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  1. The list: Worst MVP winners

    David Schoenfield

    In my earlier post, I wrote about players since 1969 who had terrific all-around seasons but didn't win the MVP Award. As a companion to that piece, let's take a quick look at worst MVP winners. There are many ways to look at this, but the easiest is...

    Blog | September 28, 2012
  2. Does anyone want to win a Cy Young?

    David Schoenfield

    Some recent performances of Cy Young candidates: Johnny Cueto, Reds: Eight runs and 17 hits over 11 innings in his past two outings. Aroldis Chapman, Reds: Four hits and three runs allowed on Friday, including a game-losing home run to Matt Dom...

    Blog | September 10, 2012
  3. Dream teams: 1992 versus 2012

    David Schoenfield

    Before the Olympics began, Kobe Bryant suggested this year's Olympic basketball team would defeat the fabled 1992 Dream Team that featured Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley and Larry Bird. Bryant later adjusted his thoughts, saying the D...

    Blog | August 13, 2012
  4. Evolution of the closer: How we got here

    David Schoenfield

    How did we get here? No, I don't mean "What's on the other side of the universe?" kind of here. How did we get here? June 8: The Mariners lead the Dodgers 1-0 in the eighth inning. They're working on a combined no-hitter, but the Dodgers ha...

    Blog | June 15, 2012
  5. Lee Smith: The ultimate compiler

    David Schoenfield

    I want to consider Lee Smith's Hall of Fame question fairly. But I keep returning to what I think is the obvious question: Would you really rather have Lee Smith on your team than Barry Larkin or Alan Trammell or Edgar Martinez or Tim Raines or Berni...

    Blog | January 06, 2012
  6. Best stories: Verlander, Game 6, Phillies

    David Schoenfield

    Here are four more of the biggest stories from 2011. Justin Verlander wins Cy Young, MVP awards In becoming the first pitcher to win the MVP Award since A's reliever Dennis Eckersley in 1992, and the first starter since Roger Clemens in 1986, Ver...

    Blog | December 28, 2011
  7. AL MVP race a five-way battle

    David Schoenfield

    Justin Verlander is hoping to become the first pitcher to win the MVP Award since Dennis Eckersley in 1992, and the first starting pitcher since Roger Clemens in 1986. Jacoby Ellsbury is hoping to win the MVP Award despite the late-season collapse of...

    Blog | November 20, 2011
  8. The wild-card races we already have

    David Schoenfield

    On Aug. 30, 1978, Dennis Eckersley pitched a complete-game five-hitter to lead the Red Sox to a 2-1 victory over the Blue Jays. They were 84-47 and led the AL East by 7.5 games over the Yankees. The Sox played a doubleheader that day. Thanks to Ji...

    Blog | September 25, 2011
  9. How historic is Craig Kimbrel's season?

    David Schoenfield

    Heading into the weekend, Atlanta Braves rookie closer Craig Kimbrel has 43 saves, a 1.55 ERA and a WHIP of 0.96. Only 22 closers have posted similar number: 40 or more saves, an ERA under 2.00 and a WHIP under 1.00. How does Kimbrel's season comp...

    Blog | September 09, 2011
  10. A League of his own: Worst week ever

    David Schoenfield

    On Sunday afternoon in Seattle, Mariners closer Brandon League entered in the top of the ninth of a tie game. He pitched a 1-2-3 ninth but gave up RBI doubles to Alexei Ramirez and Adam Dunn in the 10th, and the Mariners lost 5-2. He'd been pretty mu...

    Blog | May 14, 2011