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Gonfalon Cubs: That was fun

The first road trip of the season feels so long ago now, doesn’t it?  Coming into the season I was on the more optimistic side of people around here; I still overreacted a little to that piss poor start.  As plenty of people have said, teams are never as bad as they look at their worst or as good as they do at their best.  However, I see no reason to think the Cubs aren’t much more likely really this good - well, not .800 win percentage good, but 95 wins good.  The Cubs have the best run ...

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Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: May 06, 2019 at 10:11 AM | 425 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1916 Discussion

The Red Sox defeated the Brooklyn Robins in the World Series four games to one.

The Indianapolis ABC’s defeated the Chicago American Giants for the Colored Champion of the West. The Lincoln Stars were probably the best team in the East.

Vote for 10.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Tris Speaker		40.7		8.6
Ty Cobb			42.4		8.0
Zack Wheat		30.9		6.0
Eddie Collins		31.6		7.0
Joe Jackson		34.0		7.0
Art Fletcher		24.2		6.3
Heinie Groh		23.5		5.3
Max Carey		27.1		5.1
George Sisler 		24.4		5.1 (includes ...
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DL from MN Posted: May 03, 2019 at 01:54 PM | 7 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1915 Results

Congratulations to Grover Cleveland “Pete” Alexander for winning the 1915 Most Meritorious Player award!


Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Pete Alexander	116	8	5
Ty Cobb	111	8	2
Eddie Collins	99	8	0
Walter Johnson	98	8	0
Tris Speaker	78	8	0
Gavy Cravath	77	7	0
Jack Fournier	59	7	0
John Henry Lloyd	32	4	0
Larry Doyle	25	3	0
Joe Williams	16	2	0
Dick Redding	15	1	1
Fred Toney	14	2	0
Bobby Veach	12	2	0
Honus Wagner	9	1	0
Benny Kauff	9	1	0
Jim Scott	9	1	0
Heinie Groh	8	1	0
Jeff Pfeffer	8	1	0
Tom ...
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DL from MN Posted: May 02, 2019 at 12:05 PM | 3 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1915 Ballot

For 1915 each voter should rank the top 10 players from all leagues combined.
Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 1 May 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 30 April 2019.
For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: April 23, 2019 at 12:13 PM | 10 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: A Weekend of Necessity

After kind of seeing their world turned upside down for a few weeks the Red Sox pretty much ticked all the boxes this weekend and more importantly picked up three much needed wins.  It is only April etc…but the reality is that 8 1/2 back at the start of the weekend meant being swept would have put them 11 1/2 out and even simply losing 2 out of 3 would have had them 9 1/2 out.  It is early enough that those are deficits that can be overcome but that would have been a heck of a hole to climb out ...

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Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: April 22, 2019 at 08:56 AM | 58 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: We Can Be Concerned Now

There are still 145 games to go in the 2019 season so nothing is certain but unlike 2018 when every test was passed with flying colors the Sox have failed their first test of 2019.  After a gloomy season-opening road trip the Sox returned home and laid a fairly decisive egg.  They went 3-3 against two pretty bad baseball teams and were frankly fortunate to get out of there with the split.  The problems that existed on the road trip remain in place with the rotation showing small signs of ...

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Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: April 15, 2019 at 03:33 PM | 64 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: It’s Time To Party!

With apologies to Eck for the title, Tuesday is the day we have all waited for since about 11:15PM on October 28, 2018 when Chris Sale fanned Manny Machado touching off a celebration we have become delightfully accustomed to in recent years.  It is a stunning world I never could have imagined.  “Just one” that’s all I ever wanted.  Let me have that moment once, that moment when every other baseball team looks up and see YOUR team, the team you live and die with dogpiling on the ...

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Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: April 07, 2019 at 09:18 PM | 41 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1915 Discussion

The Boston Red Sox beat the Philadelphia Phillies in 1915 which means Boston topped Philly in consecutive seasons with different teams.

The New York Lincoln Stars and Chicago American Giants met in Chicago for a championship series. After four wins apiece the final game of the series was called after four innings with the Lincoln Stars ahead 1-0. Rube Foster of the Chicago American Giants declared the series a tie. The Lincoln Stars claimed a series victory 5 games to 4.

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DL from MN Posted: April 04, 2019 at 02:39 PM | 19 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1914 Results

Congratulations to Tris Speaker, our 1914 Most Meritorious Player!

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Tris Speaker	116	8	4
Eddie Collins	108	8	3
Walter Johnson	104	8	1
Dutch Leonard	86	8	0
Bill James	66	6	0
Frank Baker	59	7	0
Joe Williams	52	6	0
Pete Alexander	45	5	0
Jose Mendez	25	2	0
Sam Crawford	18	2	0
Benny Kauff	18	2	0
George Burns	17	2	0
JH Lloyd	17	2	0
Ben Taylor	15	2	0
Rabbit Maranville	15	2	0
Jeff Pfeffer	14	2	0
Sherry Magee	11	1	0
Ty Cobb	10	1	0
Cy Falkenberg	9	1	0
Tillie Walker	8	1	0
Gavy ...
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DL from MN Posted: April 03, 2019 at 04:12 PM | 3 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: The Future is The Future

As per usual the Red Sox have a loaded minor league system with Baseball America ranking them as having the 29th runner up to the best minor league system.  With that kind of optimism we probably should have a place to chat about the minor leaguers that exist.  Here in easy readable format are guys worth keeping an eye on;

1B - Triston Casas - Greenville - The big lefty was the Sox #1 draft pick last year but got injured just two games into his pro career.  He seemed to be the recipient of ...

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Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: April 03, 2019 at 01:37 PM | 6 comment(s)
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