Peter Gammons: Cora and Red Sox in search of identity for 2018 and beyond

It wasn’t as if the Red Sox 2017 season was 1965 all over again. They won 93 games and the division for the second year in a row. But even as they tried to battle back against the World Champion Astros in the ALDS, there was something that felt as if the team had some […]

Peter Gammons: After due celebration, Alex Cora will quickly refocus on Boston

LOS ANGELES—It has been a long year for Alex Cora, exhausting at time. He assembled and ran the Puerto Rican team that finished second in the World Baseball Classic. He served as A.J. Hinch’s LBJ, a bench coach who coordinated practice and video and conduit to players; be it Carlos Correa’s injured hand, the hurricane […]

Peter Gammons: Chris Sale, Pomeranz, health concerns, and more Red Sox thoughts

Be honest, if not for Chris Sale and Craig Kimbrel, the Red Sox today would be focused on beating out the Angels for the second card or next year. So unless they have to use Sale Sunday or Monday, logic says a first game matchup between Sale and either Justin Verlander or Corey Kluber gives […]

Peter Gammons: Historic view of the state of the Dodgers

Earlier this week, Joe Sheehan looked at the nine teams that had .700 winning percentages. The two best, the 1906 Cubs (.763) and 1909 Pirates (.724) played more than a century ago, played a far different game, but helped make his point, because the .763 Cubs lost the World Series. In fact, four of the […]

Peter Gammons: 2017 ASG was fun and the way the event should be

How the 1981 All Star Game ended really didn’t matter. There was no twitter, no television or radio sport shock-talk, no blogs, so when American League manager Jim Frey had to bat Blue Jays pitcher Dave Stieb in the ninth inning with one out and none on down a run in the bottom of the ninth inning, there were […]

Jamey Newberg: Heights.

He’s a dirtdog second baseman, listed under six feet but still generously gifted an inch or three on his reported height, a player who plays with an edge that agitates opponents and endears him to teammates, in that way not unlike Ian Kinsler, a player he once displaced. He can be a lightning rod, for […]

Peter Gammons: With respect to 1st rounders, winning takes a much wider collective

We understand the importance of Monday’s draft. Bryce Harper, Kris Bryant, Mike Trout, Clayton Kershaw, Mookie Betts, Dustin Pedroia, Aaron Judge, C.C. Sabathia, Francisco Lindor, Carlos Correa, Paul Goldschmidt, Max Scherzer, Nolan Arenado, Buster Posey, Andrew McCutchen, Madison Bumgarner  and Corey Seager were draft choices who altered their franchises. Miguel Sano is changing the Twins, […]

Peter Gammons: The crucial development question: To college or the draft?

We saw how far Dansby Swanson, Alex Bregman, Carlos Rodon and Andrew Benintendi reached in their first full professional seasons, as we did the year before when Kyle Schwarber and Michael Conforto were opposing one another in the NLCS in their first full seasons. This is not to suggest that Kyle Tucker, whom the Astros […]

Peter Gammons: 2017 Predictions (Part II)

Back in time when the Red Sox held spring training in Winter Haven, Florida, on the banks of Lake Lulu in the land of Goat Milk Fudge and the Fossil Museum, a great Boston television sportsman named Bob Lobel would annually drive a player to Lakeland to Madame Christine’s House of Palmistry to try to […]

Peter Gammons: A Marlins Monday, position allocation, & Dusty Baker on Betts

JUPITER, Fla.—Some days the split squad games suit what the Marlins need to make their eight man bullpen work. For instance, as Mike Hill says, “we’re trying to get Ichiro Suzuki and Justin Bour as many at-bats against lefthanded pitchers as possible this spring because with a four man bench we have to see if […]