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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Framing pitches: New study cites value

    David Schoenfield

    The appreciation of framing pitches isn't a new concept -- scouts and managers have acknowledged the ability of good defensive catchers since the days they used chunks of raw meat for extra padding and we've all heard Tim McCarver discuss the topic f...

    Blog | March 06, 2014
  13. Happy Birthday, Bill White

    David Schoenfield

    It's been a weak stretch of birthdays -- we should do a little study, but it wouldn't surprise me if January is the weakest month for birthdays. This could be related to the birthday effect that Malcolm Gladwell outlined in his book "Outliers" -- th...

    Blog | January 28, 2014
  14. A study on success rate of prospects

    David Schoenfield

    A few years ago, a blogger named Scott McKinney conducted a study on the success rate of Baseball America's annual listing of the top 100 prospects. Using a similar methodology to McKinney's original work, Matt Perez of Camden Depot has updated the s...

    Blog | December 19, 2013
  15. Cabrera won't suffer without Fielder

    David Schoenfield

    There have been many, many sabermetric studies on the idea of "lineup protection." Do a Google search and you can find them easily enough. The studies all come to the same general conclusion: It doesn't really exist. Players don't change their perfor...

    Blog | November 22, 2013
  16. How the Pirates got defensive

    David Schoenfield

    Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review had an excellent, in-depth piece over the weekend on how the Pirates have embraced more shifts on defense and how it has helped improve their run prevention. From the article: In 2008, the Pirates hir...

    Blog | September 18, 2013