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Gonfalon Cubs: Looking Forward

It’s about time I posted a new thread, even if I can’t think of a lot of new things to say at the moment.  I’ve always been a glass half full guy when it comes to the current day Cubs, so it’s pretty easy to look at the first half and see plenty of reasons to hope for improvement - the SP can’t be this bad, Rizzo and Bryant will definitely be better, plus the Maddon Cubs always seem to be more of a second half team.  The areas most likely to regress may include the overall bullpen ...

Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: July 18, 2018 at 05:07 PM | 4 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Halfwayish Home

So with the Sox at the “halfway” point of the season (98/162=50%?) let’s catch up a bit.

MVP - Mookie Betts - I mean this isn’t really a tough one. JD Martinez has been great and Xander Bogaerts and Andrew Benintendi are having great years also but Mookie has been something special. He may not be the best player in baseball but is he the best five tool player? (What kind of arm does Trout have? I don’t have a sense of that). It’s worth taking a moment to sit back and just ...

Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: July 15, 2018 at 06:50 PM | 7 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1944 Results

Congratulations to Dizzy Trout, our 1944 Most Meritorious Player!

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Dizzy Trout	103	7	6
Stan Musial	96	7	0
Snuffy Stirnweiss	86	7	1
Hal Newhouser	82	7	0
Lou Boudreau	62	6	0
Satchel Paige	41	4	0
Bob Johnson	39	5	0
Stan Spence	34	4	0
Bucky Walters	32	4	0
Vern Stephens	29	4	0
Bobby Doerr	26	3	0
Josh Gibson	24	2	0
Dixie Walker	16	2	0
Frank McCormick	11	1	0
Rip Sewell	10	1	0
Bill Nicholson	9	1	0
Buck Leonard	8	1	0
Ray Brown	8	1	0
Johnny Hopp	7	1	0
Augie Galan	6	1	0
Mort ...
DL from MN Posted: July 03, 2018 at 03:56 PM | 1 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Bigfoot, and Unicorns, and the Red Sox Bullpen

Reports are that “Tyler Thornburg” is joining the Red Sox bullpen today. This is the closest we’ve been to actual confirmation that “Tyler Thornburg” actually exists.

Entertaining the hypothetical, let’s consider what the implications would be for the pitching staff, were this to happen.

villageidiom Posted: July 03, 2018 at 11:18 AM | 31 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1945 Discussion

Last year of wartime baseball, some players like Greenberg have found their way back to the majors.

The Tigers beat the Cubs in 7 games in the World Series.

The Cleveland Buckeyes swept the Homestead Grays in the Negro World Series.

Vote for 10.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Snuffy Stirnweiss	34.7		8.7
Stan Hack		33.4		6.0
Tommy Holmes		31.3		8.0
Eddie Lake		26.8		6.8
Phil Cavarretta		29.5		6.0
Roy Cullenbine		30.4		5.5
Vern Stephens		29.1		5.4
Eddie Stanky		26.1		5.0
Whitey ...
DL from MN Posted: June 27, 2018 at 10:31 AM | 7 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1944 Ballot

For 1944 each voter should rank the top 10 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 3 July 2018. - Note the early close due to July 4 holiday

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 2 July 2018.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: June 26, 2018 at 11:34 AM | 9 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: Regrouping

I wanted to put up a new post yesterday, but I was sick - and not just from watching the Cubs (hey-o).  I think we talked quite a bit last year about how inconsistent the Cubs were, but this year seems even more extreme.  I don’t remember the worst series last year, but it would be hard to top losing 4 in a row to the Reds.  The Cubs had the lead in 3 of the games, but Sunday really was a masterpiece in blown games.  Montgomery pitched pretty good yet again - and then the wheels completely fell ...

Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: June 26, 2018 at 10:59 AM | 168 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: A Pleasant Trip So Far

The Sox have had a nice little road trip so far notching a 5-2 record and washing the taste of the disappointing homestand out of their collective mouths.  What I think is encouraging is how they have gotten here.  Returning star Mookie Betts has not yet hit his stride hitting just .200/.286/.320 and Ace Chris Sale only started one of the seven games.  I think there are a few things of note both up and down that probably deserve some recognition;

- If this is “all” Eduardo Rodriguez is I think ...

Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: June 18, 2018 at 09:44 AM | 60 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Where Are We?

After a disappointing and somewhat punchless 3-3 homestand the Sox hit the road for a bit of a rugged road trip through Baltimore (3), Seattle (4) and Minnesota (3).  3-3 isn’t an awful homestand or anything but it’s a bit disappointing given the fairly mediocre opposition.  The bad news was the potent offense has really scuffled the last four games scoring just 8 runs while dropping 3 out of 4.  That disappointment is somewhat mitigated by the elephant in the room that is the bizarrely long ...

Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: June 11, 2018 at 01:03 PM | 33 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: Clicking

Although it was another poor weekend for the offense, it’s hard not to like how a lot of things are starting to look like they’re coming together for the Cubs right now.  This year’s team looks more like the 2016 version than the 2017 version, although there’s still plenty of reason to be concerned about the rotation.  We’re starting to see games where it’s one phase of the team that really shines - be it the defense or baserunning - in ways we really didn’t see last year.  So all in all, it’s ...

Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: June 11, 2018 at 06:03 AM | 100 comment(s)
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