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  1. Most important AL players in second half

    David Schoenfield

    One player won't make or break a team's playoff push, but here is one key guy for each American League club in the second half. Baltimore Orioles -- Chris Davis Let's divide Davis' last two years into halves: Second half, 2012: .269/.337/.53...

    Blog | July 19, 2014
  2. Fifty random thoughts for Monday morning

    David Schoenfield

    Random thoughts for a Monday morning ... 1. As Buster Olney wrote the other day, the Jeff Samardzija-Jason Hammel trade just ramped up the cost for David Price. If the Cardinals want him, they better start with Oscar Taveras. If the Dodgers want ...

    Blog | July 07, 2014
  3. Kinsler, Seager, biggest All-Star snubs

    David Schoenfield

    We've reached the most fun part of the All-Star Game: Arguing about the final rosters. The starters and reserves were named on Sunday and it was interesting to note the different philosophies of managers John Farrell and Mike Matheny in filling ou...

    Blog | July 06, 2014
  4. Who should make the All-Star teams

    David Schoenfield

    Jim Bowden, Jerry Crasnick, Buster Olney, Jayson Stark and myself presented our 34-man All-Star rosters today. Here are our National League selections and here are our American League selections. Of course, our choices aren't affected by fan ballotin...

    Blog | July 03, 2014
  5. 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
  6. Monday's random thoughts on every team

    David Schoenfield

    A glance through Sunday's results and some quick thoughts ... at least one for every team! A's 11, Orioles 1: I wrote about Manny Machado's embarrassing episode here. How much of this is frustration by Machado? While he has had four two-hit gam...

    Blog | June 09, 2014
  7. When general managers went bad

    David Schoenfield

    There are a million stories about the Major League Baseball amateur draft, or the First-Year Player Draft as it's officially called (thank you, J.D. Drew and Scott Boras). Here are some of the biggest ones during the draft's 50-year history, courtesy...

    Blog | June 03, 2014
  8. Thursday afternoon reading list

    David Schoenfield

    George Springer is red hot -- his nine home runs this month are the most by a rookie in May since Mark McGwire hit 15 in 1987 -- and Justin Havens breaks down his rapid improvement at the plate in just a few short weeks in the majors. I was a little ...

    Blog | May 29, 2014
  9. Too early for All-Star debates? No way!

    David Schoenfield

    The two best teams squared off Tuesday night in Oakland. The game featured two pitchers who could be in line to start the All-Star Game in Minneapolis in Detroit's Max Scherzer and Oakland's Sonny Gray, plus a slew of other All-Star candidates like M...

    Blog | May 28, 2014
  10. Wednesday afternoon reading list

    David Schoenfield

    Some stuff to check out ... Craig Calcaterra of Hardball Talk disagreed with my take on instant replay after the Giants-Pirates game on Tuesday. Fair enough. I can admit I may have missed the boat (the ocean?) on that one. Certainly, if there's...

    Blog | May 07, 2014
  11. Monday reading list: Two on Koufax

    David Schoenfield

    Joe Posnanski is ranking the 100 best baseball players of all time and the other day he wrote about Sandy Koufax, his No. 46 guy. Koufax is one of the most difficult players to rank in a list like this due to his short career. His case raises the ...

    Blog | April 21, 2014
  12. The best utility infielder of all time!

    David Schoenfield

    You may have seen that Major League Baseball will now be giving out annual Mariano Rivera American League Reliever of the Year and Trevor Hoffman National League Reliever of the Year awards. Jim Caple poked a little fun at this, wondering what's next...

    Blog | April 10, 2014
  13. The incredible journey of Chris Colabello

    David Schoenfield

    Chris Colabello wasn't drafted out of Assumption College in Worcester, Mass., which isn't necessarily surprising since nobody from Assumption had ever played in the major leagues. No major league team signed him as a free agent to give him a chance i...

    Blog | April 08, 2014
  14. SweetSpot TV: Ranking the first basemen

    David Schoenfield

    First base regained some luster last season as Chris Davis and Paul Goldschmidt had monster years that put them in the MVP discussions in their leagues and Freddie Freeman had a breakout year for the Braves. The position gets even stronger this year ...

    Blog | March 25, 2014
  15. Over/under: Joe Mauer's batting average

    David Schoenfield

    OK, I'm back from vacation, all rested up for the next eight months of non-stop blogging and baseball watching. Jayson Stark has a piece up on Joe Mauer and his move to first base, a move the Twins made in the hope it will get Mauer's bat in the l...

    Blog | March 06, 2014
  16. Team over/unders: Best bets

    David Schoenfield

    Listed below is each team's over/under win total from Bovada.lv. For each group of five teams, I'll ask you to vote on which one is the best bet to exceed its win total. Wisdom of the crowds, right? (By the way, if the win totals seem low, they're...

    Blog | February 27, 2014