Peter Gammons: Toronto building a new culture

DUNEDIN, Fla.—In many ways, Toronto has returned to its Pat Gillick glory days these last two years. They made the playoffs for the first time since the world championship team9 in 1993. They won 11 more games in 2015-16 than any other A.L. East team, attracted 6.1M fans into Rogers Centre, on most nights had more […]

Jamey Newberg: Ever after.

It’s without apology or more than a split-second’s introspection that I admit that, in certain years — most of them, lately — my rooting interest in the playoffs once Texas has exited has been that I pretty much want every team to lose, with only slight indifference in some cases. The last two seasons, for obvious reasons, the exception has been […]

Peter Gammons: Blue Jays and Indians are cut from the same cloth

While we have watched chilling, complex layers of wild card play-ins into the League Championship Series, with innings that like the Cubs ninth in San Francisco that ended the Giants season, the Dodger-Nationals seventh in the NLCS elimination game that took Washington out of the post-season to seventh in Chicago Saturday night that left the […]

Peter Gammons: Troy Tulowitzki, Travis Shaw, and attention to the defensive side

Less than a 16th of the season had passed Friday night, and Troy Tulowitzki was hitting .139. “I don’t care,” said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons, “if he doesn’t get another hit all season. His defense is that good.” “Of course,” laughed Gibbons, “he will get another hit.” A week and a half of a […]

Poor Command Hampers Cueto in ALCS Game 3 Drubbing

You’ll have to forgive Johnny Cueto if, during his ALCS Game 3 start last night, he had flashbacks to the debacle that was the 2013 NL Wild Card. The Royals’ purported ace didn’t drop the ball this time — at least, not literally — but he once again took a beating with nearly 50,000 Blue […]

Peter Gammons: Managing without a bullpen, offensive explosion for young shortstops

Yes, the Ilitch family fired Dave Dombrowski after the most successful decade since the Tigers joined the American League in 1901. There is little doubt Brad Ausmus will get the ax at season’s end; too many leaks keep the executioners anonymous. Once Dombrowski got the orders the Tuesday before the trading deadline to move David […]

Newberg: The comfort of powerlessness

We sat down last night to watch a couple old episodes of “Inside the Actors Studio,” the first one featuring Sting and then another starring Anthony Hopkins, the latter of whom said something toward the end of his hour that, naturally, made me think about baseball. “Today is the tomorrow I was so worried about yesterday.” Thursday, […]

Friday Six Pack: Iwakuma’s No-No, Blue Jays, D. Jennings, Leaping Rizzo, Schwarber, Puig

It’s been about a year since I’ve ended the week with a Gammons Daily Friday Six Pack. Whether you’ve experienced the 7th inning stretch here on the site or not, I hope you enjoy the renewal of what I consider an appropriate excuse from your responsibilities. Iwakuma tosses no-hitter So the main story of the […]

Peter Gammons: Surging Blue Jays fueled by depth and defensive upgrades

When the Yankees arrived at the Rogers Centre Friday night for the foreign version of a pennant race played over two weekends, they visited a team that had won 11 games in a row and trailed in two of their last 100 innings, a team mystics and statistics believed was bringing a great city into […]

Peter Gammons: Public opinion casts long shadow over GMs

Six days out from the Trade Deadline, the wake from the S.S. Blue Jays can be seen for miles and miles and miles out across Lake Ontario. They haven’t lost since Troy Tulowitzki and David Price were acquired, averaging six runs a game with Tulowitzki in the lineup, and the sound in the Rogers Centre […]