Peter Gammons: Manfred, MLBPA, Brazil, and more notes from Phoenix

PHOENIX—When Rob Manfred took the Arizona media day to express his frustrations about dealing with the MLB Players Association, it was, in many ways, the Fort Sumter. He explained that pace of game and several other proposals would be postponed for a year “due to a lack of cooperation” from the union, and effectively threatened […]

Peter Gammons: Reflections and notes from the Winter Meetings

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.—Slowly, sometimes reluctantly, major league baseball executives are trickling into the Gaylord Hotel—which they will find is larger than Newfoundland– here on the Potomac River. There is a strong sense of relief that Commissioner Rob Manfred reached a deal with Tony Clark and the Players Association, yet most are in freeze-frame because until […]

Numbers for Derek Jeter entering his final season

“The 2014 season will be my last year playing professional baseball,” wrote Derek Jeter on his Facebook page and with those words we all felt a premature sense of loss. Jeter has played 19 seasons and has made the All-Star team 13 times, won five Silver Slugger awards, five Gold Glove Awards, and five World […]

Peter Gammons: Scott Boras and his vision for the future of baseball

Scott Boras’s philosophy when it comes to getting free agent clients signed is “January 15 is Thanksgiving, March 1 is Christmas.” In other words, by the time exhibition games begin in Florida and Arizona, he figures that Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales will be signed, and that in the case of Drew either the Mets […]