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Sox Therapy: A Few Minor League Notes

We haven’t posted anything on the minors in awhile and given that I spent a few hours watching minor leaguers in Lowell today I thought maybe I would jot down a few words as a bit of a placeholder if anyone has any thoughts;

- My second Spinners game of the year and the second time I saw Josh Pennington pitch.  This kid is very impressive.  He reminds me a bit of Stankiewicz when I saw him a few years ago where his repertoire just looks too advanced for the level.  Hitters really look ...

Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: August 21, 2016 at 12:36 AM | 9 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: One Week Later - Not Doomed but Probably Not Saved

One week after feeling like the Sox were about to crash out of the pennant race things are considerably rosier.  The Sox beat up a disappointing Diamondbacks team (at this point “the disappointing Diamondbacks” may be their officially trademarked name), edged division leading Cleveland then picked up two big wins in Baltimore.  Thursday afternoon was a bit of a downer with the Sox losing/giving away a game that can be pinned on a terrible bullpen and what can most charitably be described as a ...

Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: August 18, 2016 at 05:08 PM | 41 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: The Red Sox Are Not Doomed (But This Garbage Has To Stop)

Ah, the return of Sox Therapy, the crack of the bat, the roar of the crowd and the sounds and smells of the ballpark; roasted peanuts, red hot hot dogs and urine filling diapers everywhere.  The Sox hit a slump and we are doomed, DOOOOMMED.  So let’s start with the cold hard truth, the Sox are not playing particularly well.  They have lost four out of five, six out of nine and 13 out of 20.  That ain’t getting it done for a team that fancies itself a pennant contender.  However, that the Sox ...

Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: August 12, 2016 at 09:56 AM | 36 comment(s)
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SABR - BBTF Chapter: BTF SABR Chapter Housekeeping

Per the SABR 46 recap thread there have been requests for threads:

11. Mark Armour Posted: August 08, 2016 at 02:48 PM (#5280649)
Is there going to be another thread that focuses on the BTF chapter generally? The BTF “chapter” has zero internal communication (as far as I can tell) and this might be a way to help that along. Of course, having a chapter do literally zero for several years might be the GOAL in which case never mind.

  13. Mark Armour Posted: August 08, 2016 at 03:07 PM ...

villageidiom Posted: August 08, 2016 at 04:04 PM | 12 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: I Don’t Know What To Think

The Red Sox get to enjoy a glorious day off after a grueling 11 day, 11 game road trip that saw them go a somewhat disappointing 5-6.  It was a bit of an odd trip, if you want to see the glass as half full they could’ve been 4-7 if not for the Dustin Pedroia fueled come back victory last Sunday in Anaheim.  Conversely they could’ve gone 7-4 if they had held on in the first two David Price starts (the Hanley error game and the Cano homer game).  In the end I think it’s fair to say they left a ...

Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: August 08, 2016 at 11:29 AM | 3 comment(s)
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SABR - BBTF Chapter: SABR46 Recap

By Mike Webber

SABR 46 in Miami will always be remembered as the year we had “The Greatest Ballpark Experience of All-Time”.  We’ve had good seats before at SABR conventions, but this year we were 40 rows from the field, between home plate and the first base dugout.  The Cardinals pounded the Marlins 11-6, so it wasn’t much of a game, but Ichiro was just two hits from 3,000 yet as I write this a week later he’s still just two hits away.

But the event that made this “The Greatest ...

Mike Webber Posted: August 08, 2016 at 08:47 AM | 28 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: Dog Days of Summer

I haven’t had a lot of specific things to write, and we’ve gotten our fair share of threads lately, but I still thought I’d put up a new open post and people can take it whatever direction they’d like.

Some random assorted thoughts…

- How about Javy Baez?  His defense has been even better than I could have imagined.  He’ll make the occasional error, either on a play he tries to force or where someone isn’t expecting him to make the throw, but I could only imagine what his defensive numbers ...

Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: August 05, 2016 at 10:54 AM | 104 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1996 Discussion

The Yankees beat the Braves in the World Series. Vote for 14 this year.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Barry Bonds		37.8		9.6
Alex Rodriguez		32.2		9.4
Ken Caminiti		35.5		7.6
Jeff Bagwell		39.8		7.5
Mike Piazza		33.3		5.4
Ken Griffey Jr		26.9		9.7
Barry Larkin		31.3		7.2
Chuck Knoblauch		31.5		8.6
Bernard Gilkey		25.5		8.0
Gary Sheffield		32.6		5.9
Brady Anderson		30.6		6.9
Jim Thome		28.3		7.5
Chipper Jones		25.5		6.2
Steve Finley		27.6		5.7
Lance Johnson		25.3		7.2
Frank Thomas		27.0		5.5
Mark ...
DL from MN Posted: August 03, 2016 at 07:05 PM | 22 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1995 Results

Congratulations to Greg Maddux on winning back to back MMP awards.

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Greg Maddux	157	11	8
Barry Bonds	137	11	2
Edgar Martinez	127	11	0
Randy Johnson	119	11	0
Mike Piazza	105	11	0
Albert Belle	102	11	0
Tim Salmon	88	11	0
John Valentin	86	9	0
Craig Biggio	70	10	0
Barry Larkin	62	9	0
Frank Thomas	45	6	1
Reggie Sanders	43	8	0
Mark McGwire	36	6	0
Jim Thome	36	6	0
Chuck Knoblauch	28	5	0
Mike Mussina	22	5	0
Bernie Williams	13	3	0
David Cone	6	1	0
Tom Glavine	5	2	0
Jim ...
DL from MN Posted: August 03, 2016 at 04:25 PM | 9 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Thoughts on Andrew Benintendi

As you likely know by now the Sox have called up outfielder Andrew Benintendi with Michael Martinez being DFAd to make room for him.  According to WEEI Benintendi and Bryce Brentz will share time in left with Brock Holt returning to his more productive utility role.  The Mariners send lefty Wade Leblanc to the mound tonight so presumably Benintendi will spend the first couple of hours of his big league career as a well paid spectator.

I have had the opportunity to see Benintendi in person on a ...

Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: August 02, 2016 at 09:56 AM | 39 comment(s)
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