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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1995 Discussion

The World Series returns and the Braves defeat the Indians. Vote for 14 this year.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Barry Bonds		34.1		7.5
Mike Piazza		26.6		6.2
Tim Salmon		28.9		6.6
John Valentin		26.8		8.3
Jim Thome		26.4		5.9
Barry Larkin		28.0		5.9
Mark McGwire		22.9		5.5
Craig Biggio		30.0		6.3
Frank Thomas		27.7		5.3
Albert Belle		33.2		6.9
Edgar Martinez		31.1		7.0
Reggie Sanders		26.1		6.6
Jim Edmonds		21.9		5.6
Matt Williams		19.6		4.6
Chuck Knoblauch		25.8		6.7
Raul Mondesi		21.6		4.8
Robin ...
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DL from MN Posted: July 07, 2016 at 03:53 PM | 31 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Your Red Sox All Stars

On the heels of yet another frustrating loss (and man, is it me or is every loss “frustrating” in some way these days, there’s no simple loss lately) I think it is worth taking a moment to appreciate the Sox All Star representatives.  While the season has been alternately thrilling and exasperating there is a lot to see here and I think it bodes well for the future.  Here are your six (!) Red Sox All Stars with some other relevant data;

David Ortiz - 40 years old - last year
Craig Kimbrel - 28 ...

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Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: July 06, 2016 at 10:50 AM | 7 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Not Half Bad

We’re halfway through the 2016 season, and Boston is sitting with a 44-37 record. Jose’s preseason feeling was that this was an 83-79 team, and halfway through the season they are within range of that, with a couple extra wins in the bank. The shape of that record, with command of first place for a couple months followed by a disappointing June, has people feeling like it’s time to panic. But taking my usual optimistic approach I’d say they’ve done pretty well.

villageidiom Posted: July 04, 2016 at 09:14 AM | 9 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: Midseason Prospect Check-in

Rather that just look up a bunch of stats for guys that I really haven’t seen at all, I’ll just link to the excellent write-up from Cubs Den on the first half for the Cubs prospects. 

At the same time, we want to give credit to those players who have made a breakthrough early in 2016.  I’ve had the good fortune to see all of these players since February, so I know that the breakthrough seasons of Eloy Jimenez, Bryan Hudson, and Trevor Clifton —or those of sleepers like PJ Higgins, Jesus ...

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Moses Taylor, sex fowler Posted: June 30, 2016 at 02:24 PM | 8 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Not Major Leaguers - On The Move

It’s been awhile since we took a peek at the minor leaguers and I figure an off day is as good a time to take a look at them.  While not all players have been promoted that is the group of guys I am especially interested in today;

1B - Chris Marrero - Pawtucket - Deven’s cousin did not actually get promoted, yet, but he certainly has to be on the big boys’ radar.  The right-handed slugger has kicked around for awhile and earned a spot on the IL All Star Team.  He seems fairly versatile with ...

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Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: June 30, 2016 at 10:10 AM | 30 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Is It Time To Panic?

Well, yeah.

OK, maybe not panic exactly but the time is now for the Sox to get their collective heads out of their posteriors and start playing better.  There is plenty of time for all sorts of analysis and discussion but really it comes down to the very simple issue of pitching better.  The Sox have surrendered 60 runs in their last ten games and honestly I would have pegged the number as a lot higher than that.  Incredibly they have managed to 4-6 in those ten games and it is possible we ...

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Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: June 28, 2016 at 08:52 AM | 23 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1994 Ballot

For 1994, each voter should rank the top 14 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 6 July 2016.

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 5 July 2016.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: June 27, 2016 at 11:50 AM | 22 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: Slumping and Busting

Last week the Cubs went 1-6, and saw both the pitching and the hitting drop.  They gave up 5.29 runs per game but only scored 3 runs per game.  It can be hard to win when nearly everyone slumps at the same time.  As a indicator of how good they had been, they went 1-6 and are still up 9 games.

Random musings:

The depth has continued to be excellent.  While Almora has hit poorly recently, Baez, Szczur, and Ross have all hit well.  Coghlan has hit decently since he was acquired, and Contreras ...

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Dan The Mediocre is one of "the rest" Posted: June 27, 2016 at 11:18 AM | 33 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: The Return of The Duke

Watching the Sox lose their second very winnable game in three days last night I was struck by something.  This team reminds me greatly of the late-era Dan Duquette clubs.  This is not to rip on the Duke who generally got a raw deal (note to Karl: he’s still not better than Theo) but the late Dan Duquette era was marked by a “stars and scrubs” format that the current Red Sox have very similarly followed.  This is not a bad thing on its own.  Like those teams with Pedro, Manny and NOMAAAAAAAH ...

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Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: June 23, 2016 at 07:16 AM | 5 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: Finally, part 2

Patrick Mooney ‏@CSNMooney 15s15 seconds ago
#Cubs put Clayton Richard (blister) on DL and option Adam Warren to Iowa with intent to stretch him out to make start before All-Star break.

Gordon Wittenmyer ‏@GDubCub 3m3 minutes ago
RHP Spencer Patton recalled. LHP Gerardo Concepcion also called up for big-league debut.

The bullpen is all of a sudden very young and inexperienced.  Here’s hoping at least one of these guys (this includes Edwards) really stands out and can stay on the ...

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Moses Taylor, sex fowler Posted: June 21, 2016 at 05:27 PM | 24 comment(s)
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