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Gonfalon Cubs: Time for a Dose of Optimism

First, a bit of perspective.  The Cubs won the 2016 World Series.  The Cubs were the best team last year, from the moment pitchers and catchers reported all the way through the end of October.  Sure, there were bumps in the road along the way.  Us Cubs fans aren’t used to being that good, and throughout the year we were waiting for something, anything, to go wrong.  There were no guarantees, and there were quite a few times, especially in October, when it looked like being the best wasn’t going ...

Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: June 30, 2017 at 03:27 AM | 42 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 2005 Ballot

For 2005 each voter should rank the top 15 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 5 July 2017.

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 July 2017.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: June 28, 2017 at 11:53 AM | 13 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Minor Moves

With the draft over the Sox are in the business of shuttling their various draftees to new locales while at the same time putting some players already in the system in motion.  One thing the Sox did during the Cherington era is generally leave players at one level throughout the season.  It didn’t appear to be a hard and fast rule but there wasn’t the internal movement we often saw during the Epstein era.  Let’s just take a quick gander at a few notable moves (and one particularly notable ...

Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: June 23, 2017 at 07:43 AM | 43 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Red Sox Retire Rich Garces’ Number

He was a large man, with a larger persona and a nickname to match. When watching him work, one couldn’t help but be amazed at his accomplishments. He wasn’t appreciated enough in his time with the Twins, but after moving to the Red Sox he found his groove and won the enduring love of the Boston faithful. He was legendary.

Tonight, Boston retires his number 34. Thanks for many years of excellence, El Guapo.

villageidiom Posted: June 23, 2017 at 06:40 AM | 18 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Media Notes

It’s the subject on the lips of every Red Sox fan out there.  The issue raging across Red Sox Nation from Caribou, Maine to Sonny McLean’s in Los Angeles…what does Jose think about the way the Sox are being covered this year?  Well, wonder no more, Jose is here to lay it on you!

NESN - NESN has done some nifty things this year.  The recent change where they show highlights of a player while he’s at bat in a small window at the bottom of the screen is a neat little way to give quick highlights ...

Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: June 20, 2017 at 09:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: Meh

There’s really not much to be said about this team right now that hasn’t already been said, so it makes coming up with these posts hard to do.  The overall offense is still underperforming, and still over-reliant on home runs.  It’s also shockingly unclutch and surprisingly mediocre at best to downright bad in most categories.  While the bullpen has overall been quite good, it’s still had it’s share of meltdowns and blown games.  The pitching as a whole has been also disappointing, even though ...

Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: June 19, 2017 at 10:33 AM | 67 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Just Keep It Rolling

The Sox picked up a second straight walk off victory on Tuesday night.  By just about whatever measure you want to use the Sox are winning regularly; 4 out of 5, 7 out of 10 and 15 out of 22 since losing three in a row in Oakland.

What is great about this is that the whole team is contributing.  Of all the contributors though you cannot say enough about the bullpen.  I have to admit, I still feel wary of this group but they are pitching well entering the game on Tuesday they were third in ...

Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: June 13, 2017 at 11:42 PM | 43 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Feeling A Draft - Part II

I was hoping to dig into this a bit more than I did over the weekend but if the weather is going to be that nice damn you all, I’m sitting my butt on the patio with the grill going.  Anyway, here is a short look at some names that might be relevant to the Sox tonight;

David Peterson - LHP - Oregon - #17 Baseball America - Peterson was a 28th round pick by the Sox coming out of high school so he’s been on the club’s radar for awhile (though that was a previous administration).  The penultimate ...

Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: June 12, 2017 at 09:22 AM | 10 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 2005 Discussion

The White Sox end their drought by beating the Astros in the World Series. Vote for 15.

Player Name		SH WS		rWAR
Alex Rodriguez		39.1		9.4
Albert Pujols		37.1		8.4
Chase Utley		26.5		7.2
Derrek Lee		34.0		7.7
Brian Giles		29.7		4.9
Andruw Jones		26.6		6.7
Morgan Ensberg		26.3		6.3
Brian Roberts		27.3		7.2
Mark Teixeira		28.5		7.2
Jason Bay		29.8		5.7
Jim Edmonds		25.9		4.4
Victor Martinez		21.0		5.2
Miguel Cabrera		28.8		5.2
Vlad Guerrero		27.5		5.7
Rafael Furcal		25.8		6.4
Placido ...
DL from MN Posted: June 08, 2017 at 01:08 PM | 17 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 2004 Results

Congratulations to Barry Bonds for being named the 2004 MMP unanimously. Bonds ties Mays for the lead with seven MMP awards. Bonds has also received votes in 16 elections which ties Aaron and Mays.

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Barry Bonds	150	10	10
Albert Pujols	117	10	0
Adrian Beltre	116	10	0
Scott Rolen	108	10	0
Johan Santana	98	10	0
Jim Edmonds	97	10	0
Todd Helton	74	8	0
Randy Johnson	71	9	0
J. D. Drew	69	8	0
Ichiro Suzuki	40	5	0
Mark Loretta	35	5	0
Miguel Tejada	35	8	0
Curt ...
DL from MN Posted: June 07, 2017 at 04:03 PM | 6 comment(s)
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