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  1. The best player in baseball

    David Schoenfield

    Sorry, Miggy. Your hitting feats are legendary. You'll be in the Hall of Fame some day, on the short list of best right-handed batsmen the game has ever seen. You know you're an all-timer when you're hitting .319 and on pace for 135 RBIs and nobody i...

    Blog | June 17, 2014
  2. Polanco's call-up and great young outfields

    David Schoenfield

    After two months of speculation, yearning from fans and guarded responses from the front office, the Pirates finally recalled 23-year-old outfielder Gregory Polanco. As Alex Speier wrote on ESPN Insider, Polanco's story is a fun one, as he rose from ...

    Blog | June 11, 2014
  3. SweetSpot TV: Can Puig win batting title?

    David Schoenfield

    In this week's Rapid Fire SweetSpot TV segment with Eric Karabell, one topic we discuss is Yasiel Puig. Entering Wednesday, Puig is second in the National League batting race, hitting .346 to Troy Tulowitzki's .373. Can Puig actually win th...

    Blog | May 28, 2014
  4. Opening Day primer: What not to miss

    David Schoenfield

    There's nothing quite like Opening Day. As Pete Rose once said, "It's like Christmas except warmer." It's a reminder that for perhaps inexplicable reasons we still love this crazy game, that we're ready to devote way too many hours over the next seve...

    Blog | March 31, 2014
  5. SweetSpot TV: MVP preview

    David Schoenfield

    Eric and myself are to break down all six of the MVP finalists. What are their cases and who should win?...

    Blog | November 14, 2013
  6. Playoff watch: Good job, Pirates!

    David Schoenfield

    Some quick thoughts on the most important results and plays of the day, and a look forward to Wednesday. Key at-bat of the day: The Pirates had surrendered a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the eighth, but Travis Snider pinch-hit for Vin Mazzaro leadin...

    Blog | September 04, 2013
  7. Ten predictions for the stretch run

    David Schoenfield

    When Alex Rodriguez got caught off second base on Ichiro Suzuki's line drive back to the pitcher in the 10th inning, I was sure the Tampa Bay Rays would win. When Joba Chamberlain walked Jose Molina leading off the bottom of the 10th, I was sure t...

    Blog | August 25, 2013
  8. Reds now team to beat in NL Central

    David Schoenfield

    The wild-card game is, of course, a bit mad. Or maybe completely mad. Telling teams they have to play 162 games to get into the playoffs and then one game to stay alive is akin to telling two NFL teams they've made the playoffs after 16 regular-seaso...

    Blog | August 18, 2013
  9. SweetSpot TV: Most exciting player

    David Schoenfield

    As part of our Best Tools package, Eric and myself discuss the most exciting players in baseball. We disagree on one pitcher but I think we're in agreement with the top guy. Yes, it's Yasiel Puig. I was trying to think who he reminds me of and the...

    Blog | August 13, 2013
  10. Ignore win total, Kershaw is MVP candidate

    David Schoenfield

    Wins still matter. Well, of course wins matter, you know that. That's why we play the game. I mean wins for pitchers still matter in things such as Cy Young or MVP votings. Which gets us to Clayton Kershaw. With about 50 games remaining, the Na...

    Blog | August 07, 2013
  11. SweetSpot TV: Kershaw for MVP?

    David Schoenfield

    Tristan Cockcroft joins me to discuss the wide-open NL MVP race. Starting pitchers rarely win but is Clayton Kershaw a strong candidate?...

    Blog | August 06, 2013
  12. NL All-Star squad looks much stronger

    David Schoenfield

    The big questions for this season's All-Star selections as we headed into Saturday's selection show: Would Yasiel Puig make it? Who backs up Miguel Cabrera at third base in the American League from a strong field of candidates? Who represents the Ast...

    Blog | July 06, 2013
  13. Pirates need to make big pitch for Stanton

    David Schoenfield

    The Pittsburgh Pirates need Giancarlo Stanton. They have the starting pitching, even though right now they have an entire rotation on the disabled list. They have the bullpen, a key reason the Pirates lead the majors with 12 shutouts. They play ex...

    Blog | June 20, 2013
  14. Thoughts: Time to take Pirates seriously

    David Schoenfield

    Quick reactions off Tuesday's games ... Andrew McCutchen did this in the 12th inning to give the Pirates a big win over the Brewers. The Pirates are 22-17 -- the same record as the Braves, a team that has received much more attention than Pitts...

    Blog | May 15, 2013
  15. SweetSpot awards: Joey Votto for MVP

    David Schoenfield

    Earlier, the SweetSpot bloggers overwhelmingly supported Mike Trout for AL MVP and Justin Verlander for the AL Cy Young Award. Let's see how the predictions line up in the NL. MOST VALUABLE PLAYER For the second straight, the SweetSpot bloggers s...

    Blog | March 31, 2013
  16. Offseason report card: Pirates

    David Schoenfield

    2012 in review Record: 79-83 (78-84 Pythagorean) 651 runs scored (10th in NL) 674 runs allowed (7th in NL) Big Offseason Moves Signed free agents Russell Martin and Francisco Liriano. Re-signed free agent Jason Grilli. Traded Joel Hanrahan and...

    Blog | February 15, 2013