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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1966 Discussion

1966 was the first season of major-league baseball in a Deep South city as the Braves moved from Milwaukeeto Atlanta.
  In the American League, once again the race ended rather early, with Baltimore taking the top spot in June. Although Detroit, the eventual third-place finisher, got as close as a game-and-a-half towards the end of June, the fell further and further behind as the season progressed. At the end they finished ten games out, and were passed on the day before the season ended by ...

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fra paolo Posted: October 04, 2011 at 03:01 AM | 82 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Thank You Terry Francona

It appears that, per NESN, Terry Francona is out as the manager of the Boston Red Sox. Someone had suggested that we have a “Thank You Terry Francona” thread and that sounds like a good idea. Thanks Terry, you were at the helm during the most successful period for the Red Sox during my lifetime. It couldn’t have been easy, and for whatever small criticism I might have had over the years, you deserve the credit for those accomplishments. Good luck in whatever you choose to do next.

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Darren Posted: September 30, 2011 at 10:25 PM | 59 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1965 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 Major League Baseball (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 ...Read More...
fra paolo Posted: September 26, 2011 at 07:41 PM | 35 comment(s)
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SABR - BBTF Chapter: Save the Date: 2012 SABR Convention in Minneapolis

Our next national convention will be held June 27-July 1, 2012, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins are scheduled to play host to the Kansas City Royals in a weekend series at Target Field, which opened in 2010. In addition, a trip is tentatively planned to see a St. Paul Saints minor league game.
It wasn't the weekend that I would have preferred (too close to Paula's birthday) but we'll make it work.
Mike Emeigh Posted: September 15, 2011 at 01:37 AM | 36 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1964 Results

Congratulations to Willie Mays, who was 1964's Most Meritorious Player by a substantial majority.
                  1     2     3     4     5     6     7     8     9     10     Pts
Willie Mays       11    2                                                      193
Dick Allen         2    6     3     2                                          177
Ron Santo               3     5     3     1                                    154
Dean Chance             1     5     2     1     2     2 ...
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fra paolo Posted: September 09, 2011 at 12:16 AM | 11 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1965 Discussion

In the American League, a long era of Yankee dominance was ended when the Minnesota Twins grabbed the pennant. The race retained its rather one-sided flavour in that Minnesota were clearly the team to beat. After 4 July, they were never out of first place. However, their strongest challenger varied throughout the season. Chicago took the role at first, then Baltimore and Cleveland. Baltimore managed to sustain their challenge for longest, but after a brief run for the top by Detroit, it was ...Read More...
fra paolo Posted: September 08, 2011 at 02:12 AM | 73 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1964 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 Major League Baseball (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 ...Read More...
fra paolo Posted: August 29, 2011 at 02:45 PM | 39 comment(s)
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Transaction Oracle: Saying Goodbye to Flanny

I never got to meet Mike Flanagan. I have no stories about Flanagan, no interesting anecdotes about him, just the lingering emotional attachment that comes with rooting for a sports team when you're a little kid. I was born in 1978, so I was too young to remember Mike Flanagan at his best as a pitcher. But he was a part of the first sports team I was old enough to follow over the course of an entire season, the 1983 Orioles. It was a pretty good year to become a fan, this being the last ...Read More...
Dan Szymborski Posted: August 25, 2011 at 02:59 AM | 27 comment(s)
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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 ...Read More...
HMS Moses Taylor 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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