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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1960 Ballot

For 1960, each voter should rank their top 10 players from both leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 7 January 2015.

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 5 January 2015.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: December 15, 2014 at 01:09 PM | 7 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1901 Discussion

Most Meritorious Player: 1901 Discussion

Going back to the first season of the American League because next year is the pre-integration committee vote.

No World Series yet so no postseason consideration. I could use help locating Negro Leaguers to consider. 1901 was really sketchy for Negro League statistics and even consistent barnstorming teams. The Cuban X Giants and Chicago Union Giants were active. I believe Frank Grant, Charlie Grant, Grant Johnson and Rube Foster are from this era.

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DL from MN Posted: December 09, 2014 at 02:54 PM | 27 comment(s)
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Jim's Lab Notes: Recent Updates and Turning off Advertisements

As you may have noticed, I’ve been working on the server and making some software updates. The downtime was required so I can move forward with some of the things on my off-season to-do list. I hope the outages didn’t inconvenience you too much.

First up on my to-do list was setting things up so I could turn off advertising for those of you who generously donated to support the site in 2014. Although automating the process is still on my list, I have turned off advertising on accounts that ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2014 at 01:37 PM | 45 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 2014 Results

Congratulations to Mike Trout on his 3rd consecutive MMP award.

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Mike Trout	118	8	6
Clayton Kershaw	87	8	2
Andr McCutchen	84	8	0
Giancar Stanton	74	7	0
Josh Donaldson	71	7	0
Jonathan Lucroy	68	7	0
Mich Brantley	58	8	0
Corey Kluber	57	7	0
Adrian Beltre	42	6	0
Robinson Cano	40	5	0
Felix Hernandez	36	5	0
Jose Bautista	35	7	0
Jose Altuve	26	4	0
Russell Martin	21	3	0
Anthony Rendon	20	4	0
Kyle Seager	20	4	0
Jose Abreu	17	4	0
Buster Posey	17	3	0
Johnny Cueto	11	2	0
Adam ...
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DL from MN Posted: December 05, 2014 at 03:14 PM | 7 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: 2015 Hall of Merit Ballot

Welcome to the 2015 Hall of Merit Ballot thread. Balloting is open from now (December 1) through December 15 December 22, 2014 at 8 p.m. EDT.

I’ve posted this the last several 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 just a formality. With the posting of the ballot you are expected to post a summary of what you take into account - basically, how ...

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Joey Numbaz (Scruff) Posted: December 01, 2014 at 10:49 AM | 92 comment(s)
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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 12:50 PM | 29 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 02:01 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
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DL from MN Posted: November 05, 2014 at 03:25 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 01:19 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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