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September 25, 1:00 PM ET
Chat with David Schoenfield

David Schoenfield
  (1:02 PM)

Go Seahawks!

Matt (Boise)

I'm offically boycotting all NFL games until the real Refs are back. So...is there anything going on in baseball right now?

David Schoenfield
  (1:03 PM)

Not too much. Nope. No wild-card races or division titles at stake or Triple Crowns or MVP Awards. Not too much at all. Isn't there a re-run of Golden Girls or something to watch?

Greg (San Francisco, CA)

Arizona has been dying for a SS. Does a trade centered around Justin Upton for Elvis Andrus (plus Martin Perez and ?) make some sense for both sides?

David Schoenfield
  (1:05 PM)

I think if you go through all the teams, that is probably the most likely scenario. Arizona doesn't need young pitching prospects, which are more abundant these days than hitting prospects. Shortstops are even harder to find. The Rangers have two. Makes sense to me.

Gary (Tampa)

With the Rays needing a bat,and the Royals neening pitching... Shields for Hosmer, who says no?

David Schoenfield
  (1:06 PM)

Shields only has two more years, so I think the Royals still say no. That may be banking too much on Hosmer's potential, but I'm still a believer.

Bill (Davidson NC)

David, were you watching the end of the Seahawks game? It is unbelievable that the NFL can watch its product get devalued so quickly, but the owners have tied Goodell's hands in negotiations with the referees. Although both the NFL and MLB owners have tried the idiotic notion that fans will buy games played by replacement players, perhaps I naively believe that this generation of MLB owners (well, maybe with the exception of Reinsdorf and Loria) actually DO believe that fans matter and would not accept a watering down of the MLB product. Do I need a reality check?

David Schoenfield
  (1:08 PM)

No, I think you're right. Just think how much more fan-friendly the ballpark atmosphere is compared to even 1995. I do believe owners legitimately care about their and the product. As you mentioned, it's a new wave of owners who understand the importance of marketing and the game experience.

David Schoenfield
  (1:08 PM)

Not that it's because of the situation with the refs, but notice all the empty in the NFL? You don't see that get mentioned too much.

Rod (Guatemala)

David the tiebreaker is a regular season game??

David Schoenfield
  (1:09 PM)

Tiebreakers are considered regular-season games, yes, so all the stats count toward the regular season.

Bailing Furiously (Santa Cruz)

Please tell me the A's can hold on. I don't have a question, I just need someone to tell me the A's can still make it.

David Schoenfield
  (1:11 PM)

They can still make it, yes they can. But ... I'm worried, very worried. Four rookies and Travis Blackley in the rotation. Six more games against the Rangers while the Angels get six against the Mariners. I hope the A's hold on -- I think it's good for sport to get more of the little guys in the playoffs (even if it means lower TV ratings).

David Schoenfield
  (1:11 PM)

What do you think, chatters? A's or Angels? Or maybe both make it and the Orioles collapse?

David (UCSB)

Most dangerous potential wild card team: O's, A's, Angels, Rays?

David Schoenfield
  (1:13 PM)

Rays, because of that rotation. Don't think they'll get there. I have a hard time seeing how the A's can win a playoff series. The Brett Anderson injury is huge. A.J. Griffin may be hitting a wall, maybe Dan Straily as well (though he survived last night before the bullpen lost it).

Tony (Seattle)

Empty what? Seats? You didn't finish your sentence. I haven't been watching much football this year.

David Schoenfield
  (1:13 PM)

Oops, yes, empty seats.

Brandon (RI)

More surprising 30/30 candidate? Ryan Braun or BJ Upton?

David Schoenfield
  (1:14 PM)

Considering where Upton was early in the season -- remember, he missed the first two weeks -- I'd go with him.

Tarek (NYC)

Ah, the last 10 days of the season. Enjoy the last of Chone Figgins, M's fans...wait, what? He's signed through NEXT YEAR also??? Damn.

David Schoenfield
  (1:15 PM)

They will release him this winter. Right? Right?

Matt (Boise)

What was your best and worst pre-season predictions this year (Red Sox winning the AL East comes to mind)?

David Schoenfield
  (1:17 PM)

Did I pick the Red Sox or Yankees to win the division? I can't remember. I know I did pick the Red Sox to make it. I think I said the Tigers were an 88-win team, which looks dead on. I believe I had David Price winning the Cy Young Award and Braun winning NL MVP (he probably won't, but certainly is a deserving choice). Worst predictions ... Brewers reaching the World Series (my wild card pick of the year) ... Marlins being good ... I'll have to look back and check some other stuff I wrote.

Todd (Arlington)

O's hold on - A's don't. Angeles crush O's in the tie-breaker game then beat the Rangers but lose to the White Sox and face the Nationals in the World Series. Adam Dunn comes up in the top of the first and gets a standing ovation from the National fans. He then hits a home run in his first at bat and gets another standing from half the crowd. Nats go on to win game 1 and win the series in 6 games.

rod (Guatemala)

following my question, if the case was that o's yanks a's and angels were tied the tiebreaker will decide the division and the loser will have one more lost game than the others making it 2 team tie no 3?? sorry haven't figure it out yet

David Schoenfield
  (1:19 PM)

Ties for the division lead must be settled first. So Yankees-Orioles would play for the AL East and ... hold on, let me look it up.

David Schoenfield
  (1:19 PM)

I should have all this memorized by now ...

Justin (Redlands, CA)

If the Angels sneak into the postseason, who would you start in a one game playoff?

David Schoenfield
  (1:21 PM)

I'd start Weaver. He started Sunday, which would put him in line to start the season finale (if needed) or the wild-card game.

Eric (Boston)

Did Jesus Montero do anything to make you think he can stick around as a catcher? I didn't get to see as much of him as I would have liked this year.

David Schoenfield
  (1:23 PM)

I don't think so. Wasn't as awful as I expected, but I don't see him sticking there. Dave Cameron of the USS Mariner blog made an interesting suggestion the other day: Maybe they should consider trading him to a team that believes he could turn into a Mike Napoli-type behind the plate. I'm sure his defense even has that kind of upside, but I suppose it's possible. I've been more disappointed in his bat, to be honest. It profiles fine at catcher, but may be a bit short for DH or 1B.

David Schoenfield
  (1:24 PM)

OK, wild card rules if two teams tie for a division WITH two others for the wild card:

David Schoenfield
  (1:24 PM)

Two-Club Tie for Division Championship & Tie with Two Clubs Outside Division For Two Wild Card Spots:1. Two tiebreak games will be played on Thursday, October 4th (tentatively). One will feature the two Clubs tied for the Division to determine the Division Champion, and the other will feature the other two Clubs outside the division to determine one Wild Card Club. Home field advantage in each game will be determined by the rules above for a two-team tiebreaker.2. A third tiebreak game will be played on Friday, October 5th (tentatively) between the loser of the game to determine the Division Champion and the loser of the game between the two Clubs outside the division to determine the second Wild Card Club. Home field advantage in the game will be determined by the rules above for a two-team tiebreaker.

David Schoenfield
  (1:26 PM)

Sorry, our chat admin didn't read the paragraph breaks. That's hard to read, but it goes like this: Orioles play Yankees for AL East, A's play Angels (winner in), losers of the two games play a third game for second wild card.

Adam Dunn (Chicago)

Did I just save our season?

David Schoenfield
  (1:27 PM)

I see a tie coming on. Those four games against Tampa Bay are going to be tough. Verlander vs. Sale for the division title? Count me in.

Todd (Philly)

Why do you think there is more heat around Omar Vizquel than Alan Trammell for the HOF? Is it the gold gloves (really?), is it the fact Trammell didn't actually win the deserved 1987 MVP, is it the plethora of heavy hitting shortstops since Trammell...what is the main reason in your opinion?

David Schoenfield
  (1:29 PM)

It doesn't make sense, but it's easy to put a label on Vizquel: Best shortstop besides Ozzie (whether that's actually true is debatable in my opinion). That helps create an identity for Vizquel to many of the voters, who don't realize Trammell was the vastly superior player. What was Trammell? He was good at everything, just not the best at one single thing.

Wes (Memphis)

Why isn't Kyle Lohse getting more love for NL Cy Young? Seems like only Dickey, Gonzalez, Cueto, Chapman, and Kimbrel are in the discussion. Lohse's numbers compare very favorably to the other starters, albeit without the sexy K totals.

David Schoenfield
  (1:30 PM)

To be honest -- not saying it's fair -- it's because he's Kyle Lohse. We think of him and we think of years of mediocrity. There's no sexy storyline or dominant stuff or knuckleball to impress us.

Will Smith (Parkersburg, WV)

Show the Reds some love! They are getting no talk because they have already clinched. Dusty Baker manager of the year? Todd Frazier ROY? Johnny Cueto Cy Young? Aroldis Champan Rolaids Relief Man of the Year? Ryan Ludwick Comeback player of the year? All this potential on one team and no mention of them.

David Schoenfield
  (1:31 PM)

We tend to focus more on the undecided races, which is why the Reds and Giants aren't getting much love right now. Sorry, just the way it is. Of the awards you mentioned, I think Cueto for Cy has the most legs.

Jeff (Arizona)

Is clinching so early for teams like the Giants and Reds help or hurt them? It seems that for the past couple of years (Giants 2010 and Cards 2011) teams that are playing to last day with momentum and carry that into the playoffs are better off than the rested teams.

David Schoenfield
  (1:32 PM)

I know I've looked at this in the past, and there doesn't seem to be any strong indicator one way or another, even if the past two years suggest otherwise. I remember the 2000 Yankees lost their final nine games or whatever and won the World Series. You can find evidence on both sides.

David Schoenfield
  (1:33 PM)

2000 Yankees lost final seven and 15 of final 18. And still won it all.

Tarek (NYC)

David, turn on the auto-update. Thanks, and that was not a TD last night! :)

David Schoenfield
  (1:33 PM)

It's been on ...

Phil (SF, Ca)

Bochy for NL Manager of the Year? No closer all season, the Melky mess, Pablo on the DL twice yet the Giants still clinch with 11 games left

David Schoenfield
  (1:35 PM)

Lincecum having a down year as well. I think the bandwagon points to Davey Johnson, but there's a great argument for Bochy. Year in, one of the top five managers in the game, no doubt.

Matt (Hanoi, Vietnam)

What are your three favorite baseball books?

David Schoenfield
  (1:36 PM)

Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract, A False Spring (Pat Jordan, autobiography of a late 1950s bonus baby who never made it), Ball Four (still a great read after all these years).

William (Pittsburgh)

AL MPV, who you got: Trout or Cabrera?

David Schoenfield
  (1:37 PM)

Trout ... make sure you read Keith Law's piece today (Insider). He explains why it has to be Trout.

Robert (Miami, Fl)

When are we going to see a best of 3 series for the two wild card teams? One game looks so unfair. Thanks

David Schoenfield
  (1:37 PM)

I'd like to baseball cut down to 154 games and do just that.

Landon (Virginia)

How many more dominating starts would Kris Medlen need for him to receive any Cy Young consideration? It seems like no pitcher has been as dominating for as long as a stretch in quite a while

David Schoenfield
  (1:39 PM)

I know he's the first Braves pitcher since Warren Spahn to have an ERA under 1.00 over 10 starts. I wrote a piece earlier this season on dominating stretches ... not that I can remember who I had on it.

David Schoenfield
  (1:40 PM)

http://espn.go.com/blog/sweetspot/post/_/id/25808/r-a-dickey-on-one-great-rolls-of-all-time

David Schoenfield
  (1:40 PM)

Bob Gibson had an 11-start stretch in 1968 where he threw 11 CGs and allowed three runs. OK, it was 1968, but that's still pretty awesome.

person (dc)

there has been progress. the AL MVP wouldn't have been debatable 20 years ago. triple crown would have guaranteed it for cabrera.

David Schoenfield
  (1:41 PM)

Exactly. I still think that if the Tigers make the playoffs and the Angels don't that Cabrera wins it. Even though the Angels will likely end up with more wins!

Tarek (NYC)

So, if when Trout wins MVP how big of a uproar from no Saber people will it be if Miggy wins the triple crown? I agree it should be Trout but the 12 year old from 1985 in me, can't believe a triple crown winner wouldn't get MVP.

David Schoenfield
  (1:42 PM)

I think the bigger factor is making the playoffs. That's a HUGE influence these days. Last year, for example, I believe Ellsbury and Kemp win if their teams make the playoffs. It's ridiculous but voters put a lot of emphasis on it.

Wes (Memphis)

The funny thing is that Lohse should actually be getting more love for NL MVP. With Carpenter out most of the year and Wainwright's uneven progress coming back from TJ surgery, Lohse's steady arm at the front of the rotation is a HUGE reason why the Cardinals have a decent chance of returning to the postseason.

Carlton (Bel Air, CA)

Will - my cousin - Dusty Baker is not manager of the year. Gotta go with Davey Johnson. Also, the Reds are getting plenty of love. Also, tough to pick against Adam LaRoche as comeback player of the year. He was out almost all of last year with torn labrum and he comes back with 32 HR's and 90 RBIs and counting. Heck, why not Strasburg for the comeback player of the year?

Todd (Philly)

It's funny Dave - because had Trammell won the MVP - he would be that much closer to Barry Larkin's career - who seemed to surpass the Ozzie comparison successfully yet had the same WAR total...

David Schoenfield
  (1:43 PM)

And he should have won it. George Bell had a nice season. Trammell had a great one.

Kirk (The TC)

Anecdotally, Omar Vizquel being a great fielding shortstop will go a long way on his reputation alone. But the Gold Glove has been greatly devalued in recent years and can't be seen purely as a fielding barometer anymore, can it? I mean- Michael Young has a GG, Palmeiro won despite primarily being a DH. Can we really say the GG is for the best fielders anymore? And if not, that really weakens Vizquel with his multiple GG's argument for HOF...

David Schoenfield
  (1:45 PM)

I think it goes beyond just the Gold Gloves. Little O has the Ozzie/Brooks/Mays/Mazeroski reputation as one of the best defenders ever. Throw in the longevity (not that it really adds value to Vizquel's resume) and I think he eventually gets in. He wouldn't be the worst Hall of Famer, but it lowers the bar.

Brandon (RI)

Dave, if you had a vote for an award, would you openly share your ballot?

David Schoenfield
  (1:46 PM)

I'm not even in the BBWAA! But, yes, I would.

person (dc)

so how many 3B before Aramis Ramirez do you think had 50 doubles in a season? (i've looked it up on b-r)

David Schoenfield
  (1:46 PM)

George Kell?

George Bell (San Maquoris)

Excuse me while I polish my MVP Award. It's a beautiful thing.

Andrew (WI)

I don't know why everyone assumes people will mess it up and vote for Cabrera over Trout. They did vote King Felix for Cy despite the W-L record, so they have the capability to do the right thing

Austin (Iowa)

Who decides what questions get put on here? Whats the criteria?

David Schoenfield
  (1:47 PM)

No criteria. I have a screen of questions and comments that I choose from.

Wes (Memphis)

How about this? 154 reg. season games. 6 playoff teams from each league, 3 division champs and 3 WCs. Opening round best-of-three between seeds 3-6 while seeds 1-2 rest. WC round and LCS best-of-fives and WS is still best-of-seven.

David Schoenfield
  (1:48 PM)

I can't see adding MORE wild-card teams. I don't want to dilute the regular season even further.

Nick (DC)

One thing Davey Johnson does not get enough credit for is how he has helped turn around the Nationals' offense. This was expected to be an average to below average offense coming into the season, and instead, they are one of the top offenses in the NL. Multiple players on the team (namely Ian Desmond) have specifically noted Davey's role in this turnaround.

person (dc)

Kell has the record with 56. i was trying to ask for the number of 3B with 50 or more in a season, of which Ramirez is the 8th. Kell, Sanchez, Cirillo, Boggs, Rose, Cabrera, Hale.

David Schoenfield
  (1:49 PM)

Rose and Boggs -- should have gotten those two. Who have guessed Freddy Sanchez? Good trivia.

Gabe (Seattle)

What team under .500 this year has the best chance to make the PO's next year? Along those lines, what team has impressed you the most the 2nd half? I'm glad to see the M's and Royals play pretty well.

David Schoenfield
  (1:51 PM)

I still think the Blue Jays and Red Sox are good bets to play much better next year. Blue Jays got destroyed by injuries. Red Sox still have a strong base of talent. I'd like to be optimistic about the Mariners, but they're still a team that has scored 50 fewer runs than any other AL club.

Rick (Maputo, Mozambique)

If the Angels don't get into the playoffs and the Tigers do - I would give the award to Cabrera.

Andrew (Toronto)

Baseball in Montreal again...pipe dream? I still get sick when I think how Loria and MLB poisoned the well of what was a very passionate fanbase.

David Schoenfield
  (1:53 PM)

Pipe dream for foreseeable future. Need a stadium and there's no talk of that, let alone a potential ownership group on the horizon. I wouldn't mind seeing 32 teams with eight four-team division, but it's difficult coming up with two good expansion sites when you have issues in Tampa and Oakland.

Austin (Iowa)

AL Central? who wins?

David Schoenfield
  (1:54 PM)

I'm going with a tie at this point. White Sox are limping, Tigers only have one Verlander start left. Tigers go 6-3, White Sox go 5-4, we get Verlander and Sale in the tiebreaker.

Tim (Fresno)

It looks like Zito is going to be the Giants 4th starter. If they play the Reds, pitching him at Great America Ballpark seems like a disaster waiting to happen. Wouldnt it make sense for them to pitch him in game 2 at home and then let Bumgarner and Lincecum pitch game 3 and 4 on the road?

David Schoenfield
  (1:55 PM)

Zito against the Reds looks problematic no matter where the game is played. I sort of like your idea, although that messes up your rotation for the next round if you advance ... if the series goes five games, you wind up with Zito starting Game 1 of the NLCS. I think you have to go with your best guys in order when there is an obvious delineation between the pitchers.

Justin (Redlands, CA)

I know you touched on it earlier, David, but how absurd is it that some will try to use the playoff argument for AL MVP, when Trout will likely "lead his team to a better record." Is Cabrera more valuable because he happens to play in the awful AL Central?

David Schoenfield
  (1:57 PM)

I know. It's absurd.

Alan (Maine)

While I understand the argument for Visquel has longevity, was he ever the premier shortstop throughout his career? I just remember him as being a great shortstop.

David Schoenfield
  (1:59 PM)

That's part of the problem I have with seeing him as a Hall of Famer. At his peak, you had A-Rod, Jeter, Nomar and Tejada in the AL, which makes Little O fifth-best in his own league. He had a lot of years (early and late) where he didn't contribute with the bat. Great player, but short of a Hall of Famer in my book.

Fred (Austin, TX)

Baseball cut back to 154 games and give up the revenue from 120 games? Yeah, that'll happen!

David Schoenfield
  (1:59 PM)

I know, I know ...

Andrew (Toronto)

One of my favourite baseball quotes of all time - Mark Langston on playing in Montreal:"It's like a foreign country up there."

David Schoenfield
  (2:00 PM)

Mark Langston -- one of my favorite players of all time!

Tarek (NYC)

Are you thinking of doing a chat on the last day of regular season or if we get a one game playoff?

David Schoenfield
  (2:00 PM)

Good idea. We may have some sort of Cover It Live chat going on, I would guess. If not, I'll suggest a chat of some sort.

Sean (Colorado)

Maybe this point has already been made but a Triple Crown doesn't guarantee an MVP....Ted Williams won two TCs and lost the MVP both times, once to Joe Gordon and once to Joe D. Trout's historical season could do the same to Miggy.

David Schoenfield
  (2:02 PM)

Right, and Triple Crown ignores a lot of other things, of course -- you know, defense, baserunning and so on. Look, I know Tigers fan get offended when we all say Trout has been the MVP, but that's not a slight against Miggy. Great season. Just not that MVP this year.

Andrew (Toronto)

Seattle made off like bandits in the Langston trade!

David Schoenfield
  (2:03 PM)

That big gangly Johnson kid turned out OK. By the way, speaking of the Big Unit and Vizquel: Mariners' 1989 rookie group: Johnson, Vizquel, Griffey and Edgar Martinez. Four potential Hall of Famers as rookies on one team. Take that, Mike Trout and Bryce Harper!

Paul (MI)

But Vizquel will be a free agent this year! With the state of baseball, someone must be willing to go five years!

Nick (Virginia)

Who has the best shot to win the NL Rookie of the year award? I think Harper has the best shot

David Schoenfield
  (2:04 PM)

I think his surge over the past few weeks make him the favorite. Miley and Frazier have their supporters, but Frazier isn't a full-time player and Harper will come close to scoring 100 runs while playing a solid CF. I think he'd get my vote now if I had one.

David Schoenfield
  (2:05 PM)

Underrated rookie season: Norichika Aoki of the Brewers.

Jeff (Miami)

Is there any way Ozzie is employed by the Marlins after the season ends? By the quotes coming out of south Florida it looks like Loria has made up him mind and Ozzie knows he is going to get fired.

David Schoenfield
  (2:05 PM)

I'd dump. Looks like a rebuilding season anyway and Ozzie doesn't seem like the manager you want for that kind of situation.

John (NC)

Hey David, with 8 Games left for the Orioles, 1 1/2 games back in the East and 1 1/2 games up on the A's (3 1/2 on Angels), where do you see Baltimore's season going from this point?? And if they make the playoffs, how far do you see them going?

David Schoenfield
  (2:07 PM)

I think the Yankees win the East and the O's take the first wild card. The lack of an "ace" would seem to hurt them in the wild-card game, but of course Showalter would have a very quick hook. But I don't see them beating the Rangers in the Division Series. Nothing they do would surprise me though. An O's-Nats Beltway Series would be pretty fun.

Matt (Boise)

How do you feel watching Ichiro play like the Ichiro of old for the Yankees this past week?

David Schoenfield
  (2:08 PM)

It's funny -- my parents (big Mariners fans) were in town last week and kept wanting to watch every Ichiro at-bat. And he kept getting hits. Unbelievable. Great week, great reminder of a fun, unique, terrific player.

Fred (Austin, TX)

But Williams lost the MVP because writers didn't like him, and vice versa.

David Schoenfield
  (2:09 PM)

In part, yes. More likely because the Red Sox didn't win those years and the Yankees did.

Mike (VA)

NLCS winner is? ALCS winner is? WS Winner?

David Schoenfield
  (2:11 PM)

Readers? Send in your votes. Right now, I'm sort of leaning towards Yankees and Nationals. Yankees rotation seems to have straightened itself out at exactly the right time. World Series winner -- Nationals. I *should* go with the Rangers since they were my preseason pick, but I see some issues with Holland and don't have complete confidence in Darvish.

Norman (NY)

Very hypothetical question here but let's say Ryan Braun goes nuts this next week and a half and Posey and Mccutchen slump causing Braun to have the top batting average behind Melky. Would he win the triple crown or would the fact that Melky actually had a higher average, even though he took himself out of batting title contention, prevent him from getting the TC?

David Schoenfield
  (2:13 PM)

Great hypothetical. Is it even realistic that Braun could make up 18 points on McCutchen? OK, hypothetical: Umm, geez, since the Triple Crown isn't an official "stat", I guess historians can assign it however they want?

Will Smith (Parkersburg, WV)

Reds and A's with the same outcome of 1990

Matt (Boise)

Similiar to the TC arguement. On yesterday's Baseball today Podcast they brought up the point that the last time someone didn't win the MVP while posting a WAR above 12 was Willie Mays.

David Schoenfield
  (2:14 PM)

I'm working on a post on worst MVP selections for later this week. Certainly some interesting winners through the years.

Thomas (Dallas, TX)

I'm leaning towards Braves and Rangers. I'd love to see the Braves play live again since 2004.

Matt (Boise)

I'd vote a WS matchup from the mid 90s with Yankees/Braves. Both rotations are shaping up nicely and both have solid lineups.

David Schoenfield
  (2:15 PM)

If the Braves survive that WC game (and with Medlen going, they'd be the favorite), I agree that they'll be pretty tough.

Brian (Fremont)

Braun would win the TC by the fact that Melky won't get the added plate appearance and wouldn't qualify for the batting title.

David Schoenfield
  (2:17 PM)

Except baseball has a rule that the players is still awarded the batting title if he still has the highest average after assuming the extra PAs needed to get to 502. Except the rule I guess is just being thrown out this year (by Melky's request). So if the rule doesn't exist, then I guess we've to consider Braun the TC winner.

Tim (Denver)

Giants and Yankees. Two of the most storied franchies, east versus west. It would be fantastic.

David Schoenfield
  (2:18 PM)

Rematch of 1962. That would be a classic showdown.

Justin (Redlands, CA)

Angels vs. Nationals. Trout vs. Harper. Would be excellent for the game, I think.

Mike (VA)

I have to think Nat's/O's would be by far the best story line.

Matt (Boise)

You see that Hamilton's eye condition was caused by "too much caffine." Guess I'd better lay off the Red Bulls before my next softball game...lol.

David Schoenfield
  (2:18 PM)

Are they throwing 95 in your softball league?

Mark W (Alexandria, VA)

Freddy Sanchez isn't entirely accurate. In 2006, when he had the 53 doubles, he played 99 at 3B, 28 at SS and 23 at 2B. So, not likely he hit all 53 two-baggers while playing at 3B.

David Schoenfield
  (2:19 PM)

Technically, true, although usually for those kinds of lists we consider the player for the position he played the most games at.

John (NC)

Who do you have winning AL Manager of the year, Bob Melvin or Buck Showalter, or maybe someone else? I'm pretty sure Davey Johnson is a lock for the NL Manager of the Year.

David Schoenfield
  (2:21 PM)

I have Melvin over Buck. He's had to manage all those rookie starters, he's had three major injuries/suspensions to his rotation and kept the team there.

Tarek (NYC)

Nats vs Texas. Texas finally wins the WS because they don't pitch Darren Oliver.

Andrew (Denver)

Just curious, do you think the MLB game would be compromised if the league were to use replacement umps, say from small college conferences, instead of the normal umps? I have to think for baseball the game wouldn't change all that much.

David Schoenfield
  (2:22 PM)

Yes, I'd think we'd see something on the scale of the NFL. From what I've seen, umpiring in the minors and college is nowhere near MLB level. That said, a baseball doesn't usually turn on one obviously blown call. (Orioles fans are now screaming "Jeffrey Maier!")

Rod (Guatemala)

Giants versus Rangers

Brian (Fremont)

I just want to see the Rangers in the World Series. They can't possibly lose that thing 3 years in a row! Has a team ever done that before?

David Schoenfield
  (2:24 PM)

New York Giants, 1911-1913. Detroit Tigers, 1907-1909.

Brian (Fremont)

I don't see how Davey Johnson is considered the favorite for Manager of the Year. He already had an talented lineup, there weren't too many debilitating injuries to the team, and they muffed the whole Strasburg innings limit situation. I'd give him Manager of the Year if he found a way to limit Strasburg's innings and still have him pitching at the end of the year.

Tarek (NYC)

SD fans screaming about the ball 3 call to Tino Martinez from... Mark Langston. Then Grand slam

David Schoenfield
  (2:25 PM)

Another Mark Langston reference. Best. Chat. Ever.

Matt (Boise)

What would be baseball's equivalent to last night's MNF game? A guy robbing a home run only to have it still called a HR or the ump calling a bases loaded 3-2 pitch down the middle a ball to walk in the game winning run?

David Schoenfield
  (2:26 PM)

I'd say a blown call on a game-winning home run or hit (on a ball down the line). Ball and strike calls don't seem to compare.

Nate (Madison)

Looking at the actual numbers, I'm sorry there's no way I wouldn't vote Braun ahead of Posey. (Let alone leave him off the ballot like some writer's might do)

Tyler (Toledo)

How can Chipper in the world series his final year not be a storyline that's good for baseball? Chipper in the Bronx in October one last time.

Thomas (Dallas, TX)

The NL Cy Young award is in the air. Does Kimbrel stand a snow ball's chance in hell of winning? I see Gio winning it.

David Schoenfield
  (2:28 PM)

I think he'll get some first-place votes, but with solid starter candidates, probably finished third-fourth in the balloting. Gio/Dickey/Cueto -- still think it's a toss-up among those three.

Ryan (DC)

Reds-O's World Series rematch. Machado is the new Brooks Robinson.

Brandon (North GA)

While it wasn't always the World Series, remind Brian from Fremont just how many times the Braves of the 90's/2000's went to the Post Season and what they have to show for it.

todd (Arlington)

To Brian in Freemont - The Nats had a ton of injuries this year. they lost their starting catcher for almost the entire year, the lost Zimmerman, Werth, Morse for over five months combined and they also lost Desmond for three weeks.

Danny (NYC)

Knucklers and knuckle fans unite! Dickey clearly deserves the NL Cy Young this year.

Bob (Seattle)

Pitcher A - 205 IP, 4.8 K/9, 2.0 BB/9, 8.6% HR/FB, 3.5 fWAR Pitcher B - 194 IP, 5.4 K/9, 1.9 BB/9, 11.6% HR/FB, 1.7 fWARDoes switching from the AL (Buehrle 2011 - pitcher A) to the NL (Buehrle 2012 - pitcher B) really reduce the WAR that significantly?

David Schoenfield
  (2:31 PM)

That's mostly park effects. The Cell is one of the best hitter's parks in baseball. I'm guessing the Marlins park played as a pitcher's park.

Corey (STL)

Cards/ Angels ...it would take a lot to happen, but Pujols coming back to St. Louis....

David Schoenfield
  (2:32 PM)

Ha, that would be a fun one. Especially if you like red.

todd (Arlington)

To Matt in Boise - I would compare it to O's vs Yanks when Jeffrey Maier reached over and caught the ball and they call it a HR!!

Matt (Boise)

So with a week and change left who do you have for the AL Cy Young? Verlander pitched very well again last night with the pressure on. And he has the highest WAR for any pitcher in either league.

David Schoenfield
  (2:33 PM)

I think I'd vote for Verlander, but I need to look at how much strength of schedule (ie, the AL Central) helped him.

Marcos (Miami, fl)

How much of an embarrassment are the Miami Marlins Mr. Schoenfield? Ex-Mgrs calling out the owner, one side trades, failed FA signings and 1st round bust. How can this franchise become respectable for once!?!

David Schoenfield
  (2:34 PM)

Will any team have a more interesting offseason than the Marlins? Wouldn't be surprised to see them shop Reyes and Buehrle.

John (NC)

I can't wait to see how Baltimore's Roster shapes up for next season.. Hopefully we re-sign Reynolds and keep him at 1st, but the only real question mark I have is 2nd base. As far as pitching, Chen will improve, Hammel healthy, Tillman, Gonzalez, and Dylan Bundy coming in, Steve Johnson's been great, I think the Orioles could be even better next year.

Tarek (NYC)

You would vote Price because you picked him before the seaon! :)I would as well, since i picked him before the season too.

David Schoenfield
  (2:35 PM)

You're right! Price is it!

Aaron (Cincinnati)

I was always under the assumption Williams wasn't the most interested defender while Joe D was very good. Is this accurate?

David Schoenfield
  (2:35 PM)

Yes, that was definitely the consensus opinion at the time.

Andrew (Toronto)

So do the Yankees EVER take a step back? Or should we Jays fans just accept the fact we'll be sitting behind them until Pettitte and Jeter retire for good at age 52?

David Schoenfield
  (2:36 PM)

Come on, I think Jeter and Pettitte only have another 5 or 6 years left in them.

Marty (Fairfield, CT)

An award no one ever talks about is Executive of the Year. Who do you think gets it? Is the O's success really Duquette's doing....I'm skeptical....

David Schoenfield
  (2:36 PM)

No, he basically lucked into this season. You'd have to give to Billy Beane, no?

David Schoenfield
  (2:36 PM)

OK, time to wrap it up. Thanks, everyone. Nine awesome days left ... and I have a feeling we'll get at least one tiebreaker game in the AL. Fun times. Enjoy your baseball!