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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1980 Ballot
For 1980, each voter should rank their top 13 players from both leagues combined.
Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EST on 04 April 2013.
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 03 April 2013.
For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.
DL from MN
Posted: March 22, 2013 at 10:23 AM | 21 comment(s)
Lots of Sox Therapy posts lately but I’ll add another one since with Opening Day just two weeks away I think it’s time we had an Opening Day Roster thread. Things are starting to fall into shape with injuries and performances clearing up some open questions. David Ortiz’ injury is the one that’s going to get the headlines but with yesterday’s Boston.com story about Stephen Drew I think we have to acknowledge that our Opening Day shortstop is going to be someone other than Drew.
Jose Can Still Seabiscuit
Posted: March 18, 2013 at 10:26 AM | 85 comment(s)
Sox Therapy: Now Is the Time to Lock Up Dustin Pedroia
Dustin Pedroia is a 29-year-old second basemen who is signed for the next two years and with a reasonable team option for 2015. Normally, I would be against inking such a player to an extension, but I think I would make an exception for Pedroia. Here’s why:
—First and foremost, Pedroia is the face of the team and a really excellent player. In his first 6 years as a full-time player he’s put up 31.1 fWAR. He’s beloved by the fans, well-liked by his peers, and seemingly has an exemplary work ...Read More...
Posted: March 17, 2013 at 12:37 PM | 24 comment(s)
Sox Therapy: What Projections Say about the Big Trade
The August 2012 trade between the Red Sox and the Dodgers was one of the most fascinating and important moves in the history of the Boston franchise. As such, it’s hard not to revisit it often. And so…
When the Red Sox unloaded the contracts of Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, and Carl Crawford (and Nick Punto!), they cut about $57 million off their annual payroll (after accounting for the cash paid out by Boston to LA). While it was pretty widely agreed upon that the players were, as a group, ...Read More...
Posted: March 15, 2013 at 11:07 AM | 57 comment(s)
I really don’t want to think about a Boston Red Sox season where our lineup isn’t anchored by Big Papi. I am currently not going to, because I think the best interpretation of what we know if that this isn’t the biggest problem ever. The current shut down, as reported, is not either a major new injury or a failed recovery of the same major injury – it looks like an injury cascade where the Achilles pain led Ortiz to change his stride, which then in turn led to heel problem. This ...Read More...
Matt Clement of Alexandria
Posted: March 12, 2013 at 07:24 AM | 17 comment(s)
In an election that saw five different candidates receive first-place ballots, Fred Lynn secured a victory on points, with a twenty-point advantage over the runner-up. Congratulations to Lynn, the 1979 Most Meritorious Player!
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Pts
Lynn 7 2 2 1 169
Porter, D 2 4 1 3 1 1 149
Brett ...Read More...
Posted: March 11, 2013 at 09:55 PM | 12 comment(s)
Sox Therapy: Jose Ruins Careers at the Fort
I hope everyone in Massachusetts enjoyed the foot of snow last week. If it makes you feel better it was a bit windy today when I stepped out of the pool and I caught a bit of a chill. Brrrrr.
I have been able to brave the elements and get to a few Spring Training games so far and as always it is a ton of fun. The week started on a bit of a maudlin note as I walked through the retired numbers section in front of JetBlue Park and passed Johnny Pesky’s number 6. John hasn’t been an active ...Read More...
Jose Can Still Seabiscuit
Posted: March 10, 2013 at 03:52 PM | 19 comment(s)
Comment in the thread below:
As part of the multi-year collaboration beginning with the 2013 season, SABR will develop an expanded statistical resource guide that will accompany the Rawlings Gold Glove Award ballots sent to major league-level managers and coaches each year. In addition, SABR will immediately establish a new Fielding Research Committee tasked to develop a proprietary new defensive analytic called the SABR Defensive Index™, or SDI™. The SDI will serve as an ...
Posted: March 08, 2013 at 04:59 PM | 20 comment(s)
Sox Therapy: John Farrell and the Shift Defense
The largest change in baseball strategy over the last decade has been the radically increased use of the shift defense in the past two years. This was pointed out in a Bill James Online article by John Dewan early in 2012. Farrell’s Blue Jays were among the earliest adopters of the shift, reportedly due to the influence of 3rd base coach Brian Butterfield. Butterfield has moved to Boston with Farrell, and we can expect the shift to make the trek east as well. He may be actually taking it ...Read More...
Matt Clement of Alexandria
Posted: March 06, 2013 at 08:53 AM | 23 comment(s)
The 2013 SABR Analytics Conference will be held Thursday, March 7 through Saturday, March 9, 2013, in downtown Phoenix, Arizona.
Thursday’s programming will be held at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, 555 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004.
Friday and Saturday’s programming will be held at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown, 340 North 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004.
Joe Posnanski and Bill James are among the featured speakers, and there ...Read More...
Posted: March 01, 2013 at 02:29 PM | 1 comment(s)
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