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Sox Therapy: ALCS Thoughts

Not sure you’ve heard but the Boston Red Sox are in the American League Championship Series!  Yeah, that’s got a nice ring to it for the three time defending AL East Champions.  The path to a World Series doesn’t get much easier as the Houston Astros come to town to start things off tonight.  Captain Obvious stopped by to note that the Astros are really really really good.  But of course so are the 108+3 win Red Sox so I expect a tight, well played series.  The nice and fun thing about this ...

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Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: October 13, 2018 at 10:40 AM | 41 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 2018 Discussion

The election will take place after the postseason is completed and end 5, December 2018. Vote for 15.

Player			WS	bWAR
Mookie Betts		38.8	10.9
Mike Trout		38.2	10.2
Matt Chapman		25.6	8.2
Francisco Lindor	31.6	7.9
Jose Ramirez		29.8	7.9
Christian Yelich	34.5	7.6
Lorenzo Cain		24.9	6.9
Alex Bregman		35.5	6.9
J.D. Martinez		31.9	6.4
Javier Baez		26.1	6.3
Andrelton Simmons	20.5	6.2
Mitch Haniger		29.5	6.1
Freddie Freeman		26.6	6.1
Manny Machado		27.5	5.7
Nolan Arenado		28.2	5.6
Trevor ...
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DL from MN Posted: October 11, 2018 at 06:21 PM | 4 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Damage Done

Bring on the Astros!!!

Good lord I’m not going to sleep tonight.  That game certainly was the opposite of what I expected, the bullpen was brilliant except for Craig Kimbrel but he was good enough…just.  Some quick notes as the strains of New York, New York keeps pounding in the Sox clubhouse.

- Alex Cora 1, Us Idiots on the Internet 0 - Ian Kinsler and Eduardo Nunez both had solid games and Nunez made a heck of a play to end it.  Full credit to Steve Pearce for a terrific stretch on that ...

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Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: October 09, 2018 at 11:48 PM | 46 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1947 Results

Congratulations to Ted Williams, the unanimous Most Meritorious Player of 1947!

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Ted Williams	120	8	8
Ralph Kiner	106	8	0
Warren Spahn	100	8	0
Johnny Mize	83	8	0
Ewell Blackwell	79	7	0
Lou Boudreau	74	7	0
Bob Elliott	57	6	0
Joe Gordon	46	6	0
Joe DiMaggio	35	4	0
Hal Newhouser	32	4	0
Pee Wee Reese	23	3	0
Dutch Leonard	14	2	0
Bob Feller	12	1	0
Augie Galan	10	1	0
Harry Walker	10	1	0
Tommy Henrich	8	1	0
Whitey Kurowski	7	1	0
Vern Stephens	6	1	0
Don Newcombe	6	1	0
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DL from MN Posted: October 08, 2018 at 10:13 AM | 2 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1948 Results

TBD

DL from MN Posted: October 08, 2018 at 10:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Sox Therapy ALDS Preview

So here we go.  Before I dig into this a bit let me say this; I have not been looking forward to this somewhat predictable series all year.  I’m sure it will be a great series as both teams are excellent but the ancillary BS that comes with Sox-Yankees saps some of the fun out of it for me.  The lunkheads on both sides come out of the woodwork, the media can’t come up with a story line less than half a century old, the individual games are often routs and even the close games are often ...

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Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: October 04, 2018 at 09:00 AM | 81 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: Now what?

I’m hungover and at work.  This is probably going to be an incoherent mess.  I probably will end up disagreeing with some or all of this, probably sooner than later.  However, might as well start thinking about how the Cubs are going to approach this offseason. 

The easy route is making some small changes around the edges - maybe splurge on a reliever or two, bring a couple more long shot rebound types - and talk about being healthier and improving from within.  There’s probably some merit to ...

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Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: October 03, 2018 at 10:27 AM | 90 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: WOW

Over the next 11 to 31 days there will be plenty of time for rending of garments, soiling of drawers and general malaise and agita.  But for now, and the next four days it’s a time to sit back and revel in what we just watched the Boston Red Sox do.  The difference between 107 and 108 is small (1) but for me personally that number of 108 is the one that separates the historic from the great.  The number that something truly remarkable has been achieved.  If you win a series, typically taking ...

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Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: September 30, 2018 at 08:11 PM | 11 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1948 Discussion

The Cleveland Indians beat the Boston Braves in the World Series. The Negro American League folded.

Vote for 10.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Stan Musial		46.2		11.1
Lou Boudreau		34.5		10.4
Ted Williams		38.7		8.5
Johnny Mize		29.6		6.6
Ralph Kiner		29.5		6.1
Bob Elliott		27.4		6.5
Joe DiMaggio		34.1		6.9
Ken Keltner		25.0		6.1
Andy Pafko		22.3		6.0
Jackie Robinson		25.3		5.4
Bobby Doerr		26.2		5.2
Tommy Henrich		29.0		5.4
Jeff Heath		20.4		4.8
Joe Gordon		24.2		6.6
Ed Joost		26.2		4.9
Pee Wee ...
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DL from MN Posted: September 28, 2018 at 01:12 PM | 7 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1947 Ballot

For 1947 each voter should rank the top 10 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 3 October 2018.

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 Oct 2018.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: September 24, 2018 at 01:03 PM | 10 comment(s)
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