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  1. Somehow, some way, Yankees are winning

    David Schoenfield

    Over the past week or so, somebody has been bombing media members with emails under various aliases, including Brian Cashman, Alex Rodriguez, Mickey Rivers, Babe Ruth and, oddly, Earl Weaver, since all the emails are about the Yankees. Most of them a...

    Blog | August 07, 2014
  2. Stanton one of best pure power hitters ever

    David Schoenfield

    The much-anticipated Alex Wood versus Jose Fernandez rematch didn't materialize on Tuesday night, as Fernandez turned in another dominating performance with eight scoreless innings while Wood gave up 10 hits and seven runs. What did materialize was a...

    Blog | April 30, 2014
  3. Nationals can't beat the good teams

    David Schoenfield

    There's certainly no shame in losing to Adam Wainwright. When he's commanding his fastball to the corners and dropping in that big curveball, the 1927 Yankees with Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig would have trouble beating him. It's one thing to lose to ...

    Blog | April 18, 2014
  4. Happy Birthday, Babe Ruth

    David Schoenfield

    We've been in a daylong baseball planning meeting here at ESPN, so I'm short on time. But we can't ignore Babe Ruth's birthday. I figure you know about him, anyway. This is also the 100th anniversary of the start of his career. Ruth made his debut wi...

    Blog | February 06, 2014
  5. What if Willie Mays were a free agent?

    David Schoenfield

    We talked a lot about Mike Trout in Tuesday's chat session. Following up on that, a couple Trout links to check out. Buster Olney writes today: If Trout were a free agent right now and told teams he would only sign a one-year deal, what would he ...

    Blog | December 18, 2013
  6. Why Cole will challenge Beltran

    David Schoenfield

    One of the key matchups in tonight's Game 5 between the Pirates and Cardinals is rookie starter Gerrit Cole versus Carlos Beltran, who is doing his usual Babe Ruth impersonation in the playoffs. While some may believe Cole should pitch as carefull...

    Blog | October 09, 2013
  7. Fun stats with Miguel Cabrera

    David Schoenfield

    From ESPN Stats & Information, players with a .360 average, 42 home runs and 128 RBIs through 130 team games: Miguel Cabrera, 2013 Lou Gehrig, 1934 Babe Ruth, 1930 Lou Gehrig, 1927 Babe Ruth, 1921 Well ... that there is some company. Of ...

    Blog | August 26, 2013
  8. Fun stats with awesome Miguel Cabrera

    David Schoenfield

    So much for Miguel Cabrera resting. He played Wednesday and went 1-for-4, including a bases-clearing double in the eighth inning of the Tigers' 7-1 win over the Twins. From ESPN Stats & Information, highest career batting average with the bases lo...

    Blog | August 22, 2013
  9. Roger Maris' bat from 1961 up for auction

    David Schoenfield

    I found this edition of Mint Condition interesting. Robert Edward Auctions has an item up for bid it claims is possibly the bat Roger Maris used in 1961 to tie Babe Ruth's then-record of 60 home runs. But the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown claims it has...

    Blog | April 30, 2013
  10. AL MVP debate: Cabrera versus Trout

    David Schoenfield

    The grievances seem mostly confined to Michigan but usually go something like this: The media is ignoring Miguel Cabrera's MVP candidacy because we're in love with Mike Trout since he's a rookie; that Trout isn't doing anything so historic that we sh...

    Blog | September 14, 2012
  11. Biggest increases/decreases in WAR

    David Schoenfield

    Mark Simon and I teased this on the Baseball Today podcast, so here it is. Tom from Melbourne, Fla., writes in: I have a slew of answers for Friday's ridiculous question regarding greatest difference in WAR in consecutive years. For the analysis, ...

    Blog | July 30, 2012
  12. What we talk about when we talk about WAR

    David Schoenfield

    WAR is not the Holy Grail of statistics. It's a conversation starter, not a conversation ender. It's important, it's useful and most of all it's fun. It's the best tool for comparing players across positions or across eras. It's a great tool for e...

    Blog | July 19, 2012
  13. Best batter-pitcher matchups of all time

    David Schoenfield

    The other night I tweeted something like, "Would love to see Aroldis Chapman face 2001 Barry Bonds." On the Baseball Today podcast, we had a reader ask us about best pitcher-hitter matchups to watch for over the next few years. With that prompt, I...

    Blog | May 24, 2012
  14. This just in: Cabrera and Fielder are good

    David Schoenfield

    This is what will have American League pitchers and managers waking up in cold sweats all season long: Those stretches when Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder are both raking, eyes bulging as they pummel meaty fastballs over fences and into outfield s...

    Blog | April 07, 2012
  15. Babe Ruth, the Mark Reynolds of 1921?

    David Schoenfield

    A quick final note related to our Greatest Season Ever bracket. Babe Ruth struck out 81 times in 693 plate appearances in 1921, an 11.7 percent strikeout rate. That's pretty impressive in 2011 terms -- akin to Dustin Pedroia, who fanned in 11.6 pe...

    Blog | March 09, 2012
  16. The two greatest hitters of all time

    David Schoenfield

    It's not surprising that Babe Ruth and Ted Williams reached the finals of our Greatest Season Ever bracket. In Ruth, you have the most iconic player of all time; in Williams, you have the owner of perhaps the most iconic season of all time. Maybe ...

    Blog | March 09, 2012