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Sox Therapy: Witty Minor League Thread Title Here

After a busy weekend in Baltimore and then a couple of off days (thanks rain!) I figured today might be a good time to throw up a minor league thread.  The Red Sox minor league system is probably as uninteresting as it has been in several years with graduations and trades emptying things out.  That does not mean there is not anything to talk about.  Without further ado…

1B - Josh Ockimey - Salem (Hi A) -  The big 21 year old lefty swinger has come out of the blocks quickly.  He earned Player ...

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Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: April 25, 2017 at 07:22 PM | 36 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: Week 3 Thoughts

The Good:
Rizzo: Homered in 3 straight games, and he looks like his normal dominating self.  He also has 3 stolen bases already, mostly the kind where the pitcher forgets about him.  He’s up to .296/..412/.535 on the season so far.
Heyward: I still hate talking about him as much, but those nice swings/hard hit balls are finally turning into hits.  We’d all be pretty happy with a .297/.348/.422 line this year.  He’s played a lot more CF that we were led to believe, and while he’s pretty good ...

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Optimistic Moses Taylor, optimist Posted: April 24, 2017 at 03:26 PM | 69 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 2003 Ballot

For 2003 each voter should rank the top 15 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 3 May 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 2 May 2017.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: April 24, 2017 at 09:55 AM | 14 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 2003 Discussion

The Florida Marlins beat the Yankees in the World Series. Vote for 15.

Player Name		SH WS		rWAR
Barry Bonds		41.0		9.2
Albert Pujols		38.1		8.6
Alex Rodriguez		33.1		8.4
Javier Lopez		28.9		6.8
Marcus Giles		29.8		7.8
Jorge Posada		27.4		5.9
Gary Sheffield		33.8		6.8
Carlos Beltran		27.7		5.8
Edgar Renteria		25.7		5.6
Todd Helton		32.6		6.2
Bret Boone		31.6		5.9
Jim Edmonds		24.2		6.0
Nomar Garciaparra	25.3		6.1
Bobby Abreu		25.3		5.4
Richard Hidalgo		24.6		5.7
Jim Thome		28.8		4.7
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DL from MN Posted: April 06, 2017 at 01:54 PM | 23 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 2002 Results

Congratulations to Barry Bonds for being unanimously voted the 2002 Most Meritorious Player!

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Barry Bonds	165	11	11
Alex Rodriguez	140	11	0
Randy Johnson	129	10	0
Jim Thome	123	10	0
Jason Giambi	104	11	0
Jeff Kent	76	10	0
Curt Schilling	71	8	0
Brian Giles	70	9	0
Jim Edmonds	58	9	0
Derek Lowe	57	9	0
Vlad Guerrero	52	8	0
Pedro Martinez	42	7	0
Shawn Green	37	6	0
Manny Ramirez	31	5	0
Roy Halladay	30	8	0
Barry Zito	23	6	0
Sammy Sosa	19	3	0
Todd Helton	17	3	0
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DL from MN Posted: April 05, 2017 at 04:09 PM | 7 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: 2017 Chicago Cubs Prediction Thread

It’s time to put it on the record: What do you forecast for the 2017 Cubs? At least provide a win total for the 2017 season, but also feel free to add other predictions: Rank in division, success in postseason, highest WAR, the day Ian Happ will be called up from AAA. Anything you like! Some of you already started this in the previous thread, so feel free to transfer it here.

I’ll start:

96 wins, and first in NL Central. I say they make it to the WS, but won’t go so far as predicting another ...

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Andere Richtingen Posted: March 30, 2017 at 11:20 AM | 74 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 2002 Ballot

For 2002 each voter should rank the top 15 players from all leagues combined.

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

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: March 27, 2017 at 10:58 AM | 13 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 2001 Results

Congratulations to Barry Bonds for being unanimously elected the 2001 Most Meritorious Player.

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Barry Bonds	165	11	11
Sammy Sosa	152	11	0
Jason Giambi	134	11	0
Alex Rodriguez	121	11	0
Randy Johnson	118	11	0
Luis Gonzalez	100	11	0
Bret Boone	87	10	0
Roberto Alomar	72	11	0
Curt Schilling	72	9	0
Ichiro Suzuki	39	6	0
Larry Walker	34	6	0
Rich Aurilia	32	8	0
Shawn Green	31	7	0
Todd Helton	23	5	0
Lance Berkman	18	5	0
Mike Mussina	17	5	0
Albert Pujols	16	5	0
Jim ...
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DL from MN Posted: March 13, 2017 at 05:55 PM | 6 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 2002 Discussion

The Angels defeated the Giants in the World Series. Vote for 15.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Barry Bonds		47.7		11.8
Alex Rodriguez		32.8		8.8
Jim Thome		37.5		7.4
Vladimir Guerrero	30.6		7.0
Chipper Jones		31.0		5.7
Jim Edmonds		31.5		6.7
Jason Giambi		33.5		7.1
Scott Rolen		24.6		6.5
Jeff Kent		29.7		7.0
Nomar Garciaparra	25.7		6.8
Bobby Abreu		27.0		5.8
Brian Giles		34.0		5.3
Shawn Green		32.1		6.9
Albert Pujols		31.1		5.5
Larry Walker		27.2		6.1
Miguel Tejada		28.4		5.6
Todd ...
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DL from MN Posted: February 28, 2017 at 05:09 PM | 14 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 2001 Ballot

For 2001 each voter should rank the top 15 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 13 March 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 10 March 2017.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: February 24, 2017 at 03:34 PM | 14 comment(s)
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