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Sox Therapy: Camp is Broken

The World Champion Red Sox broke camp this weekend and headed to Arizona for a bit of a tune up with the Cubs before heading to Seattle to open the season against the Mariners.  There is news being reported in various places of some interest;

Chris Sale is a rich man.

Sale wasn’t exactly going through the couch cushions to get T-pass money before but he’s a lot richer now.  I had said earlier this winter that Sale was a bit lower on my priority list.  However this deal is a lot more ...

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Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: March 24, 2019 at 08:50 PM | 16 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: First World Problems: Ovations

Spring training is winding down, and most important decisions have been made. One more critical set remains: who should get the loudest ovations at the home opener?

villageidiom Posted: March 19, 2019 at 03:00 PM | 9 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Report from the Fort

It’s that time of year again, the time when everyone hates Jose as he tells you that he is in Southwest Florida drinking too much rum and watching the Sox do their thing.  While you are angry at me here are a few notes from Fort Myers;

- First off the good news has been health.  Apparently J.D. Martinez missed yesterday’s game with a sore back but there doesn’t seem to be too much concern on that front.  Other than that all the reports are that everyone is healthy.  Watching the players ...

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Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: March 14, 2019 at 09:30 AM | 19 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1914 Discussion

The Boston “Miracle” Braves swept the Philadelphia Athletics in the World Series.

The Indianapolis Hoosiers claimed the Federal League crown.

There was no formal challenge for the championship of black baseball but that didn’t stop Rube Foster’s Chicago American Giants from claiming the title on film.

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Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Tris Speaker		44.8		9.9	
Eddie Collins		42.4		9.1
Frank Baker		33.7		7.4
Sam Crawford		29.6		6.2
George Burns		31.9		6.5		
Tillie Walker		26.4		5.8
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DL from MN Posted: March 11, 2019 at 12:35 PM | 19 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1913 Results

Congratulations to Walter Johnson, our unanimous choice for the 1913 Most Meritorious Player!

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Walter Johnson	120	8	8
Eddie Collins	108	8	0
Tris Speaker	101	8	0
Joe Jackson	87	8	0
Ty R Cobb	78	8	0
Frank Baker	76	7	0
Babe Adams	57	7	0
JH Lloyd	46	5	0
Reb Russell	39	4	0
Chrs Mathewson	30	4	0
Jose Mendez	29	4	0
Gavy Cravath	22	3	0
Joe Williams	17	2	0
Eddie Cicotte	16	2	0
Crs Torriente	8	1	0
Burt Shotton	6	1	0
DL from MN Posted: March 06, 2019 at 04:18 PM | 2 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Baseball Has Been Played!

The defending World Champions (that’s the Boston Red Sox if you forgot) have started playing baseball again.  Apparently the top prospects have made some noise already.  Bobby Dalbec crushed a homer the other day and Michael Chavis has cranked a couple of dingers of his own.  As both players are heavily dependent on their power to make an impact it’s a nice little sign in these crucial* early spring games.

* - not crucial

Maybe the biggest story so far is the Ryan Brasier situation. ...

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Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: February 24, 2019 at 07:58 PM | 15 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1913 Ballot

For 1913 each voter should rank the top 10 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 6 March 2019.

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 5 Mar 2019.
For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: February 21, 2019 at 01:20 PM | 15 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Happy Pitchers and Molinas* Day!!!

* - That’s not my joke but I don’t remember who first coined it so let’s just assume I’m incredibly funny.

Today is the official early report day for pitchers and catchers at JetBlue Park.  For those of you who enjoyed shoveling snow this morning like I did you’ll be pleased to know the report from my mother in SW Florida is that it’s “chilly” (i.e. 66 degrees) and raining so they are miserable too.  A few random thoughts as people who were a hell of a lot warmer when they woke up arrive at ...

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Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: February 13, 2019 at 10:29 AM | 17 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: Spring Training

It’s kind of hard to remember a less inspiring - or maybe I should say a more uninspiring - offseason for the Cubs in some time.  Sure, there were many, many, MANY years where we knew going into the season they would be bad - or even worse, unwatchable; some of those years the Cubs were trying to sell that they were going to be good or there was a longer rebuild coming; we’ve also gone through plenty of offseason off-field drama.  There was just something this year that seemed to bug me more.  ...

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Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: February 13, 2019 at 10:21 AM | 86 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1913 Discussion

Eddie Collins, Home Run Baker and the Philadelphia Athletics defeated the New York Giants in the World Series. The New York Lincoln Giants defeated the Chicago American Giants for the colored championship.

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Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Eddie Collins		39.1		9.0
Tris Speaker		35.9		8.4
Frank Baker		37.2		7.9
Joe Jackson		35.7		7.6
Ty Cobb			31.7		7.4
Gavvy Cravath		28.2		5.7
Burt Shotton		22.6		4.9
Sam Crawford		25.7		5.2
Stuffy McInnis		24.8		5.4
Napoleon Lajoie		22.6		5.3
Art ...
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DL from MN Posted: February 07, 2019 at 02:34 PM | 13 comment(s)
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