Circle of Greats Redemption Round #10

This Circle of Greats (COG) vote is not to induct anyone into the Circle, but only to select three players who will be restored back to the main ballot after having been previously dropped from eligibility. This tenth and last “redemption round” (we’ve been holding such redemption rounds interspersed among the regular voting rounds every tenth voting round or so) gives voters a chance to reconsider past candidates who have previously fallen off the regular induction ballots.

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Wednesday’s wild 7th inning: believe it or not, it’s déja vu

Wednesday’s final game of the ALDS between Toronto and Texas, particularly the bizarre happenings in the 7th inning, has the makings of a legendary post-season contest. While it has been said that there hasn’t been a post-season game like it before and probably won’t be again, there are more than passing similarities to another October game from a number of years ago, 98 to be exact.

More after the jump on a weird Wednesday in Toronto, and another odd game many Octobers ago.

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Website update, new writers, and more changes

Hi folks.

Sorry for the site outage. I don’t know the cause but our ISP has fixed things.

Going forward, we are going to change some things here. Within the week, I will be changing to a new streamlined theme that will eliminate ads and other bells and whistles that slow things down.

Without ads, the site will no longer pay for itself. If someone has a good no-cost hosting option, please let me know. Otherwise, I’ll have to revisit options down the road to cover costs.

In the next several months, I will be adding new writers to the site. These will be different voices than we’ve heard from in the past and should lead to some new interesting conversations.

Sorry again and thanks for your patience.

Postseason Preview: the Mets are Better than You Think

We all know the outcome of a playoff series is a random enough event that it’s pointless to spend 15+ hours building a model to predict the winners.  So I spent 15+ hours last week building a model to predict the winners.  It’s based on fangraphs’ Runs Above Replacement for pitchers and Runs Above Average for hitters, fielders, and baserunners.  More after the jump.

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COG Round 106 Results: Grover Cleaves Competition

His election was delayed a few voting rounds but was never in doubt. As its 106th inductee, the Circle of Greats welcomes Grover Cleveland Alexander, the National League’s all-time pitching WAR leader. Alexander is also the career leader in the senior circuit in Wins (tied with Christy Mathewson) and Shutouts, and the modern era leader in Complete Games. In a career of twenty seasons, Alexander logged over 5000 IP and faced almost 21,000 batters, both second in the NL only to Warren Spahn in the modern era. More on Alexander after the jump.

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