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Gonfalon Cubs: GM Candidates

Now that the Cubs have finally fired Jim Hendry, I thought it’d be a good time to see if this blog thing still works.  I’ve decided to create a thread listing the potential candidates, and anytime I see any sort of update, I’ll put it in this thread.  If I miss a story, please feel free to add it yourself.

The early candidates include:
Billy Beane
Brian Cashman
Andrew Friedman
Rick Hahn.

Buster Olney mentioned on BBTN last night that he believes the top 3 are the Cubs top choices, while a lot ...

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Fear is Moses Taylor's Bacon Bits Posted: August 22, 2011 at 05:29 PM | 84 comment(s)
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Notes in a Minor Key: Draft signings

Today’s the last day that 2011 draft picks can be signed. I would expect a rash of announcements as we get close to the midnight deadline.

Post ‘em here.

Mike Emeigh Posted: August 15, 2011 at 07:30 PM | 63 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: 1963: Most Meritorious Player: Results

There's only one result closer than this:
                1    2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   Pts
Sandy Koufax   10    1   5   1                             241
Hank Aaron      5    9   3                                 240
Willie Mays     2    7   7   1                             231
Dick Ellsworth          2   11  3       1                 200
Eddie Mathews               1   7   4   1   1   1   1     159
Dick Groat                  1   2   4       2   3   1     117
Juan Marichal ...
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fra paolo Posted: August 10, 2011 at 08:33 PM | 14 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: 1964 Most Meritorious Player: Discussion

In one of the most exciting seasons in recent years, the pennant races in both leagues went down to the last few days. The American League race featured a three-way tie for first as late as 17 September, with the Yankees, White Sox and Baltimore with a ten-game lead over the rest of the pack. The Yankees took sole control of first place on 19 September, and managed to hang on for the rest of the season. Meanwhile, in the National League, the Phillies had a five-game lead over the Cardinals, ...Read More...
fra paolo Posted: August 10, 2011 at 04:18 AM | 89 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1963 Ballot

Here are the specific rules for this election: Candidate Eligibility: Any North American professional baseball player is eligible for the Most Meritorious Player (MMP) award including players in the top Negro Leagues or independent teams. Voters should consider the player’s on-field contribution to MLB team(s) in that season only. If part of the season was spent outside MLB, that value may be considered as well. However, the player’s on-field contribution should be judged in relation to ...Read More...
fra paolo Posted: July 29, 2011 at 04:44 PM | 32 comment(s)
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Notes in a Minor Key: ATTN NC TRIANGLE PRIMATES!

You definitely want to see this if you can:
Tampa Bay Rays' left-hander Matthew Moore, the top pitching prospect in all of Minor League Baseball according to Baseball America and ESPN, is expected to join the Bulls on Friday and start that evening for Durham against the Toledo Mud Hens at 7:05 PM at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The 22-year old has spent the entire season at Double-A Montgomery, where he was 8-3 with a 2.20 ERA and a league-leading 131 strikeouts in 102.1 innings pitched. ...Read More...
Mike Emeigh Posted: July 22, 2011 at 03:39 PM | 5 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1962 Result

Congratulations to Willie Mays, by unanimous vote the Most Meritorious Player in 1962. During the tally, Tommy Davis' scored highly early on, but later voters swung fourth place to Mickey Mantle, in what was the most exciting element in this year's race. While there was substantial consensus about the first seven places, votes began to scatter quite widely for places 8, 9 and 10. Pts 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 ...Read More...
fra paolo Posted: July 19, 2011 at 12:40 AM | 22 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player 1963 discussion

After the dramatic changes of 1961 and 1962, with expansion in both leagues, in 1963 the Major Leagues went through a rather dull patch. The baseball season opened on 8 April 1963. Earlier events of note in the year included the release of The Beatles' first album Please Please Me, the premiere of the manga-based cartoon Astro Boy on Japanese television and Charles De Gaulle's veto of the United Kingdom's application to join the "Common Market" (now the European Union). During the season, ...Read More...
fra paolo Posted: July 08, 2011 at 08:34 PM | 149 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player 1962 Ballot

Here are the specific rules for this election: Candidate Eligibility: Any North American professional baseball player is eligible for the Most Meritorious Player (MMP) award including players in the top Negro Leagues or independent teams. Voters should consider the player’s on-field contribution to MLB team(s) in that season only. If part of the season was spent outside MLB, that value may be considered as well. However, the player’s on-field contribution should be judged in relation to ...Read More...
fra paolo Posted: July 01, 2011 at 07:12 PM | 40 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1962 Discussion

In 1962, the National League followed the American League's 1961 lead and expanded by two teams. They put the Metropolitans in New York, and the Colt .45s in Houston. The National League also gained one of the great stadiums of baseball in the shape of Dodger Stadium, bringing the Dodgers out of the rather inappropriately shaped Coliseum into a purpose-built ballpark. The baseball season opened on 9 April 1962. By then, Gary Powers had been exchanged for a capture Soviet spy, the first K-mart ...Read More...
fra paolo Posted: June 09, 2011 at 03:25 AM | 103 comment(s)
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