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  1. Leyland's legacy: Borderline Hall of Famer

    David Schoenfield

    One of the things I liked best about Jim Leyland is that he never really gave you a song-and-dance response to questions. He knew that players win games and that players with the most talent win the most games. My favorite example of this came bac...

    Blog | October 21, 2013
  2. Analyzing the end: Good choices or bad?

    David Schoenfield

    The Boston Red Sox were dead, crushed in for the second straight game by a dominant starting pitcher, their bats swinging through nasty fastballs and ungodly breaking stuff from Max Scherzer. It was a tip-your-cap kind of game. Pack your suitcases an...

    Blog | October 14, 2013
  3. Leyland's slow hook burns Tigers in Game 3

    David Schoenfield

    Earlier on Monday, Eric Karabell and myself taped a SweetSpot TV segment on managers, and one thing we harped on was the slow hooks some managers have had in the postseason, particularly Dusty Baker with Johnny Cueto in the NL wild-card game and Fred...

    Blog | October 07, 2013
  4. SweetSpot TV: Managers messin' up

    David Schoenfield

    Eric and myself discuss why Dusty Baker got fired in Cincinnati and why we're not happy with what managers are doing in the playoffs so far....

    Blog | October 07, 2013
  5. NL All-Star squad looks much stronger

    David Schoenfield

    The big questions for this season's All-Star selections as we headed into Saturday's selection show: Would Yasiel Puig make it? Who backs up Miguel Cabrera at third base in the American League from a strong field of candidates? Who represents the Ast...

    Blog | July 06, 2013
  6. Tigers' offense finally delivers in clutch

    David Schoenfield

    For all the consternation over Jose Valverde, part of the Detroit Tigers' late-inning woes has been the failure of the offense to deliver big hits late in close games. So when Victor Martinez walked leading off the bottom of the ninth Thur...

    Blog | June 20, 2013
  7. 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
  8. Tigers want Alex Avila to swing more often

    David Schoenfield

    From the Detroit News: But it's been quite interesting this spring and offseason, as Jim Leyland repeatedly has said he thinks (Alex) Avila can be a bit too selective at the plate. So, your response, Alex? "I just don't swing at balls out of t...

    Blog | March 11, 2013
  9. The buntingest bunter of all time

    David Schoenfield

    Some random stuff on sacrifice bunts as a follow-up to the previous post ... Nobody loved to bunt as much as Gene Mauch. If Earl Weaver was famous for playing for the three-run homer, Mauch was famous for playing "little ball." The fact that he ne...

    Blog | March 07, 2013
  10. Offseason report card: Tigers

    David Schoenfield

    2012 in review Record: 88-74 (88-74 Pythagorean) 726 runs scored (6th in American League) 670 runs allowed (5th in AL) Big Offseason Moves Re-signed Anibal Sanchez. Signed Torii Hunter. Lost Jose Valverde and Delmon Young. It has been a rel...

    Blog | February 01, 2013
  11. Random thoughts heading into Game 4

    David Schoenfield

    At this point, there isn't a whole lot to say. The San Francisco Giants' pitching has been spectacular, their defense has been terrific and the Detroit Tigers' bats are as cold as the Michigan weather. But the series isn't over, not with Max Scherzer...

    Blog | October 28, 2012
  12. Would you start Verlander in Game 4?

    David Schoenfield

    DETROIT -- There will certainly be some cries that Jim Leyland should start Justin Verlander on three days' rest in Game 4, thus giving Verlander the opportunity to start Game 7 on short rest as well. As intriguing as that option may sound, Leylan...

    Blog | October 28, 2012
  13. Bumgarner, little things put Giants up 2-0

    David Schoenfield

    SAN FRANCISCO -- This was the Madison Bumgarner Giants fans saw most of the season: the pitcher with impeccable control, the ability to get inside on right-handed batters, generate ground balls and change speeds. This was the pitcher who had become o...

    Blog | October 25, 2012
  14. Expect strong effort from Doug Fister

    David Schoenfield

    SAN FRANCISCO -- One of the reasons I like Detroit manager Jim Leyland is he doesn't always automatically nod his head at conventional wisdom. Asked after the Game 1 loss about the Giants' momentum, he said, "I'm a guy that doesn't believe in momentu...

    Blog | October 25, 2012
  15. Ten reasons to watch the 2012 World Series

    David Schoenfield

    It has been a long season. Remember when the Oakland A's and Seattle Mariners began in Japan way back in March? OK, you probably don't. But you've made it this far. Don't quit now. We have at least four more games left and hopefully seven. Here's why...

    Blog | October 24, 2012
  16. Do you need a closer to win World Series?

    David Schoenfield

    The obvious answer here is: Well, of course, you do. Starters rarely throw complete games anymore in the postseason; in the past 10 postseasons we've had just 19 complete games. Only two starters have thrown more than one in that span: Josh Beckett a...

    Blog | October 17, 2012