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  1. 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
  2. Brandon Belt: Batting title contender?

    David Schoenfield

    Jim Bowden has an ESPN Insider piece up today on 10 players scouts are raving about so far in spring training. Look, I'm sure you could go back and check similar pieces from previous years and find a host of players who looked great in March and retu...

    Blog | March 10, 2014
  3. Pirates bet on depth, D to replace Burnett

    David Schoenfield

    The Phillies have agreed to a one-year deal with A.J. Burnett, which seems like an odd destination if he wants to play for a postseason contender. I recently ranked the Phillies 29th in my pre-spring training power rankings. While this move may sl...

    Blog | February 12, 2014
  4. Giants, Phillies: Desperate contenders

    David Schoenfield

    News items: • The San Francisco Giants agreed with Michael Morse on a one-year deal for $5 million plus incentives. • The Philadelphia Phillies agreed with Roberto Hernandez on a one-year deal to join their rotation. Both moves c...

    Blog | December 12, 2013
  5. The MVP case for Mike Trout

    David Schoenfield

    We're making the MVP cases today for the five top AL contenders. Here's the case for Mike Trout, and here are the previous arguments for Chris Davis, Josh Donaldson and Robinson Cano. 1. Trout is the best all-around player in baseball. Period. ...

    Blog | September 23, 2013
  6. The MVP case for Miguel Cabrera

    David Schoenfield

    We're making the MVP cases today for the five top AL contenders. Here's the case for Miguel Cabrera, and here are the previous arguments for Mike Trout, Chris Davis, Josh Donaldson and Robinson Cano. 1. Please. 2. Cabrera is having a historic o...

    Blog | September 23, 2013
  7. The MVP case for Chris Davis

    David Schoenfield

    Note: We're making the case for each of the five top AL MVP contenders today. Here are Robinson Cano and Josh Donaldson and now Chris Davis. 1. For all the talk about Miguel Cabrera's potential Triple Crown, Davis leads him in home runs (51 to 44)...

    Blog | September 23, 2013
  8. The MVP case for Josh Donaldson

    David Schoenfield

    Note: We're making the case for each of the five top AL MVP contenders today. Here's Robinson Cano and now Josh Donaldson. 1. Baseball Reference WAR leaders: Mike Trout 9.1, Donaldson 8.1, Robinson Cano 7.4, Miguel Cabrera 7.3, Chris Davis 6.1. Fa...

    Blog | September 23, 2013
  9. Who to root for? Ranking the contenders

    David Schoenfield

    Your team is out of it, but you still love baseball. You intend keep checking box scores and watching the big games these final two weeks. You'll watch the playoffs, but you need a team to root for. So, who to pick from the remaining teams in cont...

    Blog | September 15, 2013
  10. SweetSpot TV: Best 1-2 pitching combos

    David Schoenfield

    OK, the trade deadline has come and gone. As we head into August, which playoff contender has the best 1-2 pitching combo right now? Eric and I discuss -- although after watching Clayton Kershaw on Wednesday night, I ask: Would you want to face the D...

    Blog | August 01, 2013
  11. Padres, Indians, Pirates should go after Lee

    David Schoenfield

    The trade deadline has traditionally involved two factions: contenders desperate to plug a hole -- and possibly under pressure from ownership and fans to win now -- and the cellar dwellers looking to add future talent by dumping assets that don't fig...

    Blog | July 05, 2013
  12. SweetSpot TV: Machado an MVP candidate?

    David Schoenfield

    Tristan Cockcroft joins me to break down the AL MVP race. Yes, Miguel Cabrera is the favorite as we near the halfway point, but is Manny Machado -- with all those doubles and all those doubles he takes -- a possible MVP contender?...

    Blog | June 27, 2013
  13. Tigers panic, name Valverde new closer

    David Schoenfield

    About 15 minutes ago, no one wanted to employ Jose Valverde. Now a contender has him facing Gordon/Escobar/Butler in the ninth. OK...- Joe Sheehan (@joe_sheehan) April 25, 2013 The last we saw of Jose Valverde, he was buried deep i...

    Blog | April 24, 2013
  14. Which contender is most collapse-proof?

    David Schoenfield

    Eric Karabell and I briefly raised this question a couple weeks ago on a SweetSpot TV: Which team is most collapse-proof? Or, to rephrase it, which is least likely to go all 2012 Red Sox on us? At the time, we mentioned the Reds, but I'm not so sure ...

    Blog | April 20, 2013
  15. How the Mariners can be contenders

    David Schoenfield

    The Seattle Mariners improved by eight games in 2012, but they remained the same, boring Mariners of recent vintage, once again finishing last in the American League in runs scored and seeing their attendance decline for the fifth straight season. Ru...

    Blog | November 19, 2012
  16. How the Royals can be contenders

    David Schoenfield

    One lesson to take away from the 2012 season is that parity is as strong as ever. The Baltimore Orioles, after 14 consecutive losing seasons, improved by 24 wins over last season and made the playoffs for the first time since 1997. While the Oriol...

    Blog | November 18, 2012