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  1. A look at non-roster invitees: AL West

    David Schoenfield

    After looking at which players not on a 40-man roster have been invited to spring training in the AL East and AL Central, here's a look at the AL West. We'll do the National League on Friday. Houston Astros I don't quite get the hype about Mark...

    Blog | February 19, 2015
  2. Jason Giambi, the face of a generation

    David Schoenfield

    I know, I know. With Jason Giambi it's hard to ignore the guy once looked like this and then, a few years later, looked like this. That Sports Illustrated cover was dated July 17, 2000, and heralded "The New Face of Baseball: How the Home Run Has ...

    Blog | February 17, 2015
  3. Ranking the teams: 18 through 13

    David Schoenfield

    It's the third day of pre-spring training power rankings! We're getting to the serious playoff contenders now, teams that have more depth and few question marks. But I know fans of a couple of the teams below aren't going to agree with the ranking. B...

    Blog | February 11, 2015
  4. Who's better: Athletics or Giants?

    David Schoenfield

    One team won 88 games and had a colossal disaster of a season. The other team won 88 games and became a dynasty. There is no love lost between the rich-kid Giants and their ballpark on the cove and the poor A's from the wrong side of the tracks wi...

    Blog | February 05, 2015
  5. Looking back: Top prospects of 2005

    David Schoenfield

    With Keith Law unveiling his top 100 prospects this week, I thought it would be fun to look back at the top prospects from 2005. Has it already been 10 years since 2005? Yes it has! We'll use Baseball America's list and, as always, we're not criticiz...

    Blog | January 30, 2015
  6. OK, about the Big Red Machine ...

    David Schoenfield

    @dschoenfield What about the Reds on your all dynasty rankings, the Big Red Machine?- Ben (@benph0124) January 27, 2015 @dschoenfield just read your article http://t.co/OJVjdeJ6Ad big red machine? you have something against the reds?- ...

    Blog | January 28, 2015
  7. Ranking baseball's greatest dynasties

    David Schoenfield

    After the San Francisco Giants won the World Series, I wrote a post titled "Baseball's imperfect dynasty." Within that post, I asked readers if they considered the Giants a dynasty and 84 percent said yes. So if the Giants are a dynasty, where do ...

    Blog | January 27, 2015
  8. 30 things to look for before spring training

    David Schoenfield

    We're a month away from the official start of spring training, but that doesn't mean there aren't some unresolved issues and potential news items still out there in baseball land. Here are 30 things to keep an eye on: 1. Now that the Nationals hav...

    Blog | January 20, 2015
  9. The importance of team depth

    David Schoenfield

    From Dan Szymborski's ESPN Insider piece, writing about the A's after they acquired Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar:With Zobrist and Escobar now in the mix, ZiPS now estimates (in very early returns) that the A's are an 87- to 88-win team in an AL West...

    Blog | January 14, 2015
  10. The current all-underrated team

    David Schoenfield

    There isn't really a scientific way to determine an all-underrated team. Certainly, if you own five fantasy teams, you know all about these guys, but my perception is these players are better than widely believed or haven't yet received the kind of a...

    Blog | January 13, 2015
  11. Kipnis, Puig will rebound; Braves won't

    David Schoenfield

    It's been a slow few weeks in the world of baseball. So here are some random thoughts going through my mind as we wait for Max Scherzer to sign ... and wait ... and wait ... 1. I still don't understand the lack of support that Mike Mussina has rec...

    Blog | January 11, 2015
  12. The best middle relievers of all time

    David Schoenfield

    Yes, nothing much is going on in baseball unless you want to complain about the Yankees' payroll, but that's an old topic. So I was on an email chain with some friends the other day, and my friend Messina joked about when the first middle reliever...

    Blog | January 09, 2015
  13. Has Josh Donaldson reached his peak?

    David Schoenfield

    As the recent Hall of Fame elections show us, evaluating baseball talent -- even Hall of Fame talent -- remains an imperfect, tricky science. John Smoltz, Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez were all traded as young players: Smoltz while still in the mi...

    Blog | January 09, 2015
  14. Ranking this year's Hall of Fame candidates

    David Schoenfield

    I don't have a Hall of Fame vote since I've been a BBWAA member for only one year. Will there even be a Hall of Fame in nine years when I'll be eligible to vote? Anyway, if I did have a vote, I've come around to using "wins above average" as a goo...

    Blog | January 06, 2015
  15. Which active players are Hall of Famers?

    David Schoenfield

    In any given season, there are more future Hall of Famers than you probably realize at first glance. Take 1994. Eighteen current Hall of Famers played that season, which was a strike-shortened one that didn't include any late-season call-ups. So did ...

    Blog | December 31, 2014
  16. The broken Hall of Fame voting system

    David Schoenfield

    Over the weekend, I saw "The Imitation Game," the story of British mathematician Alan Turing. Turing helped crack the German Enigma code machine during World War II, allowing the Allies to decipher German secret messages and help bring an earlier end...

    Blog | December 29, 2014