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  1. Great pitcher-hitter MVP debates

    David Schoenfield

    This year's National League MVP vote promises to be an interesting result no matter who wins -- Clayton Kershaw, Andrew McCutchen or Giancarlo Stanton. If Kershaw wins, he'll be the first NL pitcher to win MVP honors since Bob Gibson in 1968; if McCu...

    Blog | November 13, 2014
  2. All-Star Game diary: AL wins, Mo is MVP

    David Schoenfield

    NEW YORK -- Here's a fun piece of All-Star trivia: At 24, Matt Harvey is the youngest pitcher to start an All-Star Game since Dwight Gooden, also of the Mets, who was 23 in 1988. How Harvey will fare in front of the home fans is one of the big sto...

    Blog | July 16, 2013
  3. All-time top 25 players under 25

    David Schoenfield

    A couple weeks ago, Keith Law unveiled his annual list of the top 25 players under the age of 25 . Keith's list isn't a projection of the best players for 2013, but rather a projection and ordering of players if you were starting a franchise. I th...

    Blog | January 23, 2013
  4. The most exciting player in baseball

    David Schoenfield

    We all have our own favorites, of course, and maybe they change from season to season. Or month to month. That's a little of the beauty of baseball; we don't all have to enjoy and appreciate the same players. The stars aren't necessarily shoved down ...

    Blog | September 06, 2012
  5. A quick peek at Clayton Kershaw's future

    David Schoenfield

    The awesome Baseball-Reference.com lists something called "similarity scores" for each player. Originally introduced by Bill James, similarity scores takes a player and compares his basic statistics to other players, starting with 1000 points and sub...

    Blog | February 08, 2012
  6. The best pitching seasons since 1960

    David Schoenfield

    Last week on his blog, Curt Schilling wrote an interesting post on what he called Pitcher Dominance Factor -- a way to evaluate the best starting pitchers. His formula basically rates a pitcher by comparing his ERA to the league average ERA for start...

    Blog | June 30, 2011
  7. Strikeouts still the key to pitching success

    David Schoenfield

    In 1985, Dwight Gooden won 24 games, struck out 268 batters and posted a 1.53 ERA, the second-lowest in 60 years. The next spring, the Mets decided to change Gooden's approach. Pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre directed him to not go for so many stri...

    Blog | June 27, 2011
  8. Verlander turning into must-see

    David Schoenfield

    Nick (editor): Verlander alert! Dave (blogger): Crap! At the grocery store after going to the gym. Nick: He's thru 6, with 10 K's. Dave: On way home. Nick: Thru 7 and making the Indians look stupid. Dave: Crap! Justin Verlander, of course, di...

    Blog | June 14, 2011
  9. Top 50 prospects of the draft era

    David Schoenfield

    Mickey Mantle was probably the greatest prospect of all time: A switch-hitting shortstop who could run like the wind and hit home runs over light towers. What more would you want? He hit .383 with 26 home runs as an 18-year-old in the Class C Western...

    Blog | May 26, 2011
  10. Rookie starters take center stage

    David Schoenfield

    If you collected baseball cards in the 1980s, you'll remember the "rookie craze." You'd open a pack, desperately seeking that Dwight Gooden rookie card or Mark McGwire rookie card or Sam Horn rookie card. Those cards were going to pay for your colleg...

    Blog | May 19, 2011
  11. The all-time all-young team

    David Schoenfield

    After listing the youngest MVP winners in my previous post, here's a list of the all-time all-young team, the best seasons by players in their age-22 (or younger) seasons*: C -- Johnny Bench, 1970 Reds (22). The MVP winner led the NL with 45 home ...

    Blog | May 03, 2011
  12. Derrick Rose to win NBA MVP ...

    David Schoenfield

    Yes, we're tying the imminent announcement that Derrick Rose will win the NBA MVP Award to baseball ... because we can tie anything to baseball. (Just wait for the post when I hypothesize that Thomas Jefferson would have made a great sabermetrician.)...

    Blog | May 03, 2011
  13. Harper latest prospect you'll love

    David Schoenfield

    The first phenom I fell in love with was Dwight Gooden, back in the summer of '84. We didn't have cable yet and I lived 3,000 miles away from New York, so the only time I actually saw him pitch would have been on the local TV sports report, or if the...

    Blog | April 08, 2011
  14. Page 2: Sidney Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin ranks among most anticipa...

    David Schoenfield

    As Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin lock horns in the Stanley Cup playoffs, Page 2 revisits the greatest superstar clashes ever.

    Story | Conversation | April 30, 2009