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Sox Therapy: It’s A Sprint, Not A Marathon

After 5 1/2 eventful months with more than enough drama and excitement the Red Sox have reached the stage of the season where the age-old adage about a baseball season being a marathon not a sprint has turned on its head.  The Sox now have 14 games in 17 days to determine if they are a playoff team or not. 

In simple terms the 2021 season is already a huge success but the time for postmortems will come as will the time to look ahead.  For now a few random thoughts to kickoff a new thread and ...

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Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: September 17, 2021 at 03:34 PM | 70 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1893 Results

Congratulations to Kid Nichols, winner of a very close 1893 election for Most Meritorious Player.

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Kid Nichols	121	9	3
Amos Rusie	120	9	3
Cy Young	118	9	1
Ed Delahanty	106	9	0
Ted Breitenstein	104	9	0
Frank Killen	76	7	2
Elmer Smith	63	8	0
Billy Hamilton	63	8	0
George Davis	54	6	0
Sadie McMahon	25	3	0
Cupid Childs	22	3	0
Brickyard Kennedy	19	2	0
Hugh Duffy	16	2	0
Denny Lyons	12	2	0
Herman Long	7	1	0
Sam Thompson	7	1	0
Frank Grant	6	1	0
Duke Farrell	6	1	0
DL from MN Posted: September 08, 2021 at 04:06 PM | 2 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1894 Discussion

No World Series yet so no postseason consideration.

Player			BBR WAR
Billy Hamilton		8.2
Hugh Duffy		6.8
Joe Kelley		6.5
Bill Joyce		5.2
Lave Cross		5.0
Bill Dahlen		4.6
Ed Delahanty		6.0
Hughie Jennings		4.8
George Davis		5.4
Sam Thompson		5.3
Mike Griffin		4.5
John McGraw		4.9
Cupid Childs		4.4
Jake Beckley		4.0
Jake Stenzel		4.6
Dan Brouthers		3.9
Willie Keeler		3.5
Jesse Burkett		3.3
Jack Doyle		3.9
Elmer Smith		4.0

Frank Grant		No statistics

Pitcher
Amos Rusie		13.7
Jouett ...
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DL from MN Posted: September 08, 2021 at 11:48 AM | 14 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Shrug

There hasn’t been much to add in a new thread lately.  The discussion is rolling as the Sox have tried their best to give us plenty to gripe about.  To say the last week of baseball hasn’t been ideal is hard to argue.  The Sox got swept in a frustrating series in the Bronx and have split so far with Texas.  I think SBPT has laid out a lot of good reasons to reel in our emotions about the recent play by the Sox that is not the nature of fandom.  I’ve been as frustrated as anyone even while ...

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Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: August 22, 2021 at 07:07 PM | 158 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1893 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: August 18, 2021 at 10:14 AM | 15 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Things to Feel Good About

I think we can safely describe that road trip as “not good.”  I know I’m out on a limb here but I’m going to say 2-8 is not quite as good as the Sox hoped for the road trip.  Making it worse was that during their closest foes in division were rolling (in no small part to slapping the Sox around for two of the teams);

Tampa 7-2
Toronto 9-2
New York 8-2
Boston 2-8

Suffice to say that’s not great and the eyeball test certainly doesn’t scream “everything is fine.”  The team ...

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Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: August 08, 2021 at 06:19 PM | 94 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: A Game Out Of First

Sometimes it’s just good to remind yourself, the Boston Red Sox are one (1) game out of first place and five games up on a Wild Card spot.  If you had told me the Sox would be here at the two-thirds mark of the season back in April I would have laughed, caught my breath, and laughed again.

So why does it feel so crummy at the moment?

Well that’s the easy answer; because they are playing like it’s 2020 all over again.  Actually that’s not fair, in 2020 they were fairly entertaining at times.  ...

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Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: August 03, 2021 at 10:15 PM | 23 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: This all sucks

As much as the way the last few years ended, and even though today was completely predictable - and sadly, inevitable - today is still a really painful day.  Maybe we were spared a little pain by getting the shock of the Rizzo dump yesterday, so perhaps we should thank Jed for that.  The Cubs may have done the “smart” and sensible thing, but today sucks as a fan*.  Maybe some of the pieces the Cubs got will end up surprising us and being great, but it’s hard to swallow yet another complete ...

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Moses Taylor hashes out the rumpus Posted: July 30, 2021 at 04:36 PM | 41 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Dance With Who Brung Ya’

Barring something late and unexpected the Sox seem to have kept things pretty stable during the trade deadline.  They added Kyle Schwarber (and let me be the 500th person to say, man I can’t wait to hear Remy pronounce that) in exchange for Aldo Ramirez but no other moves were made.  Of course the Sox have made some internal moves lately with the promotions of Jarren Duran and Franchy Cordero and of course the one we are all keen on, the impending return of Chris Sale.  I’m not quite sure where ...

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Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: July 30, 2021 at 04:06 PM | 28 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Gathering Crowds

At the unofficial halfway point of the season the Sox have exceeded everyone’s expectations and sit atop the American League with the Astros. They hold a 1.5 game lead over Tampa and 8 games over Toronto and New York.  To say this has been enjoyable would be a tremendous understatements.  Let’s revisit some stuff;

MVP - Xander Bogaerts - Rafael Devers has a slight edge in WAR and JD Martinez is just behind him but for me this is Bogaerts’ team and by extension, his award.  In a lot of ways ...

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Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: July 13, 2021 at 09:39 AM | 39 comment(s)
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