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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 2002 Results

Congratulations to Barry Bonds for being unanimously voted the 2002 Most Meritorious Player!

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Barry Bonds	165	11	11
Alex Rodriguez	140	11	0
Randy Johnson	129	10	0
Jim Thome	123	10	0
Jason Giambi	104	11	0
Jeff Kent	76	10	0
Curt Schilling	71	8	0
Brian Giles	70	9	0
Jim Edmonds	58	9	0
Derek Lowe	57	9	0
Vlad Guerrero	52	8	0
Pedro Martinez	42	7	0
Shawn Green	37	6	0
Manny Ramirez	31	5	0
Roy Halladay	30	8	0
Barry Zito	23	6	0
Sammy Sosa	19	3	0
Todd Helton	17	3	0
Chipper ...
DL from MN Posted: April 05, 2017 at 04:09 PM | 7 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Let’s All Overreact!

With their victory on Monday the Red Sox are 1-0, on pace for the first undefeated season in MLB history.  I will assume this is statistically meaningful and expect it to happen.  For now a few stray observations and opinions based on the first 0.61728395% of the season.

- So that outfield is kinda good.  That really was the blueprint for how this team wins.  JBJ made a wonderful catch off Cervelli in the triangle and Benintendi’s grab in the 7th probably was a game saver.  Both players made ...

Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: April 04, 2017 at 10:33 AM | 52 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Last Minute Thoughts

So 26 hours and change is all that is left.  I have a few final thoughts about the 2017 Boston Red Sox;

- Honestly I’m a bit concerned about how this season will start.  The rotation is in flux with injuries to Price and Pomeranz, Hanley has looked good but as we’ve seen with shoulder injuries there is no sure thing.  My biggest worry is the bullpen.  As others have noted the presence of Ben Taylor, while a feel-good story, highlights the lack of depth in that area.

Beyond that I think John ...

Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: April 02, 2017 at 11:10 AM | 11 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Musical Interlude

With apologies to The Nails;

Mookie was a superstar
He came through in the bitter end

Dustin was a unique type
He got out what he put in

Chris was the brand new guy
Hitters were afraid of a guy like that.

Hanley’s new position was sitting down
Just like the Papi sat

Pablo was a guy with no aim
And his own gravitational pull

Steven was a knuckle-freak
Pinch running was a misery

Sandy had this special way
Of turning metal into gold

Christian couldn’t hit
But stopped the steal and ...

Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: March 31, 2017 at 04:01 PM | 7 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: 2017 Chicago Cubs Prediction Thread

It’s time to put it on the record: What do you forecast for the 2017 Cubs? At least provide a win total for the 2017 season, but also feel free to add other predictions: Rank in division, success in postseason, highest WAR, the day Ian Happ will be called up from AAA. Anything you like! Some of you already started this in the previous thread, so feel free to transfer it here.

I’ll start:

96 wins, and first in NL Central. I say they make it to the WS, but won’t go so far as predicting another ...

Andere Richtingen Posted: March 30, 2017 at 11:20 AM | 64 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Sox Therapy Predictions?

With just over 144 hours until first pitch I have a few items rattling through my head.  Presented with some comment are some over/unders on the coming season (over/unders generated from the warped and often wrong mind of Jose);

Hanley Ramirez Homers - 25.5 - UNDER - We have seen Hanley play with a bad shoulder and it did not go well.

Sandy Leon Most Starts as Catcher - UNDER - I am not sure who winds up with the most but I don’t think it’s Leon.  If Vazquez hits even a little bit I think he ...

Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: March 28, 2017 at 01:12 PM | 20 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: Cleaning up on loose ends

Assorted thoughts/comments as Spring Training winds down.

- Cubs have said their rotation will start the year as Lester, Arrieta, Lackey, Anderson, Hendricks.  I saw a few places try to say Hendricks is the “5th starter”, but it sounds like the order was set mostly on matchups for the first time through, and not having Lester/Anderson pitch in consecutive games

“Everybody’s always concerned about pecking order regarding who you perceive to be best or least best,” Maddon said. “It’s just more ...

Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: March 28, 2017 at 11:09 AM | 22 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 2002 Ballot

For 2002 each voter should rank the top 15 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 5 April 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 4 April 2017.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: March 27, 2017 at 10:58 AM | 13 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: The Roster - Third Time’s A Charm

13 days peeps, 13 days until actual competitive baseballing by the Boston Red Sox.  The roster is a work in progress and I think it’s worth an update;

Position Players:
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
IF - Brock Holt
IF - Marco Hernandez
OF - Chris Young
C - Christian Vazquez

So far so good on the positional front.  Everyone has stayed healthy ...

Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: March 21, 2017 at 10:45 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 ...
DL from MN Posted: March 13, 2017 at 05:55 PM | 6 comment(s)
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