Peter Gammons: Enough is enough with September call ups

Mike Scioscia and Bob Melvin played the game under the rules baseball has ignored for decades. Managers hate the absurdity of unlimited September call ups, led by the Jim Leyland and Buck Showalter, who have said for years that the way September is played is a manager’s worst nightmare. It also is an affront to […]

Peter Gammons: Manager-GM Collaboration; Trade Deadline Ambiguity

The first call came less than an hour after Jerry Dipoto quit as Angels manager, the most recent came Sunday. Essentially, every message was similar to the very first ball, from a general manager who said, “the days of the Mike Scioscia managers are a thing of the past. It’s no longer about the manager, […]

Coffee and Clippings: Red Sox looking for better results with latest youth movement

Alex Speier (@alexspeier) of the Boston Globe talks about the Red Sox looking for better results with latest youth movement… On Saturday, less than four years after that initial introduction, Tuck was present for Swihart’s big league debut, a 4-2 Yankees victory over the Red Sox. The ink isn’t dry. Nor, in a sense, is […]

Peter Gammons: What will Wieters, Vazquez be post-Tommy John surgery?

The value of catchers has been trending in this age when analytics and baseball wisdom have morphed. The development of framing analytics is, in the words of a traditional, championship catcher named Mike Scioscia, “important because of the emphasis it puts on such an important element of run prevention,” and has elevated the importance of […]

Kole Calhoun’s Second-Half Regressions, Explained

Back in mid-July, when 27-year-old Los Angles Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun had been mashing as efficiently as any big-league outfielder, Mike Scioscia put it best when he told Mike DeGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, “I don’t know if there’s a hotter player in our league right now. He’s seeing the ball well. He’s swinging the bat well.” Indeed, he […]

“The Throw” by Yoenis Cespedes (VIDEO)

Collin Cowgill hit a two-out 14th inning walkoff homer as the Angels defeated the Oakland Athletics, 2-1. The Angels (36-28) are a season-high eight games over .500 and have won five straight. Like a piece of art “The Throw” is memorable And while the Cowgill household may be buzzing about the homer, the rest of […]

All-time records for baseball’s current managers

Nine to Know: Managers and their wins Mike Scioscia is 204 games over .500, the most of any active manager. Lloyd McClendon is the only active manager over a hundred games under .500. Before the Jays dropped their last two to the Cardinals, their manager John Gibbons had finally gotten to the .500 mark. On […]

Opening Day: Ricky Nolasco and the Twins

No surprise from Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire as he announced that Ricky Nolasco will be the Twins’ Opening Day starter when they face the White Sox in Chicago. Nolasco has started twice before on Opening Day, in 2009 and 2013,  both for the Marlins. He’s 1-1, beating the Nationals in 2009 and losing to the […]

Instant Replay Gets in Shape

This contribution comes from Mickey Brandt, a journalist and umpire based in Vineland, NJ. You can follow him on Twitter @Mickey_Brandt. Braves president John Schuerholz, the czar of instant replay, told reporters its adoption was the most historic development in baseball since lights were put in stadiums. Many dismissed it as hyperbole, but I think […]

Coffee and Clippings: Wacha’s ‘Near’ No-Hitter

Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch breaks down Michael Wacha’s near no-hitter as it was broken up in the 9th inning last night… Nearly 30 years ago to the day, Sept. 26, 1983, Cardinals righthander Bob Forsch no-hit a Montreal Expos club that had been eliminated from the division race earlier in the day. That […]