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  1. Best MVP pairings of all time

    David Schoenfield

    Fun list/idea from Aaron Gleeman of Hardball Talk: The best MVP pairings ever, based on their stature in MLB history, not their numbers for that specific season. His top five: 1946: Ted Williams, Stan Musial 1957: Mickey Mantle, Henry Aaron 1986...

    Blog | September 03, 2014
  2. The best rookie seasons of all time

    David Schoenfield

    The reason for doing this piece should be pretty obvious: Masahiro Tanaka is 11-2 with a 2.11 ERA, leading the American League in wins and ERA. He's not just the clear best rookie so far but a Cy Young and MVP contender. Tanaka makes his 16th star...

    Blog | June 28, 2014
  3. Improved Cabrera having pantheon season

    David Schoenfield

    Last Wednesday, Miguel Cabrera was facing hard-throwing Cleveland Indians rookie Danny Salazar in the eighth inning with two outs and a runner on. The Indians led the Tigers 3-2 and Salazar had struck out Cabrera three times -- looking on an 88 mph c...

    Blog | August 13, 2013
  4. What it was like to face Ted Williams

    David Schoenfield

    There's a neat book out called "Facing Ted Williams" that's worth checking out if you're a Red Sox fan, Williams fan or just a fan of players talking about baseball from the old days. Writer Dave Heller interviewed dozens of players who played aga...

    Blog | April 11, 2013
  5. Roy Halladay is no longer Roy Halladay

    David Schoenfield

    The great ones don't all go out like Ted Williams, hitting .316 in his final season and homering in his final at-bat, rounding the bases at Fenway Park on a gray afternoon that required the lights turned on. "He didn't tip his cap," wrote Joh...

    Blog | April 03, 2013
  6. Stan Musial and not striking out

    David Schoenfield

    I wanted to point out a couple of interesting Stan Musial links. First, Matt Philip has a graphical tribute to Musial's amazing career here. Check it out. Rob Neyer has a nice column on what Musial meant ... to a Royals fan. Finally, Dave Camer...

    Blog | January 23, 2013
  7. All-time top 25 players under 25

    David Schoenfield

    A couple weeks ago, Keith Law unveiled his annual list of the top 25 players under the age of 25 . Keith's list isn't a projection of the best players for 2013, but rather a projection and ordering of players if you were starting a franchise. I th...

    Blog | January 23, 2013
  8. Musial may have been best left fielder ever

    David Schoenfield

    There are four left fielders in major league history who stand out among all the rest. Three of them are three of the most exciting, singular players in the annals of the sport; they are also three of the most arrogant, churlish players in the game's...

    Blog | January 19, 2013
  9. The list: Worst MVP winners

    David Schoenfield

    In my earlier post, I wrote about players since 1969 who had terrific all-around seasons but didn't win the MVP Award. As a companion to that piece, let's take a quick look at worst MVP winners. There are many ways to look at this, but the easiest is...

    Blog | September 28, 2012
  10. Best rookie seasons of all time

    David Schoenfield

    This came up on my Twitter timeline Sunday night when somebody asked if Mike Trout is having the greatest rookie seasons of all time. Entering Monday night's game against the Tigers, Trout is hitting .349/.403/.574 and leads the American League in ba...

    Blog | July 16, 2012
  11. More on Joey Votto's awesomeness

    David Schoenfield

    Joey Votto has an OPS+ of 204 (via Baseball-Reference.com). What does that mean? In case you're not familiar with OPS+, it takes a player's on-base percentage + slugging percentage and adjusts it for the context of the player's league and home par...

    Blog | June 18, 2012
  12. Best batter-pitcher matchups of all time

    David Schoenfield

    The other night I tweeted something like, "Would love to see Aroldis Chapman face 2001 Barry Bonds." On the Baseball Today podcast, we had a reader ask us about best pitcher-hitter matchups to watch for over the next few years. With that prompt, I...

    Blog | May 24, 2012
  13. The two greatest hitters of all time

    David Schoenfield

    It's not surprising that Babe Ruth and Ted Williams reached the finals of our Greatest Season Ever bracket. In Ruth, you have the most iconic player of all time; in Williams, you have the owner of perhaps the most iconic season of all time. Maybe ...

    Blog | March 09, 2012
  14. Semifinals: Ruth/Mantle, Musial/Williams

    David Schoenfield

    The voters have spoken: They like outfielders who put up monster numbers in the pre-expansion era. It's not too surprising, of course, that Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams and Stan Musial are our semifinalists in the Greatest Season Ever br...

    Blog | March 08, 2012
  15. Easier to put up big numbers in old days

    David Schoenfield

    Here are the debut seasons of the 15 greatest position players in baseball history, according to Baseball-Reference.com's WAR (wins above replacement-level) statistic, listed in chronological order: 1897 (Honus Wagner) 1905 (Ty Cobb) 1906 (Eddie...

    Blog | March 07, 2012
  16. Baseball fans still revere olden days

    David Schoenfield

    We've moved on to the second round of the Greatest MLB Season Ever bracket. All top-10 seeds advanced, but there were three upsets; interestingly, all involved shortstops. Alex Rodriguez lost to Ken Griffey Jr. in a Mariners death duel (got destroyed...

    Blog | March 06, 2012