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  1. Why didn't the Braves win more titles?

    David Schoenfield

    This weekend's Hall of Fame induction ceremony features the best class we've had in a long time, with three first-ballot Hall of Famers in Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas and three legendary managers in Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torr...

    Blog | July 27, 2014
  2. 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
  3. Vote: Which cap for Maddux on plaque?

    David Schoenfield

    This is sports: We argue about the silliest things, no matter how unimportant. The latest example: Which cap should Greg Maddux wear on his Hall of Fame plaque? Maddux decided to go with the logo-less cap, saying he couldn't decide between the Bra...

    Blog | January 23, 2014
  4. Veterans ballot missing one top candidate

    David Schoenfield

    The Veterans Committee portion of the Hall of Fame induction process doesn't generate the same uproar as the Baseball Writers vote does. But the people it elects are still full-fledged members of Cooperstown, with their little plaques right there nex...

    Blog | November 07, 2013
  5. Random great photo from the past

    David Schoenfield

    There are so many things to enjoy about this photo, taken in 1991. 1. First of all, what an electric group! Why were Ron Kittle and Ozzie Guillen chosen to pose with four members of the A's? 2. Love Kittle's big 1980s glasses. 3. Jose Cansec...

    Blog | December 21, 2012
  6. 2012 All-Star Game: Ninth inning

    David Schoenfield

    The drama, the suspense: Will Adam Dunn get into the game or not? Surprisingly, Tony La Russa turns to Diamondbacks rookie Wade Miley to begin the ninth ... but Jonathan Papelbon and Joel Hanrahan are getting loose. So looks like he's going to giv...

    Blog | July 10, 2012
  7. 2012 All-Star Game: Second inning

    David Schoenfield

    Only eight more innings to go! Last time both teams scored at least five runs: 2005. So there's hope this game gets interesting. Especially if Tony La Russa brings in Tim Lincecum. Just a joke there, Giants fans. Take it easy. Relax. Your guys did...

    Blog | July 10, 2012
  8. Reds' anger toward La Russa misplaced

    David Schoenfield

    The Cincinnati Reds are angry. Dusty Baker is very angry, accusing Tony La Russa of deliberately bypassing Johnny Cueto and Brandon Phillips in making his All-Star selections because of the infamous Reds-Cardinals brawl in 2010. "A snub like that ...

    Blog | July 02, 2012
  9. Vote: Biggest stories of 2011

    David Schoenfield

    As the year winds down, let's remember all the dramatic events and stories of 2011. We'll spend the next couple of days looking at the 16 biggest stories of the year and let the SweetSpot readers vote for the biggest and most memorable. Here are the ...

    Blog | December 27, 2011
  10. 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
  11. La Russa one of top five managers all time

    David Schoenfield

    Back in May, I wrote a list of the top 10 managers of all time. At that time, I ranked Tony La Russa sixth, behind Casey Stengel, John McGraw, Bobby Cox, Joe McCarthy and Earl Weaver. There's no "right" way to configure a list like this -- Stengel...

    Blog | October 31, 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. If Game 7, who starts for Cardinals?

    David Schoenfield

    The one big ramification of the initial Game 6 rainout is it gives Tony La Russa the option of starting Chris Carpenter on three days' rest in Game 7 if St. Louis wins on Thursday. The Cardinals haven't announced a starter and that's not just a ta...

    Blog | October 27, 2011
  15. 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
  16. La Russa on managing: AL game tougher

    David Schoenfield

    I'll say this about Tony La Russa: He's been very honest, direct and even a bit self-critical in his pregame and postgame media conferences. His one before Game 3 was especially good, so I'll just run some of the quotes. La RussaOn his role in...

    Blog | October 22, 2011