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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 2019 Discussion

Vote for 15.

Player			WS	bWAR
Cody Bellinger		33.9	9.0
Alex Bregman		34.7	8.4
Mike Trout		33.5	8.3
Marcus Semien		33.2	8.1
Christian Yelich	33.0	7.1
Ketel Marte		28.2	6.9
Mookie Betts		27.0	6.8
Matt Chapman		23.9	6.7
Trevor Story		22.4	6.4
Anthony Rendon		30.4	6.3
George Springer		24.1	6.2
Josh Donaldson		25.9	6.1
DJ LeMahieu		28.9	6.0
Nolan Arenado		24.4	5.7
Max Muncy		23.2	5.7
Jorge Polanco		25.0	5.7
Ronald Acuna		27.3	5.5
Aaron Judge		17.4	5.4
Rafael Devers		23.4	5.3
Xander ...
DL from MN Posted: October 10, 2019 at 11:11 AM | 7 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1921 Discussion

Walter Johnson set the new career strikeouts record with 2835 and Ruth broke the career HR mark of 139.

The Giants beat the Yankees 5 games to 3

Vote for 10.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Babe Ruth		52.5		12.5
Rogers Hornsby		40.2		10.8
Frankie Frisch		31.6		6.9
Dave Bancroft		30.5		7.4
Ty Cobb			25.8		6.7
Joe Sewell		26.3		4.9
Tris Speaker		27.0		6.5
Harry Heilmann		28.1		6.8
George Sisler		27.3		5.7
Austin McHenry		24.7		5.0
Larry Gardner		23.2		4.6
Bobby Veach		22.6		5.4
Eddie ...
DL from MN Posted: October 09, 2019 at 06:12 PM | 6 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1920 Results

Congratulations to Babe Ruth, our unanimous pick for 1920 Most Meritorious Player!

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Babe Ruth	90	6	6
Rogers Hornsby	76	6	0
Pete Alexander	73	6	0
Tris Speaker	65	6	0
George Sisler	63	5	0
Eddie Collins	51	6	0
Stan Coveleski	39	5	0
Joe Jackson	34	4	0
Jim Bagby	31	4	0
Oscar Charleston	30	3	0
Cristobal Torriente	23	2	0
Ross Youngs	22	3	0
Burleigh Grimes	12	1	0
John Henry Lloyd	8	1	0
Sam Rice	7	1	0
Dave Bancroft	6	1	0
DL from MN Posted: October 03, 2019 at 01:14 PM | 3 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: Regrets

Even though I was one of the people saying the Cubs should move on from Maddon, now that it’s official I find myself second-guessing how strongly I thought it was the right move.  Obviously, my opinion doesn’t matter at all and this would be the reality regardless of how I felt, but now I feel much less sure that it was the right move.  Maybe I’m just being nostalgic for how great those 5 years were.  I always bristled at the general (or non-Cubs) fan who said keeping Maddon was a no-brainer ...

Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: September 30, 2019 at 09:21 AM | 43 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Let’s Get On With It

In 147 days the 2020 Boston Red Sox will open their spring slate against long time rivals Northeastern University.  By the time that happens it is likely that much will be changed from the 2019 Red Sox.  I don’t think I am being an unreasonable homer when I say I feel optimistic about the team.  Yes some things are in flux but there is a remarkable amount of talent on hand and I expect the Sox to be around the midpoint of last year’s 108 wins and this years 83/84/85 (depending on today and ...

Jose is an Absurd Time Cube Posted: September 28, 2019 at 10:13 AM | 14 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1920 Ballot

For 1920 each voter should rank the top 10 players from all leagues combined.
Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 2 October 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 1 October 2019.
For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: September 23, 2019 at 04:42 PM | 24 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: Approaching the Finish Line

Walks asked for an end-of-season thread, and here it is.

The weekend Pirates series was a red-hot mess: a sweep where the Cubs scored more runs (47) than in any three-game series in the modern era. They broke their all-time team record for HR in a season as well. But every rainbow has a brown lining: Anthony Rizzo turned his ankle yesterday, so his future at this point is unknown. An MRI is scheduled for today.

The Cubs have gained ground, now two back of the Cardinals in the NL Central, and ...

Andere Richtingen Posted: September 16, 2019 at 08:31 AM | 137 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Lining up the Minors - End of Season Edition

With the minor league season over and the Sox having punted GM Dave Dombrowski to the curb (I wonder if GMs do that awkward thing where they get together over lunch to get some of their things they left at the owners house like exes).  Anyway, that wasn’t a complete sentence where was I?

Oh yeah, minor league season over, Dombrowski unemployed…and a lot of focus on the future of the Sox.  Some of that future is going to be driven by folks in the minor leagues.  The title of the post has a ...

Jose is an Absurd Time Cube Posted: September 14, 2019 at 10:27 AM | 1 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Dave Dombrowski Fired

I don’t have a lot to say on this at the late hour but the title kind of covers it and it deserves a thread. After four plus seasons, three division titles and 108 win season capped with a World Series title the Sox have let GM (I don’t care what his title was, that’s what he was) go. Eddie Romero (not that one) will take over for now.

What the next step will be is obviously the big question. The first job of the next person will be to make Mookie Betts unspeakably rich. Beyond that the ...

Jose is an Absurd Time Cube Posted: September 09, 2019 at 12:16 AM | 27 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1920 Discussion

Babe Ruth became a Yankee in January.

The Negro National League was founded in February with teams in Chicago, Cincinnati, Dayton, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City and St. Louis.

In July Walter Johnson threw his only no-hitter.

In August Ray Chapman was hit by a Carl Mays pitch and killed.

The Chicago American Giants won the first pennant in the Negro National League.

The Cleveland Indians defeated the Brooklyn Robins in the World Series 5 games to 2.

In November Kenesaw Mountain ...

DL from MN Posted: September 06, 2019 at 05:38 PM | 15 comment(s)
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