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Sox Therapy: Springing Into Action

Hey everyone!  Some pretty rough weather yesterday, a bit windy and cloudy it was rough. I had to break out the sweatshirt last night. Oh did I mention I’m at Spring Training? No? You thought I was talking about the foot of snow and bitter cold you were dealing with? Hey, it was rough here too.  For some reason no one seems interested in extending me any sympathy.

Anyway I’ve made my way to a couple of games so far and I’ll be going to a couple more.  I thought I’d share some observations ...

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Jose is El Absurd Bronson Y Pollo Posted: March 15, 2017 at 09:25 AM | 15 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 2001 Results

Congratulations to Barry Bonds for being unanimously elected the 2001 Most Meritorious Player.

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Barry Bonds	165	11	11
Sammy Sosa	152	11	0
Jason Giambi	134	11	0
Alex Rodriguez	121	11	0
Randy Johnson	118	11	0
Luis Gonzalez	100	11	0
Bret Boone	87	10	0
Roberto Alomar	72	11	0
Curt Schilling	72	9	0
Ichiro Suzuki	39	6	0
Larry Walker	34	6	0
Rich Aurilia	32	8	0
Shawn Green	31	7	0
Todd Helton	23	5	0
Lance Berkman	18	5	0
Mike Mussina	17	5	0
Albert Pujols	16	5	0
Jim ...
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DL from MN Posted: March 13, 2017 at 05:55 PM | 6 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Early Spring Overreactions

The AL East champion Red Sox are back at it and of course spring training is a time to hear a story and wildly extrapolate nonsense from it.  And when you need nonsense, you need your man Jose to step in and fill the breach.  Thus the breach shall be filled.

Sam Travis - Great Hitter or Greatest Hitter - The righty has picked up where he left off before getting injured last season and has already slugged a couple of homers.  Admittedly one of them (against Northeastern) doesn’t count in ...

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Jose is El Absurd Bronson Y Pollo Posted: March 01, 2017 at 01:42 PM | 35 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 2002 Discussion

The Angels defeated the Giants in the World Series. Vote for 15.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Barry Bonds		47.7		11.8
Alex Rodriguez		32.8		8.8
Jim Thome		37.5		7.4
Vladimir Guerrero	30.6		7.0
Chipper Jones		31.0		5.7
Jim Edmonds		31.5		6.7
Jason Giambi		33.5		7.1
Scott Rolen		24.6		6.5
Jeff Kent		29.7		7.0
Nomar Garciaparra	25.7		6.8
Bobby Abreu		27.0		5.8
Brian Giles		34.0		5.3
Shawn Green		32.1		6.9
Albert Pujols		31.1		5.5
Larry Walker		27.2		6.1
Miguel Tejada		28.4		5.6
Todd ...
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DL from MN Posted: February 28, 2017 at 05:09 PM | 14 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 2001 Ballot

For 2001 each voter should rank the top 15 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 13 March 2017.

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 10 March 2017.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: February 24, 2017 at 03:34 PM | 14 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: Spring Training Open Thread

We’ve gotten some sporadic threads going over the first week of ST, but nothing has really taken off.  I’m putting this up now, and will be adding any news/updates to the comments as they pop up.  It’s going to be a relatively quiet spring, I’d expect, and I’m heading to Phoenix for a few games in a couple of week (so if anyone is going to be there, let me know).

Here’s how I see the roster today, feel free to comment, laugh, etc:

LOCKS:
Hitters (10) - Rizzo, Bryant, Zobrist, Russell, ...

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Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: February 20, 2017 at 11:48 AM | 17 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: The Roster - Part Deux

With pitchers and catchers officially in camp, winter transactions pretty solidly wrapped up and health issues starting to clarify I figured today might be a good day to run through the roster again and see where we are.

Starters:
1B – Mitch Moreland
2B – Dustin Pedroia
3B – Pablo Sandoval
SS – Xander Bogaerts
LF – Andrew Benintendi
CF – Jackie Bradley Jr.
RF – Mookie Betts
C – Sandy Leon
DH – Hanley Ramirez

Bench:
IF – Brock Holt
IF - Marco Hernandez
OF – Chris Young
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Jose is El Absurd Bronson Y Pollo Posted: February 16, 2017 at 10:59 AM | 8 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Third Aid

First aid is immediate help given for an injury that will suffice until full medical treatment can be given. I don’t think second aid is actually a term people use, but let’s say it’s the full medical treatment that was sought after first aid was administered. That should be the end of it, right? Well, yeah. Third aid shouldn’t exist because full medical treatment should solve the problem.

villageidiom Posted: February 13, 2017 at 07:25 AM | 15 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Truckin’ Along

So with the truck (or The Truck) having left Boston for its glorious reappearing in Fort Myers today I thought it might be time to start thinking about spring training.  Because I know you are all worried I leave in 32 days for the Sunshine State.  With that in mind I was thinking about what I am looking forward to at the four games I am going to be attending;

Pablo Sandoval – Hey why mess around?  My father was at the house Saturday night and he said “I want a picture of Sandoval as soon ...

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Jose is El Absurd Bronson Y Pollo Posted: February 06, 2017 at 04:34 PM | 4 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: Last Minute Depth Shopping

I added a comment to the last post about the Brett Anderson signing, but there wasn’t a thread for it (nor did it really deserve it’s own thread).  That’s obviously a depth signing, and at only $3.5 mil guaranteed, it’s relatively low risk.  It’s incredibly unlikely he’s healthy enough to be a much of a factor at all, but if he is, the incentives can take his deal up to $10mil.  I’m perfectly fine with this, but if he’s really the 6th starter, there still is more work to do.

So yesterday, the ...

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Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: February 02, 2017 at 11:21 AM | 34 comment(s)
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