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Sox Therapy: Dead Line

As of this moment Boston is in last place, and not playing well. They are also, with a solidly mediocre 50-50 record, 3.5 games out of a playoff spot. They are Schrödinger’s Baseball Team. They are simultaneously dead and alive.

The trade deadline is 6 PM on Tuesday 8/2. Between now and then they need to choose which side of the line they’re on, and act accordingly.

villageidiom Posted: July 29, 2022 at 11:35 AM | 29 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1900 Results

Congratulations to Honus Wagner, our 1900 Most Meritorious Player!

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Honus Wagner	103	7	5
Elmer Flick	97	7	1
Kip Selbach	66	7	0
Cy Young	62	5	1
Bill Dinneen	60	6	0
John McGraw	53	5	0
Jesse Burkett	51	5	0
Billy Hamilton	45	5	0
Joe McGinnity	44	4	0
Napoleon Lajoie	43	5	0
Noodles Hahn	28	3	0
Jesse Tannehill	18	2	0
Deacon Phillippe	17	2	0
Willie Keeler	12	2	0
Roy Thomas	9	1	0
Grant Johnson	7	1	0
George Davis	7	1	0
Sam Leever	7	1	0
Jimmy Barrett	6	1	0
DL from MN Posted: July 06, 2022 at 04:03 PM | 6 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Hey Now

All-star voting has begun, and various Red Sox players have various vote totals*. Let’s take a few minutes to consider the case for them by position.

*I was trying to come up with an evergreen statement on the vote status. This might have gone too far. I could be talking about Brayan Bello, or Walt Dropo, for all you can tell.

villageidiom Posted: June 27, 2022 at 08:52 PM | 64 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1900 Ballot

Here are the specific rules for this election:

Candidate Eligibility: Any North American professional baseball player is eligible for the Most Meritorious Player (MMP) award including players on independent teams. Voters should consider the player’s on-field contribution to Major League Baseball (MLB) team(s) in that season only. If part of the season was spent outside MLB, that value may be considered as well. However, the player’s on-field contribution should be judged in relation to the ...

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DL from MN Posted: June 22, 2022 at 01:26 PM | 11 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Now That’s A Road Trip

On the morning of June 2nd the Boston Red Sox headed for sunny California for a fairly terrifying road trip.  The quality of competition was not particularly frightening but I am old enough to be able to recite chapter and verse on how west coast road trips have turned Red Sox’ seasons sour.  Sitting at 24-27 the Sox had righted the ship but were still climbing out of their early season hole.  Fast forward to this morning and the Sox are 32-29 having laid waste to the left coasters in fairly ...

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Jose is Absurdly Correct but not Helpful Posted: June 13, 2022 at 08:56 AM | 57 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Righting The Ship

After a nightmare of April and a pretty bad start to May the Sox righted the ship and finished the month (plus a day) with a 15-14 record.  This is not exactly gangbusters but works out to an 84-78 pace which is fairly consistent with most expectations for the Sox.  Of course the April issue puts them in a hole but after that dreadful month the overall record of 24-27 is still disappointing.  A few quick notes;

- The Sox have a 28-23 Pythagorean Record which would have them 5th in the AL.  In ...

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Jose is Absurdly Correct but not Helpful Posted: June 02, 2022 at 08:32 AM | 47 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1899 Results

Congratulations to our 1899 Most Meritorious Player, Ed Delahanty!

DL from MN Posted: June 01, 2022 at 04:55 PM | 6 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1900 Discussion

No World Series yet so no postseason consideration. Roughly 140 game schedule with only 8 teams so replacement level is high and compiled stats will be low.

Player			BBR WAR
Honus Wagner		6.5
Elmer Flick		5.9
John McGraw		5.3
Jesse Burkett		5.3
Kip Selbach		5.2
Jake Beckley		4.3
Napoleon Lajoie		4.2
Billy Hamilton		4.2
George Davis		4.1
Willie Keeler		3.7
Joe Kelley		3.5
George Van Haltren	3.4
Bill Dahlen		3.2
Jimmy Barrett		3.1
Jimmy Collins		3.1
Roy Thomas		3.0
Ed Delahanty		2.9
Dan ...
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DL from MN Posted: May 31, 2022 at 08:56 AM | 9 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1899 Ballot

Here are the specific rules for this election:

Candidate Eligibility: Any North American professional baseball player is eligible for the Most Meritorious Player (MMP) award including players on independent teams. Voters should consider the player’s on-field contribution to Major League Baseball (MLB) team(s) in that season only. If part of the season was spent outside MLB, that value may be considered as well. However, the player’s on-field contribution should be judged in relation to the ...

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DL from MN Posted: May 23, 2022 at 02:20 PM | 10 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: One Step Forward

For the first time in 2022 the Boston Red Sox are starting to look like the team we have expected to see.  They have gone 5-3 over the last week and change and they have done so while playing five of those games against last season’s World Series combatants.  After what can best be called a nightmare start the Sox are pulling it together.  The offense has gotten hot scoring 46 runs in the 8 games and save for one memorable inning Tuesday night the pitching has been very good as well.  The call ...

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Jose is Absurdly Correct but not Helpful Posted: May 19, 2022 at 08:31 AM | 46 comment(s)
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