Peter Gammons: Verlander, Price, Otani, Marlins’ ownership, and more Friday notes

The day the Astros acquired Justin Verlander, they aligned their starting pitching so that if they needed to win on the final day of the season, he would pitch that game in Boston. What they never foresaw was that as it now stands, the Indians would have home field advantage on through, which means that if […]

Peter Gammons: Trevor Bauer, Yankee pitching, and Doug Fister

TREVOR BAUER AND THE INDIANS PATIENCE One of Trevor Bauer’s longtime friends watched his exchange of words with Avisail Garcia on September 4 and said he knew then he was completely back to the state he was in as a UCLA junior and the best pitcher in college baseball, when in his final regular season […]

Peter Gammons: Mike Hazen and the culture of accountability and understanding

The deal wasn’t an MLB lead story. It happened late on the night of last November 23, between two teams in the left time zone that finished a combined 31 games out of their respective Western Divisions. Jean Segura had played in parts of six seasons and in 2016 batted .313, Mitch Haniger was a […]

Peter Gammons: Look West for the class of the National League

In a year in which the Seattle Mariners, who haven’t made the postseason since 2001, were redeveloped and now playing in exile in a land called the Disabled List, the discussions over the weekend in Fenway Park were a positive distraction. It was about shortstop Jean Segura, his .329 average coming off leading the National […]

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 […]

Peter Gammons: What to make of Boston’s third base situation

Ft. MYERS, FL- All it took was just one look. It was this way in George Scott’s days, when Boomer decided he would stick to salads, and there he was in the middle of the clubhouse after a game devouring a salad—with add-ons—that appeared to be an entire July harvest from the state of Iowa. […]

Coffee and Clippings: Hometown hero Mike Moustakas makes good for Royals against Angels

Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) of the LA Times talks about Mike Moustakas’ game-winning home run against the Angels in the 11th inning… The journey was not easy, but the reward was well worth it for Kansas City’s Mike Moustakas. After a season that saw him dropped to the bottom of the batting order and demoted to […]

Epstein, Red Sox agreement restricting Lovullo possible opportunity with Cubs

Thursday the Cubs will introduce their new manager, probably Rick Renteria, and be faced with this embarrassing scenario: the first question is “are you disappointed you didn’t get to interview Torey Lovullo.” And on Renteria’s day, the story becomes Lovullo. The three year window agreed upon by the Red Sox and Cubs when Theo Epstein went to Chicago […]

Cubs interested in Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo

The Cubs have talked to Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo about their vacant managerial job, but will not have any further discussions until the Red Sox are through playing. Lovullo’s managed the Red Sox triple-A team in Pawtucket, he has worked with John Farrell for three years, and he seems a strong candidate to […]