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Primate Studies: Loser Scores 2017

The fine print:

Bill James came up with Loser Scores after the 2010 season, in an effort to measure how the Pirates’ string of losing seasons compared to other lengthy stretches of bad baseball. I’ve updated the totals every year since then.

You compute Loser Scores in this fashion:

1. A team that has a losing season adds to its Loser Score the total of games under .500, plus the number of consecutive seasons that the team has been under .500.
2. A team that has a .500 or better season ...

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Mike Emeigh Posted: December 12, 2017 at 10:41 PM | 0 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: 2018 Hall of Merit Ballot

Welcome to the 2018 Hall of Merit Ballot thread. Balloting is open from now (December 5) through December 18, 2016 at 8 p.m. EST.

I’ve posted this the last several of years, but as a reminder:

“This has been an issue in the past, so I’ll repeat it now for clarification . . . the posting of the ballot to the discussion thread for new voters is not just a formality. With the posting of the ballot you are expected to post a summary of what you take into account - basically, how did you ...

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JoeD has the Imperial March Stuck in His Head Posted: December 05, 2017 at 12:46 PM | 23 comment(s)
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Newsblog: Taking Back the Ballparks - Seattle Mariners

Part 8: Seattle Mariners
As mentioned in the opening thread to the series, the Mariners’ pending name change was the final push for this entire project. Among the first of the wave of new parks in the ‘90s, the House that Edgar Built has been called Safeco since it’s opening. It’s a name that’s served the facility quite well, has a common baseball term jammed in there, and surely everyone in the Pacific Northwest has the name ingrained in his head as the home of the M’s.
Now it ...

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SoSH U at work Posted: December 05, 2017 at 10:30 AM | 58 comment(s)
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Newsblog: Ryan Thibs has his HOF Ballot Tracker Up and Running!

Ryan has received his first official ballot, courtesy of Adam Rubib. Ten votes, including Vizquel.

So who gets a higher percentage of vote this year, Trammell with the VC or Vizquel with the BBWAA? (Only partly a tongue-in-cheek question…)

TJ Posted: November 22, 2017 at 02:48 PM | 380 comment(s)
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Newsblog: Taking Back the Ballparks - Phillies Voting Thread

A nomination process that turned in about as many gag suggestions (I think) as real ones didn’t leave the voting committee a whole lot of choices, but we managed to come up with these options for a replacement for Citizens Bank Ballpark.

As always, choose one.

1) Ben Franklin Field
2) Citizens Park
3) Declaration Field
4) Independence FIeld
5) Liberty Park

SoSH U at work Posted: November 21, 2017 at 09:55 AM | 25 comment(s)
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Newsblog: Taking Back the Ballparks - Philadelphia Phillies

Part 7: Philadelphia Phillies

And so we resume. We’re back in the National League East, visiting one of the oldest franchises in the sport.
Citizens Bank has been the sole title sponsor of the Phils’ home park since its opening in 2004. I never hear much about this one, so I’m guessing it’s just a generic new-style park, an improvement on the Vet but somewhat indistinguishable from the other parks of its era.

The Vet, of course, was almost entirely indistinguishable from many of the ...

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SoSH U at work Posted: November 13, 2017 at 07:00 AM | 46 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: Looking to next year

For me at least, it’s time to start thinking about how the Cubs can get back on track in 2018.

So what is needed this off-season? I won’t say much about particular options, and instead lay out in order what I think are top issues:

1. A couple of starting pitchers. The Cubs have a solid core of Hendricks, Quintana and Lester to amend. Jake Arrieta will be on the free-agent market, where he may or may not be a good buy. John Lackey’s contract is up as well, and he will likely retire. ...

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Andere Richtingen Posted: October 23, 2017 at 02:04 PM | 330 comment(s)
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Newsblog: Taking Back the Ballparks - Rays voting thread

The Rays nominating thread attracted about as much attention as mid-day Rays game with the visiting Athletics.

Alas, we press on.

Choose one of the five names listed below.
A) The Aquarium
B) Rays Field
C) Suncoast Dome
D) Thunderdome
E) Tropicana Field


Editor’s Note: This will be the final installment of TBtB for a while. We’re going to take the playoffs off and resume the series in November.

SoSH U at work Posted: October 02, 2017 at 02:12 PM | 35 comment(s)
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Newsblog: Taking Back the Ballparks - Nationals voting thread

We’re down to five selections for the Nationals’ park. The key question is whether one emerges from the pack to challenge the only name the place has ever known, Nationals Park. Nats fans, I’m sure, would be happy to call it anything if it meant getting out of the upcoming first round of the National League playoffs.

Choose One:

A) Anacostia Park
B) Capitol Street Grounds
C) Nationals Park
D) Navy Yards
E) Potomac Park

Edit: Winner (C) Nationals Park

SoSH U at work Posted: September 18, 2017 at 10:15 AM | 50 comment(s)
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Newsblog: Taking Back the Ballparks - Boston Red Sox

OK, let’s face it. Everything tells us this one isn’t going to change. Fenway is just the kind of name we’re looking for in this endeavor, a distinct name with a connection to the neighborhood. And I’m not just saying that because of my lifelong Sox fandom. Fenway’s a legitimate keeper.

And, given the success of TBiA in our second installment, there is a natural tendency to go with what works. So, we’re probably not looking at a lot of real alternatives.

In the event that the ...

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SoSH U at work Posted: September 04, 2017 at 10:05 AM | 50 comment(s)
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