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Circle of Greats 1897 Balloting

This post is for voting and discussion in the 94th round of balloting for the Circle of Greats (COG).  This round adds to the list of candidates eligible to receive your votes those players born in 1897. Rules and lists are after the jump.

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Game Notes – Midweek Roundup

Here’s a quick look at selected series this week, with a focus on the front-running teams.

More after the jump.

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COG Round 92 Results: Voters in hubbub over Hubbell

This was a peaceful hubbub, though, as “King” Carl Hubbell, near the top of the voting in his first five COG ballot appearances, was a popular selection in earning induction in the 92nd round of COG balloting. In a close two-way race, Hubbell edged Paul Waner, with Roy Campanella placing third and collecting an additional round of guaranteed COG eligibility.

More on Hubbell after the jump.

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Circle of Greats: Redemption Round #8, Part 2

This Circle of Greats (COG) vote is not to induct anyone into the Circle, but only to select two players who will either be: restored back on to the main ballot after having been previously been dropped from eligibility; or made eligible for the COG ballot if previously ineligible. This part two of our eighth “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, or to consider candidates who were not previously eligible for that ballot.

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Circle of Greats 1898 Balloting

This post is for voting and discussion in the 93rd round of balloting for the Circle of Greats (COG).  This round adds to the list of candidates eligible to receive your votes those players born in 1898. Rules and lists are after the jump.

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Jim Fanning 1927-2015

Jim-FanningJim Fanning, who can reasonably be called the “father” of the Montreal Expos franchise, has died at the age of 87.

Fanning had been working in the Braves’ organization when the Commissioner’s office hired him in 1968 to start up MLB’s first scouting bureau. Fanning had only just arrived in the Commissioner’s office when John McHale, another MLB employee with whom Fanning had worked with the Braves, was named President and CEO of the newly christened Expos. McHale tapped Fanning to be his new GM, the first of many positions in which Fanning would serve the Expos for most of the franchise’s  36 seasons in “La Belle Province”. Included were two brief stints as the on-field manager, the first when taking over from Dick Williams in the final month of the 1981 season and guiding the Expos to their only NL East crown.

I can’t add much to SABR’s excellent biography by Norm King (except to say that Fanning is the first Illinois-born player to die in Ontario, Canada), so I will just commend  the article to your reading pleasure.

Game Notes – AL Midweek Recap

White Sox@Orioles – Orioles win most unusual game

  • The unrest in Baltimore resulted in the postponement of the first two games of the series and the finale being played in an empty stadium.
  • ESPN reported today that the pace of play rule changes have resulted in average 9-inning game times dropping by more than 7 minutes from the same point in the schedule last year. That effect may have been enhanced by the empty stadium as the Orioles thumped the Sox 8-2 in just 2:03, the shortest 9-inning Oriole home game when scoring 8+ runs since the O’s beat the Tigers 8-1 on Sep 24, 1975 (a game similarly lacking in onlookers, with fewer than 5,000 on hand).

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Game Notes – NL Weekend Recap

Giants@Rockies – Teams split shortened series

  • Colorado took the opener as 7 players carded an extra-base hit in a 6-4 win. Those 6 runs are the fewest by the Rockies in 56 home games with 15+ hits, including 8 for extra bases.
  • The Giants evened the series with a 5-4 win in 11 innings, after Santiago Casilla couldn’t hold a one-run lead in the 9th. The Giants are now 10-4 in games in which Casilla blows a save, winning the last 4 in a row and 7 of the last 8.
  • San Francisco tallied two home runs, two stolen bases and four doubles in their game 2 win. The 5 runs scored are the fewest in 25 Giant road games with those markers.

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Circle of Greats: Redemption Round #8 Part 1

This Circle of Greats (COG) vote is not to induct anyone into the Circle, but only to select two players who will be restored back on to the main ballot after having been previously been dropped from eligibility. This part one of our eighth “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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Circle of Greats 1899 Balloting

This post is for voting and discussion in the 92nd round of balloting for the Circle of Greats (COG).  This round adds to the list of candidates eligible to receive your votes those players born in 1899. Rules and lists are after the jump.

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