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  1. Happy 80th birthday, Hank Aaron

    David Schoenfield

    When I was in second grade, my teacher, Mr. Nichols, gave me an old, beat-up poster of Willie Mays. I think it had been run through a washing machine because it was all wrinkled and full of creases. I hung it on my wall anyway. At the same time, my g...

    Blog | February 05, 2014
  2. What if Willie Mays were a free agent?

    David Schoenfield

    We talked a lot about Mike Trout in Tuesday's chat session. Following up on that, a couple Trout links to check out. Buster Olney writes today: If Trout were a free agent right now and told teams he would only sign a one-year deal, what would he ...

    Blog | December 18, 2013
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. AL MVP debate: Cabrera versus Trout

    David Schoenfield

    The grievances seem mostly confined to Michigan but usually go something like this: The media is ignoring Miguel Cabrera's MVP candidacy because we're in love with Mike Trout since he's a rookie; that Trout isn't doing anything so historic that we sh...

    Blog | September 14, 2012
  6. The cautionary tale of Cesar Cedeno

    David Schoenfield

    At one point, Cesar Cedeno was so good, so exciting, that Houston Astros fans began referring to the Astrodome as "Cesar's Palace." At one point, Cesar Cedeno's talent and production brought comparisons to Willie Mays. He hit .310 at age 19. He...

    Blog | August 08, 2012
  7. 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
  8. Why Pujols could still post MVP numbers

    David Schoenfield

    The shocking thing about Albert Pujols' start, of course, is that if any player seemed immune to a slump it was him. After all, this is player who ranks eighth all time in career adjusted OPS, behind seven guys named Ruth, Williams, Bonds, Gehrig,...

    Blog | May 02, 2012
  9. 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
  10. Introducing: Best season of all time bracket

    David Schoenfield

    In 1975, Joe Morgan hit .327 with 17 home runs and 94 RBIs. Those traditional statistics may not seem impressive, but Morgan's season ranks as one of the best in the game's history. As we begin voting Monday on the greatest individual season of al...

    Blog | March 05, 2012
  11. Is Pujols the greatest hitter of all time?

    David Schoenfield

    I asked my colleague Jim Caple a simple question: "Who is on your short list of the greatest hitters of all time?" He reeled off the names: Pujols, Bonds, Ruth, Williams ... Mays, Hornsby, Cobb (a little reluctantly on that one). We could include ...

    Blog | October 23, 2011
  12. Reason No. 4,694 why we love baseball

    David Schoenfield

    ST. LOUIS -- I hopped in the cab this morning and immediately the driver started talking about Thursday night's game. He didn't even bother asking if I was a baseball fan. In St. Louis, they just assume you are. "That's the kind of game I like ...

    Blog | October 21, 2011
  13. Did 600-homer guys hit cleanup?

    David Schoenfield

    Conventional wisdom says you hit your big home run hitter in the cleanup spot. With Jim Thome joining the 600-homer club, I thought it would be fun to take a little look at the eight members of the club to see where they hit most often in their caree...

    Blog | August 16, 2011
  14. Who did 600-homer guys hit best off?

    David Schoenfield

    With Jim Thome approaching 600 career home runs, our Stats & Information group sent out a packet of stats on Thome. One fun stat that stood out to me: Thome went 12-for-27 with NINE home runs off Rick Reed in his career. I think it's safe to say ...

    Blog | July 19, 2011
  15. The all-time all-old team

    David Schoenfield

    In honor of 80-year-old Jack McKeon taking over the reins of the Marlins, we present the all old-team. If you weren't at least 40 years old, you're too young for this club. C -- Carlton Fisk, 1990 White Sox (42). Only two catchers have caught at l...

    Blog | June 20, 2011
  16. Vote: The 30 greatest players of all time

    David Schoenfield

    To go with our Willie Mays package today, SportsNation worked up a list ranker with 30 of the greatest players of all time. Don't agree with me that Willie Mays was the greatest ever? Then Click here to vote yourself. Here's my quick list without ...

    Blog | May 06, 2011