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 […]

Nine Zeros so far this season

Nine to Know: Zeros Nori Aoki leads the majors with 71 PA and zero homers. Desmond Jennings leads the majors with 57 PA and zero extra-base hits. Craig Gentry leads the majors with 25 PA and zero hits. Elvis Andrus leads the majors with 63 PA and zero walks. Ruben Tejada leads the majors with 14 PA and zero whiffs. Jacoby Ellsbury leads the […]

Defensive specialist Nick Ahmed primed as Diamondbacks’ starting shortstop

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona—Nick Ahmed’s path from East Longmeadow, Ma. to beginning the 2015 season as “the best defensive shortstop in the National League” in the words of his Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale, is that of a lot of kids who grew up throwing snowballs at this time in March. When Ahmed was a high school senior, […]