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Gonfalon Cubs: Gut check Monday

Rather that doing any sort of write, I thought I’d list out a bunch of things I like, or didn’t like, or felt, after the first 2 games; plus how I feel about tonight’s game.

Things to like:
1. Javy.  It really speaks to how far he’s come all the ways he’s making an impact.  Sure, I’d love for him to run out of the box sprinting every time (more on that late), but he’s been exactly what the Cubs needed at the bottom of the lineup.  He hasn’t even had to do too much defensively yet, but the ...

Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: October 10, 2016 at 09:49 AM | 42 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: Bring on the Giants

This will be a very unorganized preview, but I wanted to get something up to talk about here.  I’m sure there’ll be plenty of previews to read.  Most will say something along the lines of the Cubs are the better team on paper, but it’s an even year and the Giants and a proven October winner.  Since I don’t believe in that - or curses/jinxes - but realize anything can happen in a short series, I’ll say the Cubs are clearly the better team on paper but the Giants will be a tough match (and a ...

Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: October 06, 2016 at 11:01 AM | 82 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1998 Discussion

McGwire hit 70 HR and set the new season record. The Yankees defeated the Padres in the World Series. Baseball added two teams so we vote for 15 this year.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Mark McGwire		39.4		8.7
Alex Rodriguez		27.8		8.5
Mike Piazza		34.7		6.4
Barry Bonds		34.3		8.1
Scott Rolen		30.8		6.7
Jason Kendall		25.7		6.4
John Olerud		34.0		7.6
Chipper Jones		31.2		7.0
Ivan Rodriguez		27.8		6.4
Greg Vaughn		31.7		6.3
Barry Larkin		26.5		5.9
Albert Belle		37.9		7.4
Derek Jeter		28.8		4.1
Nomar ...
DL from MN Posted: October 05, 2016 at 04:15 PM | 27 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1997 Results

Congratulations to Mike Piazza on winning the 1997 MMP Award!

This is the first MMP award won by a catcher.

DL from MN Posted: October 05, 2016 at 03:59 PM | 8 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: Five minute non-specific opponent playoff preview

I’ll write a little more after the NL WC game on Wednesday, once we know who the Cubs are playing (quick thought - I don’t have a preference; both the Mets and Giants have obvious strengths and ways they could beat the Cubs, and also plenty of weaknesses and reasons the Cubs can beat them).  In the meantime, here’s some quick thoughts about how things are looking.  First though, 103 wins.  Wow.  I hope we can fully appreciate how great this season way, regardless of how this month turns out.  ...

Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: October 03, 2016 at 05:14 PM | 27 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Why I Worry/Why I Feel Good

So the American League East champion Red Sox have completed one of the organization’s most entertaining regular seasons in a long time.  They now prepare for a post-season that frankly could end by Sunday or could end with an early November parade.  Even under baseball’s variable circumstances 2016 feels like a very open season.

The Sox head into this post-season with some good and bad things happening.  I want to touch on a few of each;


The Closer – It is not possible to ...

Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: October 03, 2016 at 03:19 PM | 26 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: A Fan Picks Papi’s Ten Best (Red Sox) Moments

So this list is just meant to be related to his time with the Red Sox.  I don’t feel like getting in a spitting match over his first hit or home run or grand slam (at Fenway!) or walk off and I’m not knowledgeable enough about his Minnesota time to consider any of those events seriously.  In keeping with the low key approach that the Sox will be taking to Papi’s regular season send off this weekend here is one man’s opinion of David Ortiz’ greatest moments (so far);

10 – Catches Jeff ...

Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: September 29, 2016 at 11:43 PM | 23 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: Fear, Worry, and Overthinking

Since the Cubs actually cliched, and even well before that when it was inevitable, I found it easy to push a bunch of minor concerns out of my mind.  Usually a quick “Yeah, but that won’t matter until October” was enough to mentally move on.  Now that the playoffs are just a (long, long) week away, the doubts have started creeping back in.  So, in the remaining 8 days until the Cubs play their next meaningful game, here are the things that worry me.

1. This:

We interrupt your regularly ...

Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: September 29, 2016 at 10:41 AM | 17 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Ten Moments That Won A Division

After a long season the Sox did what they did in 1986 and 2007 and clinched the division on September 28.  158 games is a lot of games but even in those games there are moments that matter. With that in mind, here are ten key moments from the 2016 season;

Opening Day – John Farrell writes Travis Shaw’s name on the lineup card.

So this was not a surprise obviously but it was important.  Farrell had a similar moment in 2013 with Jackie Bradley though this worked a bit better.  The important ...

Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: September 28, 2016 at 10:23 PM | 28 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1997 Ballot

For 1997, each voter should rank the top 14 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 5 October 2016.

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 4 October 2016.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: September 26, 2016 at 10:15 AM | 16 comment(s)
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