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  1. Best MVP pairings of all time

    David Schoenfield

    Fun list/idea from Aaron Gleeman of Hardball Talk: The best MVP pairings ever, based on their stature in MLB history, not their numbers for that specific season. His top five: 1946: Ted Williams, Stan Musial 1957: Mickey Mantle, Henry Aaron 1986...

    Blog | September 03, 2014
  2. Stanton one of best pure power hitters ever

    David Schoenfield

    The much-anticipated Alex Wood versus Jose Fernandez rematch didn't materialize on Tuesday night, as Fernandez turned in another dominating performance with eight scoreless innings while Wood gave up 10 hits and seven runs. What did materialize was a...

    Blog | April 30, 2014
  3. What if Willie Mays were a free agent?

    David Schoenfield

    We talked a lot about Mike Trout in Tuesday's chat session. Following up on that, a couple Trout links to check out. Buster Olney writes today: If Trout were a free agent right now and told teams he would only sign a one-year deal, what would he ...

    Blog | December 18, 2013
  4. Chat wrap: Puig versus Trout

    David Schoenfield

    Here's Tuesday's chat wrap. Yasiel Puig versus Mike Trout? Skipping work to watch Felix Hernandez versus Gerrit Cole? Who should start the All-Star Game? What would Mickey Mantle make today? All that and more....

    Blog | June 25, 2013
  5. These Yankees aren't going away so soon

    David Schoenfield

    From 1949 to 1964, the New York Yankees won a remarkable 14 American League pennants in 16 seasons, a dynasty that reached across generations, from Joe DiMaggio and Yogi Berra, to Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford, to Jim Bouton and Tom Tresh. After t...

    Blog | May 12, 2013
  6. All-time top 25 players under 25

    David Schoenfield

    A couple weeks ago, Keith Law unveiled his annual list of the top 25 players under the age of 25 . Keith's list isn't a projection of the best players for 2013, but rather a projection and ordering of players if you were starting a franchise. I th...

    Blog | January 23, 2013
  7. There will never be another Mickey Mantle

    David Schoenfield

    Over the weekend I started reading Jane Leavy's biography on Mickey Mantle, "The Last Boy." The book came out in 2010 and I've had the paperback on my shelf for quite awhile now, so figured I'd finally give it my time. I've never actually read any of...

    Blog | January 14, 2013
  8. The list: Worst MVP winners

    David Schoenfield

    In my earlier post, I wrote about players since 1969 who had terrific all-around seasons but didn't win the MVP Award. As a companion to that piece, let's take a quick look at worst MVP winners. There are many ways to look at this, but the easiest is...

    Blog | September 28, 2012
  9. More on Joey Votto's awesomeness

    David Schoenfield

    Joey Votto has an OPS+ of 204 (via What does that mean? In case you're not familiar with OPS+, it takes a player's on-base percentage + slugging percentage and adjusts it for the context of the player's league and home par...

    Blog | June 18, 2012
  10. Semifinals: Ruth/Mantle, Musial/Williams

    David Schoenfield

    The voters have spoken: They like outfielders who put up monster numbers in the pre-expansion era. It's not too surprising, of course, that Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams and Stan Musial are our semifinalists in the Greatest Season Ever br...

    Blog | March 08, 2012
  11. Easier to put up big numbers in old days

    David Schoenfield

    Here are the debut seasons of the 15 greatest position players in baseball history, according to's WAR (wins above replacement-level) statistic, listed in chronological order: 1897 (Honus Wagner) 1905 (Ty Cobb) 1906 (Eddie...

    Blog | March 07, 2012
  12. Baseball fans still revere olden days

    David Schoenfield

    We've moved on to the second round of the Greatest MLB Season Ever bracket. All top-10 seeds advanced, but there were three upsets; interestingly, all involved shortstops. Alex Rodriguez lost to Ken Griffey Jr. in a Mariners death duel (got destroyed...

    Blog | March 06, 2012
  13. Introducing: Best season of all time bracket

    David Schoenfield

    In 1975, Joe Morgan hit .327 with 17 home runs and 94 RBIs. Those traditional statistics may not seem impressive, but Morgan's season ranks as one of the best in the game's history. As we begin voting Monday on the greatest individual season of al...

    Blog | March 05, 2012
  14. Is Pujols the greatest hitter of all time?

    David Schoenfield

    I asked my colleague Jim Caple a simple question: "Who is on your short list of the greatest hitters of all time?" He reeled off the names: Pujols, Bonds, Ruth, Williams ... Mays, Hornsby, Cobb (a little reluctantly on that one). We could include ...

    Blog | October 23, 2011
  15. Young, Verlander and a little luck lift Tigers

    David Schoenfield

    Bring back the stories of Mickey Mantle playing through the pain of ravaged knees and a torn-up shoulder. The anecdotes of Sandy Koufax and his "atomic" balm, a concoction he applied to dull the pain in his elbow, but an ointment of such ferocity tha...

    Blog | October 13, 2011
  16. Curtis Granderson stat of the day

    David Schoenfield

    From ESPN Stats & Info, via Elias: Curtis Granderson currently leads the major leagues in home runs (38), RBIs (107) and runs scored (121). I found it hard to believe, but only four players have done so: Babe Ruth (1920, 1921 and 1926), Mickey Mantle...

    Blog | August 29, 2011