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  1. What's a manager really worth?

    David Schoenfield

    People like to talk about baseball managers, about Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox and Joe Torre. The talk focuses almost entirely on who is a good manager and who is a lousy manager. The average fan has a one-dimensional image of a manager. He's good or...

    Blog | September 16, 2014
  2. How many career home runs for Miggy?

    David Schoenfield

    Via Lee Sinins of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, Miguel Cabrera moved into the top 10 for career home runs through his age-31 season. The top 10: 1. Alex Rodriguez, 518 2. Jimmie Foxx, 464 3. Ken Griffey Jr., 460 4. Albert Pujols, 445 ...

    Blog | September 16, 2014
  3. Ten questions for the stretch run

    David Schoenfield

    Two weeks to go. Two weeks of gut-wrenching, sweat-inducing, pacing-in-front-of-the-TV baseball if you're a Kansas City Royals fan, hoping to see your team make the playoffs for the first time since 1985. Two weeks of wondering when Robinson Cano ...

    Blog | September 14, 2014
  4. Stanton's HBP shows the danger of baseball

    David Schoenfield

    Former major infielder Jeff Huson once said this to my ESPN colleague Tim Kurkjian about facing Randy Johnson: "What was the worst thing that Michael Jordan could do to you? He can go dunk on you. He could embarrass you. What's the worst thing Randy ...

    Blog | September 12, 2014
  5. Remember the bad Jayson Werth contract?

    David Schoenfield

    When the Washington Nationals signed Jayson Werth to a seven-year, $126 million contract before the 2011 season, the deal was widely criticized. It was made out to be symbolic of the further decline of baseball or something like that. The criticis...

    Blog | September 11, 2014
  6. McCutchen right up there with Trout

    David Schoenfield

    Maybe I'm wrong here, but is it possible reigning National League MVP Andrew McCutchen is a little underrated? Here's what I'm getting at it: Who is the best player in baseball? Most everyone says Mike Trout. Some will say Clayton Kershaw, if you ...

    Blog | September 11, 2014
  7. Chat wrap: Managers on the seat

    David Schoenfield

    Here's Tuesday's chat wrap, another fine example of distressed baseball fans, happy baseball fans and those already looking ahead to the offseason....

    Blog | September 09, 2014
  8. A complaint about the 2015 schedule

    David Schoenfield

    Major League Baseball released its tentative 2015 schedule today -- big season-ending series between the Diamondbacks and Astros! -- and I have one major issue. The season begins April 5 with a "Sunday Night Baseball" game on ESPN, with the full O...

    Blog | September 08, 2014
  9. Yasiel Puig's power drought a big concern

    David Schoenfield

    Through the first two months of the season, Yasiel Puig looked like a superstar franchise player, as good -- and certainly as exciting -- as any position player in baseball. At the end of May, he was hitting .344/.436/.615 with 11 home runs, was draw...

    Blog | September 08, 2014
  10. Jason Heyward, stealth MVP candidate

    David Schoenfield

    Here are the National League leaders in Wins Above Replacement, via Baseball-Reference.com: Clayton Kershaw: 7.3 Jason Heyward: 6.3 Giancarlo Stanton: 6.1 Jonathan Lucroy: 5.7 Troy Tulowitzki: 5.5 And here the NL leaders in WAR via FanGraph...

    Blog | September 02, 2014
  11. Do you want the Yankees in the playoffs?

    David Schoenfield

    You know what baseball is lacking this season? A bad guy. Who are we supposed to root against? The Red Sox are dead, the Cardinals are scuffling along and while the Dodgers have a huge payroll that fans love to despite, I find it hard to root against...

    Blog | August 27, 2014
  12. Pirates' win feels like September baseball

    David Schoenfield

    I'm not sure it was the Pittsburgh Pirates' biggest win of the season, but watching from afar it sure felt like it. It may not even have been Ike Davis' biggest pinch-hit home run of the season -- back on April 5, he hit a walk-off grand slam to beat...

    Blog | August 26, 2014
  13. Chat wrap: Everything baseball

    David Schoenfield

    Here's Tuesday's chat wrap....

    Blog | August 12, 2014
  14. The implosion of the Detroit Tigers

    David Schoenfield

    Let's get this out of the way: The Kansas City Royals are in first place, the Detroit Tigers are in second place. It's the middle of August and we have baseball fever in the AL Central. * * * * Who would you rather have? David Price ... or Doug...

    Blog | August 11, 2014
  15. Blue Jays, Tigers play game of the year

    David Schoenfield

    They call this time of the baseball season the dog days, a phrase that apparently goes back to ancient Greece when Sirius -- the "dog star" -- was closest to the sun and was believed to cause the intense heat of summer. And you thought John McGraw or...

    Blog | August 10, 2014
  16. Brewers, Giants both trying to get in gear

    David Schoenfield

    The Giants and Brewers are playing an interesting and important series in Milwaukee. The perception, I suppose, is that both teams are scuffling after playing their best baseball early in the season, and there's definitely truth to that perception. T...

    Blog | August 07, 2014