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Hall of Merit: Mock 2018 Today’s Game Hall of Fame Ballot

Candidates

Harold Baines
Albert Belle
Joe Carter
Will Clark
Orel Hershiser
Davey Johnson
Charlie Manuel
Lou Piniella
Lee Smith
George Steinbrenner

See full descriptions here

Vote for zero to four candidates

Voting will end Friday 11/16/2017 at 1pm EST

DL from MN Posted: November 12, 2018 at 01:05 PM | 45 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: The Greatest Red Sox Team…EVER!!!!

With all due respect to the speech by Curtis Montague Schilling (R-RI) after the 2004 World Series title this truly is the greatest Red Sox team ever.  They laid waste to the American League during the regular season winning a team record 108 games, then blitzed the 100 win second place Yankees in four games, ran through the defending World Series champion 103 win Astros in five games then put the smack down on the two time National League champion Dodgers in five to close it out.

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Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: October 28, 2018 at 11:31 PM | 76 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1948 Ballot

For 1948 each voter should rank the top 10 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 7 November 2018.

Anyone can vote, even if you do not normally participate in Hall of Merit discussions. If you have never participated in an MMP election, just post a preliminary ballot in the discussion thread by 6 Nov 2018.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: October 26, 2018 at 11:19 AM | 15 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Let’s Get World Serious!

So here we go.  The rematch 102 years in the making as the Dodgers look to get revenge for the pain inflicted by Babe Ruth (imagine waiting a century to overcome some kind of pain inflicted by Babe Ruth, losers).  This should be a humdinger of a series with the two best teams in their respective leagues in my opinion doing battle.  There are plenty of questions worth considering;

1. Will Mookie Betts play second base?

This is going to get a fair amount of attention but I suspect it is not ...

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Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: October 21, 2018 at 07:23 PM | 69 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: American League Champions!!!!

The title says it all.  They dominated the American League for 162 games and now they’ve laid waste to two 100 win teams going 7-2 including an unbelievable 5-0 on the road.  And now 5 days off before hosting game one.

Not a lot to say right now.  Jackie Bradley Jr. is a deserving MVP, not only did he have big numbers he had them at big moments.  Beyond that, it was great to see redemption for guys like David Price who was BRILLIANT and Craig Kimbrel who pitched as well as he has in a ...

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Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: October 19, 2018 at 12:02 AM | 32 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: ALCS Thoughts

Not sure you’ve heard but the Boston Red Sox are in the American League Championship Series!  Yeah, that’s got a nice ring to it for the three time defending AL East Champions.  The path to a World Series doesn’t get much easier as the Houston Astros come to town to start things off tonight.  Captain Obvious stopped by to note that the Astros are really really really good.  But of course so are the 108+3 win Red Sox so I expect a tight, well played series.  The nice and fun thing about this ...

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Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: October 13, 2018 at 10:40 AM | 94 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 2018 Discussion

The election will take place after the postseason is completed and end 5, December 2018. Vote for 15.

Player			WS	bWAR
Mookie Betts		38.8	10.9
Mike Trout		38.2	10.2
Matt Chapman		25.6	8.2
Francisco Lindor	31.6	7.9
Jose Ramirez		29.8	7.9
Christian Yelich	34.5	7.6
Lorenzo Cain		24.9	6.9
Alex Bregman		35.5	6.9
J.D. Martinez		31.9	6.4
Javier Baez		26.1	6.3
Andrelton Simmons	20.5	6.2
Mitch Haniger		29.5	6.1
Freddie Freeman		26.6	6.1
Manny Machado		27.5	5.7
Nolan Arenado		28.2	5.6
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DL from MN Posted: October 11, 2018 at 06:21 PM | 7 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Damage Done

Bring on the Astros!!!

Good lord I’m not going to sleep tonight.  That game certainly was the opposite of what I expected, the bullpen was brilliant except for Craig Kimbrel but he was good enough…just.  Some quick notes as the strains of New York, New York keeps pounding in the Sox clubhouse.

- Alex Cora 1, Us Idiots on the Internet 0 - Ian Kinsler and Eduardo Nunez both had solid games and Nunez made a heck of a play to end it.  Full credit to Steve Pearce for a terrific stretch on that ...

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Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: October 09, 2018 at 11:48 PM | 46 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1947 Results

Congratulations to Ted Williams, the unanimous Most Meritorious Player of 1947!

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Ted Williams	120	8	8
Ralph Kiner	106	8	0
Warren Spahn	100	8	0
Johnny Mize	83	8	0
Ewell Blackwell	79	7	0
Lou Boudreau	74	7	0
Bob Elliott	57	6	0
Joe Gordon	46	6	0
Joe DiMaggio	35	4	0
Hal Newhouser	32	4	0
Pee Wee Reese	23	3	0
Dutch Leonard	14	2	0
Bob Feller	12	1	0
Augie Galan	10	1	0
Harry Walker	10	1	0
Tommy Henrich	8	1	0
Whitey Kurowski	7	1	0
Vern Stephens	6	1	0
Don Newcombe	6	1	0
George ...
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DL from MN Posted: October 08, 2018 at 10:13 AM | 6 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1948 Results

Congratulations to our 1948 Most Meritorious Player Stan Musial!

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Stan Musial	118	8	6
Lou Boudreau	111	8	1
Ted Williams	105	8	1
Harry Brecheen	87	8	0
Joe DiMaggio	78	8	0
Johnny Sain	71	7	0
Johnny Mize	55	6	0
Bob Elliott	42	5	0
Ken Keltner	29	3	0
Ralph Kiner	28	4	0
Hal Newhouser	24	3	0
Joe Gordon	23	3	0
Luke Easter	20	2	0
Tommy Henrich	20	3	0
Bob Lemon	14	2	0
Richie Ashburn	9	1	0
Gene Bearden	6	1	0
DL from MN Posted: October 08, 2018 at 10:09 AM | 4 comment(s)
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