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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...
27 comment(s)Posted: August 25, 2011 at 02:59 AM |
Gonfalon Cubs: GM CandidatesNow 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...
84 comment(s)Posted: August 22, 2011 at 05:29 PM |
Notes in a Minor Key: Draft signingsToday'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.
63 comment(s)Posted: August 15, 2011 at 07:30 PM |
Hall of Merit: 1963: Most Meritorious Player: ResultsThere'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 ...Read More...
14 comment(s)Posted: August 10, 2011 at 08:33 PM |
Hall of Merit: 1964 Most Meritorious Player: DiscussionIn 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...
89 comment(s)Posted: August 10, 2011 at 04:18 AM |
Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1963 BallotHere 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...
32 comment(s)Posted: July 29, 2011 at 04:44 PM |
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...
Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1962 ResultCongratulations 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.
22 comment(s)Posted: July 19, 2011 at 12:40 AM |
Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player 1963 discussionAfter 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...
149 comment(s)Posted: July 08, 2011 at 08:34 PM |
Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player 1962 BallotHere 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...
40 comment(s)Posted: July 01, 2011 at 07:12 PM |