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  1. Babe Ruth, the billion-dollar ballplayer

    David Schoenfield

    So, Giancarlo Stanton's contract has me wondering: What would Babe Ruth be worth today? In his piece for ESPN Insider, Dan Szymborski projected Stanton will be worth $316 million from ages 25 to 37, just shy of the $325 million he'll be getting. ...

    Blog | November 18, 2014
  2. The strike zone is still getting bigger

    David Schoenfield

    The most drastic change in baseball since testing for performance-enhance drugs was first initiated over a decade isn't ago isn't testing for performance-enhancing drugs. It's the change in the size of the strike zone that began with the advent of...

    Blog | October 13, 2014
  3. How long should a starter stay in?

    David Schoenfield

    The most important decision a manager has to make in any individual postseason game usually involves when to pull his starting pitcher. There can be other important decisions -- whether to bench your best hitter, for example, or whether to bring in y...

    Blog | October 08, 2014
  4. How unique are the Royals?

    David Schoenfield

    I found this piece from August Fagerstrom of FanGraphs interesting. He asks: Has a team like the Royals ever made the playoffs? The Royals are last in the American League in both home runs and walks and, no, that kind of team has never made the pl...

    Blog | September 25, 2014
  5. Where are fans on Selig's committee?

    David Schoenfield

    Commissioner Bud Selig, in one of his final acts before handing the reins of leadership over to Rob Manfred, announced a special committee to study implementing new rules to speed up the game for 2015. Of course, baseball receives a lot of criticism ...

    Blog | September 22, 2014
  6. NL batting race not for the ages

    David Schoenfield

    So, these are the National League leaders in batting average entering Thursday: 1. Justin Morneau, Rockies -- .317 2. Ben Revere, Phillies -- .310 3. Andrew McCutchen, Pirates -- .307 4. Josh Harrison, Pirates -- .304 5. Aramis Ramirez, Brewer...

    Blog | August 28, 2014
  7. Are we lacking all-around outfielders?

    David Schoenfield

    From Tuesday's chat session: Steve (Plantation, FL) I was talking to my brother about outfielders, and I said "I want my left fielder to have a .350 OBP, 30 doubles, 20 homers, play solid D, and be a good baserunner." Then I asked, "How many play...

    Blog | August 12, 2014
  8. 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
  9. The mixed history of high school pitchers

    David Schoenfield

    Baseball's First-Year Player Draft begins Thursday and the first round is going to be heavy in pitching -- including heavy in high school pitching. Left-hander Brady Aiken is expected to become just the third high school pitcher selected first overal...

    Blog | June 04, 2014
  10. Fun with charts: Run scoring and bullpens

    David Schoenfield

    EJ Fagan of It's About the Money with some interesting charts on run scoring through the years. As you know, run scoring has decreased dramatically the past few seasons. You may think one reason for that is that bullpens are better than ever with ...

    Blog | May 27, 2014
  11. Choke up and put the ball in play!

    David Schoenfield

    I'm watching a game the other day. It doesn't really matter which one as the specifics aren't important. There was a runner on third with one out, late in a close game, and the batter struck out. The ex-player analyst in the booth goes into a little ...

    Blog | May 20, 2014
  12. A random blog on Bob Gibson

    David Schoenfield

    Bill James has one of his fun studies up on BillJamesonline.com, where he asks: How often does a team's Opening Day starter turn out to be actually the best pitcher on the team? Anyway, it's behind the pay wall so I don't want to give the entire a...

    Blog | May 12, 2014
  13. Ned Yost not helping the Royals

    David Schoenfield

    As I wrote my Blue Jays blog Thursday, I watched (or half-watched) the Royals-Mariners game, a tense pitching duel between Danny Duffy and Hisashi Iwakuma. Duffy dominated a Mariners lineup that struggles against left-handers, while Iwakuma -- in his...

    Blog | May 09, 2014
  14. Pitching four days in a row: A history

    David Schoenfield

    One of the craziest games of recent years took place on Monday, when the Phillies scored five runs in the bottom of the eighth to take a 6-5 lead, only to blow it in the ninth when Dan Uggla hit a grand slam for the Braves off Jake Diekman. One re...

    Blog | April 17, 2014
  15. 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
  16. Volatile world of closers in chart form

    David Schoenfield

    Christina Kahrl just posted an essay discussing the lack of superstar closers in today's game. Once you get past Craig Kimbrel and Joe Nathan, it thins out in a hurry. Greg Holland and Kenley Jansen were dominant last year, but that was Holland's fir...

    Blog | March 08, 2014