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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. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. The amazing 1930 Philadelphia Phillies

    David Schoenfield

    This was from two days ago but caught my attention because of the pitcher mentioned: Last night, Travis Wood became the 1st Cubs pitcher with an extra-inning extra-base pinch hit since Les Sweetland in July 1931 vs Brooklyn.- ESPN Stats & Info (@E...

    Blog | June 18, 2014
  13. Monday's random thoughts on every team

    David Schoenfield

    A glance through Sunday's results and some quick thoughts ... at least one for every team! A's 11, Orioles 1: I wrote about Manny Machado's embarrassing episode here. How much of this is frustration by Machado? While he has had four two-hit gam...

    Blog | June 09, 2014
  14. When general managers went bad

    David Schoenfield

    There are a million stories about the Major League Baseball amateur draft, or the First-Year Player Draft as it's officially called (thank you, J.D. Drew and Scott Boras). Here are some of the biggest ones during the draft's 50-year history, courtesy...

    Blog | June 03, 2014
  15. SweetSpot TV: Rapid Fire!

    David Schoenfield

    The awesome Eric Karabell and myself with another edition of Rapid Fire. Today's topics: Robinson Cano, Jedd Gyorko, Jose Abreu, Eric Hosmer, Starlin Castro and Javier Baez and a certain Phillies general manager....

    Blog | June 03, 2014
  16. George Springer and Bob Speake

    David Schoenfield

    Astros rookie George Springer homered again on Thursday and now has seven in his past seven games and 10 in May. ESPN Stats & Information sent out this list for most home runs by a rookie in May: Mark McGwire, 1987 -- 15 Wally Berger, 1930 -- 11 ...

    Blog | May 30, 2014