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  1. Is St. Louis the best baseball city?

    David Schoenfield

    Bud Selig thinks so. Sunday evening he spoke at the St. Louis chapter of the Baseball Writers Association and said "I visit all 30 cities and you are the best baseball city." Talk about going out with a bang. Now, proclaiming St. Louis as the best...

    Blog | January 21, 2015
  2. The all-time all-underrated team

    David Schoenfield

    The recent Hall of Fame elections serve two important purposes. One, it's a chance to recognize the superstars of the recent past and how many memories Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio provided us. But the elections also se...

    Blog | January 12, 2015
  3. Kipnis, Puig will rebound; Braves won't

    David Schoenfield

    It's been a slow few weeks in the world of baseball. So here are some random thoughts going through my mind as we wait for Max Scherzer to sign ... and wait ... and wait ... 1. I still don't understand the lack of support that Mike Mussina has rec...

    Blog | January 11, 2015
  4. The best middle relievers of all time

    David Schoenfield

    Yes, nothing much is going on in baseball unless you want to complain about the Yankees' payroll, but that's an old topic. So I was on an email chain with some friends the other day, and my friend Messina joked about when the first middle reliever...

    Blog | January 09, 2015
  5. Which active players are Hall of Famers?

    David Schoenfield

    In any given season, there are more future Hall of Famers than you probably realize at first glance. Take 1994. Eighteen current Hall of Famers played that season, which was a strike-shortened one that didn't include any late-season call-ups. So did ...

    Blog | December 31, 2014
  6. The broken Hall of Fame voting system

    David Schoenfield

    Over the weekend, I saw "The Imitation Game," the story of British mathematician Alan Turing. Turing helped crack the German Enigma code machine during World War II, allowing the Allies to decipher German secret messages and help bring an earlier end...

    Blog | December 29, 2014
  7. The best games of the 2014 season

    David Schoenfield

    MLB Network Radio has a fan vote going on to select the top five games of 2014, with the winning games re-aired during the holiday season. Some of the choices are more about the individual performance involved -- Lonnie Chisenhall's nine-RBI game, fo...

    Blog | December 18, 2014
  8. Third-base options for the Giants

    David Schoenfield

    The Giants need a third baseman. Right now, the team's website lists Joaquin Arias as the starting third baseman, and that's not a good depth chart if you're counting on Joaquin Arias to be your starting third baseman. You know this, the Giants know ...

    Blog | December 17, 2014
  9. Ten cool statistics from the 2014 season

    David Schoenfield

    Looking for a Christmas gift for the baseball fan in your life? Or maybe a little something for yourself? I recommend "The Bill James Handbook" from Baseball Info Solutions (available here). Yes, you can get all the basic stats you need and many m...

    Blog | December 15, 2014
  10. Half-full, half-empty: Chase Headley

    David Schoenfield

    In 2012, Chase Headley had a monster season for the Padres, hitting 31 home runs and leading the National League with 115 RBIs -- big numbers considering Petco Park's dimensions and the lineup around him. He added a Gold Glove Award and finished a de...

    Blog | November 26, 2014
  11. Link of the week: Transaction trees

    David Schoenfield

    I love transactions tree. Last week, I tweeted a link from our Indians blog that traced Cy Young winner Corey Kluber back to former Indians infielder Jerry Dybzinski through a series of transactions. Ben Lindbergh of Grantland wrestled up the "old...

    Blog | November 21, 2014
  12. Friday reading list: Bill James hates WAR

    David Schoenfield

    A few new things and a few old things I wanted to get out there. Jeremy Collins with a piece titled "Thirteen ways of looking at Greg Maddux," a heartfelt memoir of what the pitcher meant to Jeremy and his friend Jason. Read it. We ran this...

    Blog | November 14, 2014
  13. Kershaw, Trout the right choices as MVPs

    David Schoenfield

    Most Valuable Player voting is often about the narrative that develops during the long march of the season as much as the numbers -- in some cases the narrative may be more important than the numbers. In the American League, there was really only one...

    Blog | November 13, 2014
  14. Kluber edges Hernandez for AL Cy Young

    David Schoenfield

    There wasn't going to be any drama in the National League Cy Young voting; the only question was whether Clayton Kershaw would be the unanimous winner after going 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA and striking out 239 batters in 198.1 innings. He did, indeed, swe...

    Blog | November 12, 2014
  15. Ranking each team's worst position in 2014

    David Schoenfield

    As the offseason speeds ahead into full rumor mill hysteria, I thought it would be an interesting exercise to look at each team's biggest weakness in 2014 (excluding pitchers). This gives us a start on which positions teams might be most desperate to...

    Blog | November 05, 2014
  16. Five things we learned Friday

    David Schoenfield

    The big news of the night was the Kansas City Royals clinching their first postseason berth since 1985, ending the longest playoff drought in the majors. (That honor now belongs to the Toronto Blue Jays, last in the playoffs in 1993, when they won th...

    Blog | September 27, 2014