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  1. 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
  2. Most important AL players in second half

    David Schoenfield

    One player won't make or break a team's playoff push, but here is one key guy for each American League club in the second half. Baltimore Orioles -- Chris Davis Let's divide Davis' last two years into halves: Second half, 2012: .269/.337/.53...

    Blog | July 19, 2014
  3. Jose Abreu should be in Home Run Derby

    David Schoenfield

    Frank Thomas is absolutely right. "I'm disappointed," Thomas told ESPN Chicago about Jose Abreu declining to participate in the Home Run Derby after he hit 29 home runs by the All-Star break. "He's a breakout star. He needs to let the world know w...

    Blog | July 14, 2014
  4. Ten biggest stories of the first half

    David Schoenfield

    OK, we're actually well past 81 games, but we tend to divide the season at the All-Star break, even if that's not the true halfway point. Here's my list of the 10 biggest stories of the first half: 1. The rash of Tommy John surgeries. On the he...

    Blog | July 14, 2014
  5. Remaining schedules key in NL

    David Schoenfield

    An early theme of the 2014 season was parity: Through the first two months, just about every team could still sell themselves on a potential playoff chase. But the last month changed all that, especially in the National League, which has sorted itsel...

    Blog | July 09, 2014
  6. Fifty random thoughts for Monday morning

    David Schoenfield

    Random thoughts for a Monday morning ... 1. As Buster Olney wrote the other day, the Jeff Samardzija-Jason Hammel trade just ramped up the cost for David Price. If the Cardinals want him, they better start with Oscar Taveras. If the Dodgers want ...

    Blog | July 07, 2014
  7. Samardzija comes up big in A's debut

    David Schoenfield

    I wonder who was more nervous on Sunday afternoon: Jeff Samardzija or Billy Beane? Beane is notorious for not actually watching Oakland's games, but I would guess he paid a little more attention to this one. Samardzija made his A's debut against t...

    Blog | July 06, 2014
  8. Kinsler, Seager, biggest All-Star snubs

    David Schoenfield

    We've reached the most fun part of the All-Star Game: Arguing about the final rosters. The starters and reserves were named on Sunday and it was interesting to note the different philosophies of managers John Farrell and Mike Matheny in filling ou...

    Blog | July 06, 2014
  9. Trade deadline preview: NL Central

    David Schoenfield

    We're going division by division to look at what each team needs to do at the trade deadline and what may actually happen. As always, you can keep up with the latest trade talk at Rumor Central. Chicago Cubs Status: Moving parts to build th...

    Blog | July 05, 2014
  10. A's clearly now the World Series favorites

    David Schoenfield

    Billy Beane had to make this trade. The Oakland A's might not be in this position a year from now, let alone three years or five or 10. The A's have been the best team in baseball in this season of parity, a season without a clear title favorite. ...

    Blog | July 05, 2014
  11. Who should make the All-Star teams

    David Schoenfield

    Jim Bowden, Jerry Crasnick, Buster Olney, Jayson Stark and myself presented our 34-man All-Star rosters today. Here are our National League selections and here are our American League selections. Of course, our choices aren't affected by fan ballotin...

    Blog | July 03, 2014
  12. Rapid Fire! Harper, Arrieta ... Uggla?

    David Schoenfield

    OK, my apologies: We ran out of time today before taping the Rapid Fire video, so I'll make it a written post instead. From @JoshLumley: Bruce Harper could make better lineups than Matt Williams. Answer: True. Hey, Harper shouldn't have essenti...

    Blog | July 01, 2014
  13. The best rookie seasons of all time

    David Schoenfield

    The reason for doing this piece should be pretty obvious: Masahiro Tanaka is 11-2 with a 2.11 ERA, leading the American League in wins and ERA. He's not just the clear best rookie so far but a Cy Young and MVP contender. Tanaka makes his 16th star...

    Blog | June 28, 2014
  14. Wednesday morning random thoughts

    David Schoenfield

    It was a fun night of baseball and I haven't done this in awhile, so some quick thoughts on the night's action ... The Nationals and Brewers played a 16-inning game, tying the Cubs-Pirates game from April 2 for longest of the season. Washington...

    Blog | June 25, 2014
  15. Tuesday afternoon reading list

    David Schoenfield

    Some stuff to check out as you take a break from watching the World Cup ... Remember the great throw by Yoenis Cespedes a couple weeks ago? The next day, I wrote about some of history's great throws. Eric Lang of The Hardball Times examined the...

    Blog | June 24, 2014
  16. Thirty years ago: The Sandberg Game

    David Schoenfield

    Cubs fans of a certain age know the game I'm talking about: June 23, 1984. The day Ryne Sandberg turned into a Hall of Famer. Other fans may remember the game as well. It was the Saturday afternoon Game of the Week, back when that was a big deal, ...

    Blog | June 23, 2014