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  1. BaseballJones

    2021 MVP watch

    Too early? Who cares. Top 5 1. Tom Brady: 66.2%, 1,767 yds, 15 td, 2 int, 108.5 rating, averaging 353.4 yards passing per game, offense is scoring 33.4 points a game 2. Kyler Murray: 75.2%, 1,512 yds, 10 td, 4 int, 113.0 rating, add in 3 rushing touchdowns, team is undefeated at 5-0 3...
  2. BaseballJones

    What Losing Streaks Are Made Of

    After beating Toronto 4-1 on July 28, the Red Sox were a season-high 23 games above .500 at 63-40, and were 2.5 games up in the AL East. Since then, they've gone 6-14 (.300), and now find themselves 6 games back - losing a staggering 8.5 games in the standings in just 20 games played. Their two...
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    Sox and Yanks vs. the World

    You can put together an all-time team comprised of just Yankees and Red Sox, against an all-time team made up of everyone else in the game. What's the matchup, and do the New Boston RedKees have a chance? Go with traditional 25-man rosters. Here's the thing: Bos/NY, because they're a team made...
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    Can we talk about Jacob deGrom?

    I didn't see a thread dedicated to this guy but there should be one. First, let's look at his career numbers: 2.49 era, 157 era+, 2.64 fip, 1.02 whip, 10.7 k/9. Obviously outstanding. Now, let's look at his last four seasons: 1.90 era, 207 era+, 2.13 fip, 0.89 whip, 11.9 k/9. Mind...
  5. BaseballJones

    Are strikeouts ruining baseball?

    https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/31454952/how-k-became-most-destructive-letter-major-league-baseball It is indeed breathtaking to watch the mastery of our pitchers, the preposterous stuff we see from our stars, such as Jacob deGrom, Gerrit Cole and Shane Bieber, and from those relievers who...
  6. BaseballJones

    Time to end the shift?

    From: https://www.si.com/mlb/2021/04/22/jay-bruce-retirement-shift-the-opener?fbclid=IwAR05iLb4PfjqKeH2rByMYX75wzoDMK-Deiy_yLdYNmVEOjbWgKr6DB_W2Rg "The percentage of at bats in which the ball is not put in play (home runs, walks, strikeouts, hit batters) is up to 38%. And in the 62% of at-bats...
  7. BaseballJones

    Which is Your Favorite Pats Signing So Far?

    Which is your favorite Pats' signing so far, and why? I didn't include the Trent Brown or Marcus Cannon trades, though I suppose if you want to throw them in on your answer, you may. For review: - Patriots traded a 2022 5th round pick and received Trent Brown and the Raiders' 2022 7th round...
  8. BaseballJones

    Greatest Individual Seasons: By Position

    It's hard to quantify linemen, so I'm gonna leave them out of it. But I want to talk about the greatest individual seasons players have had at each position. I think it should combine both statistical greatness and team success as well, if possible, but the team success probably comes as more...
  9. BaseballJones

    Just how good is/was Drew Brees?

    Assuming he retires, which seems like a legitimate possibility, and inspired by the Rivers thread, it might be a good time to do a serious analysis of Drew Brees' NFL career. I'll start with the raw numbers: - 20 seasons - 287 games, 286 starts - 172-114 (.601) - 7,142-10,551 (67.7%), 80,538...
  10. BaseballJones

    NFL rivalries

    Was thinking about this today... for me, the Dolphins are the Pats' biggest rivals within the division. So I wonder about what the biggest rival is for each team. I'm going to stick to intra-divisional rivalries, because those make the most sense to me. I'll put in what I *think* is true, but...
  11. BaseballJones

    Congress proposes sweeping changes to college athletics

    https://www.espn.com/college-sports/story/_/id/30533536/congressional-proposal-overhaul-college-sports The list is long, but here are some highlights: - Some form of revenue sharing. - Changes in transfers. - Ability to wear sneakers/footwear of your choice rather than what the school has...
  12. BaseballJones

    Best Final Season

    Looking at Big Papi's career (inspired by comments made in another thread), I'm amazed at his final season numbers at age 40. .315/.401/.620/1.021, 164 ops+, 48 2b, 38 hr, 127 rbi Pretty amazing finish to his career. Got me thinking...what are some other phenomenal final seasons in MLB...
  13. BaseballJones

    2021 HoF: Who Should Be In?

    https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/30380685/peyton-manning-charles-woodson-calvin-johnson-lead-list-pro-football-hall-fame-semifinalists View...
  14. BaseballJones

    Bobby Orr endorses Trump

    Don’t know if this should be in V&N or here given who is involved (I didn’t find this in either place yet), but Bobby Orr endorsed Trump in a full page ad. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.boston.com/sports/boston-bruins/2020/10/30/bobby-orr-donald-trump-endorsement/amp Interested to see how...
  15. BaseballJones

    2020 Pats: Defense Discussion

    Worth talking about in its own thread. Yesterday two rookie LBs were out - Jennings and Uche. Both have the potential to be dynamic players. Haven't seen Uche yet. Hoping they both play together soon. LBs need their playmaking ability. The secondary has struggled. Gilmore in particular...
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    Status of Boston's Farm System

    They've done a lot of work to add talent to what was a weak system: In the Betts/Price deal: - C Connor Wong - OF Alex Verdugo - already looks like a very good MLB player - 2b Jeter Downs In the Hembree/Workman deal: - P Connor Seabold - P Nick Pivetta In the Moreland deal: - 3b Hudson Potts...
  17. BaseballJones

    Disappearance of the Fastball

    From: https://www.si.com/mlb/2020/08/10/justin-verlander-fastball-usage "Quietly, and as it concerns hitters, in an all too literal sense of quiet, baseball has crossed a major threshold in how the game is played. For the first time in recorded history, fastballs no longer account for the...
  18. BaseballJones

    MVP of 2004 Postseason

    Just because we still have weeks to go before baseball actually returns.... Which player, do you think, was the MVP of the overall 2004 Red Sox postseason? Foulke: 11 g, 14.0 ip, 7 h, 1 r, 1 er, 8 bb, 19 k, 0.64 era, 1.07 whip, 12.2 k/9, 1-0, 3 sv, 1 bs, enormously huge innings pitched Ortiz...
  19. BaseballJones

    Bigger Cog in the Yankee Dynasty...

    In a discussion with a couple of friends of mine who are Yankee fans. The topic: Which Yankee is the biggest cog in the late 90s dynasty (specifically, 1996-2000, when they won 4 out of 5 World Series): Mariano Rivera or Derek Jeter? Jeter: 771 g, 600 r, 996 h, 78 hr, 407 rbi, 108 sb...
  20. BaseballJones

    Book Review Needed

    Hey all, Just completed a manuscript for a baseball book. First draft. Would love some folks who are interested in reviewing it and letting me know your thoughts. It involves...Red Sox and Yankees. :-) If interested, I'd like these reviews to be done by the end of the month, so if you're...