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Sox Therapy: A Container of Milk, A Loaf of Bread and a Dude Who Can Hit Home Runs

Dave Dombrowski heads to Orlando for the winter meetings with a bit of a shopping list.  Despite a fairly set roster (see see vi’s previous post) the Sox’ de facto GM (this title inflation around the league is annoying) has some work to do.

1. D’oh! D’oh! D’oh! - Yup, we need Homers (see what I did there?  Top notch stuff at Sox Therapy).  The market may have gotten a bit more challenging with the Yankees acquisition of Stanton.  I think the Yanks were only interested because Stanton ...

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Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: December 10, 2017 at 04:37 PM | 15 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 2010 Discussion

Giants beat the Rangers 4 games to 1 in the World Series. Vote for 15.

Player Name		SH WS		bWAR
Josh Hamilton		30.2		8.7
Evan Longoria		32.8		8.1
Robinson Cano		35.3		8.1
Adrian Beltre		25.0		7.8
Albert Pujols		32.9		7.5
Brett Gardner		18.7		7.4
Carl Crawford		30.7		7.0
Jose Bautista		32.5		7.0
Joey Votto		30.9		6.9
Troy Tulowitzki		24.9		6.7
Miguel Cabrera		29.9		6.5
Jason Heyward		22.5		6.4
Ryan Zimmerman		22.4		6.2
Carlos Gonzalez		24.9		5.9
Matt Holliday		28.2		5.9
Shin-Soo ...
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DL from MN Posted: December 08, 2017 at 11:34 AM | 2 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 2017 Results

Congratulations to Jose Altuve - the 2017 Most Meritorious Player

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Jose Altuve	117	8	5
Aaron Judge	109	8	2
Giancarlo Stanton	89	8	0
Joey Votto	86	8	0
Mike Trout	84	8	1
Corey Kluber	77	8	0
Charlie Blackmon	62	7	0
Jose Ramirez	52	8	0
Kris Bryant	46	7	0
Max Scherzer	45	6	0
Carlos Correa	37	7	0
Nolan Arenado	34	5	0
Anthony Rendon	20	4	0
Chris Sale	18	5	0
Stephen Strasburg	18	4	0
Justin Verlander	12	2	0
Paul Goldschmidt	11	4	0
Justin Turner	11	4	0
Tommy ...
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DL from MN Posted: December 06, 2017 at 04:05 PM | 5 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: 2018 Hall of Merit Ballot

Welcome to the 2018 Hall of Merit Ballot thread. Balloting is open from now (December 5) through December 18, 2016 at 8 p.m. EST.

I’ve posted this the last several of years, but as a reminder:

“This has been an issue in the past, so I’ll repeat it now for clarification . . . the posting of the ballot to the discussion thread for new voters is not just a formality. With the posting of the ballot you are expected to post a summary of what you take into account - basically, how did you ...

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JoeD has the Imperial March Stuck in His Head Posted: December 05, 2017 at 12:46 PM | 19 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 2017 Ballot

Here are the specific rules for this election:

Candidate Eligibility: Any North American professional baseball player is eligible for the Most Meritorious Player (MMP) award including players on independent teams. Voters should consider the player’s on-field contribution to Major League Baseball (MLB) team(s) in that season only. If part of the season was spent outside MLB, that value may be considered as well. However, the player’s on-field contribution should be judged in relation to the ...

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DL from MN Posted: November 30, 2017 at 04:52 PM | 18 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Options Are Few

Boston has two 25-man roster spots open, but several more than two to fill.

villageidiom Posted: November 26, 2017 at 12:02 PM | 46 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: End of an Era

OK, up front let me give the disclosure that this is a fairly personal post.  After 17 seasons my father and I have made the decision to give up our season tickets.  The short version is that at the respective stages of our lives (him retired, me trying to get there) and the challenges that have come with StubHub and Red Sox Replay have just made the finances tougher to work.

We had talked about it a lot the last few weeks and while I am OK with the decision I have to confess to a sense of ...

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Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: November 20, 2017 at 10:13 PM | 16 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Mock 2018 Modern Baseball Committee Hall of Fame Ballot Results

BBTF elects Alan Trammell in our mock Modern Baseball Committee 2018 election

Player Name		Percent	TOTALS
Alan Trammell		94%	61
Marvin Miller		68%	44
Ted Simmons		62%	40
Luis Tiant		40%	26
Tommy John		26%	17
Dale Murphy		14%	9
Jack Morris		8%	5
Dave Parker		6%	4
Don Mattingly		2%	1
Steve Garvey		0%	0
Number of Voters			65
DL from MN Posted: November 20, 2017 at 02:03 PM | 13 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Mock 2018 Modern Baseball Committee Hall of Fame Ballot

Mock 2018 Today’s Game Hall of Fame Ballot

Candidates

Steve Garvey
Tommy John
Don Mattingly
Marvin Miller
Jack Morris
Dale Murphy
Dave Parker
Ted Simmons
Luis Tiant
Alan Trammell

See full descriptions here

Vote for zero to four candidates

Voting will end Monday 11/20/2017 at 1pm EST

DL from MN Posted: November 13, 2017 at 10:27 AM | 86 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 2017 Discussion

Most Meritorious Player: 2017 Discussion

Vote for 15.

Player			WS	bWAR
Jose Altuve		36.7	8.3	
Aaron Judge		30.8	8.1
Giancarlo Stanton	32.2	7.6
Joey Votto		31.5	7.5
Nolan Arenado		24.2	7.2
Mike Trout		30.8	6.7
Andrelton Simmons	21.9	7.1
Jose Ramirez		28.4	6.9
Mookie Betts		24.2	6.4
Tommy Pham		20.1	6.4
Carlos Correa		25.2	6.3
Kris Bryant		29.8	6.1
Charlie Blackmon	32.4	6.0
Anthony Rendon		27.9	5.9
Paul Goldschmidt	26.6	5.8
Marcell Ozuna		26.7	5.7
Justin Turner		24.8	5.7
Justin ...
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DL from MN Posted: November 02, 2017 at 04:51 PM | 16 comment(s)
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