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    2021 BBHoF Ballot

    First, it's obviously an honor to have a HoF vote. As for Bonds/Clemens/Schilling, I'm honestly not decided at this point in time. I've gone back and forth on the steroid-era issue countless times, and where I finally land will have a huge impact on what my ballot looks like. I'm what you'd call...
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    Revisiting the Xander-at-shortstop debate

    Most everyone here remembers the speculation that Xander Bogaerts wouldn't stick at shortstop, and that his future was as a third baseman. All these years later he's still at short, albeit with perennially below-average defensive metrics. Given that his bat would allow him to play anywhere, has...
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    MVP of 2004 Postseason

    Ortiz has a good argument, but I'm going with Derek Lowe. His ALCS Game 7 vs NYY is arguably the most-clutch pitching performance in franchise history, and he followed that up with seven scoreless innings in the World Series clincher. Lowe probably belongs in the Red Sox Hall of Fame for that...
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    A conversation with Reggie Jefferson

    Apologies up front for linking my own work, but this interview is right in the SoSH wheelhouse. Reggie shared some good memories, and some interesting observations, in this conversation. (Oh, and this works far better with the correct link.)...
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    Best Red Sox Closer: Nominees

    Richard Raymond Radatz. Averaged 4.6 bWAR, 25 saves, and 135 innings in his four full seasons. By comparison, Koji Uehara averaged 1.8 bWAR, 20 saves, and 57 innings in his four seasons.
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    FanGraphs is in Financial Trouble

    Speaking as someone who has a vested interest -- I'd like to keep my job -- FG could definitely use the support. If monetary contributions aren't a viable option for you, something as simple as reading articles helps. Clicks matter. For those of you solely interested in Red Sox-related content...
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    Rick Miller and his Red Sox tenure

    Apologies up front for posting a link to one of my interviews -- something I very rarely do -- but this strikes me as a worthy exception. It's safe to say that Rick Miller has mixed feelings about his Red Sox beginnings, as well as a sour taste for how things ended...
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    Who was the most disliked Red Sox player acquisition ever? AT THE TIME OF ACQUISITION

    In his first year with the Red Sox, Jack Clark led the team in home runs, walks, RBIs, and SLG. He was second to Boggs in OPS, and he had an OPS+ of 127. While his numbers were "putrid" in his second and final season, he actually hit pretty well upon coming to Boston.
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    Who will be the next manager?

    Matt Quatraro, currently the bench coach in Tampa, will be a strong candidate if/when a new, non-interim manager is hired.
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    Cora in line for major suspension?

    Well-earned reputation as media-unfriendly. Hard to see that working out in Boston market.
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    Nick Cafardo dies at 62

    I don't post much here anymore, but what SJH wrote needs to be commended. There are different ways to write about baseball -- different styles and perspectives -- and what some fans prefer, others don't. People in the game really do matter. Nick was a good man.
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    Porcello wins the Cy Young

    I think "gave his team chance to win" is a meaningful, albeit hard-to-quantify, measurement. With that in mind: Verlander allowed two-or-fewer runs in 23 of his 33 starts. Kluber did so in 18 of 32, Sale in 17 of 32, Porcello in 15 of 33. Of the four, Verlander had the fewest outings in which...
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    Protecting the Shields -- The Nick Cafardo Thread

    It's pretty well established that you come here to troll, but I'll bother to comment anyway. As Joe Pos says to close the article you cited, "I do believe the Indians name could honor him. That choice is ours." If you read Sockalexis' SABR bio, or most other serious explorations of the...
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    Kirk and Callahan: Done

    I just heard the last two minutes of today's show, and multiple times a woman -- presumably a guest; I'm not aware of there being a female co-host -- started to speak and was interrupted. The one time she was allowed to speak, she was interrupted. This was a fantastic example of the Trump-like...
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    Protecting the Shields -- The Nick Cafardo Thread

    None of the 50 FanGraphs contributors picked the Orioles to win the division or even make it as a wildcard. None of the 30 ESPN writers picked the Orioles to win the division and only two had them as a wildcard. FiveThirtyEight gave the Orioles a 5% chance of winning the division.
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    Remember the Gyroball?

    Larry Andersen and Brian Bannister both tinkered with a gyroball -- aka a backup slider -- during their careers. By all accounts it's a hard pitch to master.
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    Dan Shaughnessy: Taking a dump in your mouth one column at a time

    The article cites the Red Sox poor record when trailing after 7- and 8-innings, not bothering to mention that they are better than league average in both cases. There is also a claim that "October baseball games are 3-2 and 2-1," which is questionable given that last year's postseason had four...
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    RIP The Maniacal Chuck Waseleski

    In 2005, Waseleski told me Bill James included some of his data in his 1983 Abstract... and got his name wrong. The following year, James included even more of his data and spelled his name correctly, in all caps, 20 times. Interesting, and deserving, tribute by Cafardo.
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    NYT chooses John Henry as new owner of Boston Globe

    I've received one paper, the Sunday, in nine days since the change. The quality of service under the previous company had clearly declined in recent years, but by comparison they were exemplary. This is a fiasco.
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    Jerry Remy will do "at least 100” games next season

      Hitting a home run with men on base kills rallies. Certain pitchers hurt themselves by striking out batters. Yeah, there's definitely entertainment value.