Peter Gammons: Quintana crosses town to Wrigleyville, Springer’s MVP shot, and more

The news of the Cubs blockbuster trade featuring Jose Quintana broke around 11 Thursday morning. The phone rang. “So much for the hangovers,” said the major league coach on the other line. “Theo and Jed just dumped a bucket of ice water over the entire clubhouse. What differentiates those guys is that they understand players. They […]

Peter Gammons: State of the league going into the All Star Break

We’ve heard the game show since mid-March, “buyers” and “sellers,” who they should be and what they should do. As the second half of the season began, by Friday the Milwaukee Brewers had a 4 ½ game lead in the National League Central with the fourth best run differential (+40) in the league. And when […]

Peter Gammons: Red Sox’ bright future and more from San Diego

SAN DIEGO—It was at this time last season that across New England there were howls to trade Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley and even Xander Bogaerts for a pitcher, any veteran pitcher, no matter how he profiled pitching for the Red Sox, who play 108 games a season in four of the worst pitchers’ parks […]

Jamey Newberg: Plan B.

I didn’t love that Sam Dyson had to pitch the ninth inning on Tuesday, and I didn’t love that Nick Martinez got off the bullpen bench in the third inning on Wednesday, starting to get loose as Oakland was busy sending eight hitters to the plate against Derek Holland. Hours earlier, Jeff Banister had hinted […]

Video: Peter Gammons on Sonny Gray trade possibilities and the 2016 Draft aftermath

Peter Gammons joins Lauren Shehadi and MLB Central on MLB Network to discuss Sonny Gray’s trade possibilities, as well as the impact of the 2016 Draft, the Braves building a pitching staff for the future, the stolen base story on Jon Lester, and Peter’s song of the day…

Peter Gammons: Future of Sonny Gray, anticipation builds for top draft picks

Sonny Gray returned to the A’s Sunday, and did so nobly. He was supposed to have a rehab start that day, but when he heard that Rich Hill couldn’t make his start because of a groin pull, Gray texted a club official and offered to come up and take the ball. Gray allowed one run […]

Peter Gammons: The lost game of pepper, Astros’ analytical approach, chess, and more

Ted Williams used to play pepper almost every day, for what he said was the feel of manipulating the bat and getting the daily feel of exacting the barrel of the bat to the ball. Yet, for a number of reasons like complaints by ground crews that players dug up the grass with their games, […]

Video: Peter Gammons on Pedroia, Gray, Marlins, and More

Peter Gammons joins MLB Central on the MLB Network to discuss Sonny Gray’s value, Dustin Pedroia and leadership on the Red Sox, the Miami Marlin’s early run of success, and more…

A’s Take Low-Cost Gamble on Henderson Alvarez Regaining Health, Velocity

It’s not very often that a 25-year-old pitcher with a no-hitter on his resume and a career adjusted ERA that’s better than the league average hits the free agent market, but that’s what happened with Henderson Alvarez this offseason. Alvarez, owner of a career 105 ERA+ in 563 career frames, was non-tendered by the Miami […]

2015 IP Leaders by Team

There were 28 pitchers who threw 200.0+ innings in 2015 with the White Sox having three and the Braves, Cubs, Astros, Dodgers, and Nationals having two each. The 28 was the lowest total for a full season since the 25 in 1947. There a dozen teams that did not have a pitcher reach 200 innings pitched. […]