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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1964 Results

Congratulations to Willie Mays, who was 1964’s Most Meritorious Player by a substantial majority.

                  1     2     3     4     5     6     7     8     9     10     Pts
Willie Mays       11    2                                                      193
Dick Allen         2    6     3     2                                          177
Ron Santo               3     5     3     1                                    154
Dean Chance             1     5     2     1     2     2 ...
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fra paolo Posted: September 09, 2011 at 12:16 AM | 11 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1965 Discussion

In the American League, a long era of Yankee dominance was ended when the Minnesota Twins grabbed the pennant. The race retained its rather one-sided flavour in that Minnesota were clearly the team to beat. After 4 July, they were never out of first place. However, their strongest challenger varied throughout the season. Chicago took the role at first, then Baltimore and Cleveland. Baltimore managed to sustain their challenge for longest, but after a brief run for the top by Detroit, it was ...

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fra paolo Posted: September 08, 2011 at 02:12 AM | 73 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1964 Ballot

Here are the specific rules for this election:

Candidate Eligibility: Any North American professional baseball player is eligible for the Most Meritorious Player (MMP) award including players in the top Negro Leagues or independent teams. Voters should consider the player’s on-field contribution to Major League Baseball (MLB) team(s) in that season only. If part of the season was spent outside MLB, that value may be considered as well. However, the player’s on-field contribution should be ...

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fra paolo Posted: August 29, 2011 at 02:45 PM | 39 comment(s)
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Transaction Oracle: Saying Goodbye to Flanny

I never got to meet Mike Flanagan.  I have no stories about Flanagan, no interesting anecdotes about him, just the lingering emotional attachment that comes with rooting for a sports team when you’re a little kid.  I was born in 1978, so I was too young to remember Mike Flanagan at his best as a pitcher.  But he was a part of the first sports team I was old enough to follow over the course of an entire season, the 1983 Orioles.  It was a pretty good year to become a fan, this being the last ...

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Dan Szymborski Posted: August 25, 2011 at 02:59 AM | 27 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: GM Candidates

Now that the Cubs have finally fired Jim Hendry, I thought it'd be a good time to see if this blog thing still works. I've decided to create a thread listing the potential candidates, and anytime I see any sort of update, I'll put it in this thread. If I miss a story, please feel free to add it yourself. The early candidates include: Billy Beane Brian Cashman Andrew Friedman Rick Hahn. Buster Olney mentioned on BBTN last night that he believes the top 3 are the Cubs top choices, while a lot ...Read More...
HMS Moses Taylor Posted: August 22, 2011 at 05:29 PM | 84 comment(s)
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Notes in a Minor Key: Draft signings

Today's the last day that 2011 draft picks can be signed. I would expect a rash of announcements as we get close to the midnight deadline. Post 'em here.
Mike Emeigh Posted: August 15, 2011 at 07:30 PM | 63 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: 1963: Most Meritorious Player: Results

There's only one result closer than this:
                1    2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   Pts
Sandy Koufax   10    1   5   1                             241
Hank Aaron      5    9   3                                 240
Willie Mays     2    7   7   1                             231
Dick Ellsworth          2   11  3       1                 200
Eddie Mathews               1   7   4   1   1   1   1     159
Dick Groat                  1   2   4       2   3   1     117
Juan Marichal ...
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fra paolo Posted: August 10, 2011 at 08:33 PM | 14 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: 1964 Most Meritorious Player: Discussion

In one of the most exciting seasons in recent years, the pennant races in both leagues went down to the last few days. The American League race featured a three-way tie for first as late as 17 September, with the Yankees, White Sox and Baltimore with a ten-game lead over the rest of the pack. The Yankees took sole control of first place on 19 September, and managed to hang on for the rest of the season. Meanwhile, in the National League, the Phillies had a five-game lead over the Cardinals, ...Read More...
fra paolo Posted: August 10, 2011 at 04:18 AM | 89 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1963 Ballot

Here are the specific rules for this election: Candidate Eligibility: Any North American professional baseball player is eligible for the Most Meritorious Player (MMP) award including players in the top Negro Leagues or independent teams. Voters should consider the player’s on-field contribution to MLB team(s) in that season only. If part of the season was spent outside MLB, that value may be considered as well. However, the player’s on-field contribution should be judged in relation to ...Read More...
fra paolo Posted: July 29, 2011 at 04:44 PM | 32 comment(s)
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Notes in a Minor Key: ATTN NC TRIANGLE PRIMATES!

You definitely want to see this if you can:
Tampa Bay Rays' left-hander Matthew Moore, the top pitching prospect in all of Minor League Baseball according to Baseball America and ESPN, is expected to join the Bulls on Friday and start that evening for Durham against the Toledo Mud Hens at 7:05 PM at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The 22-year old has spent the entire season at Double-A Montgomery, where he was 8-3 with a 2.20 ERA and a league-leading 131 strikeouts in 102.1 innings pitched. ...Read More...
Mike Emeigh Posted: July 22, 2011 at 03:39 PM | 5 comment(s)
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