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Sox Therapy: A Week Without Me

Despite my absence the Red Sox have been able to have Spring Training this year.  I have to say after two decades of continuous Fort Myers appearances not being there to watch the minor leaguers, soak up the sun and enjoy the fake games it is a strange feeling But the Sox are getting after it.  The first week of games has gone well enough it seems.  I can’t quantify it but this year feels better than last year did.  Last year on the heels of the Mookie deal, the Alex Cora suspension and the ...

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Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: March 05, 2021 at 02:37 PM | 35 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1935 Results

Congratulations to Arky Vaughan on winning the 1935 Most Meritorious Player award!

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Arky Vaughan	134	9	8
Wes Ferrell	110	9	0
Lou Gehrig	108	9	0
Jimmie Foxx	91	8	0
Hank Greenberg	87	8	0
Lefty Grove	71	7	0
Mel Ott…	52	5	0
Ch Gehringer	45	6	0
Josh Gibson	44	5	0
Leroy Matlock	38	3	1
Satchel Paige	27	3	0
Martin Dihigo	25	3	0
Ray Brown	17	2	0
Gabby Hartnett	16	2	0
Augie Galan	13	2	0
Mel Harder	13	2	0
Cy Blanton	11	1	0
Buddy Myer	11	1	0
Joe DiMaggio	7	1	0
Billy ...
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DL from MN Posted: March 03, 2021 at 04:04 PM | 3 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1936 Discussion

The New York Yankees defeated the New York Giants in the World Series 4 games to 2.

The Pittsburgh Crawfords were the best team in the Negro National League.

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Player				bWAR
Arky Vaughan			8.1	
Lou Gehrig			9.7
Mel Ott				8.0
Charlie Gehringer		7.9
Paul Waner			7.1
Billy Herman			7.1
Luke Appling			7.2
Joe Medwick			7.1
Earl Averill			6.9
Jimmie Foxx			5.7
Dolph Camilli			5.9
Dick Bartell			6.3
Gus Suhr			5.3
Harlond Clift			5.8
Johnny Mize			5.0
Red Rolfe			4.9
Tony ...
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DL from MN Posted: February 26, 2021 at 01:19 PM | 28 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1935 Ballot

For 1935 each voter should rank the top 10 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 3 March 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 2 March 2021.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: February 21, 2021 at 08:46 PM | 11 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Canary In The Coalmine

Over the last couple of days I’ve been trying to make some sense of the Sox’ trade of Andrew Benintendi.  From a practical standpoint, I suspect we will look back on this as a non-event or possibly even a good trade.  While hopeful for Benny’s future I think the ship has likely sailed on his stardom.  Having said that it is hard not to look at this deal and other moves in recent years as a bit of an end of an era.  I don’t think I’m unreasonable when I say that from 2003 to 2018 is the greatest ...

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Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: February 12, 2021 at 03:13 PM | 79 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1935 Discussion

The Detroit Tigers defeated the Chicago Cubs 4 games to 2 in the World Series.

The Pittsburgh Crawfords defeated the New York Cubans 4 games to 3 in the East-West championship series.

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Player				bWAR
Arky Vaughan			9.7
Jimmie Foxx			8.1
Lou Gehrig			8.7
Mel Ott				7.3
Hank Greenberg			7.7
Charlie Gehringer		8.5
Buddy Myer			6.4
Augie Galan			5.9
Billy Herman			7.0
Luke Appling			7.0
Joe Vosmik			5.6
Joe Medwick			6.0
Gabby Hartnett			4.9
Mickey Cochrane			5.1
Ripper ...
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DL from MN Posted: February 04, 2021 at 01:36 PM | 37 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1934 Results

Congratulations to Lou Gehrig, our 1934 Most Meritorious Player.

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Lou Gehrig	133	9	7
Charlie Gehringer	106	9	0
Dizzy Dean	103	9	2
Jimmie Foxx	102	9	0
Arky Vaughan	87	8	0
Satchel Paige	72	8	0
Lefty Gomez	62	7	0
Mel Ott	61	6	0
Carl Hubbell	55	6	0
Slim Jones	42	4	0
Earl Averill	28	3	0
Josh Gibson	24	2	0
Curt Davis	16	2	0
Mel Harder	12	2	0
Billy Werber	9	1	0
Turkey Stearnes	8	1	0
Paul Dean	7	1	0
Ripper Collins	6	1	0
Hank Greenberg	6	1	0
Paul Waner	6	1	0

 

DL from MN Posted: February 03, 2021 at 04:52 PM | 1 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Thanks For the Memories Dustin Pedroia

He arrived with a reputation.  He was too small yes, but he was brash.  He had a confidence bigger than his body, he wasn’t smart enough to know he was too small to hit home runs, he didn’t have an arm strong enough to play shortstop, he wasn’t especially fast.  But everywhere he went, Arizona State, Sarasota, Augusta, Portland and Pawtucket he performed well.  He was the front line for more than a few stats vs. scouts battles.  The end result was not whether the stats or the scouts won but ...

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Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: February 01, 2021 at 11:20 AM | 16 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: The Roster - As It Stands

So with the Sox actually make some moves this week I figure now is as good a time as any to revisit the roster.  We last looked in detail back in September and didn’t even bother trying to figure out the pitching staff then.

Infield: Bobby Dalbec, Kike Hernandez, Rafael Devers, Xander Bogaerts, Christian Arroyo, Michael Chavis
Depth Options: Jonathan Arauz (projected: Worcester), Jeter Downs (Worcester), Triston Casas (Portland), Hudson Potts (Portland)
Still On The 40 Man Roster: Dustin ...

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Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: January 24, 2021 at 04:04 PM | 36 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1934 Ballot

For 1934 each voter should rank the top 10 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 3 February 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 2 February 2021.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: January 22, 2021 at 10:35 AM | 10 comment(s)
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