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  1. How many wins is a manager worth?

    David Schoenfield

    One of the great unanswered questions of sabermetrics is how much value a manager brings to a team. Maybe it's ultimately something that can't be properly evaluated, since aside from on-field strategic moves, much of what a manager does is difficult ...

    Blog | March 28, 2014
  2. Simple analysis: Price and Longoria good

    David Schoenfield

    Heading into the final few games of the season, I heard an interview with Joe Maddon where he was asked what it will take for the Rays to get through these next few games and into the postseason. Part of his response: "You need your best players t...

    Blog | October 01, 2013
  3. Price has terrible history against Rangers

    David Schoenfield

    There were some moments there when it appeared the Tampa Bay Rays would complete a mini collapse of sorts, especially when manager Joe Maddon lost his cool as the Rays were starting to melt down in the seventh inning and he had an Earl Weaver moment,...

    Blog | September 29, 2013
  4. Rays and Yankees are happy, Orioles sad

    David Schoenfield

    Well, you can't say this American League wild-card race is lacking in drama. Hey, the eventual payoff is small -- one game to keep your season going! -- but it sure is giving us a fun September. A crazy Wednesday was followed by a crazy Thursday a...

    Blog | September 13, 2013
  5. Wild night tightens up AL wild-card race

    David Schoenfield

    @dschoenfield has any team suffered more crushing defeats than my O's this year? It's been excruciating.- Josh Powell (@JoshuaCPowell) September 12, 2013 Here are some of the position players to suit up for the Yankees in 2013: Vernon Wells, Chr...

    Blog | September 11, 2013
  6. Maddon's bag of tricks doesn't help Rays

    David Schoenfield

    Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon is known for his unconventional approach to managing. Before embarking on the team's current 10-game West Coast road trip, for example, he had his players don the jerseys of their favorite college football team. In A...

    Blog | September 01, 2013
  7. Red Sox whine, but Price shines

    David Schoenfield

    1. OK, the call was wrong. Daniel Nava was safe, sliding under Jose Molina's tag. Jerry Meals missed the call. Rays 2, Red Sox 1. 2. It probably wasn't one of the 100 worst calls of the season -- certainly not in the league of Angel Hernandez not ...

    Blog | July 29, 2013
  8. Rays staying in race thanks to offense

    David Schoenfield

    I know, I know: You're tired of stat nerds professing their love for the Tampa Bay Rays, a franchise that hasn't even reached the World Series since 2008, let alone ever won one. Why do we love the Rays? They compete despite usually ranking near t...

    Blog | June 11, 2013
  9. Maddon pays for using closer too soon

    David Schoenfield

    Joe Maddon, once again trying to be the smartest kid on the block, with your fancy glasses and wacky pregame guests and funny haircuts. How dare you bring your closer in during the eighth inning. With runners on base, no less! Who do you think you...

    Blog | May 07, 2013
  10. Joe Maddon apparently likes birds

    David Schoenfield

    From Roger Mooney in the Tampa Tribune: All manager Joe Maddon would say about this afternoon's pregame guest is that it will be another member of the animal kingdom. Maddon, who brought in a DJ on Saturday and a magician Sunday, walked around ...

    Blog | April 24, 2013
  11. Fernando Rodney is awesome

    David Schoenfield

    Adam Dunn is at the plate, looking relaxed, just another of his more than 7,000 career plate appearances in the major leagues. Dunn may appear relaxed, but Chicago White Sox fans certainly aren't, as they stand in unison, knowing the season has co...

    Blog | September 28, 2012
  12. Who should win the AL wild cards?

    David Schoenfield

    I sent an email to my pal Jim Caple, asking: Would you rather see the A's or Angels in the playoffs? I could also ask: Would you rather see the Orioles or the Rays? All four teams won on Wednesday, which means good news for the Orioles and A's ...

    Blog | September 27, 2012
  13. The best time of the season is here

    David Schoenfield

    As the Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles played on in the late-afternoon shadows, the managers turned to Chris Archer and Tommy Hunter, a rookie with just 18 innings of big league experience making his first relief appearance of the season and a v...

    Blog | September 14, 2012
  14. Now playing shortstop: Ben Zobrist

    David Schoenfield

    Ben Zobrist has long been admired by Rays fans, Joe Maddon and baseball analysts for his ability to shift seamlessly between second base and right field and play well at both positions. You can add a new position to his resume: He started three of Ta...

    Blog | August 13, 2012
  15. Why we love the Rays: Pena batting leadoff

    David Schoenfield

    Leave it to Joe Maddon and the Tampa Bay Rays to find another unconventional way to play baseball: Carlos Pena is hitting leadoff in tonight's game against Toronto. Yes, the first baseman with one stolen base and a .209 batting average. Last week,...

    Blog | May 22, 2012
  16. MLB's best closer ... Fernando Rodney?!?!

    David Schoenfield

    You know, Fernando Rodney has never really been that good. He had 44 good innings for the Tigers in 2005 and he was tough to hit in 2006, when he had a 3.52 ERA. But from 2007 through 2011, he posted a 4.42 ERA, hardly impressive for a relief pitcher...

    Blog | May 16, 2012