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  1. Jays acquire Donaldson; A's fans unhappy

    David Schoenfield

    You have to say this about Billy Beane: The guy isn't afraid to make big trades. The Oakland Athletics and Toronto Blue Jays completed an intriguing challenge trade on Friday night, in which the A's sent All-Star third baseman Josh Donaldson to th...

    Blog | November 28, 2014
  2. Mariners make wise investment in Seager

    David Schoenfield

    Back in the 2009 draft, the Seattle Mariners drafted University of North Carolina star Dustin Ackley with the No. 2 pick. He was supposed to develop into a franchise-type player, the kind of guy who would compete for batting titles. That hasn't ha...

    Blog | November 24, 2014
  3. Can Molitor turns Twins into winners again?

    David Schoenfield

    Interesting take from Jim Souhan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune on the Minnesota Twins hiring Paul Molitor as manager, suggesting one problem with Ron Gardenhire was the coddling of players, Joe Mauer in particular. Souhan's column included this bit...

    Blog | November 05, 2014
  4. So that explains Brandon Moss' slump

    David Schoenfield

    Oakland A's slugger Brandon Moss made the All-Star team after a monster first half in which he hit .268/.349/.530 with 21 home runs in 89 games. In the second half, he's hit .179/.312/.280 with four home runs in 52 games. He missed Wednesday's gam...

    Blog | September 25, 2014
  5. Vance Worley member of All-Surprise Team

    David Schoenfield

    Teams make the playoffs with expected production from their stars, with young players who improve, maybe a couple rookies who step up. But on almost every playoff team, you can find a guy who came out of nowhere to offer a major contribution. Vanc...

    Blog | September 21, 2014
  6. Josh Harrison goes for the NL batting title

    David Schoenfield

    I'm oddly interested in the National League batting title race, mostly because it's such a weird one: Among the top five guys, there are two stars in Buster Posey and Andrew McCutchen, a former MVP whose career was in jeopardy after a concussion in J...

    Blog | September 15, 2014
  7. Ned Yost, still hurting the Royals

    David Schoenfield

    From Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star, a Ned Yost quote after Sunday's game that must make Royals fans want to throw up:He was close, so achingly close, to turning this game over to his vaunted three-pack of relief pitchers. Yet in the sixth i...

    Blog | September 15, 2014
  8. Blue Jays, Tigers play game of the year

    David Schoenfield

    They call this time of the baseball season the dog days, a phrase that apparently goes back to ancient Greece when Sirius -- the "dog star" -- was closest to the sun and was believed to cause the intense heat of summer. And you thought John McGraw or...

    Blog | August 10, 2014
  9. How many All-Stars will be Hall of Famers?

    David Schoenfield

    I was asked this the other day: How many players from this year's All-Star Game will be Hall of Famers? My quick answer: Probably more than you think. Before we answer that question, let's look back at some games of the past for reference (* indic...

    Blog | July 17, 2014
  10. Will Zack Greinke opt out after 2015?

    David Schoenfield

    Interesting tidbit from Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, regarding Zack Greinke, who has an opt-out clause in his contract after 2015: "What happens with (Jon) Lester and (Max) Scherzer will say a lot," Greinke said at Monday's All-Star festiv...

    Blog | July 16, 2014
  11. All-Star reaction: A groovy ending for Jeter

    David Schoenfield

    One thing about Derek Jeter: He has a way of rising to the occasion. As New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said last year, when Jeter came off the disabled list and hit a home run in his first game back, "He's a movie is what he is." Indeed, Jet...

    Blog | July 16, 2014
  12. Robin Yount was just a three-time All-Star

    David Schoenfield

    Robin Yount was a great player: A two-time MVP, a first-ballot Hall of Famer, over 3,000 hits. Yet he made just three All-Star teams in his career. Here are the fewest All-Star selections for position players who debuted after 1933, the year of th...

    Blog | July 15, 2014
  13. Cespedes joins Griffey as Derby legend

    David Schoenfield

    If you're wondering why there's a baseball-wide dearth of right-handed power, this is why. It's because Giancarlo Stanton has it all.- Bryan Grosnick (@bgrosnick) July 15, 2014 That was my favorite tweet of the night about the Home Run Derby....

    Blog | July 15, 2014
  14. Don't criticize Derek Jeter!

    David Schoenfield

    So, in my last post I argued that John Farrell made a mistake by naming Derek Jeter his leadoff hitter for the All-Star Game. Actually, I didn't really even make much of an argument, just said that with a lineup of All-Stars to choose from, Farrell e...

    Blog | July 14, 2014
  15. Bad decision to bat Derek Jeter leadoff

    David Schoenfield

    No matter what you think about Derek Jeter being elected to start in the All-Star Game, I think we can all agree that he certainly should not be the leadoff batter for the American League. Somehow, with a lineup of the AL's best hitters at his dis...

    Blog | July 14, 2014
  16. Jose Abreu should be in Home Run Derby

    David Schoenfield

    Frank Thomas is absolutely right. "I'm disappointed," Thomas told ESPN Chicago about Jose Abreu declining to participate in the Home Run Derby after he hit 29 home runs by the All-Star break. "He's a breakout star. He needs to let the world know w...

    Blog | July 14, 2014