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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.

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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 ...
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DL from MN Posted: June 27, 2018 at 10:31 AM | 10 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 ...

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Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: June 26, 2018 at 10:59 AM | 169 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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: June 11, 2018 at 06:03 AM | 100 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1943 Results

Congratulations to Stan Musial, our unanimous pick for the 1943 Most Meritorious Player!

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Stan Musial	105	7	7
Josh Gibson	86	7	0
Luke Appling	83	7	0
Spud Chandler	80	7	0
Charlie Keller	74	7	0
Lou Boudreau	70	7	0
Bill Nicholson	69	7	0
Joe Gordon	38	4	0
Mort Cooper	31	4	0
Augie Galan	25	3	0
Rudy  York	25	3	0
Johnny Wright	14	2	0
Arky Vaughan	13	2	0
Lou    Klein	12	2	0
Max Lanier	10	1	0
DL from MN Posted: June 06, 2018 at 04:05 PM | 7 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1944 Discussion

All of the leagues are hollowed out of prime career players.

The Cardinals and Browns met in the Streetcar Series sharing the same home park. The Cardinals won in 6.
The Homestead Grays beat the Birmingham Black Barons 4 games to 1 in the Negro World Series.

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Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Stan Musial		36.6		8.8
Snuffy Stirnweiss	36.2		8.5
Lou Boudreau		31.0		8.0
Bobby Doerr		27.1		5.9
Bob Johnson		30.7		6.3
Vern Stephens		34.0		5.2
Stan Spence		32.8		6.0
Jim Russell		30.8		4.8
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DL from MN Posted: June 05, 2018 at 06:07 PM | 15 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: It’s Getting Drafty

Bit hectic this week at casa de Jose so I really haven’t had a chance to look into the draft.  The Sox top three picks are #26, #64 and #100 and given the state of the system I think it is fair to say the Sox could use a good draft.  I’ll put this up in case anyone wants to comment as the draft gets rolling and despite being completely devoid of knowledge of the draftees this year I fully plan on complaining at some point.  Some notes on these picks;

#26 - Top 5
Alan Trammell - 70.4
Dave ...

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Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: June 04, 2018 at 10:04 AM | 26 comment(s)
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