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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1915 Ballot

For 1915 each voter should rank the top 10 players from all leagues combined.
Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 1 May 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 30 April 2019.
For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: April 23, 2019 at 12:13 PM | 10 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: A Weekend of Necessity

After kind of seeing their world turned upside down for a few weeks the Red Sox pretty much ticked all the boxes this weekend and more importantly picked up three much needed wins.  It is only April etc…but the reality is that 8 1/2 back at the start of the weekend meant being swept would have put them 11 1/2 out and even simply losing 2 out of 3 would have had them 9 1/2 out.  It is early enough that those are deficits that can be overcome but that would have been a heck of a hole to climb out ...

Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: April 22, 2019 at 08:56 AM | 58 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: We Can Be Concerned Now

There are still 145 games to go in the 2019 season so nothing is certain but unlike 2018 when every test was passed with flying colors the Sox have failed their first test of 2019.  After a gloomy season-opening road trip the Sox returned home and laid a fairly decisive egg.  They went 3-3 against two pretty bad baseball teams and were frankly fortunate to get out of there with the split.  The problems that existed on the road trip remain in place with the rotation showing small signs of ...

Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: April 15, 2019 at 03:33 PM | 64 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: It’s Time To Party!

With apologies to Eck for the title, Tuesday is the day we have all waited for since about 11:15PM on October 28, 2018 when Chris Sale fanned Manny Machado touching off a celebration we have become delightfully accustomed to in recent years.  It is a stunning world I never could have imagined.  “Just one” that’s all I ever wanted.  Let me have that moment once, that moment when every other baseball team looks up and see YOUR team, the team you live and die with dogpiling on the ...

Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: April 07, 2019 at 09:18 PM | 41 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1915 Discussion

The Boston Red Sox beat the Philadelphia Phillies in 1915 which means Boston topped Philly in consecutive seasons with different teams.

The New York Lincoln Stars and Chicago American Giants met in Chicago for a championship series. After four wins apiece the final game of the series was called after four innings with the Lincoln Stars ahead 1-0. Rube Foster of the Chicago American Giants declared the series a tie. The Lincoln Stars claimed a series victory 5 games to 4.

The Chicago Whales ...

DL from MN Posted: April 04, 2019 at 02:39 PM | 19 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1914 Results

Congratulations to Tris Speaker, our 1914 Most Meritorious Player!

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Tris Speaker	116	8	4
Eddie Collins	108	8	3
Walter Johnson	104	8	1
Dutch Leonard	86	8	0
Bill James	66	6	0
Frank Baker	59	7	0
Joe Williams	52	6	0
Pete Alexander	45	5	0
Jose Mendez	25	2	0
Sam Crawford	18	2	0
Benny Kauff	18	2	0
George Burns	17	2	0
JH Lloyd	17	2	0
Ben Taylor	15	2	0
Rabbit Maranville	15	2	0
Jeff Pfeffer	14	2	0
Sherry Magee	11	1	0
Ty Cobb	10	1	0
Cy Falkenberg	9	1	0
Tillie Walker	8	1	0
Gavy ...
DL from MN Posted: April 03, 2019 at 04:12 PM | 3 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: The Future is The Future

As per usual the Red Sox have a loaded minor league system with Baseball America ranking them as having the 29th runner up to the best minor league system.  With that kind of optimism we probably should have a place to chat about the minor leaguers that exist.  Here in easy readable format are guys worth keeping an eye on;

1B - Triston Casas - Greenville - The big lefty was the Sox #1 draft pick last year but got injured just two games into his pro career.  He seemed to be the recipient of ...

Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: April 03, 2019 at 01:37 PM | 6 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: A Bad Short Term Weekend But Long Term?

So the first four games of 2019 were not quite as enjoyable as the last four of 2018, or the first four, or really just about any four.  However, the Sox entered spring training with a plan in place to ease the pitchers into it in hopes that it would pay dividends down the road.  Add the late reports of Xander Bogaerts getting inked to a long term deal and this weekend’s disappointments will likely be a footnote over not just 2019 but the long term.

Xander Bogaerts may not be going anywhere ...

Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: March 31, 2019 at 09:24 PM | 24 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: 2019 Season Predictions

I suck at these, but they’re always fun to revisit after the season to get an idea of my state of mind from Spring Training.

1. Bryant will finish top 3 in the MVP voting.  I’ve been saying for years he was going to put together a truly monster season, and he looked on his way last year before his shoulder injury.  I’m talking something .300+/.420/.600.
2. Rizzo’s 5 year OPS+ stops, and he rebounds to a 140ish OPS+ this year (IOW, staying healthy)
3. Baez will keep most of his gains from last ...

Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: March 27, 2019 at 04:56 PM | 163 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Let’s Get It On

The defending world champion Boston Red Sox hit the field just a bit over 24 hours from now.  A few stray thoughts, bad predictions and general hopes for the coming 7 months;

Breakout Star - Eduardo Rodriguez - People seem to forget that the soon to be 26 year old is already a good Major League pitcher with a career ERA+ of 107.  Reports out of Fort Myers have been overwhelmingly positive and I feel like there is some growing confidence on his part that he genuinely belongs. 

Disappointing ...

Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: March 27, 2019 at 02:15 PM | 16 comment(s)
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