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  1. Framing pitches: New study cites value

    David Schoenfield

    The appreciation of framing pitches isn't a new concept -- scouts and managers have acknowledged the ability of good defensive catchers since the days they used chunks of raw meat for extra padding and we've all heard Tim McCarver discuss the topic f...

    Blog | March 06, 2014
  2. Yankees are still baseball's evil empire

    David Schoenfield

    This is the New York Yankees organization we love to hate: spending $155 million on Masahiro Tanaka and $153 million on Jacoby Ellsbury and at least $85 million on Brian McCann and another $45 million on Carlos Beltran, plus some pocket change on the...

    Blog | January 22, 2014
  3. SweetSpot TV: Offseason rapid fire!

    David Schoenfield

    It's another edition of Offseason Rapid Fire with Eric Karabell. We discuss the latest news and also ask: Which is the team to beat right now?...

    Blog | November 26, 2013
  4. Brian McCann a perfect fit for Yankees

    David Schoenfield

    Last season, the Yankees made the ill-fated decision to let Russell Martin leave as a free agent. Chris Stewart is a fine defensive catcher, but with Stewart batting more than 300 times, Yankees catchers hit a combined .213/.289/.298, finishing last ...

    Blog | November 23, 2013
  5. Half-full, half-empty: Brian McCann

    David Schoenfield

    After playing through a bad shoulder in 2012 and struggling through the worst season of his career, Brian McCann had surgery in the offseason, returning to the Atlanta Braves lineup in early May and producing a typically solid season, even making the...

    Blog | November 10, 2013
  6. No surprises in qualifying offers

    David Schoenfield

    Thirteen free agents received one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offers from their previous team, meaning those players will have now a choice: See what the market bears or return to their team for that one-year offer (or negotiate a new contract wit...

    Blog | November 04, 2013
  7. Underrated McCann's last game in Atlanta?

    David Schoenfield

    ATLANTA -- Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann has been one of more underrappreciated players in recent years, a seven-time All-Star who has been a consistent run producer at the plate and a leader in the clubhouse. He's popular in Atlanta but his na...

    Blog | October 04, 2013
  8. Five players to be wary of in 2013

    David Schoenfield

    The five players below are all good-to-excellent players, but all five enter 2013 with a lot of pressure and expectations. Will they meet them? 1. James Shields, SP, Royals. The Royals paid a steep price in prospect Wil Myers to acquire the pitche...

    Blog | January 13, 2013
  9. Braves and umps blunder their way to loss

    David Schoenfield

    Well, that was insane. Fans of the new system will say this is exactly the kind of excitement baseball needs. Critics will suggest this game sums up everything that's wrong with a one-game playoff series. One bad throw (or three), one mental er...

    Blog | October 05, 2012
  10. Welcome to the craziest day of the season

    David Schoenfield

    Baseball is awesome. Did we need to say anything else? Do we need to hire Terry Cashman to write a ballad about this day? Do we need to pen epic poems about Chipper Jones and Jered Weaver and Bryce Harper and the intentional walk? Man, I need to c...

    Blog | May 03, 2012
  11. Catching talent at highest level in years

    David Schoenfield

    Are we in a golden age for catchers? In the wake of the Carlos Santana contract extension, there was some debate on where he ranks among the game's elite backstops. My colleague Eric Karabell called him the best catcher in the game. I'm not sure S...

    Blog | April 11, 2012
  12. 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
  13. Links: Wild card, Bobby V, pitching in Coors

    David Schoenfield

    Sports Illustrated's Joe Sheehan responds to the likelihood that baseball will be adding a second wild-card team. Joe perfectly sums up the problems I also have with the second wild card. In fact, I would argue the problems are so obvious, and the be...

    Blog | March 01, 2012
  14. NL East showdown: Position rankings

    David Schoenfield

    This is back-of-the-napkin stuff ... but fun back-of-the-napkin stuff. As we wait to see if Prince Fielder does land in Washington, let's check out the state of the NL East. We'll go position by position and rank the players. Then we'll come up with ...

    Blog | January 11, 2012
  15. The SweetSpot National League All-Stars

    David Schoenfield

    Yesterday, I presented my American League 2011 All-Stars. Now I give you the National League. Catcher: Miguel Montero, Diamondbacks (.283/.353/.471, 18 HR, 86 RBI). Atlanta's Brian McCann seemed the favorite here most of the season, but he hasn't ...

    Blog | September 27, 2011
  16. The best backup catcher in the majors

    David Schoenfield

    David Ross plays behind Brian McCann, maybe the best catcher in the majors, so he doesn't actually get to play that much. But over the past three years, the Atlanta backup has hit .287/.387/.503 in 349 plate appearances. He has power, he has patience...

    Blog | June 15, 2011