Peter Gammons: Joe Maddon and managing human beings

MESA, Ar.—It was between games of a day-night doubleheader in Pittsburgh last September, and as we sat together in the visiting manager’s office between games, Joe Maddon summed up his managerial style. “I appreciate, love and use all the analytics and scouting information that so many people work on and get to my desk, the […]

The Yankees bullpen troika means the starters need to only go six

Yankees manager Joe Girardi on the YES Network last night stated that newly acquired Aroldis Chapman will be his closer as the team enters spring training. This means that the AL reliever of the year, Andrew Miller, will move back to the 8th inning, a slot that he previously occupied and thrived in, and Dellin […]

Sunday Nine to Notes for November 29, 2015

Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files of November 29, 2015 Not one wild pitch or passed ball for Bartolo Colon or Johnny Cueto in 2015. Seven National Leaguers received votes for Rookie of the Year in 2015, unanimously won by Kris Bryant, but Odubel Herrera the Phillies centerfielder wasn’t one of them. Herrera […]

With Cole Pitching Wild Card Game, Bucs Aren’t Merely Arrieta’s Next Prey

With the Pirates no longer in the running for the NL Central crown, a pall has seemingly been cast over PNC Park. Sure, the Bucs are playoff-bound for a third straight season — a once-unfathomable prospect for a team that set a record for the most consecutive losing seasons in North American sports history from […]

Plate Discipline Breeds Confidence for Starlin Castro

A lack of confidence shouldn’t be an issue for Starlin Castro.  As a 20-year-old rookie in 2010, he hit .300. As a 21-year-old sophomore in 2011, he led baseball with 207 base knocks. As a 22-year-old phenom in 2012, he agreed to a seven-year, $60 million contract extension. And now, at the ripe age of 25 […]

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) DIAMONDBACKS 4, RANGERS 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E – – – – – – – – – – — – Diamondbacks 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 […]

Starlin Castro’s Disappointing Season

No one in the world could imagine Starlin Castro—statistically—being one of the worst shortstops in baseball. But somehow that’s been the case this year. The 25-year-old currently has a negative-0.4 WAR—better than only Alexei Ramirez (negative-1.4). Castro has 69 wRC+, giving him the edge over Jimmy Rollins (67), Jean Segura (66), Jordy Mercer (64) and […]

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 Red Sox placed 2B Dustin Pedroia on the 15 day DL, sent P Joe Kelly to the minors, designated C Erik Kratz for assignment and called up SS Deven Marrero, OF Jackie Bradley Jr. and […]

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) RED SOX 13, ROYALS 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E – – – – – – – – – – — – Red Sox 0 1 0 1 5 […]

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, Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera moved into 6th place for career total bases, through age 32. (The Complete #Baseball Encyclopedia makes an excellent #fathersdaygifts. www.baseball-encyclopedia.com) Cabrera moved into 7th place for career total bases above the […]