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Hall of Merit: Mock Hall of Fame Ballot 2017 Results

Congratulations to Tim Raines, Jeff Bagwell, Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Ivan Rodriguez, Mike Mussina and Curt Schilling. They all exceeded the 75% threshold on our ballot. Three others were between 50% and 75% and would probably be elected if there had not been a 10 name limit.

Player Name	Percent
Tim Raines	100%
Jeff Bagwell	98%
Roger Clemens	97%
Barry Bonds	95%
Ivan Rodriguez	91%
Mike Mussina	86%
Curt Schilling	81%
Edgar Martinez	70%
Manny Ramirez	69%
Larry Walker	69%
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DL from MN Posted: December 22, 2016 at 03:14 PM | 12 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1999 Ballot

For 1999 each voter should rank the top 15 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 4 January 2017.

Anyone can vote, even if you do not normally participate in Hall of Merit discussions. If you have never participated in an MMP election, just post a preliminary ballot in the discussion thread by 3 January 2017.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: December 22, 2016 at 02:23 PM | 14 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Chipper Jones

Eligible in 2018

DL from MN Posted: December 22, 2016 at 02:21 PM | 15 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Musta Got Dealt

It’s ain’t supposed to be sad though you might feel it that way. It’s a song about desperation. Every now and then we do get desperate.

- Peter Wolf, Intro to “Musta Got Lost”, J. Geils Band

Should Boston have waited to trade Clay Buchholz until a team got desperate late in spring training?

Y’know, it seems on this site we often talk about this very scenario, maybe every year. Hey, maybe a team will suffer an injury in the rotation. If a team gets desperate before opening day, or before ...

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villageidiom Posted: December 22, 2016 at 01:56 PM | 6 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: 2018 Hall of Merit Ballot Discussion

Vladimir Guerrero (267), Sammy Sosa (255), Luis Tiant (189), Jeff Kent (179), Vic Willis (161), Kenny Lofton (151), Bobby Bonds (133), Ben Taylor (130), Buddy Bell (130) and Tommy Bridges (106) will be the top 10 returnees for 2018.

Jorge Posada (95), Bob Johnson (86), Urban Shocker (80), Dick Redding (79), Phil Rizzuto (79), Wally Schang (79) and Sal Bando (68) rounded out the top 20.

2018 - (December 4 - December 18, 2017) - elect 4

Name               HOFm HOFs Yrs WAR  WAR7 JAWS
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JoeD has the Imperial March Stuck in His Head Posted: December 19, 2016 at 09:12 PM | 116 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: 2017 Hall of Merit Election Results: Rodriguez, Ramirez and Edmonds elected!

Ivan Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez and Jim Edmonds will be the Hall of Merit’s class of 2017!

Pudge was the top vote getter on 21 of 26 ballots, earning 567 of 624 possible points. Ramirez lead three ballots, earning 545 points. Edmonds and Jim McCormick each drew one top vote and Edmonds finished with 454 points, far ahead of Vladimir Guerrero who finished fourth with 267 points.

Guerrero, Sammy Sosa (255), Luis Tiant (189), Jeff Kent (179), Vic Willis (161), Kenny Lofton (151), Bobby Bonds ...

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JoeD has the Imperial March Stuck in His Head Posted: December 19, 2016 at 08:13 PM | 25 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Mock Hall of Fame Ballot 2017

IMPORTANT: Please read:

This election should follow BBWAA rules, not Hall of Merit rules. However, we hope to see only players that each voter feels belong on their ballots. Leaving 1st-year candidates off your ballot is also frowned upon. IOW, we would like to see an absence of some of the silliness that permeates Hall of Fame voting by the writers.

The election will end Thursday on December 22, 2016 (3 PM EST). Results will be posted a short time later.

Please don’t post any vote tallies ...

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DL from MN Posted: December 19, 2016 at 11:08 AM | 69 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: The Magnificent Seven

Barring a major move at Designated Hitter it now appears the one significant off-season question for Dave Dombrowski and the Boston Red Sox is what to do about the starting rotation.  As currently set the roster has seven Major League starting pitchers;

David Price
Cy Young
Chris Sale
Eduardo Rodriguez*
Steven Wright
Clay Buchholz
Drew Pomeranz
* - I remembered him this time!

By all accounts Double D’s phone started ringing roughly nanoseconds after the Sale trade.  With pitching being scarce ...

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Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: December 14, 2016 at 02:19 PM | 28 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: Cubs roster update - post Winter Meetings

Not surprisingly, the Cubs have been relatively quiet so far this offseason.  After a couple moves, I thought it’d be worth putting the current projected 25 man roster on paper to see where things stand.

C: Contreras, Montero
1b: Rizzo
2b: Zobrist, Baez
SS: Russell
3b: Bryant
OF: Heyward, Schwarber, Almora, Jay

SP: Lester, Arrieta, Hendricks, Lackey, Montgomery
CL: Davis
RP: Rondon, Strop, Edwards, Grimm, Uehara

I see those 22 as locks.  Maybe Duensing is a lock, but I don’t think $2mil is a ...

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Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: December 08, 2016 at 05:09 PM | 78 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1999 Discussion

The Yankees swept the Braves in the World Series.

Player Name		SH WS		BBR WAR
Derek Jeter		33.7		8.0
Manny Ramirez		33.1		7.3
Roberto Alomar		33.2		7.4
Robin Ventura		28.3		6.7
Ivan Rodriguez		28.6		6.4
Jeff Bagwell		33.3		7.4
Nomar Garciaparra	31.4		6.6
Edgardo Alfonzo		29.1		6.0
Randy Velarde		24.2		7.0	
Carl Everett		23.2		5.8
Brian Giles		26.6		6.6
Chipper Jones		33.6		6.9
Shawn Green		26.6		6.4
Barry Larkin		23.6		5.1
Bobby Abreu		26.6		6.1
Omar Vizquel		22.5		6.0
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DL from MN Posted: December 08, 2016 at 01:27 PM | 37 comment(s)
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