Peter Gammons: A dozen thoughts to finish out Spring Training

PHOENIX—What spring training is supposed to be is a prelude to the pressure, the booing, the third deck, families, some golf, and Clayton Kershaw trying to slam someone in ping pong. Friday, for instance, it was Kenley Jansen hiring a Taco Truck and essentially having a Dodger team picnic before their afternoon game. Saturday it was […]

Peter Gammons: A few thoughts as we start 2018

So we’re in 2018. The owners have their tax cuts. But they also have luxury tax threshold of $197M with serious disincentives not to cross, at least not this winter, which, in accordance with their last labor agreement with the Players Association, is in many agents’ eyes $13M less than that in terms of payroll […]

Peter Gammons: Some Astro and Marlins thoughts at season’s end

When one runs the streets of Beverly Hills, each driveway has a sign posted that reads: “Beware. Trespassers Will Be Greeted With an Armed Response.” Which might as well be posted at the entrances to Minute Maid Park this Thursday, because while so many of us have placed the burden of expectations on the Indians […]

Peter Gammons: Spotlight on the 2017 Royals

SURPRISE, ARIZONA—This is one of those springs where the Royals needed to get out and play. Raul Mondesi, who annually roomed with Yordano Ventura, needs to play and concentrate on showing Ned Yost he is ready to play second base in the big leagues. “We all need to play,” says Salvador Perez. “Focus on baseball.” […]

Peter Gammons: Primary storylines from the Winter Meetings

The immediate reaction to the Collective Bargaining Agreement came as clubs were swarming to Harbor Landing, Md. was that the minimal rise in the luxury tax threshold was essentially a soft salary cap, one that would force mega-market teams like the Dodgers, Yankees and Red Sox to hold onto their best prospects for a time […]

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 […]

Relievers with at least 40 hitless appearances in 2015

There has been a lot action already this Hot Stove season amongst relievers. And it makes sense. Starters not only aren’t throwing complete games, they are not going deep in games in general. Starters out, relievers in. There are many skill sets we want from relievers in their relatively short visits into games: we don’t […]

The Mets and the Royals – Head-to-Head – 20 facts

Both the Mets and the Royals are under .500 in their regular season lives in this first match-up of two expansion teams in the World Series. Here are 20 facts about their face-to-face history The New York Mets, born 1962, have played 8616 regular season games going 4128-4480 (.480). The Kansas City Royals, born 1969, have played […]

Peter Gammons: World Series preview and questions to be answered

KANSAS CITY—In the 55th season since the first expansion from two eight leagues, the American and National, in 1961, there never was a World Series held between two teams that came into existence since the Dec. 24, 1960 expansion draft. A draft that began with the name Eli Grba and included Haywood Sullivan, Jim Fregosi […]

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 Pirates placed 3B Josh Harrison on the 15 day DL. Harrison has torn ligaments in his left thumb and is expected to miss about 6 weeks. YEAR AGE TRAA RCAA FRAA OBA SLG OPS OWP […]