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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. The big, huge Hall of Fame post, Part 4

    David Schoenfield

    Let's finish up with the 14 players I consider strong Hall of Fame candidates. Of course, if I had a ballot, I could vote for only 10 ... well, that's another essay, my friends. Here is Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. The Hall of Famers 14. Tim R...

    Blog | January 08, 2014
  3. Ten great moments in draft history

    David Schoenfield

    1965: Reds draft Johnny Bench Back in the first draft, it was still possible to dig up a relatively unknown kid from rural Oklahoma. Bench wasn't selected until the second round -- the 36th player overall -- and seven other catchers went ahead of hi...

    Blog | June 06, 2013
  4. Hall of Fame voting hits a new low

    David Schoenfield

    Is this a sad day for baseball? Maybe not. There will be another election next year and one the year after that. I presume onward into the future players will get elected. But this year? The Baseball Writers' Association of America struck out. Nob...

    Blog | January 09, 2013
  5. Mike Piazza makes ONE Hall of Fame

    David Schoenfield

    I've mentioned this before: While the Baseball Writers Association of America have become very stingy on their Hall of Fame elections (and that's aside from the candidates associated with PEDs), other groups are just as stingy -- if not more so. T...

    Blog | January 08, 2013
  6. Hall of Fame links: Nobody may get in

    David Schoenfield

    Some stuff out there on the Internet, Hall of Fame related ... 1. Joe Posnanski with a fun post on the Topps numbering system -- if you collected cards, you remember the best players would get card No. 100 or 300 or whatever, stars would get No...

    Blog | January 07, 2013
  7. Posey's year one of best ever for catchers

    David Schoenfield

    As expected, Buster Posey won the NL MVP vote in a landslide, collecting 27 of 32 first-place votes. Although you could have made strong cases for Andrew McCutchen, Yadier Molina, Ryan Braun and even Chase Headley or David Wright, Posey won for tw...

    Blog | November 15, 2012
  8. Best rookie seasons of all time

    David Schoenfield

    This came up on my Twitter timeline Sunday night when somebody asked if Mike Trout is having the greatest rookie seasons of all time. Entering Monday night's game against the Tigers, Trout is hitting .349/.403/.574 and leads the American League in ba...

    Blog | July 16, 2012
  9. SweetSpot TV: Will Youkilis turn it around?

    David Schoenfield

    Eric Karabell wrote about Kevin Youkilis today and then we talked about Youkilis and two other 30-something third basemen off to slow starts, Scott Rolen and Placido Polanco. We also discussed Chris Young's injury and where Ivan Rodriguez ranks all-...

    Blog | April 19, 2012
  10. 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
  11. Over/under: Matt Kemp's home runs

    David Schoenfield

    In 2011, Matt Kemp had one of the greatest seasons by a position player in Los Angeles Dodgers history. By Baseball-Reference WAR, his 10.0 wins above replacement trail only Adrian Beltre's 10.1 from 2004 and rank ahead of Mike Piazza's 9.3 from 1997...

    Blog | February 29, 2012
  12. Posada among greatest catchers ever

    David Schoenfield

    The Jorge Posada situation is interesting on many levels, but to me it's clear what's going on: Much like the Ken Griffey Jr. situation last season in Seattle, a franchise icon is struggling and appears at the end of his career. The organization does...

    Blog | May 19, 2011
  13. Joe Mauer could rank among best ever for catchers

    David Schoenfield

    Despite missing April, Joe Mauer's season could end up among the best ever for a catcher.

    Story | Conversation | July 16, 2009