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Sox Therapy: The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Lightly Tinted Shades

For the first time in about a decade the Red Sox have a farm system that can best be described as “thin.”  Despite that the Sox are in pretty good shape as the core of the roster is relatively young and club controlled for 2-3 more seasons which is plenty of time for things to be built back up.  With that in mind I want to consider a few guys currently in the system who in my opinion could be breakout stars in 2018;

1B - Josh Ockimey - Likely Start Point*: Portland (AA) - I’ve liked Ockimey ...

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Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: January 30, 2018 at 10:56 AM | 12 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Miguel Tejada and Placido Polanco

eligible 2019

DL from MN Posted: January 29, 2018 at 01:04 PM | 0 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1940 Discussion

The Reds defeated the Tigers in seven games in the World Series. The Homestead Grays and Kansas City Monarchs won their respective leagues. Vote for your top 10.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Johnny Mize		32.0		7.4
Lou Boudreau		29.4		6.0
Luke Appling		29.4		5.4
Hank Greenberg		31.3		7.1
Arky Vaughan		30.7		6.3
Joe DiMaggio		31.3		7.3
Ted Williams		30.1		6.4
Stan Hack		26.3		5.5
Rudy York		26.0		5.3
Joe Cronin		23.6		4.0
Billy Werber		27.2		4.5
Dolph Camilli		25.5		5.0
Lonny Frey		25.1		5.9
Charlie ...
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DL from MN Posted: January 23, 2018 at 01:57 PM | 31 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: 2019 Hall of Merit Ballot Discussion

2019 - (December 2018) - elect 3

Top 10 Returning Players

Luis Tiant (240), Sammy Sosa (238), Kenny Lofton (236), Andruw Jones (220), Jeff Kent (207), Ben Taylor (197), Johan Santana (186), Buddy Bell (139), Bobby Bonds (124), Jorge Posada (105)

Newly eligible players

Player Name	bWAR WS	WAR7	JAWS	HOFm	HOFs
Roy Halladay	64.7	225.5	50.6	57.6	127	45
Todd Helton	61.2	316.5	46.4	53.8	175	59
Andy Pettitte	60.8	228.7	34.1	47.5	128	44
Mariano Rivera	57.1	272.5	28.9	43	214	30
Lance ...
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DL from MN Posted: January 23, 2018 at 12:35 PM | 123 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 2011 Ballot

For 2011 each voter should rank the top 15 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 7 February 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 6 February 2018.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: January 22, 2018 at 01:38 PM | 23 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Where Is The Offense…It’s Right Over Here

FanGraphs released the Red Sox’ ZiPS projections today and I think it is somewhat enlightening.  With the daily “there are no new updates on J.D. Martinez” updates I think it is worth taking a gander at how the team projects.  I used wOBA because it is a nice neat number to go with and compare year over year;

1B Mitch Moreland - 2017: .326 - 2018: .320
2B Dustin Pedroia - 2017: 331 - 2018: .321
3B Rafael Devers - 2017: .344 - 2018: .341
SS Xander Bogaerts - 2017: .321 - 2018: .335
IF Brock ...

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Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: January 17, 2018 at 04:51 PM | 19 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Roy Oswalt

Eligible in 2019

DL from MN Posted: January 16, 2018 at 10:11 AM | 9 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Andy Pettitte

Eligible in 2019

DL from MN Posted: January 16, 2018 at 10:10 AM | 51 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Laugh With Me, Not At Me

With the latest news that J.D. Martinez is willing to hold out until 2025 to ensure his 15 year, $400 million contract (note: numbers may not be exact) I thought it might be a good time to give some thought to possible trade options for the Sox.  As with any exercise of this sort these are meant to be rough estimates rather than “Team X should give the Red Sox all their good players.”

Red Sox get: Jose Abreu
White Sox get: Jay Groome, Josh Ockimey, Rusney Castillo and some money

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Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: January 12, 2018 at 04:12 PM | 14 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Lance Berkman

Eligible in 2019

DL from MN Posted: January 11, 2018 at 02:39 PM | 4 comment(s)
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