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  1. Quick thoughts: The best team wins it all

    David Schoenfield

    World Series history is filled with dramatic Game 6 contests -- 2011 (Cardinals-Rangers), 2002 (Angels rally), 1993 (Joe Carter), 1992 (Jays clinch in extra innings), 1991 (Kirby Puckett), 1986 (Bill Buckner), 1975 (Carlton Fisk)... just to name a fe...

    Blog | October 30, 2013
  2. Should postseason matter in HOF voting?

    David Schoenfield

    As Carlos Beltran delivers more big postseason hits this October for the St. Louis Cardinals, talk about him as a potential Hall of Famer has increased, carrying over from discussions that began in the regular season. ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick wrote ...

    Blog | October 20, 2013
  3. Heyward injury could be big blow to Braves

    David Schoenfield

    The worst sound I ever heard on a baseball field was back in April 1987, when Kirby Puckett hit a line drive off the cheekbone of Mariners pitcher Steve Shields. Sitting in the first row of the second deck behind home plate at the Kingdome, I couldn'...

    Blog | August 21, 2013
  4. 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
  5. Tim Raines still seeks Hall of Fame respect

    David Schoenfield

    There are a lot of columns and analysis out there advocating the case for Tim Raines for the Hall of Fame. I probably won't add anything new to the discussion, but let me start here: Player A is Raines. Player B is Tony Gwynn. That final colum...

    Blog | January 05, 2012
  6. Hall of Fame debates: Spirited, emotional

    David Schoenfield

    There are a lot of misunderstandings about the Hall of Fame and its voting procedures and results, beginning with the little fact that baseball was not, of course, actually invented in Cooperstown, N.Y., in 1839 by a future Civil War general named Ab...

    Blog | January 02, 2012
  7. Ranking all 42 postseason walk-off HRs

    David Schoenfield

    There have been 2,208 home runs hit in the history of postseason baseball; 42 of those were walk-off home runs, including Nelson Cruz's grand slam on Monday for the Rangers. Only two players have done it more than once. Not surprisingly, the Yankees ...

    Blog | October 11, 2011
  8. Greatest postseason hitting performances

    David Schoenfield

    Does Adrian Beltre's three-homer game rank as one of the top postseason hitting games of all time? After all, he belted three home runs in a slim 4-3 victory. One way to measure this is via something called WPA -- win probability added -- which takes...

    Blog | October 04, 2011
  9. The Vlad watch: No walks for Guerrero

    David Schoenfield

    Vladimir Guerrero has to come to bat 83 times this season and has drawn zero walks. Now, Vlad has always been more Kirby Puckett than Barry Bonds when it comes to his selectivity, but he did once draw 84 walks in a season (with the help of 32 intenti...

    Blog | April 25, 2011
  10. When was golden age for center fielders?

    David Schoenfield

    This is somewhat shocking to me: A center fielder hasn't won an MVP Award since Ken Griffey Jr. in 1997. (Josh Hamilton played some there last season, but the majority of his games came in left field.) Before that, it was Robin Yount in 1989. S...

    Blog | April 13, 2011