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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 | 9 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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Sox Therapy: Decisions Decisions

OK, the Sox have clinched the American League East for the third consecutive year and at some point soon will secure home field throughout their playoff run.  I think I can now safely consider the roster without any jinxes (except injury. This whole piece assumes health which…oh man I’m going to worry about this for two weeks).

Anyway, I am operating under a 14 position player/11 pitcher set up.

(and yes I just literally knocked on my wooden desk);

INFIELD: Mitch Moreland, Ian Kinsler, ...

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Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: September 23, 2018 at 05:00 PM | 32 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: IT’S OVER

THREEPEAT!!!

The Sox made it three straight AL East division titles today with a wild win and can now focus on going deeper into the playoffs than they have managed the last two seasons.  For what I hope will be some mild amusement attached are one fan’s journey through an amazing and soon to be record setting season.

Sorry I couldn’t put the pictures in here but you should hopefully be able to see them.  The photos in order are;

Bobby Dalbec
Josh Ockimey
First Hot Dog!
J.D. Martinez ...

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Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: September 20, 2018 at 11:19 PM | 7 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: 6,036 Days

As far as I can tell, this blog was started on March 11, 2002. Today is day 6,036 in our long quest to take over the site, the baseball community, the internet, and the universe.

We’ve made some progress, but we still have a ways to go.

villageidiom Posted: September 18, 2018 at 02:46 PM | 15 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1947 Discussion

Baseball finally begins to integrate. The Yankees beat Brooklyn in the World Series.

The NY Cubans beat the Cleveland Buckeyes soundly in the Negro World Series.

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Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Ted Williams		45.2		9.9
Ralph Kiner		29.5		8.3
Bob Elliott		29.1		6.7
Lou Boudreau		27.5		7.5
Johnny Mize		31.6		7.1
Vern Stephens		22.6		4.3
Harry Walker		24.3		6.1
Phil Rizzuto		25.5		4.1
Pee Wee Reese		26.6		6.2
Tommy Henrich		26.4		4.6
George McQuinn		24.0		4.4
Walker Cooper		23.1		5.3
Joe ...
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DL from MN Posted: September 10, 2018 at 01:16 PM | 11 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: 11 Days Later

A year ago vi wrote about “The Gauntlet,” a tough stretch of the schedule that really established the Sox on their divisional chase.  This year’s version was these past 11 days where the Sox faced first place Cleveland, a feisty White Sox team, first place Atlanta and first place Houston while the Yankees had a West Coast trip to deal with.  It was a bit grueling but the Sox did enough going 8-5 against this tough competition.  They now lead by 8 1/2 games with 18 to play and are firmly ...

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Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: September 09, 2018 at 11:57 PM | 89 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1946 Results

Congratulations to Ted Williams, the unanimous MMP of 1946!

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Ted Williams	105	7	7
Stan Musial	94	7	0
Hal Newhouser	88	7	0
Bob Feller	76	6	0
Hank Greenberg	68	7	0
Johnny Pesky	37	4	0
Dizzy Trout	33	4	0
Howie Pollet	32	4	0
Charlie Keller	32	4	0
Josh Gibson	25	2	0
Johnny Mize	25	3	0
Monte Irvin	22	2	0
Johnny Sain	17	2	0
Bobby Doerr	14	2	0
Mickey Vernon	14	2	0
Willard Brown	9	1	0
Eddie Stanky	8	1	0
Jackie Robinson	8	1	0
Pee Wee Reese	8	1	0
Leon Day	8	1	0
Spud ...
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DL from MN Posted: September 07, 2018 at 04:12 PM | 18 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: The Final Push

24 games to go.  Cubs still have 8 games left on this 23 straight day stretch, but only 2 more real road trips - DC this weekend and and Phoenix in a couple of weeks; the only other road games are today in Milwaukee and 3 at The Cell.  A 3 game lead is far from comfortable, especially after the way the last 2 games played out, but a win today and leaving with a 4 game lead with 23 left is still quite the enviable position. 

The Cubs went 18-10 in September, and are 10-4 in their last 14, but ...

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Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: September 05, 2018 at 10:27 AM | 346 comment(s)
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