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Sox Therapy: Lining Up The Minors

A combination of time and a farm system that is not nearly as interesting as it has been in recent years has kept me from talking much about the minors this year.  With the regular season over I thought I’d take a quick gander at the system with a look at a few interesting players;

1B - Josh Ockimey - Salem/Portland - The 21 year old (22 in two weeks) had a strong season with 43 extra base hits.  He also maintained gains in plate discipline that he showed in Greenville last year.  Ockimey has ...

Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: October 03, 2017 at 04:13 PM | 28 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: ALDS by CFBPS on PEDs

The ALDS begins Thursday for the Red Sox. After a season of renoobulation and a secret workout that makes Tom Brady look like Tom Arnold, the Crazy Fan-Boy Projection System is in the best shape of its life. What better test of its fitness than to have it project the ALDS? Let’s see what it says.

Game 1: Boston 47, Houston 0.

villageidiom Posted: October 03, 2017 at 03:14 PM | 4 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Win, Dance, REPEAT

For the first time in club history the Sox have notched consecutive division titles.  It was not easy but they got it wrapped up in game 161 in style with Craig Kimbrel sealing the deal for Drew Pomeranz and Co.  These are the kinds of years that remind me how tough winning a division title is.  The Sox went into the season as solid favorites; the Jays were going to regress, the Rays weren’t that good, the Orioles didn’t have the pitching and the Yankees were a year away.  The Sox then went out ...

Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: September 30, 2017 at 06:12 PM | 8 comment(s)
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Primate Studies: 2017-2021 CBA

After MLB and the MLBPA agreed on a new Basic Agreement for 2017 to 2021 we had a lot of discussion on this site about what was in it. Each time, we wanted to look at the CBA to understand the actual provisions so we could answer a few questions about whatever was in the press releases. For months it has been unavailable.

Today I happened to find it published on the MLBPA site. I’m adding no analysis; I’m putting this here in case anyone wishes to bookmark it, study it, or discuss it. ...Read More...

villageidiom Posted: September 28, 2017 at 06:29 PM | 1 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: Playoff Roster Thoughts

Getting an early jump on this now that the clinch is behind us.  Almost everything is purely speculation, since Joe hasn’t said much yet.  Any thoughts or updates can be posted here up until the roster is finalized sometime next week.

Stone Cold Locks - 14

Locks, but maybe… -  4

Should be, but injuries - 4
Arrieta: He said he wasn’t 100%, so if his start ...

Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: September 28, 2017 at 11:23 AM | 77 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 2008 Ballot

For 2008 each voter should rank the top 15 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 4 October 2017.

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 3 October 2017.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: September 27, 2017 at 02:57 PM | 11 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Panic on the Streets of Boston, Panic on the Streets of Arlington

So much for the idea of a relaxing week of baseball.  A division title that looked wrapped up 60 hours ago suddenly looks, or at least feels, dicey at best.  So how much should the Sox fans be panicking?

The case against panic;

- The lead is still three games and despite two ugly games the Sox have been excellent for awhile now.  At 15-8 the Sox have been playing great baseball in September and you can push that back to the trade deadline where they have the second best record in the AL.  ...

Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: September 27, 2017 at 10:01 AM | 119 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Roster Thoughts

After a highly successful road trip the Red Sox return to finish the season at home over the next week.  Having clinched at least a playoff berth the Sox will at least have an opportunity to play in a divsion series and it is time for John Farrell and Company to start reaching conclusions about the way a DS roster would look.  Even if the Sox don’t win the division (knock on wood, turn around, spit) a Wild Card game gives them enough of a chance that I think it is worth considering.

For now ...

Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: September 24, 2017 at 09:08 PM | 34 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Step One Complete

The goal for this team remains winning the division but with their win last night and the Angels loss the Sox have officially qualified for the playoffs for the second consecutive season.  This is the first time since 2007-2009 that they have had consecutive postseason experiences so this is something to be celebrated.  Maybe not champagne but a little cold duck could do the trick.

More importantly the Sox have taken a big step toward winning the division.  I will freely admit having been ...

Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: September 21, 2017 at 08:57 AM | 61 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: 15 To Go

Cubs:  6 vs. STL (2 home/4 road) + 2 vs. TBR (road) + 4 vs. MIL (road) + 3 vs. CIN (home). After this weekend’s series, the Cubs are done at Wrigley until the final series hosting Cincinnati.

Brewers (3.0 GB): 2 vs. MIA (road) + 3 vs. PIT (road) + 4 vs. CHC (home) + 3 vs. CIN (home) + 3 vs. STL (road).

Cardinals (4.0 GB): 6 vs. CHC (4 home/2 road) + 3 vs. CIN (road) + 3 vs. PIT (road) + 3 vs. MIL (home).

Andere Richtingen Posted: September 16, 2017 at 09:26 AM | 129 comment(s)
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