Peter Gammons: 2017 Predictions (Part II)

Back in time when the Red Sox held spring training in Winter Haven, Florida, on the banks of Lake Lulu in the land of Goat Milk Fudge and the Fossil Museum, a great Boston television sportsman named Bob Lobel would annually drive a player to Lakeland to Madame Christine’s House of Palmistry to try to […]

Peter Gammons: Maybe a Cuban-American Team?

PHOENIX—At different stops along the line this spring, in Fort Myers, Surprise and Glendale, players of Cuban ancestry have asked, “why not have a Cuban-American team in the World Baseball Classic?” The thought of a sold-out stadium in Miami with Cuba playing the Cuban-Americans is fascinating. Watching Cuba playing Japan at 3:45 a.m. MT, it […]

Peter Gammons: Another February traveling through Florida

PHOENIX—The flight from Tampa to Phoenix is a time to think about how different spring training is in the two states that equally divide the 30 training teams. The difference is driving. Arizona’s longest ride from the Biltmore area of Phoenix is 40 minutes. You can do that simply turning off 17 towards Dunedin, let […]

Peter Gammons: National League East Outlook

There is no PECOTA or simulation that knows whether David Wright’s legs will be strong again, or whether Wright’s teenage sidekick Ryan Zimmerman can play 140 games, Jose Fernandez can make 30 starts, and Giancarlo Stanton gets 600 plate appearances. Look, we know that in a National League whose teams are separate but far from equal—and […]

Coffee and Clippings: ‘It’s time’ for Castillo to show his worth

Sean McAdam (@Sean_McAdam) of CSN New England spotlights Rusney Castillo and what the Red Sox are expecting and hoping out of him… FORT MYERS, Fla. — It was almost two years ago that the Red Sox won a bidding war for Rusney Castillo, lavishing him with a $72.5 million contract. Yet, after watching Castillo for the […]

Peter Gammons: Ian Kinsler’s glove, Yankees rebuild, and the Gourriel brothers

LAKELAND, Fla.—Then when the American League Gold Glove winners were announced, one of them wasn’t Ian Kinsler, it was Jose Altuve. It’s almost always been someone other than Kinsler. In the prime of his career, it was Dustin Pedroia and Robinson Cano. “They earned and deserved everything they got,” says Kinsler. “They are great players.” […]

Coffee and Clippings: A’s top prospect Sean Manaea has tons of talent, fun and hair

Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) of SF Gate profiles A’s top pitching prospect, Sean Manaea and his big personality… MESA, Ariz. — If you don’t know who Sean Manaea is, manager Bob Melvin said Sunday, “look for the hair.” The A’s top pitching prospect, in camp for the first time after coming from Kansas City in the Ben […]

Video: Peter Gammons on Mets signing Cespedes, other offseason moves, and more

Peter Gammons joins High Heat with Christopher Russo on the MLB Network to discuss Yoenis Cespedes returning to the Mets for 3 years and $75 million, Marlins bullpen possibilities, and more offseason topics…

Peter Gammons: Indians look solid, Cespedes, and more mid-January thoughts

Five mid-January thoughts: 1.  Even though FanGraphs has picked the Indians to win the American League Central, there still is constant media speculation that they will trade one of their four starters. But after two months of being asked about Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar and/or Trevor Bauer, the calls have stopped since Christmas. […]

Video: Peter Gammons checks-in with offseason news and notes

Peter Gammons joins MLB tonight to discuss various offseason topics including the Dodgers filling the hole Zach Greinke left, the latest on Yoenis Cespedes, the Cleveland Indians chances in the AL central, and more…