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Sox Therapy: The Roster 1.0

So, how was your Tuesday?  Villageidiom was touching on the Sox’ roster situation a bit before everything went insane with the Sale acquisition and I think it is something that warrants some consideration.

With that in mind, here is version 1.0 of the 2017 roster with assorted thoughts, notes, comments and random musings;

1B – Hanley Ramirez – age 33
2B – Dustin Pedroia – 33
3B – Pablo Sandoval – 30
SS – Xander Bogaerts – 24
LF – Andrew Benintendi – 22
CF – ...

Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: December 06, 2016 at 04:52 PM | 49 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Wintry Mixing

With the winter meetings kicking off it is likely that we will see some activity on the Red Sox roster front.  This will of course come with a whole bunch of really stupid rumors being kicked around and probably at least one rumor that seems really stupid but actually comes true.  For now I have a few thoughts about potential moves and activity.

The Incomings;

Edwin Encarnacion - If he is getting a Yoenis Cespedes type deal, sign me right the heck up.  I realize the arguments for not signing ...

Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: December 04, 2016 at 03:59 PM | 64 comment(s)
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SABR - BBTF Chapter: Join SABR’s Baseball Cards Research Committee!

Need one more reason to join SABR, how about baseball cards!

Want to learn more about the history and evolution of baseball cards? SABR’s newly revived Baseball Cards Research Committee is seeking new members.

Earlier this week, Mark Armour and Chris Dial were approved as the committee co-chairs by the SABR Board of Directors. 

The committee’s purpose is to encourage more interactive knowledge sharing about the history and importance of baseball cards as a representation of the game itself ...

Mike Webber Posted: December 01, 2016 at 03:43 PM | 5 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Leftover Turkey

Yesterday I had a turkey sandwich for lunch, after which our turkey leftovers from Thanksgiving were gone. That meant we could restock the fridge with new foods and look forward to the next meals. Although it was not a terrible sandwich, I am glad it’s in the past.

This seems like a good time to look back on the 2016 Red Sox season, dig out all the metaphorical leftover turkey - the bad plays, the bad games, the bad attitudes, the bad performances, the bad decisions - and dispose of it so we ...

villageidiom Posted: November 29, 2016 at 03:24 PM | 8 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: Starting to think about 2017

I’m not entirely ready to start thinking about next year yet.  I’m still enjoying this year (side note: Friday at 7pm on FS1 is the 2016 Cubs movie that MLB produced).  There hasn’t been a ton of offseason movement or rumors yet, and the Cubs haven’t really done anything of note, unless of course you’re a 40 man roster fanatic.  Seeing that Fangraphs has put out their 2017 projections made me at least put up this post.  If anything major comes up during the winter meetings, I might start a new ...

Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: November 29, 2016 at 01:10 PM | 107 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 2016 Ballot

Here 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 on independent teams. Voters should consider the player’s on-field contribution to Major League Baseball (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 the ...

DL from MN Posted: November 16, 2016 at 05:54 PM | 19 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Mock 2017 Today’s Game Hall of Fame Ballot


Harold Baines
Albert Belle
Will Clark
Orel Hershiser
Davey Johnson
Mark McGwire
Lou Piniella
John Schuerholz
Bud Selig
George Steinbrenner

See full descriptions here

Vote for zero to four candidates

Election will end Tuesday, 11/15/2016 at 1:00 EST.

DL from MN Posted: November 08, 2016 at 01:09 PM | 56 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1998 Results

Congratulations to Mark McGwire, our 1998 Most Meritorious Player

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Mark McGwire	170	12	8
Barry Bonds	139	12	1
Albert Belle	114	11	1
Greg Maddux	98	10	0
Kevin Brown	92	8	2
Roger Clemens	91	12	0
Alex Rodriguez	87	9	0
Sammy Sosa	84	10	0
John Olerud	84	11	0
Mike Piazza	77	9	0
Tom Glavine	50	7	0
Craig Biggio	35	6	0
Ivan Rodriguez	29	5	0
Andruw Jones	29	5	0
Pedro Martinez	27	6	0
Ken Griffey Jr	25	4	0
Greg Vaughn	23	4	0
Chipper Jones	20	4	0
N Garciaparra	19	3	0
Scott ...
DL from MN Posted: November 04, 2016 at 09:57 AM | 16 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1998 Ballot

For 1998 each voter should rank the top 15 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 2 November 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 1 November 2016.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: October 24, 2016 at 03:43 PM | 20 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 2016 Discussion

Most Meritorious Player: 2016 Discussion

Vote for 15

Player				BBGauge WAR
Mike Trout				7.9
Mookie Betts				6.0
Kris Bryant				7.2
Jose Altuve				5.2
Josh Donaldson				6.4
Robinson Cano				7.1
Kyle Seager				7.1
Manny Machado				6.4
Adam Eaton				6.2
Nolan Arenado				5.7
Brian Dozier				5.0
Ian Kinsler				5.7
Rougned Odor				5.3
Danny Murphy				4.9
Freddy Freeman				4.9
Anthony Rizzo				4.9
Jean Segura				4.2
Yoenis Cespedes				4.6
Christian Yelich			3.7
Corey Seager				5.0
Adrian ...
DL from MN Posted: October 18, 2016 at 11:11 AM | 27 comment(s)
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