and Nomar Mazara, the same three that front any assessment of the Rangers’ system — though not always in that order, as Baseball Prospectus, for […]