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Gonfalon Cubs: Regrets

Even though I was one of the people saying the Cubs should move on from Maddon, now that it’s official I find myself second-guessing how strongly I thought it was the right move.  Obviously, my opinion doesn’t matter at all and this would be the reality regardless of how I felt, but now I feel much less sure that it was the right move.  Maybe I’m just being nostalgic for how great those 5 years were.  I always bristled at the general (or non-Cubs) fan who said keeping Maddon was a no-brainer ...

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Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: September 30, 2019 at 09:21 AM | 114 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Let’s Get On With It

In 147 days the 2020 Boston Red Sox will open their spring slate against long time rivals Northeastern University.  By the time that happens it is likely that much will be changed from the 2019 Red Sox.  I don’t think I am being an unreasonable homer when I say I feel optimistic about the team.  Yes some things are in flux but there is a remarkable amount of talent on hand and I expect the Sox to be around the midpoint of last year’s 108 wins and this years 83/84/85 (depending on today and ...

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Jose is an Absurd Time Cube Posted: September 28, 2019 at 10:13 AM | 14 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1920 Ballot

For 1920 each voter should rank the top 10 players from all leagues combined.
Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 2 October 2019.
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 1 October 2019.
For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: September 23, 2019 at 04:42 PM | 24 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: Approaching the Finish Line

Walks asked for an end-of-season thread, and here it is.

The weekend Pirates series was a red-hot mess: a sweep where the Cubs scored more runs (47) than in any three-game series in the modern era. They broke their all-time team record for HR in a season as well. But every rainbow has a brown lining: Anthony Rizzo turned his ankle yesterday, so his future at this point is unknown. An MRI is scheduled for today.

The Cubs have gained ground, now two back of the Cardinals in the NL Central, and ...

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Andere Richtingen Posted: September 16, 2019 at 08:31 AM | 137 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Lining up the Minors - End of Season Edition

With the minor league season over and the Sox having punted GM Dave Dombrowski to the curb (I wonder if GMs do that awkward thing where they get together over lunch to get some of their things they left at the owners house like exes).  Anyway, that wasn’t a complete sentence where was I?

Oh yeah, minor league season over, Dombrowski unemployed…and a lot of focus on the future of the Sox.  Some of that future is going to be driven by folks in the minor leagues.  The title of the post has a ...

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Jose is an Absurd Time Cube Posted: September 14, 2019 at 10:27 AM | 1 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Dave Dombrowski Fired

I don’t have a lot to say on this at the late hour but the title kind of covers it and it deserves a thread. After four plus seasons, three division titles and 108 win season capped with a World Series title the Sox have let GM (I don’t care what his title was, that’s what he was) go. Eddie Romero (not that one) will take over for now.

What the next step will be is obviously the big question. The first job of the next person will be to make Mookie Betts unspeakably rich. Beyond that the ...

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Jose is an Absurd Time Cube Posted: September 09, 2019 at 12:16 AM | 27 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1920 Discussion

Babe Ruth became a Yankee in January.

The Negro National League was founded in February with teams in Chicago, Cincinnati, Dayton, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City and St. Louis.

In July Walter Johnson threw his only no-hitter.

In August Ray Chapman was hit by a Carl Mays pitch and killed.

The Chicago American Giants won the first pennant in the Negro National League.

The Cleveland Indians defeated the Brooklyn Robins in the World Series 5 games to 2.

In November Kenesaw Mountain ...

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DL from MN Posted: September 06, 2019 at 05:38 PM | 15 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1919 Results

Congratulations to Babe Ruth, our 1919 Most Meritorious Player! This is his first MMP award.

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Babe Ruth	99	7	6
Walter Johnson	95	7	1
Eddie Cicotte	73	6	0
Bobby Veach	52	5	0
Pete Alexander	51	6	0
Dick Redding	49	5	0
Dick Whitworth	47	4	0
Hippo Vaughn	45	5	0
Oscar Charleston	39	3	0
Ty Cobb	33	4	0
Rogers Hornsby	21	3	0
Joe Jackson	15	2	0
Joe Williams	14	1	0
Edd Roush	13	2	0
Stan Coveleski	12	2	0
Heinie Groh	11	1	0
Babe Adams	11	1	0
George Sisler	11	1	0
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DL from MN Posted: September 04, 2019 at 04:12 PM | 5 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: One Month to the Playoffs

Why yes, with 28 games to go the defending World Series Champion Boston Red Sox are still playing baseball games and in fact they are playing baseball games that matter!  The magic number to win a fourth consecutive AL East title is just 43!

OK OK, I’m willing to concede that their division chances have probably dipped a shade below 50% (though a sweep against the Yankees next weekend and just make up another 11 1/2 games…) but the Wild Card is still doable.  The 5 1/2 game deficit, while ...

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Jose is an Absurd Time Cube Posted: August 30, 2019 at 03:36 PM | 15 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1919 Ballot

For 1919 each voter should rank the top 10 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 4 September 2019.

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 3 September 2019.
For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: August 26, 2019 at 10:15 AM | 9 comment(s)
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