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SABR - BBTF Chapter: SABR46 Recap

By Mike Webber

SABR 46 in Miami will always be remembered as the year we had “The Greatest Ballpark Experience of All-Time”.  We’ve had good seats before at SABR conventions, but this year we were 40 rows from the field, between home plate and the first base dugout.  The Cardinals pounded the Marlins 11-6, so it wasn’t much of a game, but Ichiro was just two hits from 3,000 yet as I write this a week later he’s still just two hits away.

But the event that made this “The Greatest ...

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Mike Webber Posted: August 08, 2016 at 08:47 AM | 26 comment(s)
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Newsblog: The Morning Call: L.V. IronPigs: Chris Truby continues down unconventional path

Catching up with an unconventional Primer legend who is now the Phillies’ roving minor league infield coordinator.

Whether he’s working with prospects in Reading, Lehigh Valley or Clearwater, or back home in Indiana at a baseball facility, all Truby wants to do is be around the game.

“I love the game,” Truby said. “I knew whenever I was done playing, I wanted to stay in it somehow. Jobs are not easy to come by. I was lucky enough to have a couple of connections.

“I love what I do now. I like ...

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Greg Franklin Posted: July 31, 2016 at 01:03 PM | 2 comment(s)
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Newsblog: SABR 46 Convention in Miami

Pregame ballpark session/tour: SABR 46 attendees will have a special opportunity to visit Marlins Park for an exclusive pregame ballpark session with Miami Marlins executives and players, including Barry Bonds, Don Mattingly, Andre Dawson, Tony Perez, and ESPN’s Eduardo Perez. Before the Marlins 7:10 p.m. game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday, July 29, a special SABR 46 panel discussion will take place at Marlins Park followed by a ballpark tour for convention attendees.

This is ...

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Foghorn Leghorn Posted: June 29, 2016 at 12:18 PM | 50 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1993 Ballot

For 1993, each voter should rank the top 14 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 1 June 2016.

Anyone can vote, even if you do not normally participate in Hall of Merit discussions. If have never participated in an MMP election, just post a preliminary ballot in the discussion thread by 31 May 2016.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: May 23, 2016 at 04:38 PM | 14 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: Screw the Closer

I’ve seen a couple of joking references to this on Twitter during various games, so I found it pretty amusing the Cubs actively talk about it:

Chicago Cubs hitters really mean no offense to their closer, Hector Rondon. They simply want to add on runs and win baseball games without a nail-biting ninth inning. In that vein, they play a game catcher David Ross brought to the team.

“When you’re on the bench and you’re up three runs, two runs, whatever, we have a game we call Screw the Closer,” ...

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Moses Taylor World Tour: Hong Kong Posted: May 10, 2016 at 12:10 PM | 8 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: As I Was Saying…

Where were we…oh, that’s right.  It’s good to be back.  My goal is to have something up at least once a week, but I’m sure we’ll have plenty to talk about this year.

Since the last post on this blog, appropriately titled “I Am Fine with This”, a lot has happened.  And then it’s been rehashed, and rehashed, and rehashed yet again.  Regardless of your opinion on *how* we got here (for the record, I’m right and you’re wrong), we’re here.  The Cubs are outstanding, top to bottom; with a great ...

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Moses Taylor World Tour: Hong Kong Posted: May 05, 2016 at 09:45 AM | 43 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: We Still Know Nothin’

No I didn’t go anywhere, why do you ask?

So the Sox are a couple weeks into the season and so far…I don’t think we know anything particularly new.  When the season began I felt this was an 83-79, third place team.  I like the offense but I had concerns about a few of the down order hitters and I was more troubled about the bullpen than most people.  I was confident in Craig Kimbrel of course but 41 year old guys are always question marks, Junichi Tazawa has slowed down badly in three of the ...

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Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: April 21, 2016 at 11:59 AM | 74 comment(s)
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Newsblog: 2016 New York City Softball Game

Looks like it will be August 20th this year.

Shooty is obsessed with the latest hoodie Posted: April 01, 2016 at 09:33 AM | 450 comment(s)
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Newsblog: The Top 175 MLB Prospects for 2016 - Minor League Ball

Edit: The linked spreadsheet should be useful if you have a minor league draft coming up.

John Sickel’s Top 150. It came out a few days after my simulation league’s minor league draft so it didn’t help me this year. If you haven’t had your draft yet check it out. Also, here’s an Excel sheet of most of my prep work. If you haven’t had your draft yet, I’m positive it can help you.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 30, 2016 at 08:43 AM | 12 comment(s)
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Newsblog: Harvey had blood clot in bladder, will start Opening Day - NY Daily News

Let it flow, Matt!

After hours of speculation about his “mysterious” medical condition, Matt Harvey was cleared to pitch Opening Day after passing a “big” blood clot. The Mets ace said that the blood clot developed after a bladder infection, likely because he does not use the restroom often enough.

“I guess the main issue is I hold my urine in for too long instead of peeing regularly, so I guess I have to retrain my bladder to use the restroom a little bit more instead of holding it ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 29, 2016 at 10:35 AM | 38 comment(s)
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