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Sox Therapy: Not The Ending We Wanted, But The Future Is Bright
Well, I think we can safely say this was not the way we expected or hoped the 2016 season would end but end it did. The simple fact is that for three games the Cleveland Indians were the better team and that is that.
Despite that this was in my opinion an awfully successful season. Division titles don’t come that often and doing it while rolling out a lineup featuring a truly impressive group of young talent makes it even better. The old man in the outfield is 26 year old Jackie Bradley, ...Read More...
32 comment(s)Posted: October 11, 2016 at 12:56 AM |
Gonfalon Cubs: Gut check Monday
Rather that doing any sort of write, I thought I’d list out a bunch of things I like, or didn’t like, or felt, after the first 2 games; plus how I feel about tonight’s game.
Things to like:
42 comment(s)Posted: October 10, 2016 at 09:49 AM |
Gonfalon Cubs: Bring on the Giants
This will be a very unorganized preview, but I wanted to get something up to talk about here. I’m sure there’ll be plenty of previews to read. Most will say something along the lines of the Cubs are the better team on paper, but it’s an even year and the Giants and a proven October winner. Since I don’t believe in that - or curses/jinxes - but realize anything can happen in a short series, I’ll say the Cubs are clearly the better team on paper but the Giants will be a tough match (and a ...Read More...
82 comment(s)Posted: October 06, 2016 at 11:01 AM |
Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1998 Discussion
McGwire hit 70 HR and set the new season record. The Yankees defeated the Padres in the World Series. Baseball added two teams so we vote for 15 this year.
Player SH WS BBR WAR Mark McGwire 39.4 8.7 Alex Rodriguez 27.8 8.5 Mike Piazza 34.7 6.4 Barry Bonds 34.3 8.1 Scott Rolen 30.8 6.7 Jason Kendall 25.7 6.4 John Olerud 34.0 7.6 Chipper Jones 31.2 7.0 Ivan Rodriguez 27.8 6.4 Greg Vaughn 31.7 6.3 Barry Larkin 26.5 5.9 Albert Belle 37.9 7.4 Derek Jeter 28.8 4.1 Nomar ...Read More...
Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1997 Results
Congratulations to Mike Piazza on winning the 1997 MMP Award!
This is the first MMP award won by a catcher.
8 comment(s)Posted: October 05, 2016 at 03:59 PM |
Gonfalon Cubs: Five minute non-specific opponent playoff preview
I’ll write a little more after the NL WC game on Wednesday, once we know who the Cubs are playing (quick thought - I don’t have a preference; both the Mets and Giants have obvious strengths and ways they could beat the Cubs, and also plenty of weaknesses and reasons the Cubs can beat them). In the meantime, here’s some quick thoughts about how things are looking. First though, 103 wins. Wow. I hope we can fully appreciate how great this season way, regardless of how this month turns out. ...Read More...
Sox Therapy: Why I Worry/Why I Feel Good
So the American League East champion Red Sox have completed one of the organization’s most entertaining regular seasons in a long time. They now prepare for a post-season that frankly could end by Sunday or could end with an early November parade. Even under baseball’s variable circumstances 2016 feels like a very open season.
The Sox head into this post-season with some good and bad things happening. I want to touch on a few of each;
The Closer – It is not possible to ...Read More...
26 comment(s)Posted: October 03, 2016 at 03:19 PM |
Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1997 Ballot
For 1997, each voter should rank the top 14 players from all leagues combined.
Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 5 October 2016.
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 October 2016.
For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.
16 comment(s)Posted: September 26, 2016 at 10:15 AM |
Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: Trophy Case
MMP Award results and analysis including a listing of all winners.
Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1997 Discussion
Most Meritorious Player: 1997 Discussion
The Marlins needed 7 games to beat the Indians in the World Series. Vote for 14 this year.
Player SH WS BBR WAR Mike Piazza 37.4 8.7 Craig Biggio 35.3 9.4 Ken Griffey Jr 33.2 9.1 Barry Bonds 39.4 8.2 Larry Walker 31.9 9.8 Jeff Bagwell 30.7 7.7 Frank Thomas 35.8 7.3 Raul Mondesi 27.5 5.7 Tim Salmon 26.7 5.0 Scott Rolen 25.5 4.5 Todd Hundley 23.8 3.8 Ivan Rodriguez 26.4 6.5 Edgardo Alfonzo 25.1 6.2 Ray ...Read More...
22 comment(s)Posted: September 08, 2016 at 02:02 PM |