Peter Gammons

Peter Gammons

Interesting nugget of information from Marc Topkin prior to the Rays game Tuesday with the Red Sux. Speaking on the Rays Radio Network, Topkin, a Rays beat writer for the St. Petersburg Times, was asked about the rumors of embattled Rays centerfielder B.J. Upton being swapped to Seattle for southpaw ace Cliff Lee as Twittered by noted baseball scribe Andrew Jackson Peter Gammons earlier Tuesday.

Topkin floated the possibility that Gammons, who also works for NESN, the TV broadcast partner of the Red Sux, planted that rumor via Twitter purposely to distract Upton and perhaps the Rays in this critical series played at the Fruitdome this week.

Now call Joe naive, but Joe doesn’t totally buy that. Then again, it wouldn’t be the first time Gammons spread rank misinformation, which smelled to high heaven of a dubious plant at the time it was so outrageous.

If in fact it can be proven that Gammons indeed planted a fake rumor via a social media forum to create a ruckus, it’s beyond an ethical breach of any respected journalist and Gammons should have his credentials yanked by MLB Advanced Media as a result.



  1. John S says:

    The MLB would not have the balls

  2. Alex says:

    How exactly would this distract BJ? He’s already a safe bet to go 0-fer and if he does get on he’ll just get picked off anyway

    • Cork Gaines says:

      Nope, but when Gammons says it, the rumor carries more weight and causes more waves than when Mooney buries it at the bottom of a column. And when Gammons says it during a Rays-Red Sox series in which the two will likely battle for the Wild Card all year, it does raise some eyebrows.

  3. Sarah says:

    I don’t think you need a bizarre conspiracy theory to explain why someone like Gammons would spread unsubstantiated rumors. They get us all watching/reading, don’t they? That’s the point.

  4. kabak says:

    Maybe it is to actually get BJ’s attention

  5. Don says:

    Please AF… call Seattle, play dumb, tell them your ready to deal!
    What’s the worst that can happen..they could go for it…rumor or no!

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