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  1. How many wins is a manager worth?

    David Schoenfield

    One of the great unanswered questions of sabermetrics is how much value a manager brings to a team. Maybe it's ultimately something that can't be properly evaluated, since aside from on-field strategic moves, much of what a manager does is difficult ...

    Blog | March 28, 2014
  2. As Rangers fold, time for Washington to go

    David Schoenfield

    Remember back in February when Josh Hamilton said, "There are true baseball fans in Texas, but it's not a true baseball town." Maybe that stung a little at the time, but things really sting now. If pain, suffering and agony are requirements needed...

    Blog | September 22, 2013
  3. SweetSpot TV: Managers on the hot seat

    David Schoenfield

    Eric Karabell and I discuss which manager may be the first to be fired. I go with the obvious choice but Eric has a surprising answer about a manager who better keep winning....

    Blog | April 25, 2013
  4. Almost perfect: Darvish ready to make leap

    David Schoenfield

    Love that we've all accepted that pitch count, not Houston's lineup, is the greatest threat to this perfect game.- Andy Behrens (@andybehrens) April 3, 2013 Back in 1962, Don Drysdale threw 163 pitches in his first start of the sea...

    Blog | April 02, 2013
  5. We're off! Astros stick it to division rival

    David Schoenfield

    The best thing about Sunday night's game between the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros? Our long national nightmare known as spring training is finally over. We have real games that count in real standings, no more reports on offseason weight gains an...

    Blog | March 31, 2013
  6. Joe Saunders pitches Orioles past Rangers

    David Schoenfield

    The Atlanta Braves playing a wild-card game where they committed three throwing errors, got burned on a controversial umpire's call, and saw their fans delay the game after littering the field with debris? Sure, I can envision all that happening. ...

    Blog | October 06, 2012
  7. Rangers suddenly look vulnerable

    David Schoenfield

    The Texas Rangers took over possession of first place in the American League West on April 9, the fourth game of the season. They held that position every day since then, all by themselves, 182 consecutive days. Until now. Now they're in danger...

    Blog | October 03, 2012
  8. As Darvish struggles, who is Rangers' ace?

    David Schoenfield

    Let's fast-forward a couple of months. Pretend you're Ron Washington, preparing for the first game of the Division Series. Who do you start? When the Texas Rangers invested more than $100 million to sign Yu Darvish, they had to believe Darvish ...

    Blog | August 07, 2012
  9. 2012 All-Star Game: Fourth inning

    David Schoenfield

    Matt Harrison enters for the AL. No surprise that Ron Washington wants to get his guy an inning. Harrison is 7-1 with a 1.52 ERA over his past nine stars. His most impressive stat: He's allowed just two home runs in 50 innings at home. Texas is a tou...

    Blog | July 10, 2012
  10. Five managers on the hot seat

    David Schoenfield

    With the Rangers giving Ron Washington a two-year extension and the Rays reportedly close to extending Joe Maddon for three years, it's time to take a look at those managers who don't have the same kind of job security. Jim Tracy, Rockies: Tracy t...

    Blog | January 31, 2012
  11. Maddon, Gibson should win top managers

    David Schoenfield

    Quick, who won last year's Manager of the Year awards? Exactly. Not the most interesting of the postseason awards. But here's a quick preview of the award that usually goes to the manager whose team surprised the most. American League Joe Ma...

    Blog | November 15, 2011
  12. Cards complete comeback: Series champs

    David Schoenfield

    ST. LOUIS -- You fight through the monotony of fielding practice in spring training. The sore elbows, the back pain, the starts when you leave your fastball in the bullpen, and maybe a surgery or two at some point in your career. Chris Carpenter m...

    Blog | October 28, 2011
  13. Pain, agony: Cardinals win all-time thriller

    David Schoenfield

    ST. LOUIS -- At the end of "Ball Four," the greatest book about baseball ever written, pitcher/author Jim Bouton writes, "You spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the tim...

    Blog | October 28, 2011
  14. A final look back at Game 5 wackiness

    David Schoenfield

    ST. LOUIS -- Busch Stadium was quiet Tuesday, as both teams held optional workouts -- which means no workouts. No players showed up except required attendees Game 6 starters Jaime Garcia and Colby Lewis to conduct their pre-start media conferences. T...

    Blog | October 25, 2011
  15. Is Rangers' lineup becoming an issue?

    David Schoenfield

    Here are the Rangers' nine regular hitters, ranked by regular-season wOBA, with their postseason OPS in parenthesis: 1. Mike Napoli, .444 (.776) 2. Adrian Beltre, .379 (.813) 3. Josh Hamilton, .371 (.726) 4. Ian Kinsler, .370 (.846) 5. Michael...

    Blog | October 20, 2011
  16. La Russa outfoxes Washington in opener

    David Schoenfield

    ST. LOUIS -- Give credit to Lance Berkman for his odd-looking cue-shot hit that bounded past Michael Young for a two-run single in the fourth. Give credit to Albert Pujols for his diving stop of a Young grounder up the line with a runner on third ...

    Blog | October 19, 2011