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Sox Therapy: Trading Partners

It has been a bit less than two months since my triumphant/disappointing/flatulent return to Sox Therapy where I proclaimed we didn’t know nothin’.  I am not entirely convinced we know a heck of a lot more today but one thing I think we can feel pretty good about is that the Sox should plan on being competitive.  At 37-28 even a .500 performance by the Sox the rest of the way would put them at 85-77 and the difference between that and a Wild Card spot or even a division title is pretty minimal. ...Read More...

Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: June 17, 2016 at 03:17 PM | 24 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: Finally

The Cubs have finally made one of the more obvious and inevitable moves with their roster this season.  No, not that one, the other one.  Tim Federowicz isn’t on the team anymore.  He’s been replaced as the third catcher by Willson Contreras, arguably the Cubs best prospect.  Contreras had absolutely dominated AAA this year, hitting .350/.439/.591, with only 32Ks in 239PAs.  His bat appears the be the real deal.  The only thing that was holding him back was the Cubs’ belief that he needed more ...

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Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: June 16, 2016 at 01:12 PM | 42 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: The Dombrowski Method

When I watch baseball I always like to think about why teams do something.  I would rather figure out why Jonny Gomes starts over Daniel Nava than complain that the manager is a moron or why Josh Reddick gets traded for Andrew Bailey than whine about the GM.  That’s not to say that I never voice those complaints but I always like to have a handle on what teams are doing.

In the case of the Red Sox I think Dave Dombrowski’s tenure is quickly coming into focus.  For many years we had Theo ...

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Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: June 13, 2016 at 11:31 AM | 32 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: Off Day Musings

Just a quick post about a couple of things on my mind lately.

Addison Russell

On May 14th, Addison Russell was hitting .263/.375/.447 and was looking like he was on his way to a legit breakout season.  He was in the middle of an amazing hot streak, going .323/.447/.597 over his previous 17 games.  However, since that game, he’s hit .184/.225/.211 with 30Ks in 76PAs.  His season K% is now only down slightly to 30% after 31.3% last year.  It’s not so much the slump that concerns me, but the ...

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Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: June 09, 2016 at 05:18 PM | 47 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1994 Discussion

The World Series and much of the season was cancelled. Vote for 14 this year.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Jeff Bagwell		32.3		8.2
Kenny Lofton		23.2		7.2
Barry Bonds		25.5		6.2
Frank Thomas		27.6		6.3
Albert Belle		25.8		5.7
Ken Griffey Jr		21.7		6.9
Paul O'Neill		21.2		4.3
Moises Alou		21.8		5.1
Tony Gwynn		18.5		4.2
Barry Larkin		18.2		3.9
Matt Williams		19.1		4.7
Kevin Mitchell		19.0		3.7
Larry Walker		20.1		4.7
Craig Biggio		25.6		4.6
John Valentin		15.0		4.3
Fred McGriff		22.6		4.5
Cal ...
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DL from MN Posted: June 08, 2016 at 04:54 PM | 14 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1993 Results

Congratulations to Barry Bonds on being named the 1993 MMP unanimously. This makes back-to-back awards for Bonds.

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Barry Bonds	135	9	9
John Olerud	117	9	0
Ken Griffey Jr	96	9	0
Mike Piazza	82	8	0
Kevin Appier	78	9	0
Jose Rijo	77	8	0
Chris Hoiles	67	9	0
Frank Thomas	66	9	0
Greg Maddux	64	8	0
Len Dykstra	62	9	0
Rick Wilkins	51	7	0
Rafael Palmeiro	43	6	0
Juan Gonzalez	43	6	0
Roberto Alomar	29	6	0
Darren Daulton	19	4	0
Jay Bell	11	2	0
Ry! Henderson	10	1	0
Albert ...
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DL from MN Posted: June 08, 2016 at 04:49 PM | 16 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1993 Ballot

For 1993, each voter should rank the top 14 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 1 June 2016.

Anyone can vote, even if you do not normally participate in Hall of Merit discussions. If have never participated in an MMP election, just post a preliminary ballot in the discussion thread by 31 May 2016.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: May 23, 2016 at 04:38 PM | 14 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1993 Discussion

The Blue Jays beat the Phillies in the World Series.

MLB expansion adding the Rockies and Marlins means we will vote for 14 this year.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Barry Bonds		44.9		9.9
Ken Griffey Jr		32.2		8.7
Rick Wilkins		28.5		6.6
Mike Piazza		30.8		7.0
Jay Bell		28.3		6.2
Chris Hoiles		27.6		6.8
John Olerud		37.1		7.7
Darren Daulton		28.5		5.0
Len Dykstra		35.1		6.5
Rafael Palmeiro		32.1		6.9
Kenny Lofton		26.6		7.6
Frank Thomas		34.2		6.2
Jeff Blauser		27.7		5.7
Robby ...
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DL from MN Posted: May 05, 2016 at 10:57 AM | 29 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1992 Results

Congratulations to Barry Bonds on winning his first MMP award!

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Barry Bonds	135	9	9
Ryne Sandberg	101	9	0
Darren Daulton	100	8	0
Frank Thomas	100	9	0
Greg Maddux	100	9	0
Roger Clemens	81	9	0
Gary Sheffield	64	7	0
Mark McGwire	54	7	0
Roberto Alomar	50	6	0
Andy Van Slyke	49	7	0
Barry Larkin	37	4	0
Mike Mussina	36	5	0
Kirby Puckett	31	4	0
Edgar Martinez	19	4	0
Dave Hollins	16	3	0
Ry! Henderson	15	3	0
Paul Molitor	13	2	0
Kevin Appier	12	2	0
Carlos Baerga	9	2	0
Fred ...
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DL from MN Posted: May 04, 2016 at 05:11 PM | 8 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1992 Ballot

For 1992, each voter should rank the top 13 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 4 May 2016.

Anyone can vote, even if you do not normally participate in Hall of Merit discussions. If have never participated in an MMP election, just post a preliminary ballot in the discussion thread by 3 May 2016.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: April 22, 2016 at 01:04 PM | 19 comment(s)
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