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  1. The best rookie seasons of all time

    David Schoenfield

    The reason for doing this piece should be pretty obvious: Masahiro Tanaka is 11-2 with a 2.11 ERA, leading the American League in wins and ERA. He's not just the clear best rookie so far but a Cy Young and MVP contender. Tanaka makes his 16th star...

    Blog | June 28, 2014
  2. Just because: Mark Fidrych, 1976

    David Schoenfield

    In my Tuesday chat session, we somehow got on the topic of one-year wonders. I mentioned Mark Fidrych, who had a great rookie season with the Tigers in 1976 and then got injured. Chris from NYC responded: "I saw Fidrych pitch live a few times and ...

    Blog | June 25, 2014
  3. 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
  4. Yearbook, July 3: 'The Bird' flying high

    Patrick Dorsey

    July 3, 1976: On this day 36 years ago, Mark Fidrych -- that surprise Detroit Tigers rookie sensation known as "The Bird" -- stretched his out-of-nowhere winning streak to eight games (and his record to 9-1 and ERA to 1.85) with a complete-game shuto...

    Blog | July 03, 2012
  5. R.A. Dickey becomes Cy Young candidate

    David Schoenfield

    There is nothing in sport like a knuckleball pitcher. I mean, the fat goalie theory doesn't work in hockey. You don't see 6-foot-10 forwards in the World Cup who stand near the goal to head in corner kicks. Three-point specialists in the NBA still...

    Blog | June 13, 2012
  6. Linsanity! Baseball's Jeremy Lins

    David Schoenfield

    Even if you don't follow the NBA you've been unable to ignore the amazing story of New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin. Whether the story would be getting the same amount of attention if Lin played for the Sacramento Kings or Charlotte Bobcats ...

    Blog | February 13, 2012
  7. Stephen Strasburg and Washington Nationals too cautious with reha...

    Johnette Howard

    The Nats will keep their rehabbing phenom in bubble wrap to protect him from the media, but they'll throw him to the wolves of big-league hitters next month. What gives?

    Story | Conversation | August 11, 2011
  8. How will you remember Manny Ramirez?

    The Common Man

    Allow me to date myself a little. When I was growing up and just becoming cognizant of baseball, Pete Rose was finishing up his career as a player-manager and transitioning into the manager's role full-time. I didn't know Pete Rose "The Hit King" o...

    Blog | April 09, 2011
  9. Cubs duo aware of 'sophomore jinx'

    Melissa Isaacson

    MESA, Ariz. -- Gordon Beckham doesn't pretend it wasn't scary. Any major league baseball player coming off a great rookie year would be lying if he said he didn't think about it. From Mark Fidrych to Steve Sax to Joe Charboneau to Kerry Wood, the ...

    Blog | March 06, 2011
  10. Chicago Cubs Tyler Colvin, Starlin Castro look to avoid falling i...

    Melissa Isaacson

    Chicago Cubs Tyler Colvin, Starlin Castro look to avoid falling into a sophomore slump.

    Story | Conversation | March 06, 2011
  11. A great musical pitch 'High and Inside' from The Baseball Project...

    Jim Wilkie

    The Baseball Project delivers another winner with "Volume 2: High and Inside," so The Life tossed a few softballs to the band's Steve Wynn and Scott McCaughey.

    Story | Conversation | February 23, 2011
  12. Do pitch counts protect pitchers?

    Joe Janish

    In the spring of 2009, when Nolan Ryan sent a directive to the entire Texas Rangers organization banning pitch counts as a means of regulating a starting pitcher's length of time in a game, it sent shockwaves throughout baseball -- and criticism towa...

    Blog | February 17, 2011
  13. 1st Pitch: Chasing history before the break

    Jeremy Lundblad, ESPN Stats & Info

    Quick Hits: With less than a week before All-Star voting closes, let's take a look at some players having historic first halves to the season. Can they keep up the pace going into the break? Arthur Rhodes' 0.24 ERA would be the second lowest goin...

    Blog | June 25, 2010
  14. Baseball in the 1970s may have been short on stats but they were ...

    Cameron Martin

    Baseball in the 1970s may have been short on stats but they were long on flair.

    Blog | Conversation | May 28, 2010
  15. Baseball players in the 1970s may have been short on stats, but t...

    Cam Martin

    Baseball players in the 1970s may have been short on stats, but they were long on flair.

    Story | Conversation | May 28, 2010
  16. The pitchers who changed baseball

    David Schoenfield

    From Mark Fidrych to David Cone to Mark Prior, we investigate some of the key cases that changed how the sport is managed.

    Story | Conversation | July 28, 2009