Peter Gammons: Some Twins and Red Sox thoughts from Fort Myers

FORT MYERS, Fla.—The Twins got to Yankee Stadium for an October play-in game, and while they ran head-on into the Yankee bullpen, “it had real meaning to us players and to every one of us who grew up in the area,” says Joe Mauer. And instead of patting themselves on the back, from James Pohlad […]

Peter Gammons: Assembling a pitching staff for 2018

The National League Championship Series was barely over and the Dodgers in the World Series when Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Joe Maddon began rethinking the way they develop pitching. They hired Jim Hickey, Maddon’s former pitching coach in Tampa Bay. When the new Marlins ownership fired all of Jeffrey Loria’s baseball hirings, former Pirates […]

Peter Gammons: Splashes and notes from the Orlando Winter Meetings

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla—Brian Cashman has done the big deals, like Mike Mussina, Mark Teixeira and C.C. Sabathia. He worked for George Steinbrenner, which meant living in the immediate, and when he and Hal Steinbrenner set out to make over the Yankees from their post-Messersmith Decision prominence—from Reggie Jackson to Alex Rodriguez—to a team whose […]

Peter Gammons: Now that the deadline dust has settled

The first question was about the certainty of the Dodgers in the World Series. The second was a look-ahead to a replay of the 1981 Dodger-Yankee World Series. I covered the 1978 Red Sox. I remember when they were 14 up on the Yankees on July 19. Or that on August 1 they were 65-38, […]

Newberg: The curious case of Heterochromia Iridum V. Bibens-Dirkx.

They were both chosen out of college in the 2006 draft, and that’s basically where the parallels end, unless you note the fact that each has pitched in the independent leagues and one has as many last names as the other has eye colors. Only Max Scherzer went 11th overall in that draft, and Austin […]

Newberg: Baseball, hot dogs, Jeff Malm, and the enduring dreams of the uninvited.

When I heard last week that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey were shutting the circus down once and for all, after having been around three times longer than me, it registered with me that the news didn’t really register with me. I guess I hadn’t really thought about it, maybe ever, but on reflection […]

Newberg: Tyson Ross, and rarity.

The Rangers agreed to terms on a pillow contract with Ian Desmond last year on February 29, the rarest of dates, and both the team and the player reaped rich rewards. Friday the 13th is somewhat less of a calendar anomaly than Leap Day, but then again Tyson Ross doesn’t need to have the kind of breakout season […]

Peter Gammons: Managing playoff pitching staffs

It may be that we have no idea how the World Series can end before the election if we end up with two- and three-way ties when the regular season ends and the play-ins are supposed to begin, but, the six division champions thought to have been determined, the attention has now begun to focus […]

Peter Gammons: Four cities in five nights, contending pitchers down the stretch

It happens all over baseball. It happens in Seattle and in Baltimore, Texas flying home into the microwave heat. Everywhere. The attention this week is on the Red Sox, who are playing five games in four cities in five days in a stretch where they’re playing 23 days in a row, and a Wednesday night […]

Newberg: Pro Active.

The point of this morning’s entry, as it cooked in my head the past few days, was going to be that if I were another team, I’d be aggressively trying to pry Jurickson Profar free from Texas, like Sandy Alomar Jr. blocked by Benito Santiago, Jeff Bagwell stuck behind Scott Cooper, Michael Young caught in […]