Peter Gammons, a three-time National Sportswriter of the Year, was a columnist for MLB.com from 2009-12 after almost 22 years with ESPN.
|There is no guidebook to what entails a Hall of Famer or a manual defining its criteria. Most of us vote based on our own vision of what the Hall of Fame is or should be, which, in reality, means we really don't know what the Hall is supposed to be, which is a fascinating part of what goes into each ballot.
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|No one really knows what the 2013 version of the Red Sox will be, but it can't be worse than last season.
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|General manager Alex Anthopoulos was given the wherewithal to restore the franchise to its former glory, and with such deals as the R.A. Dickey trade, he has come through.
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|You have to use what currency you have and try to get the high-ceiling arms, which is what each of them has done. This isn't rotisserie, it's the reality of the market.
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|While many see Sunday night's blockbuster as Royals general manager Dayton Moore rolling the dice with coveted prospect Wil Myers, well, there comes a point where Kansas City has to win.
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|In the end, Greinke is ending up where most everyone thought he'd end up. In the end, it's the Dodgers, baseball's destination event for whom petty cash is no object.
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|What we witnessed was a decline in activity in the Winter Meetings, as well as the impact of the new Draft system. Now we will wait to see where Zack Greinke and Josh Hamilton go, and how much their wakes impact the players waiting behind them.
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|Where will Josh Hamilton and Zach Greinke end up? Will the Rays trade David Price or James Shields? Will Rafael Soriano sign with Detroit? These are just a few of the storylines to follow at the Winter Meetings.
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|Giancarlo Stanton shared his thoughts with Peter Gammons on the Marlins' trade the other night, expressing his frustration at being unable to actively pursue a "winning philosophy."
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|Mike Trout and Bryce Harper had expectations that preceded them. They met them in terms of performance, but they exceeded them in the way they played. In this age of analytics, we sometimes overlook what it means to play the way Pete Rose and George Brett played, the way Darin Erstad and Derek Jeter and Grady Sizemore have played.
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|Bobby Valentine may not have succeeded in Boston, but he isn't ready to put baseball in his rear-view mirror just yet.
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|Did Melky Cabrera make a serious mistake? Of course. But he will have a market, likely for a year as he re-establishes himself at the age of 28, likely laden with ifs, ands and buts as well as incentives.
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|Coming off a strong season with the Yankees, Rafael Soriano made a wise decision to opt for free agency, as several clubs should be in the market for an established closer.
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|No one in Detroit seemed happier to have the World Series home than Willie Horton. He recalled how he grew up blocks away from the old Tiger Stadium, which is only blocks from Comerica Park, and how as a child he rode his bike around what is now the new Tigers home on his paper route.
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|For 11 games in October, no one played the three-dimensional game better than the Giants, and now that it's been two times in three years, they should be admired, respected and lauded for doing what they do and doing it right.
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|From Willie McCovey and Willie Mays to current players like Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval, the Giants have a rich history of superstars and memorable World Series moments.
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|And so it has happened twice for the Giants. They were down 0-2 in the Division Series and survived. They faced elimination in the NLCS three times and survived.
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|In the end, it came down to relationships. The Red Sox liked what Brad Ausmus had to offer, but John Farrell is as intermingled with the team's culture as Mike Matheny is for the Cardinals.
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|The Cardinals flew back to San Francisco as Friday night morphed into Saturday morning, without their fourth National League pennant in nine years and still seeking their third World Series championship in seven seasons. But this team, that is deep into October without Tony La Russa, Albert Pujols, Lance Berkman or Rafael Furcal, once again showed the baseball world that the culture that is the Cardinal tradition withstands exiles and injuries.
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|From individual stars like Justin Verlander and CC Sabathia to amazing teams like the Cardinals and Giants, the League Championship Series promise to be classic confrontations.
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