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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1938 Results

Congratulations to Ray Brown, our 1938 Most Meritorious Player!

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Ray Brown	107	8	3
Mel Ott__	106	8	2
Arky Vaughan	95	8	2
Hank Greenberg	81	8	0
Jimmie Foxx	81	7	0
Josh Gibson	76	6	1
Buck Leonard	48	6	0
Bill Lee	48	5	0
Joe Cronin	43	5	0
Stan Hack	26	3	0
Hilton Smith	23	2	0
Johnny Mize	22	3	0
Martin Dihigo	16	2	0
Red Ruffing	14	2	0
Ival Goodman	12	2	0
Ernie Lombardi	10	1	0
Harlond Clift	9	1	0
Bill Dickey	9	1	0
Joe DiMaggio	8	1	0
Bill Byrd	6	1	0
DL from MN Posted: June 02, 2021 at 11:29 PM | 6 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1939 Discussion

The Yankees swept the Reds in the World Series. The Kansas City Monarchs defeated the St. Louis Stars in the Negro American League. The Baltimore Elite Giants defeated the Homestead Grays in a two round Negro National League playoff.

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Player				bWAR
Joe DiMaggio			8.4
Johnny Mize			7.7
Arky Vaughan			5.8
Bill Dickey			5.5
Ted Williams			6.7
Jimmie Foxx			6.9
Dolph Camilli			6.4
Lonny Frey			6.5
Ival Goodman			5.3
Ken Keltner			4.4
Bob Johnson			6.6
George Selkirk			5.8
Harry ...
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DL from MN Posted: May 27, 2021 at 11:45 AM | 15 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: The Return

On Saturday at about 7:10PM Nate Eovaldi will bring his left foot back, then forward raising his knee above his belt, then propel his body towards home plate whipping a baseball at a speed up to 100 MPH to Christian Vazquez or Kevin Plawecki.  37,731 people, give or take, will respond happily, or maybe sadly, or maybe mildly indifferently.  It is that last piece of information that is so important.  37,731 people.  Full…bleeping…capacity.  100% of all available seats and standing room areas ...

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Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: May 27, 2021 at 11:09 AM | 3 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1938 Ballot

For 1938 each voter should rank the top 10 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 2 June 2021. Please let me know if you want your preliminary ballot counted as your final ballot.

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 1 June 2021.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: May 25, 2021 at 09:26 AM | 14 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Questions Being Answered

In English soccer the mark of the elite is the ability to get it done “on a cold rainy Wednesday in Stoke.”  I don’t know if a “warm windy Thursday in Dunedin” is quite the same but last night’s game had a bit of a feel to it.  I still firmly believe the Sox are a .500 team but they are answering questions at every turn.  One of the marks of the Francona Era was the ability of the club to rebound from disappointment.  Obviously some of that was the talent in place but the ability to put it ...

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Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: May 21, 2021 at 11:02 AM | 40 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Finally Lining Up the Minors

At long last minor league baseball is back in full swing!  There have been some changes since we were last here in September of 2019.  The Pawtucket Red Sox are now the Worcester Red Sox, the Lo A Greenville Drive are now the Hi A Greenville Drive while the Hi A Salem Red Sox are now the Lo A Salem Red Sox.  Most heartbreakingly for your faithful correspondent the SS-A Lowell Spinners are no longer a Red Sox affiliate.  I can’t overstate how many wonderful nights I had at LeLacheur Park ...

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Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: May 07, 2021 at 09:39 AM | 56 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Tap the Brakes

Even by Sox fandom standards the emotional mood swings around this team have been pretty impressive.  In 31 games it’s gone from;

“good lord they suck, Bloom is terrible” (0-3)
“they are back! Cora told us we should have listened!” (9-0)
“look at all the problems, they gotta this straightened out before it falls apart.” (9-10)

Inhale.

Exhale.

OK.

They have played 31 games and at 18-13 and since the big winning streak have looked like the .500 team most observers pegged them as.  They have ...

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Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: May 06, 2021 at 01:03 PM | 28 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1937 Results

Congratulations to our Most Meritorious Player: Josh Gibson!

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Josh Gibson	131	9	7
Joe DiMaggio	118	9	1
Joe Medwick	105	8	1
Lefty Gomez	91	9	0
Lou Gehrig	88	8	0
Hank Greenberg	84	9	0
Bill Dickey	63	6	0
Cha Gehringer	54	7	0
Lefty Grove	51	5	0
Johnny Mize	34	4	0
Hilton Smith	31	4	0
Willard Brown	27	3	0
Harlond Clift	22	3	0
Mel Ott	15	2	0
Billy Herman	11	1	0
Ray Brown	7	1	0
Dick Bartell	7	1	0
Luke Appling	6	1	0
DL from MN Posted: May 05, 2021 at 04:55 PM | 7 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Quiet Production

I was thinking of posting something about JD Martinez terrorizing pitchers, or marveling at Rafael Devers, or maybe something about the excellence of the pitching staff. And then it hit me: we never seem to say anything about Xander Bogaerts.

villageidiom Posted: May 05, 2021 at 09:52 AM | 15 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1938 Discussion

The Yankees swept the Cubs in the 1938 World Series.

The Memphis Red Sox defeated the Atlanta Black Crackers in the Negro American League playoff (despite the Monarchs having the best overall record). The Homestead Grays and Philadelphia Stars were the top teams in the Negro National League.

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Player				bWAR
Arky Vaughan			9.0
Mel Ott__			8.9
Joe Cronin			6.1
Harlond Clift			6.3
Hank Greenberg			6.7
Stan Hack			5.7
Jimmie Foxx			7.6
Bill Dickey			5.2
Buddy Myer			5.4
Johnny ...
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DL from MN Posted: April 23, 2021 at 02:06 PM | 9 comment(s)
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