Peter Gammons: Reflection of Yankees over Twins on this Wild Card Wednesday

NEW YORK—When the Yankees defeated the Phillies to win the 2009 World Series, it was the first title in the new venue, and turns out to be their last, as if eight seasons without winning a World Series is hardly a long time. What I remember most is how quiet it seemed, like a Thursday […]

Peter Gammons: Dennis Eckersley and what it is to be a teammate

I spent 11 Januaries flying into Cleveland for the Indians Rookie Development Program, and have done many others, from the Yankees to the Red Sox to the Rays. There was always one story I told about what it is to be a teammate, a story about Dennis Eckersley. A lot of those young players to […]

2000 was the only time the Blue Jays finished within 10 games of first place since 1993

It’s not enough that the Blue Jays haven’t been to the postseason since 1993, they have only been close once in 22 seasons. Rk Year Tm G W L W-L% Finish GB Playoffs R RA Managers 1 2015 Toronto Blue Jays 116 64 52 .552 1st of 5 — 615 475 J.Farrell (73-89) 5 2011 Toronto Blue Jays 162 81 […]

Orioles’ AL East Champion Time Capsule

Congratulations to the Orioles and the people of Baltimore for collecting their 9th AL East Championship. Last night, a long overdue celebration ensued at Camden Yards as the great people of Baltimore rejoiced, standing atop the toughest division in baseball. Not since 1997 has an Orioles team won the AL East. To put things into […]

Two runs scored

Scoring a pair of runs is not exactly a formula for success, although the Reds, Braves, and Giants do have winning records this season when scoring two runs. It feels this season, with scoring down, that there is a preponderance of games in which a team scores just a pair. Take the Pirates for example. […]

Repeating champions. Repeating champions.

Baseball has not had a recurring champion since the New York Yankees three-peated in 1998-1999-2000. The Boston Red Sox have not had back-to-back championships in 98 years, since the 1915 and 1916 seasons. Can they do it again this season? Only time will tell. Baseball’s repeating World Champions 1907-08 Chicago Cubs – defeated the Tigers […]

80 to celebrate on Henry Aaron’s 80th birthday

If I were to write my autobiography of my life as a baseball fan, I would make sure that the world knew that one of my highlights was that I got to see Hank Aaron play baseball. Happy 80th birthday, Hank! Henry Louis Aaron was born on February 5, 1934. In Aaron’s first season in […]