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  1. Path to the playoffs: NL West

    David Schoenfield

    The National League West had the worst out-of-division record in the majors in 2014 -- its teams were 32 games under .500 -- but the Giants won the World Series. So it was certainly baseball's best worst division. Or something. Attempting to match...

    Blog | December 19, 2014
  2. Justin Upton: Good, but not a superstar

    David Schoenfield

    A lot of stuff out there about Justin Upton. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports and Mark Bowman of MLB.com report that the Padres are still hot for Upton. Rosenthal writes: The Braves, according to major-league sources, want more for Upton than they did fo...

    Blog | December 15, 2014
  3. Royals' outfield defense keeps game tied

    David Schoenfield

    Not everybody agrees with Ned Yost's managerial decisions, but everyone agrees that the Royals are one of the best defensive teams in the majors -- maybe the best. Center fielder Lorenzo Cain made two outstanding catches early in Game 1 and then righ...

    Blog | October 02, 2014
  4. What was Billy Butler thinking?

    David Schoenfield

    It's not too often you see a Little League play work in the majors. And it didn't work in the first inning when Billy Butler wandered off first base and got caught in a rundown and then Eric Hosmer got caught trying to score. Officially, Hosmer is cr...

    Blog | September 30, 2014
  5. Five things we learned Friday

    David Schoenfield

    The big news of the night was the Kansas City Royals clinching their first postseason berth since 1985, ending the longest playoff drought in the majors. (That honor now belongs to the Toronto Blue Jays, last in the playoffs in 1993, when they won th...

    Blog | September 27, 2014
  6. A short history of the 40-homer club

    David Schoenfield

    On Tuesday, Nelson Cruz of the Orioles hit his 40th home run, saving us from the deprivation of not having a 40-homer guy for the first time since 1982. That year Reggie Jackson of the Angels and Gorman Thomas of the Brewers tied for the major league...

    Blog | September 24, 2014
  7. Guilder Rodriguez and the baseball dream

    David Schoenfield

    This has to be one of the season's best moments: Guilder Rodriguez, a 31-year-old Venezuelan recently called up to the majors for the first time, gets his first major league hit and we see his parents crying, Rangers fans giving him a standing ovatio...

    Blog | September 23, 2014
  8. Vance Worley member of All-Surprise Team

    David Schoenfield

    Teams make the playoffs with expected production from their stars, with young players who improve, maybe a couple rookies who step up. But on almost every playoff team, you can find a guy who came out of nowhere to offer a major contribution. Vanc...

    Blog | September 21, 2014
  9. Stanton's HBP shows the danger of baseball

    David Schoenfield

    Former major infielder Jeff Huson once said this to my ESPN colleague Tim Kurkjian about facing Randy Johnson: "What was the worst thing that Michael Jordan could do to you? He can go dunk on you. He could embarrass you. What's the worst thing Randy ...

    Blog | September 12, 2014
  10. It's that time of year: Time to tank

    David Schoenfield

    Such a dirty word: Tanking. But there's no nice way to put it. For teams at the bottom of the standings, it's important to lose enough games to finish with one of the 10 worst records in the majors. As Joe Sheehan wrote in his newsletter today (su...

    Blog | September 09, 2014
  11. A complaint about the 2015 schedule

    David Schoenfield

    Major League Baseball released its tentative 2015 schedule today -- big season-ending series between the Diamondbacks and Astros! -- and I have one major issue. The season begins April 5 with a "Sunday Night Baseball" game on ESPN, with the full O...

    Blog | September 08, 2014
  12. Big win for Mariners, King Felix

    David Schoenfield

    Mariners fans had reason to be worried before Wednesday's game against the A's. Felix Hernandez, the best pitcher in the majors this year not named Clayton Kershaw, had scuffled through three mediocre starts, including a four-homer outing in his prev...

    Blog | September 03, 2014
  13. O's rely on steady duo of Jones, Markakis

    David Schoenfield

    The first time I saw Adam Jones play was in August 2007 at Camden Yards, but he was with the Seattle Mariners then and had recently been called up from the minor leagues for his second stint in the majors. I was there with my wife's family and told t...

    Blog | August 26, 2014
  14. Mariners' bullpen best in majors

    David Schoenfield

    In Game 1 of the Seattle Mariners-Boston Red Sox series at Fenway Park on Friday, Felix Hernandez allowed three runs in 5.2 innings -- the first time he'd allowed three runs in 18 starts. In Game 2, Chris Young pitched just 3.2 innings. In Game...

    Blog | August 24, 2014
  15. SweetSpot TV: Can KC win the Central?

    David Schoenfield

    Eric and I discuss the Royals, Tigers and who will win the American League Central. Worth mentioning that wasn't mentioned in the video: FanGraphs projects the Tigers as having the easiest remaining schedule in the majors. But, really, the difference...

    Blog | August 12, 2014
  16. Javier Baez isn't yet Ramirez or Sheffield

    David Schoenfield

    After hitting the winning home run in his major league debut, Javier Baez followed up with two home runs in his third game. Not a bad start for the 21-year-old regarded as one of the top prospects in the game. Here's the report from ESPNChicago. He's...

    Blog | August 08, 2014