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You Think Hall of Fame Voters Are Stupid Now?

In total there were FORTY-SIX players on the nominating ballot in 1946 who would end up in the Hall of Fame. And do you know how many the writers voted in that year? None. Nada. Zilch. It could be that the ballot was so overwhelming, with so many great-to-legendary players backed up, that the writers could not come up with any consensus. It seems obvious from some of the vote totals that many writers were just trying to go in order — to honor the older players first — which would be the only reasonable explanation how Lefty Grove received just 35% of the vote. LEFTY GROVE. He has an argument as the greatest pitcher of all time. Jimmie Foxx (just two years retired — this was before the five-year wait) got just 26 votes. No player got more than 57% of the vote on the final ballot. The writers had legislated themselves into oblivion.

The Myth of the Small-Market Window

There is a nugget of truth behind this Window obsession. Smaller-revenue teams have a tougher time signing premium free agents, or retaining their own top players past their initial six years of team control. That puts extra pressure on these poorer teams to bring up a bunch of great prospects all at once, then hope they get good at the same time before they get expensive. But far more often it's a bullshit excuse. It's a vague, faraway goal that always seems several years out of reach. It's a cover for cheap, greedy ownership, lousy scouting, drafting, and player development, and myopic trades. It's a weak attempt to placate a fan base screwed over by years of management incompetence and indifference.

Fascinating look at early (1900's) stat heads.

Using his "how many runs scored on each hit" system, he figured out that: A single is worth .46 of a run. A double is worth .79 of a run. A triple is worth 1.15 of a run A home run is worth 1.55 of a run. Pause once more to think about this. He only looked at 1,000 hits in 1916. He came up with a quirky system to figure out how many runs scored. Now, jump ahead 50 years. John Thorn and Pete Palmer wrote "The Hidden Game of Baseball," an all-time classic. In it, they introduced the Linear Weights system. For it, they used computer simulations and ALL the data available going back to 1901. And this is what they determined. A single is worth .46 of a run. A double is worth .80 of a run A triple is worth 1.02 of a run A home run is worth 1.40 of a run Numerous other people — Friend of Blog Tom Tango among them — have looked at Linear Weights, tweaked it, worked with it, and the numbers move a bit here and there. But the point here is that what F.C. Lane did through sheer will power, limited data and some rudimentary math skill was REMARKABLY accurate and at least a half century ahead of its time.

Sox Trade Jason Frasor

"The Blue Jays have acquired Jason Frasor from the White Sox in exchange for right-handed pitchers Myles Jaye and Daniel Webb, according to a press release. It appears that GM Ken Williams hasn't taken any time off to celebrate the New Year after trading Carlos Quentin to the Padres just over 24 hours ago." Anybody know anything about the two prospects?

Happy New Year from South Side Sox

Here's a completely unrelated recent post from Cardboard Gods about Mike Squires to ring in 2012.

Quentin Dealt to Padres

Perhaps we are rebuilding. Two pitching prospects coming to the Sox.

Ken_Rosenthal Ken Rosenthal #WhiteSox will receive two minor league pitchers from #Padres for...

Ken_Rosenthal Ken Rosenthal #WhiteSox will receive two minor league pitchers from #Padres for Quentin - RHP Simon Castro and LHP Pedro Hernandez. #MLB

Lillibridge earns "Defensive Performance of the Year" nod

The night he became Brent Thrillibridge earns a little more time in the lime light.

Twitter says John Danks agrees to five-year, $65 million extension

The guy who broke the Edwin Jackson trade says the White Sox and John Danks have done the opposite of what everybody thought.

Shoeless Joe Jackson talks about the Black Sox scandal of 1919

"I had been acquitted by a twelve-man jury in a civil court of all charges and I was an innocent man in the records. I have never made any request to be reinstated in baseball, and I have never made any campaign to have my name cleared in the baseball records. This is not a plea of any kind. This is just my story." from the October 1949 issue of Sport Magazine

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