Peter Gammons: 2B MVP’s, contending bullpens, and more late September notes

Second base has traditionally not been an MVP position. There have been only six MVPs in either league since World War II, from Jackie Robinson in 1949, to Dustin Pedroia in 2007. In the last decade, only twice—2016 with Jose Altuve and Robinson Cano—and 2013, with Cano and Pedroia, have two second basemen made either’s […]

Peter Gammons: Ian Kinsler’s glove, Yankees rebuild, and the Gourriel brothers

LAKELAND, Fla.—Then when the American League Gold Glove winners were announced, one of them wasn’t Ian Kinsler, it was Jose Altuve. It’s almost always been someone other than Kinsler. In the prime of his career, it was Dustin Pedroia and Robinson Cano. “They earned and deserved everything they got,” says Kinsler. “They are great players.” […]

Sunday MLB Nine to Notes: From the Bill Chuck Files of 1/3/16

Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files of 1/3/16 In 2014, Ben Revere hit .306 with seven triples and two homers. In 2015, Revere hit .306 with seven triples and two homers.* The highest foul ball percentages last season were recorded by the Indians and the Red Sox at 39.3%. Eddie Rosario led the […]

Sunday Nine to Notes: November 8, 2015

Nine to Know From the Bill Chuck Files… Over the last three seasons, no team has won more regular season games than the Cardinals who have 287 victories. Of the 13 teams who have won the most games, only the Royals (270 wins) have a championship to their credit. How good were the Royals in […]

Banging into the inning-ending double play

The inning-ending double play elicits joy from the defensive team’s fans and groans from the team at the plate. No team hit into fewer inning-ending DPs than the Astros or more than the Mariners Inning-ending DPs, by team G PA 1. Houston Astros 51 66 2. Chicago Cubs 54 70 3. Philadelphia Phillies 60 71 […]

Offensively Historic Series at Fenway

If high scores are your thing, you definitely wanted to be at Fenway this past weekend for the 3 game series against the Mariners. Yes, it was a match up of 2 bottom of the barrel teams. Yes, the pitching performance was rookie grade at-best. But with a run total of 45-21 in favor of […]

Around the majors report: Game recaps

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. 1) METS 7, NATIONALS 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E – – – – – – – – – – — – Mets 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 […]

Robinson Cano records his 14th two-homer game

Robinson Cano came into yesterday’s game against the Yankees hitting .249 with six homers and 30 RBI. After his Mariners defeated the Yankees, 4-3, Cano’s numbers were .254 with eight homers and 34 RBI. For the 14th time in his career, and for the first time in a Mariners uniform, and for the eighth time […]

Home Run Derby participants since 2008: 20 games before and after event

For years there has been a debate over whether the Home Run Derby has an effect, be it negative, positive, or inconsequential on the participant following the event. To help shed some light on that concept, I have compiled all Home Run Derby participants since 2008, their statistics in the 20 games leading up to the event, […]

Around the majors report: Stats report

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. 1) Yesterday, Dodgers P Zack Greinke became the 6th pitcher, since 1920, with 5+ consecutive starts with 0 R (Don Drysdale, 1968, 6; Orel Hershiser, 1988, 6; Bob Gibson, 1968, 5; Brandon Webb, 2007, 5; Ryan Dempster, […]