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: Third time around the order

On Sunday, Joe Ross, Zack Greinke, Jonathon Niese and Patrick Corbin pinch hit, Oliver Perez bunted and Shelby Miller pinch ran, then saw the game-winning hit soar over his head while playing left field. It was one of my favorite afternoons since Roger Clemens pinch hit in a 17 inning playoff game with the Braves. […]

Relievers with at least 40 hitless appearances in 2015

There has been a lot action already this Hot Stove season amongst relievers. And it makes sense. Starters not only aren’t throwing complete games, they are not going deep in games in general. Starters out, relievers in. There are many skill sets we want from relievers in their relatively short visits into games: we don’t […]

The 2015 Jesse Orosco Award

Relievers with the most appearances in which they did not allow a baserunner in 2015 “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” – Vince Lombardi We really never expect perfection from starting pitchers, but we demand it from relievers. And why shouldn’t we? After all, a reliever’s job is […]

Relievers with the most scoreless appearances

You don’t ask much from a reliever, all you want is to enter the game, and not allow any of the batters you face to score. It doesn’t matter whether you face one batter or pitch three innings – just don’t let batters score during your stay on the mound. Some relievers are better at […]

Nine to Notes: Sunday, August 2, 2015

Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files… Jonathan Papelbon was successful in 88% of his saves opportunities with the Red Sox and 89% with the Phillies. Holy shift! In 2012, in 90 games, David Ortiz grounded out 79 times; this season in 92 games, he grounded out 99 times.* Bartolo Colon leads the majors […]

LOOGY of the Year

It is awards season and one award that never receives the attention that it deserves is the LOOGY of the Year. A LOOGY is a Left-handed One Out Guy. He is your reliever that you bring in from the ‘pen when you want to retire that tough left-handed batter and then remove him before he […]

NLCS Game 3 Video Highlights

Members of the 1987 Giants NL Championship team toss the ceremonial first pitches… Your browser does not support iframes. Jon Jay runs a long way to track down Joe Panik’s fly in center… Your browser does not support iframes. Hunter Pence lines an RBI double to right field to give the Giants an early 1-0 […]

Peter Gammons: Changes needed to quicken the pace of game

We all understand how hard Major League Baseball is working to quicken the pace of game, addressing shrinking attention spans and what one member of the study committee calls “the fragmented and competitive entertainment landscape.” We understand why instant replay is important to a younger generation, and, in fact, it has gotten increasingly efficient and […]

Felix Doubront delivers

Chris Moran is a second-year law student at Washington University in St. Louis. He is also an assistant coach with the baseball team at Washington University. He graduated from Wheaton College, where he wore the tools of ignorance for the baseball team. Follow him on twitter @hangingslurves. Yet another crazy game. Saturday night ended on a […]