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Sox Therapy: Back In The Saddle

So after a bit of vacation (and returning to the first snow fall of the year last night) I am back with some thoughts on what has been a fairly quiet off-season so far.  Last year at this time the Sox had traded for Craig Kimbrel and the year before the Sox had signed Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval.  So far the Sox do seem to be living up to the reports that suggested they would take a more low-key approach to things.  That does not meant that nothing is happening or nothing will happen.  ...

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Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: November 21, 2016 at 11:04 AM | 5 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 2016 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 16, 2016 at 05:54 PM | 19 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: 2016 Season Recap

World Series Champs

Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: November 08, 2016 at 02:08 PM | 35 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Mock 2017 Today’s Game Hall of Fame Ballot

Candidates

Harold Baines
Albert Belle
Will Clark
Orel Hershiser
Davey Johnson
Mark McGwire
Lou Piniella
John Schuerholz
Bud Selig
George Steinbrenner

See full descriptions here

Vote for zero to four candidates

Election will end Tuesday, 11/15/2016 at 1:00 EST.

DL from MN Posted: November 08, 2016 at 01:09 PM | 56 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1998 Results

Congratulations to Mark McGwire, our 1998 Most Meritorious Player

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Mark McGwire	170	12	8
Barry Bonds	139	12	1
Albert Belle	114	11	1
Greg Maddux	98	10	0
Kevin Brown	92	8	2
Roger Clemens	91	12	0
Alex Rodriguez	87	9	0
Sammy Sosa	84	10	0
John Olerud	84	11	0
Mike Piazza	77	9	0
Tom Glavine	50	7	0
Craig Biggio	35	6	0
Ivan Rodriguez	29	5	0
Andruw Jones	29	5	0
Pedro Martinez	27	6	0
Ken Griffey Jr	25	4	0
Greg Vaughn	23	4	0
Chipper Jones	20	4	0
N Garciaparra	19	3	0
Scott ...
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DL from MN Posted: November 04, 2016 at 09:57 AM | 16 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Time To Make Decisions

So congrats to the Cubs.  Certainly as Sox fans we know the experience of breaking a long drought and I hope Cub fans enjoy it as much as we did twelve years ago.

But now it’s on to important things and that of course means the Red Sox.  The Sox return the vast majority of the team from last year but that doesn’t mean there are no decisions or moves to make this winter.  Dave Dombrowski has some work to do and it will be interesting to see how he does it.  Here are my thoughts on what I would ...

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Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: November 03, 2016 at 08:42 AM | 16 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: Game 7 Feelings

World Series Champions.  Never a doubt.

For Joel. 

For my grandpa.  For everyone that never saw this.  Cubs were the best team, February through November.  Champions.

Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: November 03, 2016 at 01:21 AM | 56 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: Game 6 Feelings

World Series game 7 Cubs

I really don’t have any words tonight, though there’s plenty to talk about.  Maybe I’ll be able to write some coherent sentences then.

Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: November 02, 2016 at 12:01 AM | 26 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: Game 5 Feelings

Whew.

Seriously.  Whew.  Holy ####, not sure I’ll be able to fall asleep anytime soon.  So, to try and organize some half thought-through thoughts.

Good:
1. Chapman.  This was a tough situation for him; he’s been bad all year with inherited runners and even worse in the playoffs.  Longest outing in his pro career, almost most pitches thrown.  He made it tougher on himself not covering first (though, not sure they get the out), but still came through. 
2. Lester.  I’ll get to the decision to ...

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Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: October 30, 2016 at 11:58 PM | 53 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: Game 4 Feelings

Well, hard to like much after that. Kluber was awesome, yet again. The Indians have made almost no mistakes, and have taken advantage of most of the Cubs. The lack of offense is surprising, but the defense falling apart bugs me the most. We can not pick moves here and there, but the Cubs just haven’t been good enough.

Luckily, there’s 3 more games. Once again, on paper, the Cubs have the pitching advantage. They could very easily win each of the next 3 games, or it could end tomorrow. I don’t ...

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Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: October 30, 2016 at 12:05 AM | 16 comment(s)
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