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Gonfalon Cubs: The Final Push

24 games to go.  Cubs still have 8 games left on this 23 straight day stretch, but only 2 more real road trips - DC this weekend and and Phoenix in a couple of weeks; the only other road games are today in Milwaukee and 3 at The Cell.  A 3 game lead is far from comfortable, especially after the way the last 2 games played out, but a win today and leaving with a 4 game lead with 23 left is still quite the enviable position. 

The Cubs went 18-10 in September, and are 10-4 in their last 14, but ...

Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: September 05, 2018 at 10:27 AM | 346 comment(s)
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Jim's Lab Notes: Join Jim’s OOTP League

About six years ago, I invited people to join my league. My request was successful and a few great people became valuable and fun additions to my Whalehead League. Due to a change in our simulation from Dynasty League Baseball (DLB) to Out of the Park Baseball (OOTP), we have three open teams. 

We are a hardcore, dependable, competitive, and funny bunch. If you are dependable, knowledgeable, competitive, and aren’t sensitive to trashtalk, I encourage you to contact me. If you are funny as ...

Jim Furtado Posted: September 05, 2018 at 09:22 AM | 2 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: 11 Days To…Something

While the Red Sox have 32 days and 28 games left in their regular season there is a very good chance that the next 10 games over 11 days will be decisive.  The Sox have a challenging schedule with a seven game road trip against the White Sox and Braves then three at home against Houston.  While this is going on the Yankees will be playing four in Detroit then a challenge of their own with three in Oakland and three in Seattle.  If one team can assert itself during this stretch (or one team ...

Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: August 30, 2018 at 03:45 PM | 49 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1946 Ballot

For 1946 each voter should rank the top 10 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 5 September 2018.

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 4 Sept 2018.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: August 28, 2018 at 05:12 PM | 13 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Finishing Up - The Sox Therapy Concernometer

With 37 games to go starting tonight the Sox have done exactly what they wanted to over the first four and a half months winning games at a staggering rater (.704) and building a rather pleasant 9 1/2 game lead in the division.  As any Red Sox fan will tell you, until the magic number equals zero nothing is definite but the way the Sox have played this year I think any concern about protecting the lead is more relative to the Yankees getting white hot than the Sox slumping.  That is not to say ...

Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: August 20, 2018 at 01:16 PM | 82 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1945 Results

Congratulations to Hal Newhouser, the unanimous MMP in 1945.

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Hal Newhouser	90	6	6
Snuffy Stirnweiss	82	6	0
Tommy Holmes	71	6	0
Stan Hack	57	5	0
Roy Campanella	54	5	0
Phil Cavaretta	52	5	0
Eddie Lake	49	5	0
Jackie Robinson	32	4	0
Nels Potter	30	4	0
Roy Cullenbine	29	3	0
Vern Stephens	16	2	0
Dixie Walker	13	2	0
Steve Gromek	11	1	0
Wally Moses	9	1	0
Josh Gibson	8	1	0
Augie Galan	7	1	0
Hank Wyse	7	1	0
Goody Rosen	7	1	0
Roger Wolff	6	1	0
DL from MN Posted: August 08, 2018 at 03:09 PM | 12 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1946 Discussion

The war is over and Jackie Robinson tears up AAA.

The Cardinals defeated the Red Sox in Ted Williams’ only World Series.

The Newark Eagles with Monte Irvin and Larry Doby starring beat the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro World Series.

Vote for 10.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Ted Williams		50.6		10.9
Stan Musial		45.2		8.6
Johnny Pesky		35.6		6.5
Hank Greenberg		31.0		6.5
Eddie Stanky		27.3		5.8
Bobby Doerr		28.4		5.6
Charlie Keller		30.5		6.1
Pee Wee Reese		26.3		6.0
Luke ...
DL from MN Posted: August 08, 2018 at 12:44 PM | 10 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Extra Special

Boston won in extra innings in each of their last two games, which continues their dominance past the 9th inning. They have an overall .702 winning percentage, and if you applied that to their 11 extra inning games you’d get an expected 7.7 wins. In reality, they’ve actually won… 8.

Hmm. That’s not as interesting as I’d hoped. Instead, let’s take a stroll through those games. There are some good memories.

villageidiom Posted: August 08, 2018 at 09:39 AM | 43 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: The Third Third

Moses remarked that the Cubs under Maddon seem to be a second-half team, which is undeniable. 2015-17 they tallied 149-73, a .671 clip. The worst second-half record they posted in those three years was .662. Not happening so far this second-half—up 4-0 in the first against the Pirates as I type this, the Cubs are 6-7 so far in the second half. But this is against some tough competition: eight of those games against the Cardinals, four against the Diamondbacks, and one against the suddenly scary ...

Andere Richtingen Posted: August 01, 2018 at 07:27 PM | 296 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: What Do We Got?

With the trade deadline come and gone the local nine brought in some reinforcements and prepare for the 55 game sprint to the finish with a 5 game lead in the division.  At an outrageous 75-34 the Sox are on a 111 win pace and even playing .500 ball the rest of the way would put them at 102 wins.  Obviously there is still a lot to play for with the division up for grabs though the Sox have an opportunity this weekend to put a stranglehold on it with the Yankees in town for four games.  Let’s ...

Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: August 01, 2018 at 07:53 AM | 46 comment(s)
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