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Sox Therapy: ZiPping Along

With Christmas just a few days away (be safe Therapudians!) we got a little baseball gift as FanGraphs released their ZiPS projections for the 2021 Red Sox.  Dan always gives some good stuff here (I know he pops in on BTF and if he has issues with me using ZiPS for a post let me know and I’ll remove it) and I thought in the absence of any meaningful news I would poke around a bit.

INFIELD:  The infield is what it is.  Xander Bogaerts (of whom Dan asks “is he the most underrated shortstop in ...

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Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: December 18, 2020 at 02:31 PM | 14 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1933 Ballot

For 1933 each voter should rank the top 10 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 6 January 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 5 January 2021.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: December 18, 2020 at 12:28 PM | 13 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: 2021 Hall of Merit Ballot

Welcome to the 2021 Hall of Merit Ballot thread. Balloting is open from now (December 18) through January 7, 2021 at 5 p.m. EST.

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 come up with this list? This does not mean that you ...

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DL from MN Posted: December 18, 2020 at 10:10 AM | 54 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Mock Hall of Fame Ballot 2021 Results

BBTF would elect Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Scott Rolen, Curt Schilling, Todd Helton and Manny Ramirez to the Hall of Fame. Gary Sheffield misses by one vote.

Player Name	Votes	Percent
Barry Bonds	51	98.1%
Roger Clemens	50	96.2%
Scott Rolen	49	94.2%
Curt Schilling	49	94.2%
Todd Helton	41	78.8%
Manny Ramirez	39	75.0%
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Gary Sheffield	38	73.1%
Sammy Sosa	32	61.5%
Andruw Jones	28	53.8%
Jeff Kent	24	46.2%
Andy Pettitte	17	32.7%
Bobby Abreu	11	21.2%
Tim ...
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DL from MN Posted: December 17, 2020 at 01:43 PM | 7 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Mock Hall of Fame Ballot 2021

IMPORTANT: Please read:

This election should follow BBWAA rules, not Hall of Merit rules. However, we hope to see only players that each voter feels belong on their ballots. Leaving 1st-year candidates off your ballot is also frowned upon. IOW, we would like to see an absence of some of the silliness that permeates Hall of Fame voting by the writers.

The election will end on Thursday, December 17, 2020 (1 PM EST). Results will be posted a short time later.

Please don’t post any vote ...

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DL from MN Posted: December 10, 2020 at 09:51 AM | 62 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 2020 Results

Congratulations to Freddie Freeman, our 2020 Most Meritorious Player!

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Freddie Freeman	79	6	2
Shane Bieber	75	6	2
Mookie Betts	66	5	2
Trevor Bauer	65	6	0
Jose Abreu	45	5	0
Yu Darvish	38	5	0
Jose Ramirez	37	4	0
DJ LeMahieu	35	5	0
Max Fried	32	4	0
Fernando Tatis Jr	28	5	0
Juan Soto	26	4	0
Manny Machado	25	5	0
Mike Yastrzemski	23	3	0
Marcell Ozuna	23	3	0
Trea Turner	22	3	0
Hyun-Jin Ryu	20	3	0
Dinelson Lamet	14	2	0
Zach Wheeler	11	2	0
Antonio Senzatela	10	2	0
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DL from MN Posted: December 09, 2020 at 04:03 PM | 4 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Love Me Tender

With yesterday’s tender/non-tender deadline in the rearview mirror I thought it might be worth a quick look at some guys the Sox probably should be kicking the tires on.  I have to admit I was bummed to see Corey Knebel dealt to the Dodgers at the last minute.  That was such a great move by the Dodgers in my opinion (good organization makes good move, film at 11).  The Sox didn’t really do anything surprising in striking deals with Eduardo Rodriguez, Kevin Plawecki, Matt Barnes and Ryan Brasier ...

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Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: December 03, 2020 at 08:14 AM | 8 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 2020 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: November 23, 2020 at 10:22 AM | 11 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 2020 Discussion

The Dodgers prevailed over the Tampa Bay Rays in an offseason that was nearly half as long as the regular season.

Vote for 15.

Player			bWAR
Mookie Betts		3.4
Jose Ramirez		2.2
Freddie Freeman		2.9
Fernando Tatis Jr	2.5
Anthony Rendon		1.8
Trea Turner		2.2
Mike Yastrzemski	2.5
Jose Abreu		2.8
Mike Trout		1.6
Manny Machado		2.8
Marcell Ozuna		2.3
DJ LeMahieu		2.8
Trevor Story		2.1
Juan Soto		2.1
Ronald Acuna Jr		2.1
Brandon Lowe		2.1
Trent Grisham		2.2
Tim Anderson		2.2
Dansby Swanson		2.6
Paul ...
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DL from MN Posted: November 10, 2020 at 09:05 AM | 21 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1933 Discussion

The Giants defeated the Senators 4 games to 1 in the World Series.

The second version of the Negro National League was formed. Cole’s American Giants won the first half title and the Pittsburgh Crawfords the second half. Their “playoff” was a one game that ended in a tie.

Vote for 10.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Jimmie Foxx		38.9		9.2
Chuck Klein		31.7		7.5
Arky Vaughan		33.1		7.0
Joe Cronin		33.5		7.2
Wally Berger		36.3		6.9
Mickey Cochrane		25.7		6.0
Charlie Gehringer	28.3		7.2
Lou ...
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DL from MN Posted: November 07, 2020 at 11:33 AM | 22 comment(s)
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