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  1. Notes on D: Shifts, Tigers, leaping Lough

    Mark Simon

    Take a look at the spray chart on the right. Omar Infante provides an interesting dilemma for teams that like to shift. It is the profile of a right-handed hitter, Kansas City Royals infielder Omar Infante, with an extreme tendency to pul...

    Blog | April 30, 2014
  2. Early trends: Bruce, Fielder, Rizzo, Heyward

    Mark Simon

    We've reached the point in the season where the first calls are coming into sports-talk radio. You know the kind. The ones that say "Bench (fill in the blank), he's terrible" or "(fill in the blank) is finally going to be a star." But there are us...

    Blog | April 15, 2014
  3. AL's defensive winter moves

    Mark Simon

    Today, Buster Olney rated the top defensive teams in the majors. We thought we'd take the time to look at the offseasons for each team from a defensive perspective. Here's our American League look. AL East Blue Jays: The transition from J.P. ...

    Blog | December 29, 2013
  4. Best defender of 2013: Andrelton Simmons

    Mark Simon

    Pouya Dianat/Atlanta Braves/Getty ImagesAndrelton Simmons was baseball's best defender in 2013 with plays like this. Who was the Defensive Player of the Year in 2013? In our view, it's not a close call. The SweetSpot voting panel named Braves s...

    Blog | October 29, 2013
  5. Machado is your 2013 Web Gem champ

    Mark Simon

    Roy Absalon/USA TODAY SportsManny Machado will reign supreme in Web Gems for 2013. Web Gems are fun. Players like them. Fans like them. There's no reason not to like them. They've been a staple on "Baseball Tonight" since the term was coined by th...

    Blog | September 20, 2013
  6. Simmons on path to all-time great year on D

    Mark Simon

    Stop if you've heard this before: The Sweet Spot Defensive Player of the Month for June is Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons. This marks the second straight month that Simmons has won in our voting, and the third time he's won since the s...

    Blog | July 02, 2013
  7. Defensive player of month: Manny Machado

    Mark Simon

    We've brought back the Defensive Player of the Month Award for the 2013 season, and our choice for April, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado, was in the ESPN spotlight with a pair of stories on Tuesday. Defensive Player of the Month April Resu...

    Blog | May 02, 2013
  8. W2W4: ALDS Game 4

    Mark Simon

    Let's focus entirely on the matchups in this game, as there are some good ones involving Yankees hitters heading into Game 4. Phil Hughes Matchups To Watch Hughes made three starts against the Orioles in the Bronx this year -- two bad and one goo...

    Blog | October 11, 2012
  9. W2W4: ALDS Game 3

    Mark Simon

    For more things to watch for, check out these pieces on the challenges posed by Miguel Gonzalez and the struggles of Alex Rodriguez. Hiroki Kuroda vs. the Orioles The biggest key for Kuroda could be his pitch location against the Orioles' lineup....

    Blog | October 10, 2012
  10. Gonzalez poses challenge to lefties, A-Rod

    Mark Simon

    The Yankees have a little bit of a problem on their hands. Yankees vs. Miguel Gonzalez Notable Hitters H-AB K Eric Chavez<< 3-6 2 Raul Ibanez<< 2-6 1 Ichiro Suzuki<< 2-6 1 Nick...

    Blog | October 09, 2012
  11. W2W4: ALDS Game 2

    Mark Simon

    Pettitte's Camden Yards History Much of this was done against different lineups, but Andy Pettitte has pitched well in his last four starts at Camden Yards (the most recent was in 2010). In them, he's allowed four earned runs and 17 hits in 27 2/3 i...

    Blog | October 08, 2012
  12. W2W4: 2012 ALDS Game 1

    Mark Simon

    Almost all of Robinson Cano's hits vs the Orioles this season have come on outside pitches. CC Sabathia Stats To Watch The slider that makes Sabathia such a tough pitcher worked great for him in his last three appearances this season, netting him 2...

    Blog | October 07, 2012
  13. Robertson pays price for missing his spot

    Mark Simon

    ESPN Stats & InformationThe difference between where David Robertson wanted to throw his pitch to Adam Jones (top of image) and where the pitch ended up (right side of image). One often hears about a pitcher "missing his spot." On Thursday, David Ro...

    Blog | September 07, 2012
  14. A Giant leap forward

    Mark Simon

    Extra coverage from the set of Baseball Tonight.

    Story | Conversation | June 21, 2004
  15. Craziest game ever

    Mark Simon

    Extra coverage from the set of Baseball Tonight

    Story | Conversation | May 18, 2004
  16. Bonds family reigns supreme

    Mark Simon

    Extra coverage from the set of Baseball Tonight

    Story | Conversation | April 30, 2004