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  1. No explaining Nelson Cruz's big year

    David Schoenfield

    It's about time we talked about Nelson Cruz, the free agent nobody wanted in the offseason, at least for the money that Nelson Cruz wanted. Coming off a 50-game PED suspension, maligned for his defense, maligned for his age (he turns 34 on July 1), m...

    Blog | June 26, 2014
  2. SweetSpot TV: Ranking the left fielders

    David Schoenfield

    Eric Karabell and myself break down the BBTN 100's top left fielders. Left field was once the domain of sluggers like Greg Luzinski and Jim Rice and Manny Ramirez and it didn't matter if you played any defense as long as you hit 30 home runs and knoc...

    Blog | March 26, 2014
  3. A few notes on Derek Jeter's defense

    David Schoenfield

    This come up in our Spreecast from today on Derek Jeter's retirement, somebody insisting we point out that Jeter cost his team more runs on defense than any player in history. I just wanted to follow up on that a bit more. That statement is arguab...

    Blog | February 12, 2014
  4. Will Tigers turn it around on defense?

    David Schoenfield

    Is any team under more pressure than the Detroit Tigers in 2014? As much as a team can feel pressure. Loaded with as much frontline talent as any club in baseball, the Tigers have won three straight AL Central titles, winning 95, 88 and 93 games, but...

    Blog | January 14, 2014
  5. Quick thoughts: Good Lester, bad defense

    David Schoenfield

    Thoughts on a Game 1 of the World Series that was over early and ended up 8-1, Red Sox over Cardinals ... Hero: Jon Lester. The line score says it all: 7 2/3 innings, five hits, no extra-base hits, no runs, one walk, eight strikeouts. He tied his ...

    Blog | October 23, 2013
  6. In defense of Fredi Gonzalez

    David Schoenfield

    So, Eric Karabell and I had a good discussion today about what happened in the eighth inning of the Braves-Dodgers game on Monday night. His question to me: Is it fair to rip Fredi Gonzalez when no other manager would have used Craig Kimbrel to st...

    Blog | October 08, 2013
  7. Braves' defense costly in Game 1 loss

    David Schoenfield

    ATLANTA -- Evan Gattis slipped on a pair of jeans and buttoned his plaid shirt, turned around and faced the questions. Gattis is the Braves rookie with the inspiring backstory, the guy who quit baseball in college and was out of the sport for seve...

    Blog | October 04, 2013
  8. The Mariners' historically awful defense

    David Schoenfield

    The Seattle Mariners should be the Oakland A's and the A's should be the Mariners. The Mariners have more money, a better ballpark and have had years of higher draft picks to build up a farm system. Instead, the Mariners are once again awful and the ...

    Blog | September 18, 2013
  9. How the Pirates got defensive

    David Schoenfield

    Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review had an excellent, in-depth piece over the weekend on how the Pirates have embraced more shifts on defense and how it has helped improve their run prevention. From the article: In 2008, the Pirates hir...

    Blog | September 18, 2013
  10. Derek Jeter, Adam Everett & Brendan Ryan

    David Schoenfield

    Ben Lindbergh of Baseball Prospectus wrote a tremendous article the other day on Derek Jeter's defense, which has long been a point of contention. As Ben writes, The "best ever" argument is easy. Jeter has the hardware; only four shortstops can top ...

    Blog | August 29, 2013
  11. The best baserunning team is ... the Mets

    David Schoenfield

    In this age of statistical analysis, one aspect of the game that still gets overlooked is baserunning. It's a much less important part of the game than hitting or pitching or defense -- but not insignificant. Mark Simon has a good post on the Mets...

    Blog | August 07, 2013
  12. Chat wrap: Puig, Braves, Rangers, Trout's D

    David Schoenfield

    Another fun and interesting chat session included some heated debates on Mike Trout's defense, Manny Machado's WAR versus Miguel Cabrera's, whether the Rangers are worse than the four best teams in the AL East, the hype over Yasiel Puig, Jason Heywar...

    Blog | June 11, 2013
  13. Wrap: MVP races, B.J. Upton, Kemp

    David Schoenfield

    We talked some baseball. We talked Paul Goldschmidt versus Joey Votto. The record paces of Miguel Cabrera and Manny Machado. What's wrong with the B.J. Upton and Matt Kemp and what the Braves and Dodgers should do. We talked about the defense of Mike...

    Blog | May 28, 2013
  14. SweetSpot TV: Best defensive outfields

    David Schoenfield

    A year ago, the Cleveland Indians allowed the most runs in the American League, a pretty remarkable achievement considering the Minnesota Twins had a historically awful rotation. The Indians, however, combined bad pitchers and bad defense -- their -5...

    Blog | April 12, 2013
  15. Molina's defense grows to legend status

    David Schoenfield

    "I don't want to embarrass any other catcher by comparing him with Johnny Bench." -- Sparky Anderson "In my 30 years in baseball, the closest total package I've seen to (Ivan Rodriguez) is Johnny Bench." -- Johnny Oates "The game has never se...

    Blog | April 02, 2013
  16. Kershaw steals show, but Cain a legit ace

    David Schoenfield

    It's not an easy way to begin defense of your World Series title, facing the best pitcher in the National League and having to beat the Dodgers on a day Sandy Koufax threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Clayton Kershaw dominated the Giants with a...

    Blog | April 01, 2013