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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 2014 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 on 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 judged in relation to the ...

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DL from MN Posted: November 17, 2014 at 01:50 PM | 12 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Mock 2015 Hall of Fame Golden Era Ballot - Results

Nobody reached the 75% threshold required to be elected. Minnie Minoso led the balloting with 72% of the vote.

Player Name % NumVotes
Minnie Minoso 72% 44
Dick Allen 61% 37
Luis Tiant 57% 35
Ken Boyer 48% 29
Bob Howsam 21% 13
Jim Kaat 13% 8
Billy Pierce 11% 7
Gil Hodges 5% 3
Tony Oliva 5% 3
Maury Wills 2% 1

61 voters

DL from MN Posted: November 12, 2014 at 03:01 PM | 41 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1959 Results

Congratulations to Ernie Banks on being selected the 1959 Most Meritorious Player!

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Ernie Banks	176	12	10
Henry Aaron	166	12	1
Eddie Mathews	160	12	1
Willie Mays	140	12	0
Mickey Mantle	100	10	0
Camilo Pascual	83	9	0
Hoyt Wilhelm	80	9	0
Ken Boyer	61	7	0
Nellie Fox	50	6	0
Al Kaline	48	6	0
Vada Pinson	38	5	0
Frank Robinson	32	4	0
Minnie Minoso	27	3	0
Willie McCovey	19	2	0
Don Newcombe	16	2	0
Larry Jackson	15	2	0
Ed Yost	13	2	0
Tito Francona	8	1	0
Yogi ...
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DL from MN Posted: November 05, 2014 at 04:25 PM | 30 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Mock 2015 Hall of Fame Golden Era Ballot

Rules are the same as the Hall of Fame: Vote for up to four. 75% of ballots wins election.

Eligibles: Dick Allen, Ken Boyer, Gil Hodges, Bob Howsam, Jim Kaat, Minnie Minoso, Tony Oliva, Billy Pierce, Luis Tiant and Maury Wills.

I’ll close the election on 11/12 at noon. Everyone is eligible to vote, not just Hall of Merit regulars.

DL from MN Posted: November 05, 2014 at 02:19 PM | 96 comment(s)
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Primate Studies: Loser Scores 2014

Bill James came up with Loser Scores after the 2010 season, in an effort to measure how the Pirates’ string of losing seasons compared to other lengthy stretches of bad baseball. I’ve updated the totals every year since then.

You compute Loser Scores in this fashion:

1. A team that has a losing season adds to its Loser Score the total of games under .500, plus the number of consecutive seasons that the team has been under .500.
2. A team that has a .500 or better season takes its previous ...

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Mike Emeigh Posted: October 30, 2014 at 11:32 PM | 8 comment(s)
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Primate Studies: Winning Pitcher: Bumgarner….er, Affeldt

One of the major story lines from Game 7 of the World Series was the decision by the official scorers to initially award the win to Madison Bumgarner, only to reverse themselves upon review after the game was over, and give the win to Jeremy Affeldt instead.

The decision that the scorers originally made appears to be based on a comment that appears next to Rule 10.17(b) - part of the rule that covers how the winning pitcher is determined - which is also repeated in rule 10.17(c). That comment ...

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Mike Emeigh Posted: October 30, 2014 at 10:43 PM | 43 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1960 Discussion

Most Meritorious Player: 1960 Discussion

Pirates beat the Yankees in the World Series. Vote for 10.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Mays, Willie		36.8		9.4
Banks, Ernie		28.6		7.8
Mathews, Eddie		36.9		7.3
Maris, Roger		30.6		7.5
Mantle, Mickey		35.6		6.3
Aaron, Henry		34.0		7.9
Boyer, Ken		30.9		6.9
Robinson, Frank		22.9		6.2
Groat, Dick		24.8		6.2
Held, Woodie		19.6		3.8
Mazeroski, Bill		20.6		2.5
Williams, Ted		20.7		3.0
Aparicio, Luis		20.3		5.5
Runnels, Pete		19.9		4.7
Crandall, ...
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DL from MN Posted: October 27, 2014 at 06:03 PM | 18 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1959 Ballot

Most Meritorious Player: 1959 Ballot

For 1959, each voter should rank their top 10 players from both leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 5 November 2014.

Anyone can vote, even if you do not normally participate in Hall of Merit discussions. If have never participated in an MMP election, just post a preliminary ballot in the discussion thread by 4 November 2014.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: October 14, 2014 at 01:26 PM | 16 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1958 Results

Congratulations to Willie Mays on winning his 6th MMP award.

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Willie Mays	178	12	10
Mickey Mantle	165	12	2
Ernie Banks	160	12	0
Henry Aaron	136	12	0
Rocky Colavito	123	12	0
Richie Ashburn	115	11	0
Bob Cerv	96	11	0
Warren Spahn	67	8	0
Ken Boyer	42	6	0
Al Kaline	42	5	0
Jackie Jensen	25	4	0
Sam Jones	14	2	0
Stan Musial	14	2	0
Frank Lary	14	2	0
Ted Williams	13	2	0
Eddie Mathews	13	2	0
Whitey Ford	10	1	0
Del Crandall	10	1	0
Robin Roberts	10	1	0
Stu Miller	7	1	0
Dick ...
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DL from MN Posted: October 01, 2014 at 04:14 PM | 7 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1959 Discussion

Dodgers beat the White Sox in the World Series 4 games to 2. Vote for 10. Election will end November 5th 2014.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Banks, Ernie		33.2		10.2
Mathews, Eddie		36.1		8.1
Aaron, Henry		37.4		8.6
Mantle, Mickey		29.4		6.6
Mays, Willie		32.0		7.8
Boyer, Ken		23.9		7.5
Kaline, Al		26.8		6.0
Fox, Nellie		30.3		6.0
Minoso, Minnie		28.9		5.5
Runnels, Pete		23.5		5.3
Yost, Ed		26.3		5.4
Francona, Tito		27.1		4.8
Colavito, Rocky		28.1		5.3
Berra, Yogi		23.3		3.9
Robinson, ...
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DL from MN Posted: September 30, 2014 at 11:17 AM | 26 comment(s)
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