Peter Gammons: Midway Point Thoughts (Parts 1 and 2)

As the 2016 passes the midway point with the curtsy of the All Star Game, last weekend’s game at Fort Bragg, N.C. perfectly captured its responsibility as the National Pastime, symbolically, and because of the Marlins and Braves players, the reality in a time when the country is struggling to maintain its most important freedom, […]

Coffee and Clippings: ‘It’s time’ for Castillo to show his worth

Sean McAdam (@Sean_McAdam) of CSN New England spotlights Rusney Castillo and what the Red Sox are expecting and hoping out of him… FORT MYERS, Fla. — It was almost two years ago that the Red Sox won a bidding war for Rusney Castillo, lavishing him with a $72.5 million contract. Yet, after watching Castillo for the […]

Peter Gammons: The Transitional Culture of Cuban Baseball Development

It was well after 10 p.m., we were leaving a playoff game in Havana between Industriales and La Isla, and we were driving back to our hotel. Down one dimly-lit street there was a line a half-block long, and when we asked what could possibly be going on at that time of night, our guide, […]

Sunday MLB Nine to Notes: From the Bill Chuck Files of 1/10/16

Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files of 1/10/16 Last season, Boston’s Rusney Castillo banged into 11 double plays in 55 opportunities; over the last three seasons, Colby Rasmus has hit into 11 DPs in 250 opportunities. In 2014, Salvador Perez hit .260 with 70 RBI and one stolen base. In 2015, Perez hit […]

Coffee and Clippings: Time to worry about Johnny Cueto?

David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield) of ESPN’s SweetSpot blog asks if is time to worry about Johnny Cueto’s struggles… Has it been bad luck? Bad pitching? Before we get into that, it’s worth noting that Cueto’s worst three-game span with the Cincinnati Reds this season was 11 runs in 21.1 innings. In 2014, it was 12 runs in […]

Jackie Bradley Jr.’s Bat is Back from the Dead

It has been another bitterly disappointing summer in Boston, with the Red Sox merely trying to avoid a third last-place finish in the AL East over the past four years. With high-priced free agents (Hanley Ramirez, Pablo Sandoval) going bust and the club’s revamped starting rotation (Rick Porcello, Joe Kelly, Wade Miley, Justin Masterson) getting […]

Coffee and Clippings: Baez continues sizzling stretch for I-Cubs

Alex Kraft (@kraftmac21) of MiLB.com talks about Javier Baez’s eighth multi-hit performance in the minors… It was a classic case of Javy being Manny. After getting a chance to meet Manny Ramirez before taking the field Monday, Javier Baez turned the former big-league star’s advice into a huge night at the plate. The Cubs’ infielder […]

Coffee and Clippings: If rotation struggles, Yanks may make run at a big-name ace

Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) of the NY Post writes that the Yankees may make a run at a big-name ace if the rotation struggles… If I were making an educated guess — and that is all it is — the White Sox’s Jeff Samardzija is as likely to continue to titillate the Yankees as anyone. He […]

Around the majors report: News report

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. 1) The Braves placed 1B Freddie Freeman on the 15 day DL, retroactive to June 18, and called up OF-1B Joey Terdoslavich. Freeman has a right wrist contusion. YEAR AGE TRAA RCAA FRAA OBA SLG OPS OWP […]

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) ANGELS 5, A’S 4 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E – – – – – – – – – – — – A’s 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 […]