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  1. Looking back: Top prospects of 2005

    David Schoenfield

    With Keith Law unveiling his top 100 prospects this week, I thought it would be fun to look back at the top prospects from 2005. Has it already been 10 years since 2005? Yes it has! We'll use Baseball America's list and, as always, we're not criticiz...

    Blog | January 30, 2015
  2. OK, about the Big Red Machine ...

    David Schoenfield

    @dschoenfield What about the Reds on your all dynasty rankings, the Big Red Machine?- Ben (@benph0124) January 27, 2015 @dschoenfield just read your article http://t.co/OJVjdeJ6Ad big red machine? you have something against the reds?- ...

    Blog | January 28, 2015
  3. Top breakout candidates for 2015

    David Schoenfield

    During my chats this offseason, one question that always comes up: Who do you like as a breakout performer? There are certainly obvious candidates to that question. The harder part is coming up with guys like Josh Donaldson or Josh Harrison or Dallas...

    Blog | January 24, 2015
  4. 30 things to look for before spring training

    David Schoenfield

    We're a month away from the official start of spring training, but that doesn't mean there aren't some unresolved issues and potential news items still out there in baseball land. Here are 30 things to keep an eye on: 1. Now that the Nationals hav...

    Blog | January 20, 2015
  5. The all-time all-underrated team

    David Schoenfield

    The recent Hall of Fame elections serve two important purposes. One, it's a chance to recognize the superstars of the recent past and how many memories Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio provided us. But the elections also se...

    Blog | January 12, 2015
  6. Kipnis, Puig will rebound; Braves won't

    David Schoenfield

    It's been a slow few weeks in the world of baseball. So here are some random thoughts going through my mind as we wait for Max Scherzer to sign ... and wait ... and wait ... 1. I still don't understand the lack of support that Mike Mussina has rec...

    Blog | January 11, 2015
  7. The best middle relievers of all time

    David Schoenfield

    Yes, nothing much is going on in baseball unless you want to complain about the Yankees' payroll, but that's an old topic. So I was on an email chain with some friends the other day, and my friend Messina joked about when the first middle reliever...

    Blog | January 09, 2015
  8. Has Josh Donaldson reached his peak?

    David Schoenfield

    As the recent Hall of Fame elections show us, evaluating baseball talent -- even Hall of Fame talent -- remains an imperfect, tricky science. John Smoltz, Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez were all traded as young players: Smoltz while still in the mi...

    Blog | January 09, 2015
  9. Ichiro Suzuki, defense and career WAR

    David Schoenfield

    I wrote a post on Wednesday tied into our Hall of 100 list, touching on whether Derek Jeter was ranked too high at No. 31. I argued that in order to get Jeter somewhere close to No. 31 you have to believe the defensive metrics are wrong about Jeter's...

    Blog | January 09, 2015
  10. Ranking this year's Hall of Fame candidates

    David Schoenfield

    I don't have a Hall of Fame vote since I've been a BBWAA member for only one year. Will there even be a Hall of Fame in nine years when I'll be eligible to vote? Anyway, if I did have a vote, I've come around to using "wins above average" as a goo...

    Blog | January 06, 2015
  11. The broken Hall of Fame voting system

    David Schoenfield

    Over the weekend, I saw "The Imitation Game," the story of British mathematician Alan Turing. Turing helped crack the German Enigma code machine during World War II, allowing the Allies to decipher German secret messages and help bring an earlier end...

    Blog | December 29, 2014
  12. Path to the playoffs: AL East

    David Schoenfield

    Welcome to everyone's favorite division -- or least favorite, depending on your opinion of the Yankees and Red Sox. In the past five years, four different teams have won the division. The exception is Toronto, and the Blue Jays now have the longest p...

    Blog | December 18, 2014
  13. Ten cool statistics from the 2014 season

    David Schoenfield

    Looking for a Christmas gift for the baseball fan in your life? Or maybe a little something for yourself? I recommend "The Bill James Handbook" from Baseball Info Solutions (available here). Yes, you can get all the basic stats you need and many m...

    Blog | December 15, 2014
  14. 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
  15. Half-full, half-empty: Melky Cabrera

    David Schoenfield

    Let's do one more half-full, half-empty look: left fielder Melky Cabrera, who hit .301/.351/.458 with 16 home runs in 139 games with the Blue Jays. The switch-hitting Cabrera enters free agency for his age-30 season. Buster Olney reports that whil...

    Blog | November 28, 2014
  16. Key issues on this year's Hall of Fame ballot

    David Schoenfield

    Hall of Fame season is kind of like Christmas season: It brings gifts and memories but also a lot of acrimony and stress, and it lasts way too long. Hall of Fame ballots were mailed out Monday to eligible members of the Baseball Writers' Association ...

    Blog | November 24, 2014