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Hall of Merit: 2013 Results: Bonds, Clemens, Piazza and Biggio are elected to the Hall of Merit!
Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mike Piazza and Craig Biggio have been elected to the Hall of Merit!
The timing for our first year electing 4 candidates could not have worked out better, since class of 2013 is the strongest in terms of electees that we’ve ever had. The top of the 1934 ballot included Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker, Eddie Collins, Pop Lloyd, Smokey Joe Williams and Cristobal Torriente, but only 2 were elected.
Bonds and Clemens were each unanimous at 1 and 2. I believe that’s the first ...Read More...
Posted: December 12, 2012 at 10:14 PM | 61 comment(s)
Here are the specific rules for this election:Read More...
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 ...
DL from MN
Posted: December 12, 2012 at 02:30 PM | 36 comment(s)
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 - if you don’t feel he really is a HOFer, then please refrain from posting that player’s name (examples of whom I am referring to are Mookie Wilson, Scott Brosius, Buddy Biancalana - players who were well liked or were underdogs, but have no creditable HOF resume). Leaving 1st-year candidates off your ballot is also ...Read More...
DL from MN
Posted: December 11, 2012 at 04:07 PM | 127 comment(s)
Sox Therapy: Everyone Else in the AL East is Terrible
I figure most of y’all saw that SG did his first run of team projections based on CAIRO and showed a four-team dead heat in the AL East. The Sox at 84 wins trailed ever so slightly the Yankees at 85 and the Rays and Jays at 86. While it’s of course too early, it seems pretty unlikely that anyone’s going to project to run away with the AL East. The Yankees could still remember that they’re the New York Yankees, but they seem pretty locked in to this unnecessary two-year rebuild. The ...Read More...
Matt Clement of Alexandria
Posted: December 10, 2012 at 04:57 PM | 173 comment(s)
Primate Studies: What do you do with Deacon White?
Last week, the attention of the baseball world was focused keenly on the Winter Meetings. They’re reliably one of the high points of the offseason, featuring free agent speculation, wild trade rumors, and Hall of Fame selections from the Veterans’ Committee.
Unfortunately, “keen” is a very generous description for the level of emphasis given to the last item on that list. The Veterans’ vote didn’t even get top headline status on ESPN’s MLB page when it was announced, even ...Read More...
Eric J can SABER all he wants to
Posted: December 10, 2012 at 09:19 AM | 17 comment(s)
Sox Therapy: Let’s Look at Josh Hamilton and Three Years
So the big rumor is that Seattle and others are trying to get Josh Hamilton to sign for three years. And the big reaction has been, “If anyone signs him for that, it should be my team!” That presents a couple of issues. First, even if Hamilton signs for three years, only one team is going to get him, and everyone else is going to be mad at their team. Second, what would constitute a good three-year deal?
The point of a three-year deal is that you’re getting the best years, and if the player ...Read More...
Posted: December 07, 2012 at 10:31 PM | 20 comment(s)
Hey guys, as I mentioned earlier, John Murphy has retired from the Hall of Merit in terms of day-to-day (or even year-to-year) support.
Anyone interested in picking up the torch?
Tasks include, but are not limited to: Posting threads (new eligibles, discussion, ballot, results, individuals of note - am I missing any others?); typing in the compiled results (which is a nightmare); maintaining the list of links.
Regarding the HoM Plaque Room, a curator is needed for it.
Also, most pressing, ...Read More...
Posted: December 06, 2012 at 02:58 AM | 26 comment(s)
Sox Therapy: All-Around Players: Still Undervalued
The most recent Sox free agent news on the twitters is that the Sox are the favorites to sign Shane Victorino. Robothal reports they’ve offered 3/38, pretty much identical to the Napoli contract. The 2012 free agent market featured a bunch of players who produce value at the plate, on the bases, and in the field, without being particularly elite in any aspect of the game. Victorino remains unsigned, while Upton and Pagan signed for 5/75 and 4/40, both less than I was expecting.
Matt Clement of Alexandria
Posted: December 04, 2012 at 05:33 PM | 38 comment(s)
First I’d like to thank John Murphy for his dedicated service over the years. John has decided to retire from the Hall of Merit, except for as a voter. We really could not have done this without you John. I owe you many beers once our paths cross.
Now, onto the fun!
I’ve posted this the last couple of years, but as a reminder:
“This has been an issue in the past, so I’ll repeat it now for clarification . . . the posting of the ballot to the discussion thread for new voters is not ...Read More...
Posted: December 04, 2012 at 04:26 AM | 92 comment(s)
After taking a much needed hiatus from my work on the site’s redesign. I am back to work. In June, when I realized I would not be able to finish off the Beta in time for the All Star, I decided to take a break. I needed it. I was burnt out from all the work that I was doing. Additionally, with the summer at hand, I knew it would be a good idea to spend some time with my kids and family whose patience I was beginning to try. So, other than some bug fixing, I put the update on the back burner. ...Read More...
Posted: November 26, 2012 at 02:22 PM | 24 comment(s)
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for his generous support.