Peter Gammons: The Mattingly/ Leyland Letter, “Little Things”

Most everyone across baseball leaves for spring training this weekend in Florida or Arizona, with some form of preparation behind them, physical, mental, winter baseball experience, rest for the nearly nine months required to get to the final day of the World Series. Recently, everyone in uniform or in the Marlins organization received a letter […]

Peter Gammons: D-backs are in a decent position on Black Friday

What Diamondbacks’ owner Ken Kendrick and President Derrick Hall need to remember is that where the Diamondbacks have been the last decade has not been a long nightmare. They actually won the National League West in 2007, beat the Cubs in the Division Series, then lost out on the World Series that season when they […]

Defensive specialist Nick Ahmed primed as Diamondbacks’ starting shortstop

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona—Nick Ahmed’s path from East Longmeadow, Ma. to beginning the 2015 season as “the best defensive shortstop in the National League” in the words of his Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale, is that of a lot of kids who grew up throwing snowballs at this time in March. When Ahmed was a high school senior, […]

Peter Gammons: La Russa’s loyalty to Dave Stewart could lead to Arizona’s GM position

There are more experienced, qualified candidates for the Arizona general manager’s job, and he who comes in must reconstruct the damage done by CEO Derrick Hall when he fired Josh Byrnes and left the infrastructure unattended, an infrastructure that now is decayed, and in disarray. Tony La Russa has never been on the management side, […]

Peter Gammons: La Russa leading the way in Arizona

Tony La Russa has travelled with the Diamondbacks for more than three months, watching players, managers, coaches. He is presently interviewing general manager candidates in Jacksonville (Larry Beinfest, Gary LaRocque) and Phoenix, everything from major league players to minor leagues to scouting. “We began with a clear plan in mind,” says La Russa. “It’s a […]

MLB Video Highlights: Hall of Fame Induction Special

Hall of Fame Induction highlights… Funny stories from Hall of Fame speeches… Tony La Russa’s extended Hall of Fame Speech… Frank Thomas Part I… Frank Thomas Part II… Joe Torre’s Hall of Fame Speech… Bobby Cox… Tom Glavine… Greg Maddux… Eric Nadel accepts the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting… Joe Garagiola Sr. recieves the […]

Peter Gammons: A Hall of Fame Weekend in Cooperstown

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.—Henry Aaron’s float was, naturally, near the front of the parade that tours Main Street this July Saturday every year. He was greeted by the crowd loudly chanting “Home Run King, Home Run King,” and when he carefully used his cane to go up the steps to the entrance to The Hall of Fame, […]

Standings Room Only – May 19

We’re at the quarter-pole and very few teams are doing as well as California Chrome. Nine to Know Every team in the AL East lost the last game they played, every team in the AL West won their last game. The Tigers (27-12) have won 11 in a row on the road thanks in part […]

Coffee and Clippings: Garin Cecchini on his defense, “I will improve”

Tim Britton (@TimBritton) of the Providence Journal talks about Garin Cecchini’s defense and how he says it will improve… Cecchini made four errors in a three-game stretch in Indianapolis last week. When Will Middlebrooks landed on the disabled list Friday, the Red Sox called up Brock Holt to play third rather than Cecchini. Boston manager John Farrell justified the […]

News report: Diamondbacks hire Tony La Russa

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. Lee can be followed on twitter @ATMreports. 1) The Diamondbacks hired Tony La Russa as Chief Baseball Officer. La Russa will report to team president Derrick Hall, but GM Kevin Towers will report to La Russa. 2) […]