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Sox Therapy: Unacceptable

Well the good news is they aren’t dead yet but at this point pretending the 2019 Boston Red Sox are going to mount any kind of defense of their 2018 World Series title is a fool’s errand to say the least.  The simple reality is the pitching has been a complete disaster and frankly it’s a bit of a shocker.  From top to bottom they have underperformed and I can’t help but feel like this falls heavily on the shoulders of Alex Cora and management in general (both above and below him) for ...

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Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: August 04, 2019 at 09:41 PM | 52 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1918 Ballot

For 1918 each voter should rank the top 10 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 7 August 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 6 August 2019.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: July 29, 2019 at 01:03 PM | 10 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: Taking the current temperature

Starting a new thread, as it’s way overdue.  I’m not sure I have that many original thoughts, so I’m going to steal some comments from the last thread here.

First thing on my mind is the ridiculous home/road splits.  I haven’t updated these since I originally posted them before the Brewers series, but nothing has really changed and the 2 losses fit the general theme.  The Cubs are 10 under .500 on the road; if they were just .500 on the road they’d have a 5 game lead in the division instead of ...

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Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: July 29, 2019 at 11:03 AM | 387 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: That’s What We Have Been Waiting For

It took nearly two thirds of the season but the defending World Champions finally showed up and played the way we have been expecting since day one.  Faced with a rich challenge against Tampa Bay and then New York the Sox took care of business about as well as could have been hoped going 5-2 and showing their talent in a way they have not for most of the season.  Despite the good performance some concerns still exist that cannot be dismissed out of hand.  To wit;

Monday - 2IP, 4 runs
Tuesday - ...

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Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: July 29, 2019 at 10:15 AM | 11 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: A Disappointing First Half

With the Sox at the unofficial halfway point of the 2019 championship season I think it is safe to say they have not defended their World Series title particularly well so far.  In fairness some of that is down to the amazing first half the Miami Marlins…oh wait, New York Yankees have had (I get those teams with only one World Series title this century confused).  They have been remarkable and opened up a nine game lead on our heroes in the division.  Past defenses of World Series titles have ...

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Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: July 11, 2019 at 11:28 AM | 28 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1917 Results

Congratulations to Ty Cobb - our unanimous pick for 1917 Most Meritorious Player!

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Ty__ Cobb	105	7	7
Pete Alexander	89	7	0
Eddie Cicotte	83	7	0
Rogers Hornsby	74	6	0
Joe Williams	66	7	0
Tris Speaker	66	7	0
Ray Chapman	33	4	0
Babe Ruth	28	3	0
Heinie Groh	26	3	0
Jim Bagby	22	3	0
Louis Santop	20	2	0
Dick Redding	20	2	0
John H Lloyd	19	2	0
Art Fletcher	17	2	0
Stan Coveleski	16	2	0
Walter Johnson	12	1	0
Crist Torriente	10	1	0
Bobby Veach	8	1	0
John Donaldson	8	1	0
Joe ...
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DL from MN Posted: July 09, 2019 at 10:14 AM | 5 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1918 Discussion

By the end of the season over 250 players were participating in military service for World War I. The exodus of players accelerated in July and MLB shut down in September to support the war effort.

The Boston Red Sox defeated the Chicago Cubs in the World Series four games to two in the only World Series to take place entirely in September. It is also one of the lowest scoring World Series ever played with the Red Sox winning despite scoring only 9 runs.

Rube Foster’s Chicago American Giants ...

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DL from MN Posted: July 02, 2019 at 02:46 PM | 12 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1917 Ballot

For 1917 each voter should rank the top 10 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 3 July 2019. (Let me know if you need an extension due to the holiday)

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 2 July 2019.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: June 27, 2019 at 05:51 PM | 8 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Has A Corner Been Turned?

Is it finally happening for the 2019 Red Sox? Are they finally starting to pull it together and be the team they should be?  For the third time this season they have won a series against a club over .500 taking two out of three from the best in the AL Twins (and wow is that odd to read).  This coming on the heels of five straight against Texas and Baltimore (the latter of which is very nearly as good as a Major League team) and the Sox are a season best six games over .500.

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Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: June 20, 2019 at 07:29 PM | 21 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1917 Discussion

The Chicago White Sox defeated the New York Giants in the World Series four games to two.

As the season went on many players enlisted in military service for World War I. John Thorn lists 76 players enlisted in 1917.

The “Colored Championship” exhibition featured the Chicago American Giants and the New York Lincoln Stars despite the fact that the New York Lincoln Giants were the best team in the East.

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Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Ty Cobb			46.8		11.3
Rogers Hornsby		37.0		9.9
Tris ...
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DL from MN Posted: June 06, 2019 at 04:41 PM | 16 comment(s)
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