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  1. Most important NL players in second half

    David Schoenfield

    OK, we're already a couple of days into the second half of the season, which actually begins well past the actual halfway point of the season, but here are the key players to watch for each National League team. Atlanta Braves: Mike Minor Well,...

    Blog | July 20, 2014
  2. Remaining schedules key in NL

    David Schoenfield

    An early theme of the 2014 season was parity: Through the first two months, just about every team could still sell themselves on a potential playoff chase. But the last month changed all that, especially in the National League, which has sorted itsel...

    Blog | July 09, 2014
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Trade deadline preview: NL Central

    David Schoenfield

    We're going division by division to look at what each team needs to do at the trade deadline and what may actually happen. As always, you can keep up with the latest trade talk at Rumor Central. Chicago Cubs Status: Moving parts to build th...

    Blog | July 05, 2014
  6. 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
  7. Wednesday morning random thoughts

    David Schoenfield

    It was a fun night of baseball and I haven't done this in awhile, so some quick thoughts on the night's action ... The Nationals and Brewers played a 16-inning game, tying the Cubs-Pirates game from April 2 for longest of the season. Washington...

    Blog | June 25, 2014
  8. The best player in baseball

    David Schoenfield

    Sorry, Miggy. Your hitting feats are legendary. You'll be in the Hall of Fame some day, on the short list of best right-handed batsmen the game has ever seen. You know you're an all-timer when you're hitting .319 and on pace for 135 RBIs and nobody i...

    Blog | June 17, 2014
  9. OK, let's talk more about great outfield arms

    David Schoenfield

    You probably saw that Yoenis Cespedes did it again on Wednesday, misplaying a ball but recovering to show off his cannon and throw out Albert Pujols. That's nine assists on the season for Cespedes (four against the Angels), with eight coming in just ...

    Blog | June 12, 2014
  10. Welcome to the club, Yoenis Cespedes

    David Schoenfield

    Here's the funny thing about great throws: How many do you remember? Specific throws, I mean? Of course, there's the Bo Jackson throw to nail Harold Reynolds and the Ichiro Suzuki throw early in his first season in Seattle that helped establish his r...

    Blog | June 11, 2014
  11. Polanco's call-up and great young outfields

    David Schoenfield

    After two months of speculation, yearning from fans and guarded responses from the front office, the Pirates finally recalled 23-year-old outfielder Gregory Polanco. As Alex Speier wrote on ESPN Insider, Polanco's story is a fun one, as he rose from ...

    Blog | June 11, 2014
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Where will Kendrys Morales sign?

    David Schoenfield

    Once the amateur draft begins on Thursday, expect free agent Kendrys Morales to sign a deal soon after. That's when Morales will no longer be tied to draft-pick compensation, thus making his services more attractive. Morales should expect a deal less...

    Blog | June 03, 2014
  15. Looking at National League All-Star debates

    David Schoenfield

    I checked in on American League early All-Star debates Wednesday night. Here's a look at the National League. Again, my general guidelines: A player's past history matters, and I'm not a big fan of players who've had just two great months in the majo...

    Blog | May 28, 2014
  16. SweetSpot TV: Can Puig win batting title?

    David Schoenfield

    In this week's Rapid Fire SweetSpot TV segment with Eric Karabell, one topic we discuss is Yasiel Puig. Entering Wednesday, Puig is second in the National League batting race, hitting .346 to Troy Tulowitzki's .373. Can Puig actually win th...

    Blog | May 28, 2014