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August 14, 1:00 PM ET
Chat with David Schoenfield

David Schoenfield
  (12:59 PM)

Get off the bridge, Pirates fans!

Marcus (Short Pump VA)

David, why on earth would Matheny have John Jay bunt a runner from 2nd to 3rd, when he is one of the team's hottest hitters?

David Schoenfield
  (1:01 PM)

Matheny didn't exactly have the best tactical game last night. In this day with so many strikeouts, the whole "bunt the guy to third" to get to the bottom of your lineup isn't the best strategy to invoke.

Chriss (WPB)

Given the sucess of the move (allbeit small sample size), do you think that the braves should consider Heyward at the leadoff spot for future seasons?

David Schoenfield
  (1:02 PM)

Depends how the lineup changes over the years, but for now he's their best option there. I like the move.

Dale (SF)

A's talk of putting Amderson in the pen when he returns. Unless it's about health and next year I don't consider that adding any value considering bullpen already the strength of the team.

David Schoenfield
  (1:03 PM)

I'm not sure what's going on there, but must be a health thing. Although with Bartolo Colon struggling -- could be something with his back going on -- I wouldn't be surprised if Anderson ends up getting a start or two down the stretch.

Brady (MN)

Andrew Albers for Governor in 2014! Obviously this isn't sustainable, but maybe the Twins have found their replacement for Brad Radke after drafting pitch to contact guys for the past 15 years (2012 & 13 excluded). More of an observation than an actual question.

David Schoenfield
  (1:04 PM)

I don't really know much about him, but isn't he a soft-tosser? Looks like another pitch-to-contact guy to me.

Quint (Indy)

Not that Cabrera didn't deserve the MVP last year or doesn't this year, but man how many could Mike Trout have racked up by the time he was thirty if it wasn't for Miggy

David Schoenfield
  (1:05 PM)

That's what they used to say about Pujols when Bonds won four in a row from 2001 to 2004.

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

Do you Agree with Mike Trout who said that Major League Baseball Players who take PEDs should be Banned for LIfe?

David Schoenfield
  (1:07 PM)

I think we have to allow players at least one mistake/error in judgment along the way. Or a flawed test. Or, yes, taking something legal that may have a banned substance in it. So one-and-done is too harsh for me.

David (CT)

Any chance the Yankees try to get Justin Morneau and or Adam Dunn and or Michael Young? I also think they need another arm for the bullpen and a starting pitcher and maybe a new catcher like Carlos Ruiz?

David Schoenfield
  (1:08 PM)

Maybe one of those guys, although I think their playoff hopes are pretty slim. I could see Morneau landing in Orioles. Looks like you can probably get him for nothing if you're willing to take the contract.

Matt Holliday (St. Louis)

Did you see Marte drop that ball? You gotta remember the fundamentals! That was embarrassing

Tom (StL)

Most likely to reach 100 WAR - Mike Trout or Albert Pujols?

David Schoenfield
  (1:09 PM)

Hmm, Pujols is at 92.9 ... I'm pretty sure he'll get there. Trout looks great now, but you never know about injuries, right? So I'll say Pujols.

Tarek (NYC)

Do you think Machado will learn to take a walk. Just noticed he has 21 walks with 510 Ab's. Jones is worse but i think he is who he is.

David Schoenfield
  (1:10 PM)

That's the big concern, but he's young and still learning so let's cut him a little slack. Just don't taking batting lessons from Adam Jones.

Mike (San Diego)

Please, please, PLEASE don't write a column comparing the loss from last night to the Jerry Meals game. this Pirates team is so different from years past.

David Schoenfield
  (1:11 PM)

Ha. Karabell and I talked about that briefly on the Baseball Tonight podcast today. I hope nobody has written that column! And that Pirates team two years ago didn't collapse because of that one game (as you know); they collapsed because they had been way over their heads.

Ed (Queens Village)

Predict The Future April 2014 Robinson Cano will be playing for?

David Schoenfield
  (1:12 PM)

Yankees

Ted (Wilmington)

I loved the Boras article this morning. Although I agree with most of what he wrote, his fixes still can't prevent a team from giving $100,000 to a guy who strikes out 37 times in 39 at bats.

David Schoenfield
  (1:13 PM)

Sneaky clever there.

Tom (StL)

Settle an argument for me - who had the better career, Curt Schilling or Roy Halladay?

David Schoenfield
  (1:14 PM)

Schilling leads in WAR and rings. Gotta be him.

Andrew (Toronto)

Marte: The Drop Heard Around The World?

David Schoenfield
  (1:14 PM)

I think the Pirates will be fine. These two will battle to the last week.

Tim (AZ)

Braves/Dodgers. Who wins a 5 game series? 7 game series?

David Schoenfield
  (1:16 PM)

My question on the Braves: How much of their good pitching has been built up against all the bad offenses in the NL East? Of course, anything can happen in a short series, but I'd the Dodgers in a five-game series, assuming Kershaw is in line to start twice.

Greg (LA)

That was a really fine whine by Scott Boras this morning. "Gee, MLB changed the rules to screw me, could we please go back?"

David Schoenfield
  (1:16 PM)

I do think he raises many fair points, however.

Morris (Pgh, PA)

Did the Kozma "hits .275" bet refer to BA, OBP or SLG? Actually it doesn't matter, you're winning that bet in any case.

David Schoenfield
  (1:17 PM)

Lesson No. 1,378 on why not to be swayed by April stats.

Soap (Maine)

Shaq Thompson has retired from baseball to focus on football. Apparently he's a top linebacker prospect.

David Schoenfield
  (1:18 PM)

He retired? Then this is kind of a Shaq memorial chat then!

Alan (Orlando)

Shocked beyond belief that Scott Boras would suggest "fixing" a system in a way that would financially benefit him. Who would have guessed?

Patrick (Pittsburgh)

Well, looks like Miguel Tejada's career is over. Royals just put him on 60-day DL and got Emilio Bonifacio. The Royals ARE WORLD SERIES BOUND. Too bad they'll have to buy tickets.

David Schoenfield
  (1:19 PM)

I thought he just strained a calf? Truth is, he was probably due for a decline. They picked up Jamey Carroll the other day and he's a decent stopgap.

Rick (Hamilton, VA)

Tigers/Red Sox. Who wins a 5 game series? 7 game series?

David Schoenfield
  (1:21 PM)

I really don't like making those predictions because anything can happen in a short series. If you're asking which team is better, I would base on it how Verlander is doing. Other than a good outing two starts ago he hasn't been that effective since early May, so I'd give slight edge to Red Sox.

erich (sf)

As you are a defender of WAR could you please explain to me, how Miggy has more defensive value under WAR than Trout? The defensive ratings in WAR seem very subjective to me, what metric is used?

David Schoenfield
  (1:23 PM)

Baseball-Reference uses Defense Runs Saved from Baseball Info Solution. They have video scouts tracking every play, evaluating how often that play is usually made. FanGraphs uses Ultimate Zone Rating. In Trout's case, DRS says he's been a very poor fielder this year at -12, compared to +23 last year. I wouldn't say the rating is subjective because the attempt is to make it objective, but a 35-run swing in one season is certainly odd.

David Schoenfield
  (1:24 PM)

That said, by all accounts, Trout hasn't been as good this year with some poor misreads and errors. He also robbed four home runs last year, which was worth (I believe) seven runs saved.

Alan (Orlando)

Since anyone suspected of PEDs is out of the HOF discussion, any chance someone clean and well respected like Jeter and/or Rivera become the first unanimous choice?

David Schoenfield
  (1:26 PM)

I would say Jeter has a better shot than Rivera, since I could see a few guys not voting for a reliever. Maddux also coming up. But ... I mean ... people didn't vote for Willie Mays or Hank Aaron or Cal Ripken, so I would suggest Jeter/Rivera won't be unanimous either. (In fact, all it takes is one careless voter who forgets to write in Jeter's name.)

David Schoenfield
  (1:27 PM)

And, yes, that happens. A few years ago a voter admitted to just forgetting to vote for Rickey Henderson.

Tarek (NYC)

Re: Mike (San Diego) Shhhhhhhhh, Atl wasn't involved so the Captain Jacks should be fine. Well as a baseball fan I hope so.

John (Cincinnati, OH)

I hate teams getting to keep the money saved from PED suspensions. Teams are just as guilty in this mess. Giants don't make playoffs without Melky last year for instance. Teams should be forced to match the the amount the player loses, to help fund investigating Biogenesis type joints. Plus this will lower the market value of PED guys. Melky got 2/$16 mil, what would that be if team were at risk to match suspension loses?

David Schoenfield
  (1:28 PM)

I like the idea but can you imagine teams agreeing to that?

Allen (Dallas)

How did you feel about Pete Rose's comments the other day about getting a second chance?

David Schoenfield
  (1:29 PM)

Well, Pete has his own interests in mind, of course. I understand his point and at this point I'd like to see him reinstated, but I think betting on baseball is more severe than drinking or drugging.

Zachary D Manprin (Palo Alto, CA)

Couldn't the A's bring Anderson along in the bullpen as a tandem starter? GRadually increasing his innings with each appearance? With Straily, Griffin, and Colon (and Milone prior to being banished to Sacramento) each failing to pitch into the 6th inning with regularity the A's are in need of a long man, anyway, no?

David Schoenfield
  (1:30 PM)

Sure, good idea. Maybe we'll see that once rosters expand in September?

Charles (San Jose)

You left out the best part of Corky Simpson's statement David. He forgot to vote for Rickey, but was going to do so the next year.

David Schoenfield
  (1:30 PM)

Your Hall of Fame voters, everyone!

Paul (Modesto)

A's putting Anderson in pen will allow them to bring him up sooner and get value from him while stretching him out if he needs to start late in season

Ian (OK)

WAR question here. Turns out Manny Ramirez was top 10 in WAR only once in his long career, even though he had some solid WAR seasons. Is a 5 WAR in 1999 as impressive as a 5 WAR season in 2013?

David Schoenfield
  (1:31 PM)

His defense hurt him quite a bit. Sure, I'd say not much has changed from 1999 to 2013. I think you end up with about the same number of 5-WAR players each year. In fact, hold on ...

David Schoenfield
  (1:34 PM)

Well, this is interesting ... position players only, 1998-2012. Number of 5-WAR seasons peaked at 40 in 1998 and the lowest total was 19 in 2005. 23 last year.

brandon (dc)

RE: Boras article-Everyone in baseball is rich, but the players are less rich than the owners. Boras would be enriched by the changes he suggests but the new system is even more inequitable than the old one and hurts the players, free agents and draftees while further lining owners' pockets. i say give more money to the beer and food vendors if anyone and spread the wealth around a bit more.

Tom (StL)

If anyone is ever going to be a unanimous choice to the HOF, it will be Greg Maddux.

Johnny (Michigan)

I would think Ken Griffey Jr. should be the first unamious choice. He has the stats and is the poster boy for being clean in the steroid era.

Drew (PA) [via mobile]

How much have Peds affected the game? It clearly has changed the way we think about players

David Schoenfield
  (1:35 PM)

Working on a big post on this for tomorrow. Check out the blog!

Mitch (NC)

BJ Upton caught fire in the second half of the season in a stadium he know, a coach he was used to, a salary that was comfortable, and not in front of his family every game. He's been hitting a good number of singles lately, but I don't see any kind of surge in power. What do you think?

David Schoenfield
  (1:37 PM)

I'm not watching him like you are but I don't really see any signs of improvement. Bad April and May, good June, bad/injured in July, and a few singles in August. Too early to say that's suddenly found his stroke.

Charles (San Jose)

How certain should we be that Jeter and/or Rivera is clean?

Morris (Pgh, PA)

Not saying it's true in Trout's case, but hitting and pitching performance fluctuates from year to year ... why wouldn't fielding performance fluctuate from year to year or even month to month or game to game?

David Schoenfield
  (1:39 PM)

Sure, I think it can; just that 35 runs seems like of fluctuation to me. But the way Defensive Runs Saved system works is that a few botched routine plays can hurt quite a bit and I gather that's what happened, in part, to Trout this year. Mark Simon wrote a piece on his defense for the SweetSpot blog several weeks ago. Helps explain a little what's happened to him this year.

Matt (Seattle)

Enough with the Pirates loss... they're still in first. How about two days of crushing losses for the O's: are they done?

David Schoenfield
  (1:40 PM)

Yeah, that game got lost in the Pirates loss and Goldschmidt's heroics, but great point. Eight blown saves for Jim Johnson now. Pretty brutal. But, no, I don't think they're done. AL races still very wide open.

Jon (Bozeman, MT)

Call me jaded, but there will never be a unanimous choice for the HOF because there will always be somebody that says "if (fill in name) wasn't a unanimous choice, neither is (fill in name)".

David Schoenfield
  (1:40 PM)

Sad but true.

Chris (Nevada)

Couldn't defense be more prone to luck than anything else? IE pre-pitch positioning, good reads/bad reads, where the balls happen to be hit. Is it possible the numbers are accurate, defense just happens to be wildly inconsistent and volatile?

David Schoenfield
  (1:42 PM)

Definitely. For the most part, the advances metrics are pretty consistent from year to year, with Trout's case being an extreme outlier. UZR, by the way, has him at +2 compared to 13 last year, so nowhere the split of DRS.

Tom (StL)

Morris makes a good point - defensive performance does fluctuate, we just have a hard time conceptualizing that it does.

Christopher (Redding, CA)

The A's have a lot of issues two are Coco Crisp's health and Jed Lowrie. How bad is Jed Lowrie's defense at shortstop? Can the A's really win the AL West, let alone make the playoffs, with Lowrie at SS and Coco's wrist injury?

David Schoenfield
  (1:46 PM)

Lowrie definitely below average defensively -- just doesn't have the range to be a topflight SS. His DRS is -15, which has to rank near the bottom of full-time shortstops. He's not my optimal shortstop, but you can still win with him. Crisp is huge, I think ... Chris Young has been terrible and Crisp, when he was right early on, really made that offense go.

Gilbert (Los Angeles )

Wouldn't Pedro Martinez have a case for unanimous enshrinement given he had his best years during the peak PED years? It would seem like a cause that the writers would love to get behind.

David Schoenfield
  (1:46 PM)

But he didn't get 300 wins, so there's a large of voters right there who will dismiss him.

Quint (Indy, IN)

Ken Griffey is the perfect example why PEDs should not affect HOF voting - not sure why everyone considers him clean and condeming others with no proof of PEDs (Sosa, Piazza etc)

Tarek (NYC)

Can Kershaw and Greinke pull a Randy and Schilling from 2001 in the playoffs and WS?

David Schoenfield
  (1:47 PM)

The Dodgers just need their Tony Womack.

Mike (Colorado)

David, I don't quite understand this recent massive devaluation of RBIs. Yes, they're partially a function of where one hits in the batting order, and how many runners are on base, but if (not to pick on Pete Kozma) Pete Kozma was a reliable RBI guy, he'd be hitting in Allen Craig's place in the batting order. Do you see my point?

David Schoenfield
  (1:48 PM)

Sure, but I think the problems arises primarily when people say Brandon Phillips and Prince Fielder are having good seasons because they have a lot of RBIs. They've also batted with the most runners on base.

Jerry (Rapid City)

The Mets make the playoffs in (insert year here).

David Schoenfield
  (1:49 PM)

I've been to Rapid City! Home of former Mariners great Dave Collins. Mets ... rotation could be very good in 2015. I'll say playoffs in 2016.

Charles (San Jose)

Hasn't there been some research that shows that defensive WAR penalizes Red Sox LFers?

David Schoenfield
  (1:51 PM)

I should know the answer to that, but I'm not sure. Could be the case, although on the other hand since they get to play more shallow they also "prevent" more runners from advancing an extra base, which shows up somewhere their rating.

Rick (Hamilton, VA)

Dave, what do you make of the Werth-Gio jawboning in the dugout during last night's game?

David Schoenfield
  (1:52 PM)

I would say being 58-60 has a lot to do with it. Frustration boiling over.

Tarek (NYC)

So I take it you want a A's vs Pirates WS? I know we talked about a 79 rematch (O's and Pitt) but The A's may even out small market the Rays.

David Schoenfield
  (1:54 PM)

I do like to see new blood. Mostly, I just like to see great postseason baseball. But the Pirates would be a great story. So would seeing Kershaw and Puig in the World Series. Ahh, who am I kidding ... sure, I'd like see the Pirates make it.

Quint (Indy, IN)

Aren't the Cubs supposed to make the playoffs by 2016 and Marlins as well not all teams can make it in a few years

David Schoenfield
  (1:55 PM)

Good point! Maybe it will be Marlins, Mets, Cubs, Pirates (dynasty!) and ... no, not the Padres.

Ian (OK)

To answer Charles (San Jose) - HBT wrote an article years back that two places - Fenway's monster and the metrodome's baggy - affected how defensive metrics were calculated.

Murray Chass (blogging in the basement)

@Quint - I saw acne on Mike Piazza's back, therefore he used PEDS. QED.

John (Los Angeles)

Pete Rose bet on games as a manager, but not as a player, right? Ted Williams had a .429 winning percentage as a manager, no one holds that against him as a HoF player. Rose was a HoF player, and arguably the worst manager in MLB history. But most inductees go in as either a player or a manager. Induct Rose into the HoF as a player, problem solved.

David Schoenfield
  (1:56 PM)

Can you imagine the crowd that would attend if Rose is ever elected? They'd be lined up from Cooperstown to Cincinnati.

Adam (Tempe)

Thoughts on Uggla?

David Schoenfield
  (1:57 PM)

He just realized now that he can't see? OK ... they say he'll be back in 15 days, so I guess: Why not?

Keary (Margaretville, NY)

Do you feel Jack Clark is just a shoot-from-hip guy or maybe just trying to boost ratings?

David Schoenfield
  (1:59 PM)

Don't know Jack Clark, never listened to the show, so no idea. But when he was playing he was basically known as, well, a jerk. Not the most-liked guy in baseball. There was a Sports Illustrated piece from 1991 (I think) talking about all his transgressions that ticked people off. So this is just par for the course. Awesome hitter though.

Mike P (Greater KC Metro)

Loved the piece you did on the blog about the royals... they traded for another infielder today for depth... If the injury bug keeps up is that the only thing to derail the royals who are playing the best ball they have played in 25+ years

Ben (U-District, Seattle)

Great question Jerry! When do our M's make the playoffs?

David Schoenfield
  (2:01 PM)

I hate to say it ... M's look a long way off. How many GOOD players do they have? Felix, Iwakuma, Seager, I like Miller and Franklin. That's five. Smoak has been pretty good lately, but we'll see. No outfielders, no rotation depth, Hultzen hurt, Walker still learning, bullpen sort of a disaster.

Matt (Steinway)

50 million dollar question: Do the Mets owners spend real money this winter, and if not, does Alderson quit? If that happens, does Selig allow the Wilpons to stay?

David Schoenfield
  (2:02 PM)

Yep, that's the question. Mets and Mariners both could really use Ellsbury. I'm sure the M's will bid (he's from Oregon). Will the Mets? No idea. (And, yes, Wilpon is a Selig guy.)

Roger (OH)

Officially time to give up on my Tribe yet? Watching them these past couple weeks has been tough, to say the least, but insanely they're still only 3.5 back from the 2nd Wildcard. If you had to put a % on it, what are the odds that the Tribe catches at least 2 of Baltimore, Tampa, and/or Oakland and holds off KC to grab a WC spot? I sure as heck wouldn't bet on it, but (much) crazier things have happened.

David Schoenfield
  (2:03 PM)

Hate to say it, but right now I'd put them at that bottom of that list. I think they've gotten the absolute most out of that rotation so far and the offense just hasn't kicked into another gear. I have trouble seeing how they'll play better these final weeks.

B Mand (Sarasota, FL)

What kind of contract do you see Ellsbury getting this offseason?

David Schoenfield
  (2:04 PM)

Turns 30 in September. I could see 5 years, $80 million or so.

David Schoenfield
  (2:05 PM)

In other words, similar to what B.J. Upton got -- 5 years, $75 million.

Andrew (WI)

I keep seeing comparisons between PED use and gambling being talked about the past few weeks....let me just say one thing. No matter which one you think is worse, it doesn't mean that one is OK and the other isn't. It may or may not be fair to Pete Rose that his punishment is longer than the PED punishments, but that doesn't change the fact that his punishment is still deserved. Just because others get a lucky break in your eyes doesn't mean you get the same lucky break.

Matt (Steinway)

I think Ichiro should be a first ballot hall of famer. It is the BASEBALL hall, not the MLB hall, and nobody has had a career like Ichiro. And if you think there'd be a line around the city for Pete Rose, can you imagine what it'll be like when Ichiro gets in?

John (Cincinnati, OH)

I have heard many times that a drug test is not a drug test, it is an IQ test. Cheaters are always going to be miles ahead of tests. Should I just assume every player is on something?

Keary (Margaretville, NY)

Didn't Boomer Wells say he'd "jump out a window" (or something outrageous) if Jeter was juiced?

John (Cincinnati, OH)

So Jack Clark is not a great guy? Big deal. A quick look at the aging/decline of Pujols and something seems to not fit. Prospect from nowhere, come to MLB and is historic out of the gate. Then a decline that is earlier than age curve suggests. Rumors abound on Pujols being older than stated age. Lie about your age, why not lie about other things?

David Schoenfield
  (2:09 PM)

I guess my point was Jack Clark has a long history of saying crazy ----. Plus, didn't he say he was told this by the trainer in 2000? Pujols was still a minor leaguer then. Appears to be some holes in the story. As for Pujols aging, I disagree. Not that abnormal of a career path. Many great players started declining in their early 30s. Check out Jimmie Foxx, Eddie Mathews, to name two sluggers.

George (NY)

"...Mets Owners spend real money this winter..." - hahahahahahahaahahah. No chance. They are still in the hole to Madoff trust for 10s of Millions.

Adam (Orlando)

Don't forget that Rapid City is also home to current Dodgers 2nd baseman Mark Ellis

Garrett (Washington, DC)

Are the Dodgers going to come back to Earth? Diamondbacks still have 7 games to play against them. Race isn't over yet...right? Plus AZ has 4 more against the Reds to catch them for the WC. What are the Fighting Goldschmidts' odds of making the playoffs?

David Schoenfield
  (2:11 PM)

It does seem that every year we get that one late charge, so maybe Arizona it is. They were my pick to win the division back in March; I don't think that will happen but I give them a 15 percent chance of catching the Reds.

Brint (Wichita)

Who are some of your favorite baseball analysts on television whether it be on Baseball Tonight or MLB Network?

David Schoenfield
  (2:12 PM)

One guy who is really good is David Cone. Does Yankees games. Not sure if he's in line for a national gig but he's very good and into some of the advanced metrics as well.

Mike Ho (Hong Kong)

Do you still like the A's to outlast the Rangers?

David Schoenfield
  (2:13 PM)

I'm becoming less confident with that pick each day, especially if Colon has some kind of back issue flaring up here.

Dale (KY)

I am not a Pujols fan (actually a Cubs fan), but I don't buy it. He has a chronic foot problem that is stopping him from producing. Plain and simple. I would be truly surprised if he was a user.

David Schoenfield
  (2:15 PM)

Right, the foot injury destroyed this season. Look, we all know he's not the player he once was. I think the evidence is clear that his bat has slowed in recent seasons and he's tried to compensate by expanding the strike zone (probably guessing more often) and that's hurt his average and walk rate. Also went to a tougher pitcher's park and a tougher division.

Brint (Wichita)

@John in Cincy: Would you rather have Pujols age like Bonds and keep hitting at historic levels into his 40's? Not saying Pujols is clean or not, but you are supposed to get worse as you age

Dale (KY)

I say the Cubs should trade Samardzija and Wood this offseason for nearly ready pitching prospects. What would you do?

David Schoenfield
  (2:18 PM)

Samardzija's value has taken a tumble lately, no? I know why the Cubs would consider dealing those guys; at the same time, at some point you need major league pitchers and not minor league pitchers. And I doubt Wood brings a big return; he's the kind of guy teams will also be skeptical about because he doesn't have big velocity.

Jeremy (Arlington)

@John in Cincinnatti...why was your HBO show canceled? it even had zach morris from saved by the bell on it

John (Cincinnati, OH)

@ Brint In your mid-late 30's I agree. Look at his last 4 seasons.

John (Los Angeles)

Re: Andrew (WI), uh, no, if the punishment isn't fair to Rose (in relation to PEDs), that absolutely does call into question whether the punishment is deserved. Unfair punishment is excessive and undeserved.

Paul (Albany, OR)

Please remind Garrett in DC that while the Dodgers are likely to come back to earth they will do so with a 7.5 game lead. The Diamondbacks have been a .500 team all year, and have won many games with heroics that are just as "not likely" as the Dodgers historic run.

John (Cincinnati, OH)

Re: Foxx and Mathews. So you argument is to use guys who played before 1960? The live expectancy of that era was probably late 50's. Today it is mid 70's. They are not even comparable to modern players. Different time, different world.

David Schoenfield
  (2:20 PM)

Mo Vaughn, Griffey, Dale Murphy, Jim Rice, Ryan Howard ...

AA (Atown)

I'm not lying...Nick Punto is playing really well in Hanley's place. Him and Shomemaker drive 45 miles together everyday to the park. Call that whip the SPUNKMOBILE!!!

David Schoenfield
  (2:21 PM)

Do they live in the middle of the ocean or something?

Tarek (NYC)

7 more games between Dbacks and Dodgers? Do we get to see Mattingly and Mac beat up on Gibson and Matt Williams again?

Greg (LA)

Need PIT to make the World Series - just so we can see 65 year old Sister Sledge on top of the dugout singing "We Are Family".

Alex (London)

Brief comment to Jack, Albert Pujols isn't done yet, who knows perhaps he comes back with a great year next year. Good players can have down years

Dale (KY)

There are about 26 teams that would like to have Travis Wood this year. Can't believe teams are that reliant on velocity, especially for a lefty. Wood throws harder than Ted Lilly and he has had a pretty good career and pitched in some pretty good rotations.

David Schoenfield
  (2:22 PM)

Well, not saying teams wouldn't want him, just that I don't think the Mariners (for example) are going to trade Taijuan Walker to get him.

Soap (Maine)

You're going into Keith Law's chat time! Two chats is too much!

David Schoenfield
  (2:23 PM)

I can't compete with Klaw! Let's call it a day then. Good stuff. I may have to write a blog on Pujols and his aging curve as well as that 5-WAR thing. Thanks, everyone!

David Schoenfield
  (2:24 PM)

I can't compete with Klaw! Let's call it a day then. Good stuff. I may have to write a blog on Pujols and his aging curve as well as that 5-WAR thing. Thanks, everyone!

David Schoenfield
  (2:24 PM)

I can't compete with Klaw! Let's call it a day then. Good stuff. I may have to write a blog on Pujols and his aging curve as well as that 5-WAR thing. Thanks, everyone!

David Schoenfield
  (2:24 PM)

I can't compete with Klaw! Let's call it a day then. Good stuff. I may have to write a blog on Pujols and his aging curve as well as that 5-WAR thing. Thanks, everyone!

David Schoenfield
  (2:24 PM)

I can't compete with Klaw! Let's call it a day then. Good stuff. I may have to write a blog on Pujols and his aging curve as well as that 5-WAR thing. Thanks, everyone!