Chat with David Schoenfield
Welcome to Sportsnation! On Tuesday, ESPN.com's SweetSpot blogger David Schoenfield stops by to chat some baseball.
Schoenfield is a senior writer for ESPN.com and he's been with ESPN.com since 1995 and has served in a variety of roles, including baseball editor, Page 2 senior editor and writer, and even interim soccer editor. He grew up in Seattle rooting for the Mariners, believes Edgar Martinez should be in the Hall of Fame and had no issues with Felix Hernandez winning the Cy Young Award despite a 13-12 record.
Send your questions now and join Schoenfield Tuesday at 1 p.m. ET!
David Schoenfield (2:17 PM)
Anybody still there? Let's get going and see if anybody IS there.
Dave C (LA)
Is there anyway for the World Series to start earlier than Weds the 24th? Or sub question if both series end early will teams be sitting around for a few days?
David Schoenfield (2:18 PM)
No, the start date of the World Series is locked in for TV purposes.
The deciding game between the A's and the Tigers featured Wally Bell and his terrible consistent NON strike, strike zone. Can MLB assign an ump or whoever w/ k-zone to let him know this as soon as possible so that he can make adjustments just like the players do? He was solely responsible making Verlander's stuff umpteen times better than usual. And he doesn't need the help.
David Schoenfield (2:20 PM)
I'm not one to usually rip the umpires too much, but it seems like the strike zones have been very shaky during the postseason, more so than normal. Throw in the two bad calls from the past two days, the infield pop fly in the wild-card game, and it's been close to a disaster. Umpires are reviewed, of course, but not during games.
Is there any chance MLB suspends Holliday for 1 game? The play was clearly illegal and not within the rules by his own admission when he said "I wish I would have slid one step earlier".
David Schoenfield (2:21 PM)
I don't think so. Still a bit of a gray area in the rule book. He clearly *did* began his slide too late, but similar to plays at home, it's a play that is generally allowed (although not seen too much during the regular season).
drew (san diego)
do you think Madison Bumgarner comes out of the bullpen for the rest of the playoffs since hes been struggling?
David Schoenfield (2:22 PM)
I don't think he'll start again, at least not this series. Looks like Lincecum in Game 4 and then Zito. I'd turn the Zito game into a bullpen game -- hope you get three innings out of him and then get him out at the first sign of trouble. Of course, he couldn't even go three against the Reds.
I am depressed. It is so frustrating to see players like Descalso and Kozma for STL to come up with clutch hits while Rolen, Bruce and the rest of the Reds cannot. What gives?
David Schoenfield (2:23 PM)
Small sample size. Anybody can hit well -- or poorly -- for a few games. Sometimes the whole team fails at the same time, like the Yankees.
What is the primary difference between FIP and XFIP? When should one look at one or the other?
David Schoenfield (2:27 PM)
xFIP normalizes for home run/fly ball ratio. So if he gives up fewer (or more) home runs than expected given his rate of fly balls, it adjusts for that and would consider the pitcher lucky or unlucky. I'm not sure if one is "better" than the other. xFIP is good to look at if a guy pitches in an extreme ballpark and then moves to another park.
Should Joe Girardi just keep sending Granderson and Swisher out there? Any hope that Gardner might be better?
David Schoenfield (2:29 PM)
I would. I don't quite get all the lineup tinkering (Russell Martin hitting fifth the other day?) and why that's supposed to help a player snap out of his slap. Look, A-Rod is clearly lost against righties (0-for-18, 12 K's), so I can see benching him against Verlander, but I think you have to run the other guys out. Not sure why Gardner would be expected to produce when he's barely played.
2 days, 2 games, 2 different umps with completely blown calls. Between the missed call when the Yankees got the out in Game 2 of the the ALCS, and the missed call where the Cardinals got the out in Game 2 of the NLCS, how can MLB still remain so resistant to replay for these types of situations. It's easy to tell players to move on and play well after a missed call, but it has to get into theirheads a bit, and the blown call changes how the pitcher pitches to the next batter when there is a man on either first or second when they otherwise wouldn't be there.
David Schoenfield (2:31 PM)
I'm not sure why it would be so difficult to do what the NHL does: Have a central "replay" office that checks the video, signals down to the field and gets the call right. You can fix a call in less time than it takes Josh Beckett to deliver his next pitch. Unfortunately, until a game is clearly decided on a bad call, MLB seems more focused on the *problems* with instant replay instead focusing on the good it would bring.
why the ongoing anti-Tigers bias in all your posts this year?I get the impression you can't wait for them to lose
David Schoenfield (2:34 PM)
As a fan, I'd like to see them win now, considering the other three teams are the past three champs. I don't think it was bias: I just didn't think they were as good as a lot of people believed. In a way, I was right -- they had the seventh-best record in the AL. But they're playing good baseball now and as along as Leyland keeps the ball away from Valverde, no reason they can't win it all. They haven't got much production from Miggy or Prince, another reason I wouldn't be surprised to see them wrap up the Yanks in four games.
When nitpicking the calls, don't forget about the 2-2 curveball to Kozma in the 2nd inning that split the plate and would have ended the inning before Carpenter's double scored the run.
Jason (St Louis)
We see take out slides at second base all the time like happened last night. Because it's in the playoffs and involves the Cardinals, who allegedly are getting the benefit of a lot of calls this postseason, a big deal is being made of it. Am I right?
David Schoenfield (2:36 PM)
Yes, we see hard slides, but Holliday's was a bit extreme. With it happening in the playoffs, it's going to be a big deal. So my question: Should the Giants retaliate? I think they just have to let it go.
The A's were complaining about the strike zone all series. Quit crying about it and adjust. Bell was giving both pitchers the outside corner (or more) all game. If i had to watch reddick act shocked when that pitch was called a strike one more time I would lose my mind
Do you agree with this assessment: Holliday is not a dirty player, but that ended up as a dirty play.
David Schoenfield (2:36 PM)
I think that's fair.
Isn't MLB more focused onthe problems with the umpire union when it comes to replay? Isn't that the real undercurrent in this situation? And it goes beyond replay - it goes into discipline and consistency of umpiring as well. Why doesn't anyone in the media challenge Selig on this issue effectively?
David Schoenfield (2:39 PM)
I think the umpires want to get the calls right. Are they worried about the logistics? Sure, is Selig worried lengthening games? Yes. But I think you make a good point about the union. On the other hand, you don't want to get into a situation like the disaster the NFL got into.
David Schoenfield (2:40 PM)
I'll say this: More instant replay is inevitable. Selig just needs to realize that. The integrity of the game IS at stake and each year you lose a little of that when you don't use the technology available to you.
I think they need to start enforcing the rules a bit more on agressive "slides". I saw a play a few years ago where Teixeira literally dove over home plate to flatten the catcher who was catching the ball on the other side. Absolutely no reason to do it.
Giants cannot afford to retaliate, its always the 2nd person who is caught and gets suspended. MLB should do the right thing and suspend Holliday 1 game, right?
David Schoenfield (2:41 PM)
That's the problem. If Cain throws a pitch inside to Holliday in Game 3, he could get ejected. I'm trying to think of the last player suspended for a slide like that? Or even ejected from a game. Does it even happen?
A-Rod 4-6 with 2 HR's against Verlander this year. Have to keep him in right?
David Schoenfield (2:42 PM)
Maybe you do. I haven't seen lineups yet. It's not like Chavez is hitting anyway.
Thanks as always Dave....yes, the NFL type situation should be avoided! :)
Mike (Long Island)
I don't get comments about the umpires' union as a big factor in Selig's hesitancy (correct, I do believe) in dramatic expansion of replay. If there's a problem, it's that Selig, for some reason, doesn't like change unless he's embarassed by something (read: winner-take-home-field in the ASG)
Harry Callahan (San Francisco)
I'm looking for that punk Matt Holliday..... I wonder if he feels lucky.....
John (Cincinnati, Oh)
The fiasco that happened here last week should have been enough to get Dusty out of town. Why are the Reds so set on being above average, but not taking the steps to actually be good?
David Schoenfield (2:45 PM)
I think bringing back Dusty was the *safe* thing to do. The players like him, he's not going to screw up the big things. I think the onus on Jocketty to give Dusty a little more to work -- a left-handed hitting outfielder, a real bench that doesn't include Miguel Cairo. Not saying Dusty is great, but bringing in a new guy would arguably be a big risk.
stu (Chicago IL)
Do you think there's a danger that Matheny falls in love with Kozma going forward? He's really a utility man, isn't he?
David Schoenfield (2:46 PM)
The Cardinals seem smart enough to realize this is a guy riding a hot streak. Furcal is still signed for next year and I would predict he's their starting shortstop next year.
Best way to get revenge is to take 3 in STL ending their season and sending the Giants to the World Series.
Holliday has nothing to worry about unless a game gets out of hand on the scoreboard. Then he might want to armor up before heading to the plate...
The Giants are better off if Holliday doesn't get suspended. He couldn't get an RBI with RISP in the postseason if his life depended on it.
Didn't Albert Belle get suspended several games for taking out the 2B on the base paths in Chicago circa 1997. Think it might have been the same year he had hassle with Hannah Storm in the dugout during the WS that year.
David Schoenfield (2:47 PM)
Right, he took out Fernando Vina with an elbow to the head (not a slide, if I remember). I think he drew a 10-game suspension.
I'm going to do a shot everytime the yanks strike out with a runner on 2nd or 3rd and less that 1 out today. Safe to say i won't be able to make it to work tomorrow!
Jason (St Louis)
How would you feel about the Mariners throwing a bunch of money to bring Hamilton to Seattle?
David Schoenfield (2:48 PM)
How much? Mariners need to do *something* this winter, that's for sure. Karabell and I will have a video on this for Thursday. He mocked my idea of Hamilton going to the Mariners.
Belle clobbered Frenando Vina twice between 1st and 2nd in the same game in Milwaukee back in the late 90s.
David Schoenfield (2:49 PM)
Ah, twice ... that will do it, especially considering Belle's reputation. And the play was definitely a cheap shot, much different than the Holliday slide.
To John in Cincy, did Dusty injure Cueto, bobble a grounder at third, or leave 39 runners on base over the course of the series? He does some things that drive me crazy (Stubbs and Cozart at the top of the lineup), but the players love playing for him.
If you let Dusty have any say in who gets brought in to fill out the Reds bench, you'll see Neifi Perez and Tom Goodwin next year.
David Schoenfield (2:49 PM)
Mike (Long Island)
Seeing the ghost town at Yankee Stadium on Sunday made me think back to game 2 of the ALDS in 95 (yes, against your Mariners, Dave). When Mattingly hit the home run, I thought the ballpark was going to fall down, it was literally shaking. A big thank-you to the Steinbrothers, Cashman, Levine and Trost for turning the Stadium into an overpriced version of Jarry Park.
David Schoenfield (2:50 PM)
It was kind of sad, wasn't it? I had the luck to cover the 2000 and 2001 World Series and Yankee Stadium was as great as any venue in sports back then.
Yankees hitting problem is that they look uptight at the plate. I was watching the Cards-Giants last night and they seem so much more at ease then pretty much every Yankee hitter, with exceptions of Ichiro, Ibanez, and Jeter before he got hurt.
Mike (LI) Mattingly's homerun in game 2 is still my fav Yankee moment of all time. Damn Edgar Martinez....
David Schoenfield (2:51 PM)
Long live Edgar!
Jason (St Louis)
I think it's a great idea. Low pressure, knows the division, they have the payroll and his power will still play in Safeco.
David Schoenfield (2:52 PM)
Right. Moving fences in at Safeco as well (right-center and center).
Hamilton to the Brwers? Him and Braun would be sick!
David Schoenfield (2:54 PM)
Brewers led NL in runs scored. Not sure they would go after an outfielder. I guess they could move Hart to first base. An outfield of Braun, Hamilton and Aoki/Gomez would be pretty sweet.
Monroe (Chelsea, Ohio)
To Doug in Cincy; what should have gotten Dusty fired was leaving the obviously unraveling Latos in game five when he loaded the bases for Buster Posey.
Hamilton to the Yankees, so they can have another 30+ year old with a giant friggin contract! Because they all worked out so well, so far!
Hamilton on the Mariners would mean he'd get the Barry Bonds treatment every time he comes up.
David Schoenfield (2:54 PM)
Then that would be four baserunners per game they currently aren't getting!
Vegas odds say Giants land Hamilton in offseason, imaging that bat in the lineup. Sandoval, Posey, Hamilton, Pence...WOW
If Hamilton is smart, he'll go to SF. A very fogiving town (see Bonds, Barry) and he won't have to be "the guy" or deal with that pressure, since we have Buster BAMF Posey...
Byron (New Jersey)
What do you think about David Wright to the Braves? Replacing a future Hall of Famer with a potential future Hall of Famer?
David Schoenfield (2:56 PM)
Can't see the Mets trading him -- especially within the division.
Jeff (NY, NY)
Yankees have been to the playoffs all but 1 yr in the last 17, tickets are super expensive and the team is become one that is difficult to root for.
Is Arod done as a productive, everyday player?
David Schoenfield (2:58 PM)
I wrote a post that just went up that sort of addresses. I think he has two more years he'll be OK (not worth the money, but won't kill you) and then he starts becoming a liability on the field. So that's about $65 million over the final three years.
Monroe (Chelsea, Ohio)
Last I checked the Giants don't have a DH spot for the gimpy Hamilton. Pass.
Jon (Salt Lake)
Cry me a river, Yankee fans. Try being a Royal's fan for 5 years before you ask for pity.
Floyd (Los Angeles)
If A-Rod gets to the point where he's no longer worthy of a roster spot, ala Chone Figgins, do you think the Yankees will have the cojones to eat $60 or $70 million?
David Schoenfield (2:59 PM)
That's the big question. I almost think they would have to, no? Would you want that distraction with the media all season long? Would you want him eating up a spot in the lineup that you could give to big free agent?
Dave, do think there's any chance Granderson could wind up back in Detroit, or are the Tigers going to stay with a youth movement (Dirks, Ajax, Garcia)?
David Schoenfield (3:01 PM)
Well, he's got one more year with the Yankees. They seem to really like Garcia and AJax will be in center for many years. But Granderson would make for a nice left fielder for a couple years if they wanted to go that route.
Any chance Yankees can convince Pitt to take A-rod off their hands as well? A-rod plus $100 mill for a Primanti Bros sandwich seems like a fair trade.
Dan (Kansas City)
Royals have been connected to Anibal Sanchez - do you see this as a realistic possibility?
David Schoenfield (3:02 PM)
Royals need to sign a couple starters. Sanchez, Greinke, Kyle Lohse ... can they drum up enough money to get one of them? I doubt it.
Dave, I've had the discussion within my small circle of friends who are barely willing to admit we are M's fans and I could see Hamilton there. I like the idea of Upton a lot more. Think they will get about the same money?
David Schoenfield (3:03 PM)
Yes, I like the idea of Upton as well. Not sure the M's have the trade goodies to get him. Seattle has young pitching in the minors, but that's one thing Arizona has plenty of. D-Backs need a shortstop, maybe third base. Which means ... Elvis Andrus and Mike Olt? Upton replaces Hamilton in the Texas lineup. Seems TOO logical, no?
Any chance another team would trade for A-Rod if the yankees eat part of the contract? Say they eat half the contract and agree to pay all the bonuses he's due (though probably won't ever get to).
David Schoenfield (3:06 PM)
Very slim, I think. Is it worth the headache and risk to acquire a declining, injury-prone veteran, even at $10-12M per year? I just don't see teams wanting to do that. Plus, A-Rod has some sort of trade protection so that complicates matters.
I see the Red Sox have decided to not raise ticket prices after having such a putrid season. Having the most expensive tickets in baseball already I'd have expected a decrease in ticket prices as bad as the team performed. Guess all those sell outs took that out of the equation?
David Schoenfield (3:07 PM)
Well, owners still want to make money! It will be interesting to see how Red Sox attendance does next year though ...
He KC fans there is another Sanchez available in offseason, Johnathan Sanchez LOL
I think game three in the NLCS is huge for the giants. No way they can afford to lose a Cain start on the road with the way the rest of the rotation is.
David Schoenfield (3:08 PM)
Agree. I know Lincecum has looked good in relief, but I think you have to give the Game 4/5 starting pitching edge to St. Louis. Especially the Zito game since the Cards crush left-handers. Cain is due for a good game and I expect him to deliver the goods in Game 3.
I was thinking BJ Upton. Isn't he now a FA?
David Schoenfield (3:10 PM)
Ahh ... yes, he's a free agent. I'm not a huge fan with that .298 OBP. M's have enough players who can't on base 30 percent of the time, but Upton does provide power and maybe he just got homer-happy in his FA year. Interesting risk, that's for sure.
Look, I agree Dusty should have pulled Latos before he gave up the Grand Slam If Rolen cleanly fields that ground ball in Game 3, we might not be talking about a game 5. You can't blame the lost series entirely on Dusty, the players didn't come through with hits with guys on base. They had the tying run at the plate 4 innings in a row and couldn't do anything, don't see how that is on Dusty.
Don't you think that TBS having a strike zone box up after every pitch is why people are complaining more? Those pitches have all been fairly close and nothing out of the ordinary in baseball.
David Schoenfield (3:10 PM)
Yes. Good point.
Why not trade ARod to Twins for Mauer? Twins get out of Mauer's killer contract a few years early so can rebuild with Sano etc in a few years, Yanks get a decent Catcher.
David Schoenfield (3:11 PM)
Mauer's contract is only one longer than A-Rod's. Plus, umm ... he's actually a good player.
David, any chance Verlander does something very special on the mound tonight like a no-hitter? I know those are rare but if Sanchez and Fister can dominate the Yankees lineup...it makes me wonder what JV can do.
David Schoenfield (3:12 PM)
That's why we watch! It is worth noting that Verlander's postseason record wasn't so hot until he faced the A's -- a team that set the all-time strikeout record. Yanks aren't hitting but I think they'll at least force Verlander to throw strikes.
Honestly, the TBS strike zone box made me appreciate what a high percentage of pitches umpires get correct.
Kevin Peavley (Indianapolis)
Anyone who gives Hamilton 4+ years is going to be sorry by the middle of year 2, AL or NL. He played less than 150 games in a contract year, his most ever, after he promised Ron Washington he'd play more than 150. Not his fault, but he's breaking down, and using him as a DH in the last 2 or 3 years isn't going to be a fall back, he will be broken down. At 2-3 years though, I'd give him big money, NL or AL.
David Schoenfield (3:13 PM)
Completely agree. In fact ... I'll be a little surprised if he gets a $100 million contract.
The Tigers should shut down Verlander tonight. He has pitched too many innings. Sincerely, the Washington Nationals. Seriously, how lame were the Nats with Strasburg? Still makes me angry.
David, do you have any explanation for Kyle Lohse's transformation from halfway decent to really good?
David Schoenfield (3:16 PM)
I think he developed his sinker a few years ago, so that's probably the biggest explanation. According to pitch f/x date, he threw it 10 percent of the time in 2009 after not having the pitch before. Now he throws it over 40 percent of the time.
Byron (New Jersey)
Can we take a moment and reflect on Sid Bream's slide 20 years and 1 day ago?
David Schoenfield (3:17 PM)
We had a good look back at that play yesterday: http://espn.go.com/mlb/feature/moment/_/page/SidBream'sElectricSlide/sid-bream-electric-slide-1992-nlcs-game-7
Could Hamilton really be a worse left fielder than Bonds his last few years? Not near the hitter, I agree, but LF isn't that bad at AT&T. Center to right is the mad zone...
David Schoenfield (3:18 PM)
Right, he's fine defensively. I think he's marginal as a center field at this point, but has to be at least average in left.
Shouldn't the demise of A-Rod have the Angels front office shaking in their boots right now? I mean, isn't this a clear foreshadowing of what they can expect with Pujols?
David Schoenfield (3:19 PM)
Makes you wonder, doesn't it. Remember, A-Rod was VERY durable going into the last few years. Look at his games played from 2001 to 2007. In fact, that's one reason the Yankees gave him that big extension after 2007. So even though Pujols has been durable, same thing applies to him.
No one around here is getting the fact that tonight's Game Three is hugh. Tigers win, and it's a 3-0 stranglehold. Tigers lose, and it's 2-1 with CC going tomorrow and a good chance to tie the series. I don't want the Tigers in a best of three with two in NYC regardless...
Charley (South Bend)
Verlander is the counter argument to the whole Strasburg/Protect the pitcher's argument. He just hasn't thrown a ton of innings since his rookie season, he throws a ton of pitches, and hasn't had a single major injury yet *knock on wood*
Bryan (Portland, ME)
Re: FIP and xFIP, it's important to note that xFIP is *only* predictive, while FIP has a descriptive element as well
Ed (Cranford, New Jersey)
Why did it take R.A. Dickey so long to become this good and does he have a chance of repeating next season?
David Schoenfield (3:21 PM)
The knuckleball is a hard to pitch to learn and master. And he wasn't a full-time knuckleballer until his early 30s. He's been good for three years now and I see no reason why he won't be great again in 2013.
Should SF consider trading the Panda this offseason, if so what kind of return could they expect?
David Schoenfield (3:22 PM)
I liked how the announcers were talking about diabetes the other night when he came up. I'm going out on a limb here and say it's probably not a good thing if you're worried about your third baseman getting diabetes because he's too fat.
Strasburg was coming off Tommy John. Why does everyone act like he was just a young pitcher? He was a young pitcher coming off an injury and major surgery. They had every reason to think health could be an issue again...
I think A-Rod has always had the athleticism advantage over Pujols as well, so Albert's decline might actually be uglier.
I don't understand all the comments about Hamilton and his inability to perform under pressure. Does anyone remember game 6 of the 2011 WS?
2013 YankeesC Martin1b Tex2b Cano3b A-Rodss JeterLF GardnerCF GrandyRF IchrioThat is one old a** team.
Seattle seems like a great destination for Melky to try to rebuild his career. Out of the major spotlight and a cost effective solution vs spending large dollars on an aging free agent. 28 years old and has the ability to hit at a high average and get on base. Not sure the performance enhancers have greatly inflated his BA. Has flexibility to play multiple outfield positions.
David Schoenfield (3:24 PM)
Agreed. From all accounts, he got into much better shape after he want to Kansas City, knocked off some of the late nights away from the park and dedicated himself better to baseball. OK, maybe he had a little help. But I'd love to take a chance on him.
Given your earlier comment on the royals being unwilling to spend on pitching, do you think they should look at trading Wil Meyers for an elite pitching prospect? Say a Gerrit Cole?
David Schoenfield (3:25 PM)
I think they'd consider it, yes. Tough to get the right trade though. Young pitchers are riskier, so a Cole-Myers trade could end up being a big flop if Cole gets hurt.
doesnt arod quitting the juice explain his injuries and demise all of a sudden
David Schoenfield (3:26 PM)
According to him, he only took them with the Rangers. If so, then no.
In baseball, the goal is to win the WS and your window of opportunity is slim (just ask my Mets). Surely Strasburg could have made the difference. Nationals were just straight up dumb. I'll laugh when he signs elsewhere in a few years because pitchers want to pitch. Not sit on the bench.
Byron (New Jersey)
Kris Medlen was coming off Tommy John, too.
Bob (Grand Rapids, MI)
Are you surprised that the Tigers, a flawed team by my own admission as a lifelong fan, aren't losing more games in the playoffs with their defense? Valverde is the only reason they have sweat a little bit...
David Schoenfield (3:27 PM)
Yeah, that hasn't come into play yet. They even won a game because of the other team's shoddy defense. Hey, if you keeping striking out 10-12 batters game, that's a lot fewer balls in play.
Do we include Votto in the A-Rod/Pujols conversation? I see no way that deal ends well.
David Schoenfield (3:29 PM)
$25M per year from age 34 to 39. And one significant knee injury already.
John (lAS vEGAS)
Why isnt CC starting? Isnt this must win for Yanks?
David Schoenfield (3:29 PM)
He's be starting on three days rest. Threw 121 and 120 pitches his last two starts. But ... yes, I'm actually a little surprised Girardi didn't start him this game.
The problem with the strike zone Verlander got in games 1 and 5 is in game 1 Parker did not get the same calls, in game 5 he got a few, but I feel a pitcher like Verlander benefits much more from a liberal strike zone than Parker might, it effectively gives him a 5th pitch that hitters must protect against, it not only affects the at bats ending in a bad called strike, but also could have contributed to some of the swinging strikes we saw and weak contact. Against a strike out prone lineup like the A's, they were rendered completely helpless, especially with Verlander on top of his game, as it has been said, he didn't need the help. Could there be anything to the thought that while the A's were a great story this year, the Tigers feature a much more marketable team, and would probably have higher ratings than the A's games would moving forward?
David Schoenfield (3:30 PM)
This isn't the NBA! (Dear NBA: That was just a joke.)
Marty (Fairfield, CT)
Royals should take another shot at Grienke, but all logic goes out the window the way they value Jeff "I-have-a-.280-OBP-in-a-good-season" Francouer
We can include any long term contracts...Players get worse as they age but it's the nature of the beast
If the White Sox want to target on big time FA this off season, who should it be?
David Schoenfield (3:33 PM)
No. 1 priority is probably a starting pitcher to replace Peavy (or re-sign him). Doubt they'll pick up the $22M option. They'll probably re-sign Pierzynski. I'm not completely sold in Viciedo -- low OBP, not much range -- but I assume they'll give him another year in left field.
Votto is only 28. That does give him a significant age edge. Sure there might be a few not very productive seasons at the end of it. The real stupidity would be if they gave him an opt out after 5 years only to have him win the MVP then extend him for 10 more years.
Monroe (Chelsea, Ohio)
And the worst part about the 10 year Votto deal? It doesn't kick in until 2014. (Talk about a premature contractual obligation).
Oakland fans are still whining? And that's the first time I've ever heard anyone say Detroit had a more marketable anything. Most people think our city is the worst!
So if Giants trade Pablo Sandoval in offseason who could they look to get in return? He is a .300 hitter with 25 HR potential he is just big boned.
David Schoenfield (3:35 PM)
I don't think they'll look to trade him. Good contract -- $5.7M and then $8.2 -- and good player. Just keep the doughnuts out of the clubhouse.
From the body language it looks like the Yanks are done like dinner. Slumping at the plate is one thing but losing Jeter seems to have been a major blow to the solar plexus. Do they have a chance to come back and win the series?
David Schoenfield (3:36 PM)
I predicted a sweep on today's video. You have go with Verlander tonight, don't you? Certainly CC gives them a good shot in Game 4, but Scherzer can shut them down. I'll stick with the sweep ... unless we see Valverde in a save situation.
David Schoenfield (3:37 PM)
One thing to watch tonight: How long does Leyland go with Verlander? I know he's a horse and that, but it's also a long postseason. Say he's at 115-120 pitches after seven and Detroit leads 3-1. Does he trust the bullpen?
the best thing the giants can do is let Pablo play out his contract and let him blow up for somebody else...Blow up in a bad way not the good way
Nick (Farmington Hills, MI)
David, how much has Leyland meant to Detroit's resurgence? Prior to him arriving in town, Detroit baseball was a joke.
David Schoenfield (3:37 PM)
Well, I'd say drafting Justin Verlander and trading for Miguel Cabrera have meant more. That's not a knock on Leyland.
Wow, Dave, you know nothing about the Royals finances. They will have plenty of money to sign a starter.
David Schoenfield (3:38 PM)
OK .. but will they bid enough to get a guy? If the Cardinals and Royals offer Lohse the same amount, where do you think he signs?
David best ALCS and NLCS year in your opinion. I say 2003. Yanks vs Sox and Cubs vs Florida. That was a epic year.
David Schoenfield (3:41 PM)
Hard to beat that year. 1986 had Red Sox/Angels and Mets/Astros. Red Sox-Angels series went 7 but wasn't all that interesting except for the blown Game 5. Mets/Astros was a classic (although only 6 games). 2004 was great. Red Sox come back from three down and Cards-Astros went 7 with several good games.
Tarek, as a Sox fan, '04 was better! ;)
Coke to close? Did a great job in Game 2.
David Schoenfield (3:41 PM)
Righties hit .389 off him this year. Playing with fire if you try to do that again.
@ Chris from lunch: What finances?
What's your favorite Valverde meme? I personally like "I put a Valverde poster on my door, now it won't close."
Both Oakland and Yankee fans are still crying about the umps. Maybe both teams should have just hit the ball more.
How come people don't talk more about the ruinously awful Zito contract? Unlike a lot of other bad deals, he wasn't any good for any portion of it.
David Schoenfield (3:43 PM)
And yet they could still win two World Series despite the contract. Maybe we overrate the effects of these bad deals.
Spike (GR, MI)
I've still got a special place in my heart for Curtis Granderson as a person and a big leaguer, but he strikes out way too often to come back to the Tigers. Who else would be a good fit as an everyday corner outfielder next year?
David Schoenfield (3:44 PM)
How about Nick Swisher?
David Schoenfield (3:45 PM)
Tigers also get Victor Martinez back, don't forget, so that will help the offense. And of course the Hamilton rumors will be there with Detroit.
@ zack in stl,Zito arguably never lived up to the high value of that contract, but I think he's been solid enough that there are at least a dozen monster contracts for pitchers in the past two decades that have been worse....does the name Darren Dreifort ring a bell???
Even as a Yankee fan, i would have been okay seeing a Sox vs Cubs WS in 03. 04 was Sox vs Cards, lost a lot of the luster of what could have been (as a baseball fan).
Zito has been bad but won 15 games this year, and has eaten up 200 innings every year with Giants.Dont kill his dreams bro
Don't forget the Rowand contract too. The Giants were still paying that this year.
I don't think its fair to point the Nationals loss on the Strasburg situation. Not too many teams would be able to overcome the loss of Brad Lidge and get as far as they did. With him on the mound instead of Storen, I am certain they would still be playing
Aaron (Northern Ky)
Would three years 20 mil be too much for Ludwick? If they're bringing back Dusty might as bring back everyone.
David Schoenfield (3:46 PM)
Sounds about right off the year he had.
David, do yourself a favor and get a copy of the 1986 Mets season on VHS(yes VHS). The music alone will have you dying or feeling great. Wild Boys by Duran Duran and You belong to the City by Glen Frye.
David Schoenfield (3:47 PM)
I actually have the DVD collection of that postseason for the Mets. I think it includes the season video as well. Might have to watch that this weekend if there's no baseball!
David (Bethlehem, PA)
Why didn't Davey bring in Jordan Zimmerman when Storen got in serious trouble? He was 97-98 in his previous relief outing.
David Schoenfield (3:48 PM)
I'm not sure. I remember the announcers saying before the game that Zimmermann was unavailable, so I guess Johnson had decided he didn't want to use him on back to back days.
How about Avisail Garcia and/or Nick Castellanos? They can't be any worse than Brennan Boesch was this year...
David Schoenfield (3:50 PM)
I think both need time in the minors. Garcia: 95 SO, 18 BB in the minors. Castellanos: 118 and 36. Those guys would be exposed at the major league level right now.
Can we agree the Yankees got hosed by the wonky schedule this post season? All the Division Series went 5, but the Yanks were the only ones without a day off before their LCS. girardi even admitted his bullpen was fried.
David Schoenfield (3:51 PM)
I wrote that the other day. It's true. Tigers get Verlander in Game 3, but Yankees won't get Sabathia until Game 4.
For all the Zito-hate, we're talking about a guy with a decent shot to win 200 career games and have a career ERA right around 4.00.
Why is there an assumption the Medlen plan was better than the Strasburg plan? If the Braves had started Medlen in the beginning of the year, they may have won the NL East and then avoided the one game playoff. They could still be in this thing if they hadn't started him in the pen!
David Schoenfield (3:53 PM)
Fair enough. And if you ask me, the Braves never INTENDED to use Medlen in the rotation. He only went there after everybody else flamed out a got hurt. I mean, they pulled Ben Sheets off an oil rig or something and started him before they gave Medlen a chance.
Avisail Garcia has 3 RBI and is batting .250 in the playoffs, the most important time of year. Not bad for a guy you think needs more time in the minors.
David Schoenfield (3:53 PM)
It's 12 at-bats. That doesn't mean he's ready for the majors.
Is it ever the Yankees fault they lose? Always something else?
Jason (St Louis)
I think Davey wanted to save Zimmerman's arm for the LCS. Whoops.
Didn't the Nationals learn anything from Herm Edwards? YOU PLAY TO WIN THE GAME
David Schoenfield (3:55 PM)
OK ... that has to be our finale for this week. Thanks, everyone! Not sure what we'll be doing next week. They're actually sending me to help cover the World Series, so be sure to check that out. We'll be chatting before each game and during games all series.
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