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  1. Best deadline deal ever: Rays

    David Schoenfield

    Over the next month, we're going to present 30 deals in 30 days: the best trade deadline deal ever made by each team. THE TEAM: Tampa Bay Rays THE YEAR: 2006 THE SITUATION: It was July 2006, and the Rays -- actually, still the Devil Rays the...

    Blog | July 05, 2013
  2. Rays staying in race thanks to offense

    David Schoenfield

    I know, I know: You're tired of stat nerds professing their love for the Tampa Bay Rays, a franchise that hasn't even reached the World Series since 2008, let alone ever won one. Why do we love the Rays? They compete despite usually ranking near t...

    Blog | June 11, 2013
  3. Weekend wrap: Is Jose Bautista back?

    David Schoenfield

    In April, Jose Bautista had turned into a three true outcomes type of player: home run, walk or strikeout. He hit seven home runs and had a slugging percentage over .500, but was hitting just .200. Was he just finding his stroke as he returned fro...

    Blog | May 13, 2013
  4. Thoughts: One strike closer to robot umps

    David Schoenfield

    Quick thoughts on Monday's games ... Did you see the final pitch of the Rangers' 5-4 victory over the Rays? Ump Marty Foster rung up Ben Zobrist on a 3-2 curveball low and off the outside corner, a call so bad that even Rangers closer Joe Nathan ...

    Blog | April 09, 2013
  5. One more note on Joe Torre's bunts

    David Schoenfield

    We've seen a lot of bunts in the World Baseball Classic. In an earlier game against Japan, Chinese Taipai twice attempted bunts with one out. On Sunday, Joe Torre had Adam Jones -- who hit 32 home runs last year -- bunt with two runners on in a tie g...

    Blog | March 11, 2013
  6. U.S. survives Torre's questionable moves

    David Schoenfield

    They call this the World Baseball Classic and Sunday's United States-Canada game certainly qualifies as a classic, with a David-versus-Goliath storyline, several questionable lineup and managerial decisions made by Joe Torre, a late-inning rally and ...

    Blog | March 10, 2013
  7. Team USA missing stars, but still formidable

    David Schoenfield

    OK, there's no Mike Trout or Buster Posey or Justin Verlander or Andrew McCutchen, but Team USA's provisional roster for the World Baseball Classic looks pretty strong. How about this lineup: RF Ben Zobrist C Joe Mauer LF Ryan Braun DH Gianca...

    Blog | January 17, 2013
  8. What should Team USA look like?

    David Schoenfield

    The World Baseball Classic provisional rosters will be announced later this week and news is starting to slip out on who Joe Torre will be naming to the roster. Giancarlo Stanton has committed to playing for Team USA, but Mike Trout will not, instead...

    Blog | January 14, 2013
  9. Who should win the AL wild cards?

    David Schoenfield

    I sent an email to my pal Jim Caple, asking: Would you rather see the A's or Angels in the playoffs? I could also ask: Would you rather see the Orioles or the Rays? All four teams won on Wednesday, which means good news for the Orioles and A's ...

    Blog | September 27, 2012
  10. Now playing shortstop: Ben Zobrist

    David Schoenfield

    Ben Zobrist has long been admired by Rays fans, Joe Maddon and baseball analysts for his ability to shift seamlessly between second base and right field and play well at both positions. You can add a new position to his resume: He started three of Ta...

    Blog | August 13, 2012
  11. What the U.S. WBC roster could look like

    David Schoenfield

    With the announcement that Joe Torre will manage Team USA in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, let's have a little fun and project who could form the 28-man squad in March. Before we get to my suggested roster, a few notes and thoughts: 1. Rules...

    Blog | June 14, 2012
  12. AL East position rankings: O's seek respect

    David Schoenfield

    "Show us some respect," yell Baltimore Orioles fans. Or maybe they're politely demanding. But I've seen the complaints in the Power Rankings comments, read the emails sent to "Baseball Today," been asked the question in my chats: Why doesn't anyone b...

    Blog | June 07, 2012
  13. Verlander learning 24 wins won't be easy

    David Schoenfield

    It takes a lot of ability and more than a little luck to win 24 games like Justin Verlander did in 2011, when he became only the third pitcher in 20 years to win that many games. You need the right combination of dominance, run support and bullpen he...

    Blog | April 11, 2012
  14. Welcome back, Carlos Pena

    David Schoenfield

    If my math is correct, the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees still have 17 games against each other. The Rays and Boston Red Sox have 18 games against each other. The Red Sox and Yankees have 18 games against each other. And all three teams have 18...

    Blog | April 06, 2012
  15. 100 reasons to get excited for MLB

    David Schoenfield

    I can't wait for the season to get going. You can't wait. Last October was the best we've had in years, and the offseason only fueled our baseball fever. Spring training is mercifully over. Let the games begin. Here are 100 reasons I'm pumped for the...

    Blog | April 04, 2012
  16. Rays project to win 93 games ... or more

    David Schoenfield

    In 2011, the Tampa Bay Rays won 91 games, with that 91st win serving as one of the more memorable in baseball history. They scored 707 runs and allowed 614, which projects to ... 91 wins. So they hit that win-loss record on the head. What can we p...

    Blog | March 16, 2012