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  1. Looking at the best rookies of 2014

    David Schoenfield

    With the news that Jacob deGrom has been shut down by the New York Mets and after watching Yordano Ventura deliver another impressive performance Tuesday night for the Kansas City Royals, it seems like a good time to review the 2014 rookie class. Her...

    Blog | September 24, 2014
  2. Most important NL players in second half

    David Schoenfield

    OK, we're already a couple of days into the second half of the season, which actually begins well past the actual halfway point of the season, but here are the key players to watch for each National League team. Atlanta Braves: Mike Minor Well,...

    Blog | July 20, 2014
  3. A look at non-roster invitees: NL

    David Schoenfield

    Here's a look at some of the interesting non-roster invites to National League camps. OK, mildly interesting. Even if these players don't crack the big league roster out of spring training, many will wind up as Triple-A insurance during the season. ...

    Blog | January 31, 2014
  4. Payroll and wins: The past five years

    David Schoenfield

    Jayson Stark has a piece today looking back at the reign of commissioner Bud Selig. One of the important legacies of Selig's tenure has been revenue sharing -- as Jayson points out, nearly $400 million exchanged hands last season, helping some of the...

    Blog | January 27, 2014
  5. Christmas wishes for every team

    David Schoenfield

    What are wishing for under your Christmas tree this year? Here are Christmas wishes across the major leagues: AL East Baltimore Orioles -- A healthy Manny Machado for Opening Day. A repeat season from Chris Davis. The old Nick Markakis. A close...

    Blog | December 24, 2013
  6. Offseason bullpen grades: National League

    David Schoenfield

    The average bullpen pitches nearly a third of the game these days and with scoring on the decline that also means more tight games -- and thus more games where the relievers can win it, lose it or save it. Jerry Crasnick has a piece on the market for...

    Blog | November 20, 2013
  7. Why we'll see tanking in September

    David Schoenfield

    The New York Mets' rotation right now includes Daisuke Matsuzaka, who owns the worst ERA since 2009 of any pitcher with at least 300 innings. They just signed Aaron Harang, released by the Mariners after posting a 9.12 ERA in August. Why would a t...

    Blog | September 03, 2013
  8. Ten predictions for the stretch run

    David Schoenfield

    When Alex Rodriguez got caught off second base on Ichiro Suzuki's line drive back to the pitcher in the 10th inning, I was sure the Tampa Bay Rays would win. When Joba Chamberlain walked Jose Molina leading off the bottom of the 10th, I was sure t...

    Blog | August 25, 2013
  9. Five biggest deadline blockbusters

    David Schoenfield

    When the New York Mets traded Tom Seaver to the Reds on June 15, 1977, Mets fans were so upset they tried to organize a boycott of home games until Seaver would return to Shea Stadium with the Reds in August. The boycott never materialized, but th...

    Blog | July 10, 2013
  10. Last time each NL team drafted an All-Star

    David Schoenfield

    Yesterday, we looked at the last time each American League club drafted a player who became an All-Star -- whether for the franchise or another. The Cleveland Indians had the longest drought: CC Sabathia was the last All-Star they drafted and he was ...

    Blog | May 29, 2013
  11. Write it down: NL final standings

    David Schoenfield

    OK, here are my final AL standings. Here are the NL standings. Yes, we can all laugh at this at the end of the season. FYI: All runs scored and allowed totals add up, as do wins and losses. For wins and losses, I merely took each team's projected run...

    Blog | April 01, 2013
  12. Poll results: National League predictions

    David Schoenfield

    In my previous post, I ran down the American League poll results from the offseason report cards. Here are the National League results. As in the AL, fans are optimistic cross the board. For those who argue baseball lacks parity, tell that to base...

    Blog | March 25, 2013
  13. Longest positional All-Star droughts: NL

    David Schoenfield

    In our previous post we looked at the longest All-Star positional drought for each American League team. The longest: Oakland second base, where Phil Garner in 1976 was the last All-Star. Let's move on to the National League ... where we have to g...

    Blog | March 14, 2013
  14. Report cards: The final grades and rankings

    David Schoenfield

    OK, now that I've finished all 30 offseason report cards, we can essentially use my final grades to give us Power Rankings (you can get all the report cards at the bottom of this page). Washington Nationals: A Atlanta Braves: A- Cincinnati Reds:...

    Blog | February 21, 2013
  15. Over/unders for all 30 teams

    David Schoenfield

    Bovada.lv has released its 2013 over/under win totals. The following information is presented for entertainment purposes only: Arizona Diamondbacks: 81.5 Atlanta Braves: 88.5 Baltimore Orioles: 78.5 Boston Red Sox: 82.5 Chicago Cubs: 72.5 Chi...

    Blog | February 20, 2013
  16. Resolutions for a new year

    David Schoenfield

    It's time to look ahead to 2013. While we can all resolve to do more in our communities, respect our elders and be kind to dogs, here are a few resolutions from around baseball. San Francisco Giants: To acquire some overrated veteran in midseason ...

    Blog | January 01, 2013