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Gonfalon Cubs: Bring on the five minute Dodgers preview

I don’t have a lot of time today to write any sort of detailed preview.  Besides, there’ll be plenty of those everywhere else.  It’s been quite an exciting playoffs so far, but I wouldn’t complain if the Cubs were able to take care of business a little more quietly this series.  So borrowing a format I used earlier…

Reasons for Optimism (all the same, but with thoughts slightly tweaked as applicable):

1. Pitching and defense.  Just like last time, the Cubs have an advantage here.  The Kershaw ...

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Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: October 14, 2016 at 01:06 PM | 11 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: The Post Mortem Continues - Outfield, Catcher and DH

We spent some time on the infield yesterday.  Today we look at the rest of the position players; outfielders, catchers and that DH guy;

General Thoughts

It’s hard not to love what exists in the outfield.  If the Sox do nothing but renew contracts they have a talented outfield in place through the 2020 season.  That’s a pretty useful situation to be in.  Add in the presence of Chris Young for another year as the almost perfect fourth outfielder for this team and you gotta feel pretty good. ...Read More...

Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: October 13, 2016 at 01:26 PM | 9 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: The Post Mortem Begins - A Look at the Infield

One of the fascinating things about this team is that after winning 93 games and the AL East title they are set to return virtually the entire roster.  Save for Ortiz (and that’s not insignificant) there is a very good chance the April 3, 2017 Red Sox will look very similar to what the October 10, 2016 Red Sox looked like.

With that in mind I thought rather than laying out a detailed off-season plan I thought it might be worth just looking at the depth chart a bit.

Today, the infield.
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Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: October 12, 2016 at 10:36 AM | 19 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: NLDS Winner Thread

Just wanted to get something up. Probably will write more tomorrow.

All I’ll say is have some faith in this team. Don’t get discouraged or give up so easy. They’re good, and it’s never over.

Hell, they’re really ####### good.

Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: October 12, 2016 at 12:58 AM | 54 comment(s)
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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, ...

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Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: October 11, 2016 at 12:56 AM | 32 comment(s)
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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:
1. Javy.  It really speaks to how far he’s come all the ways he’s making an impact.  Sure, I’d love for him to run out of the box sprinting every time (more on that late), but he’s been exactly what the Cubs needed at the bottom of the lineup.  He hasn’t even had to do too much defensively yet, but the ...

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Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: October 10, 2016 at 09:49 AM | 42 comment(s)
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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 ...

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Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: October 06, 2016 at 11:01 AM | 82 comment(s)
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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
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DL from MN Posted: October 05, 2016 at 04:15 PM | 27 comment(s)
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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.

DL from MN Posted: October 05, 2016 at 03:59 PM | 8 comment(s)
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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.  ...

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Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: October 03, 2016 at 05:14 PM | 27 comment(s)
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