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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

2017 Hall of Merit Ballot Discussion

2017 - (December 12, 2016) - elect 3

WS war Name-Pos
394 69.1 Manny Ramirez-LF/RF*
338 68.4 Ivan Rodriguez-C
324 59.3 Vladimir Guerrero-RF
243 46.5 Mike Cameron-CF
258 42.7 Jorge Posada-C
245 38.5 Magglio Ordonez-RF
206 44.9 J.D. Drew-RF
170 46.0 Javier Vazquez-P
233 34.3 Derrek Lee-1B
236 32.1 Edgar Renteria-SS
176 34.6 Tim Wakefield-P
142 34.5 Chris Carpenter-P*
160 28.2 Melvin Mora-3B
197 21.4 Orlando Cabrera-SS
147 27.7 Carlos Guillen-SS
181 18.8 Pat Burrell-LF
141 24.3 Jason ...
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DL from MN Posted: December 22, 2015 at 10:22 AM | 101 comment(s)
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Monday, December 21, 2015

2016 Hall of Merit Election Results: Griffey Jr., Mussina, Smoltz and Sheffield elected!

Ken Griffey, Jr., Mike Mussina, John Smoltz and Gary Sheffield join the Hall of Merit as the Class of 2016!

Griffey was named on the top of 21 of the 26 ballots cast, leading the way with 619 of a possible 624 points.

Mussina finished second with 551 points - he was in the top four on 22 ballots. Smoltz finished 3rd with 522 points, top four on 19 ballots. Sheffield secured the last spot with 459 points, he was named on all but one ballot and was top four on 15 of them.

There’s a new guy at ...

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JoeD has the Imperial March Stuck in His Head Posted: December 21, 2015 at 10:36 PM | 20 comment(s)
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Monday, December 22, 2014

2015 Election Results - Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez & Curt Schilling elected to the Hall of Merit!

Congratulations to the Class of 2015! Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and Curt Schilling have been elected to the Hall of Merit.

The election was dominated by pitchers. In addition to the top 3, Mike Mussina was a strong 4th, followed closely by John Smoltz. Gary Sheffield and Sammy Sosa were 6th and 7th, both with enough support that their eventual election looks inevitable.

Moving further into the backlog Kenny Lofton, Buddy Bell, Jeff Kent, Luis Tiant, Ben Taylor and Vic Willis round out the ...

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Monday, December 01, 2014

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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JoeD has the Imperial March Stuck in His Head Posted: December 01, 2014 at 10:49 AM | 181 comment(s)
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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

2015 Hall of Merit Ballot Discussion

2015 (December 8, 2014)—elect 3

WS WAR Name-Pos 
430 63.3 Gary Sheffield-RF
326 89.6 Randy Johnson-P
289 65.3 John Smoltz-P
256 73.5 Pedro Martinez-P
303 44.2 Carlos Delgado-1B
287 42.7 Brian Giles-RF/LF
219 42.6 Nomar Garciaparra-SS
191 27.3 Cliff Floyd-LF
161 27.8 Darin Erstad-1B/CF
189 16.8 Mark Loretta-2B/SS
177 18.5 Rich Aurilia-SS
175 17.6 Jermaine Dye-RF
114 26.1 Jarrod Washburn-P
125 18.0 Troy Percival-RP
138 11.1 Kevin Millar-1B
128 11.8 Tony Clark-1B

Required disclosures (top 10 ...

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DL from MN Posted: January 14, 2014 at 02:27 PM | 118 comment(s)
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Monday, December 16, 2013

2014 Results: Maddux, Thomas and Glavine elected to the Hall of Merit!

Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas and Tom Glavine have been elected to the Hall of Merit!

Maddux was nearly unanimous, receiving 32 of 34 first place votes. Frank Thomas, who finished second received the other two and was the only other player named on every ballot. Thomas received 18 second place votes and was no lower than sixth on any ballot.

Glavine, who was named on 33-of-34 ballots, edged Curt Schilling for the final spot, 610-589. Mike Mussina was a strong fifth with 543 points. Sammy Sosa was ...

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JoeD has the Imperial March Stuck in His Head Posted: December 16, 2013 at 11:15 PM | 82 comment(s)
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Monday, December 02, 2013

2014 Hall of Merit Ballot

Welcome to the 2014 Hall of Merit Ballot thread.

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 just a formality. With the posting of the ballot you are expected to post a summary of what you take into account - basically, how did you come up with this list? This does not mean that you need to have invented the Holy ...

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JoeD has the Imperial March Stuck in His Head Posted: December 02, 2013 at 05:11 PM | 103 comment(s)
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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 ...

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JoeD has the Imperial March Stuck in His Head Posted: December 12, 2012 at 09:14 PM | 67 comment(s)
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Thursday, December 29, 2011

2012 Results: Palmeiro… Reuschel… Cone… for the Hall of Merit!

Slugging first baseman Rafael Palmeiro, in his second year of eligibility, was the top vote-getter this election by grabbing 70% of all possible points.

NL hurler Rick Reuschel was number two this year with 49% after 17 years on a ballot, while Met and Yankee pitcher David Cone became the last inductee of 2012 with 44% in his sixth year of eligibility.

Rounding out the top-ten were: Phil Rizzuto, Luis Tiant, Cannonball Dick Redding, Hugh Duffy, Gavvy Cravath (back in the top-ten!), Vic Willis ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 29, 2011 at 02:08 AM | 70 comment(s)
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Sunday, August 28, 2005

Welcome to the Baseball Hall of Merit!

What is the Baseball Hall of Merit? A pantheon conceived of by our founder and commissioner Joe Dimino as an alternative to the Baseball Hall of Fame located in Cooperstown. Our purpose is to identify the best players in baseball history and thereby identify the omissions and errors that can be found in the other venerable institution.

Established in 2003, the HoM welcomes any new voters who are serious about inducting the most worthy candidates from all eras and positions.

Annual elections ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: August 28, 2005 at 05:32 PM | 0 comment(s)
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Monday, August 30, 2004

The Baseball Hall of Merit: Important Links

IMPORTANT: If a link is inoperable, please use this link to locate the thread in question: Hall of Merit Archives
This eventually will be the only place to locate old and new threads once we set up the categorization process.

Finally, a consolidated home page, with all of our important links.

The Hall of Merit Plaque Room - Where we honor the greatest players of all-time.

Our Constitution - The rules we’ve set up. Something Better - the article that introduced all of this.

Positional ...

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JoeD has the Imperial March Stuck in His Head Posted: August 30, 2004 at 09:33 AM | 23 comment(s)
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Monday, August 02, 2004

The Baseball Hall of Merit Plaque Room: Home Page

Enter here to see the players that have been immortalized in the Hall of Merit.

John Murphy was the curator of the Plaque Room and creator (with Ryan Wagman’s help) of the plaques. As of 2011 the creator of the plaques is theorioleway.

David Foss is in charge of the franchise cap standings.

Devin McCullen provides the city and state cap standings.

yest helps us out double-checking the plaques for accuracy.

The whole process is overseen by our commissioner and founder Joe Dimino.

For Hall ...

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JoeD has the Imperial March Stuck in His Head Posted: August 02, 2004 at 05:37 PM | 1474 comment(s)
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Most Meritorious Player: 1996 Ballot

For 1996, each voter should rank the top 14 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 7 September 2016.

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 6 September 2016.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: August 24, 2016 at 03:19 PM | 7 comment(s)
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Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Most Meritorious Player: 1996 Discussion

The Yankees beat the Braves in the World Series. Vote for 14 this year.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Barry Bonds		37.8		9.6
Alex Rodriguez		32.2		9.4
Ken Caminiti		35.5		7.6
Jeff Bagwell		39.8		7.5
Mike Piazza		33.3		5.4
Ken Griffey Jr		26.9		9.7
Barry Larkin		31.3		7.2
Chuck Knoblauch		31.5		8.6
Bernard Gilkey		25.5		8.0
Gary Sheffield		32.6		5.9
Brady Anderson		30.6		6.9
Jim Thome		28.3		7.5
Chipper Jones		25.5		6.2
Steve Finley		27.6		5.7
Lance Johnson		25.3		7.2
Frank Thomas		27.0		5.5
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DL from MN Posted: August 03, 2016 at 07:05 PM | 22 comment(s)
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Most Meritorious Player: 1995 Results

Congratulations to Greg Maddux on winning back to back MMP awards.

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Greg Maddux	157	11	8
Barry Bonds	137	11	2
Edgar Martinez	127	11	0
Randy Johnson	119	11	0
Mike Piazza	105	11	0
Albert Belle	102	11	0
Tim Salmon	88	11	0
John Valentin	86	9	0
Craig Biggio	70	10	0
Barry Larkin	62	9	0
Frank Thomas	45	6	1
Reggie Sanders	43	8	0
Mark McGwire	36	6	0
Jim Thome	36	6	0
Chuck Knoblauch	28	5	0
Mike Mussina	22	5	0
Bernie Williams	13	3	0
David Cone	6	1	0
Tom Glavine	5	2	0
Jim ...
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DL from MN Posted: August 03, 2016 at 04:25 PM | 9 comment(s)
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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Most Meritorious Player: 1995 Ballot

For 1995, each voter should rank the top 14 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 3 August 2016.

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 2 August 2016.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: July 26, 2016 at 05:54 PM | 12 comment(s)
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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Most Meritorious Player: 1994 Results

Congratulations to Greg Maddux on winning his first MMP award in one of our closest elections.

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Greg Maddux	144	10	7
Jeff Bagwell	142	10	2
Frank Thomas	123	10	1
Barry Bonds	108	10	0
Albert Belle	103	10	0
Kenny Lofton	94	10	0
Ken Griffey Jr	90	10	0
David Cone	64	9	0
Paul O'Neill	49	8	0
Craig Biggio	45	7	0
Roger Clemens	36	6	0
Fred McGriff	35	6	0
Moises Alou	32	7	0
Bret Saberhagen	24	4	0
Mike Mussina	19	5	0
Randy Johnson	18	3	0
Kevin Mitchell	15	3	0
Tony ...
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DL from MN Posted: July 13, 2016 at 03:58 PM | 8 comment(s)
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Thursday, July 07, 2016

Most Meritorious Player: 1995 Discussion

The World Series returns and the Braves defeat the Indians. Vote for 14 this year.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Barry Bonds		34.1		7.5
Mike Piazza		26.6		6.2
Tim Salmon		28.9		6.6
John Valentin		26.8		8.3
Jim Thome		26.4		5.9
Barry Larkin		28.0		5.9
Mark McGwire		22.9		5.5
Craig Biggio		30.0		6.3
Frank Thomas		27.7		5.3
Albert Belle		33.2		6.9
Edgar Martinez		31.1		7.0
Reggie Sanders		26.1		6.6
Jim Edmonds		21.9		5.6
Matt Williams		19.6		4.6
Chuck Knoblauch		25.8		6.7
Raul Mondesi		21.6		4.8
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DL from MN Posted: July 07, 2016 at 03:53 PM | 31 comment(s)
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Monday, June 27, 2016

Most Meritorious Player: 1994 Ballot

For 1994, each voter should rank the top 14 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 6 July 2016.

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 July 2016.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: June 27, 2016 at 11:50 AM | 22 comment(s)
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Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Most Meritorious Player: 1994 Discussion

The World Series and much of the season was cancelled. Vote for 14 this year.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Jeff Bagwell		32.3		8.2
Kenny Lofton		23.2		7.2
Barry Bonds		25.5		6.2
Frank Thomas		27.6		6.3
Albert Belle		25.8		5.7
Ken Griffey Jr		21.7		6.9
Paul O'Neill		21.2		4.3
Moises Alou		21.8		5.1
Tony Gwynn		18.5		4.2
Barry Larkin		18.2		3.9
Matt Williams		19.1		4.7
Kevin Mitchell		19.0		3.7
Larry Walker		20.1		4.7
Craig Biggio		25.6		4.6
John Valentin		15.0		4.3
Fred McGriff		22.6		4.5
Cal ...
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DL from MN Posted: June 08, 2016 at 04:54 PM | 14 comment(s)
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Most Meritorious Player: 1993 Results

Congratulations to Barry Bonds on being named the 1993 MMP unanimously. This makes back-to-back awards for Bonds.

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Barry Bonds	135	9	9
John Olerud	117	9	0
Ken Griffey Jr	96	9	0
Mike Piazza	82	8	0
Kevin Appier	78	9	0
Jose Rijo	77	8	0
Chris Hoiles	67	9	0
Frank Thomas	66	9	0
Greg Maddux	64	8	0
Len Dykstra	62	9	0
Rick Wilkins	51	7	0
Rafael Palmeiro	43	6	0
Juan Gonzalez	43	6	0
Roberto Alomar	29	6	0
Darren Daulton	19	4	0
Jay Bell	11	2	0
Ry! Henderson	10	1	0
Albert ...
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DL from MN Posted: June 08, 2016 at 04:49 PM | 9 comment(s)
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Monday, May 23, 2016

Most Meritorious Player: 1993 Ballot

For 1993, each voter should rank the top 14 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 1 June 2016.

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 31 May 2016.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: May 23, 2016 at 04:38 PM | 14 comment(s)
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Thursday, May 05, 2016

Most Meritorious Player: 1993 Discussion

The Blue Jays beat the Phillies in the World Series.

MLB expansion adding the Rockies and Marlins means we will vote for 14 this year.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Barry Bonds		44.9		9.9
Ken Griffey Jr		32.2		8.7
Rick Wilkins		28.5		6.6
Mike Piazza		30.8		7.0
Jay Bell		28.3		6.2
Chris Hoiles		27.6		6.8
John Olerud		37.1		7.7
Darren Daulton		28.5		5.0
Len Dykstra		35.1		6.5
Rafael Palmeiro		32.1		6.9
Kenny Lofton		26.6		7.6
Frank Thomas		34.2		6.2
Jeff Blauser		27.7		5.7
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DL from MN Posted: May 05, 2016 at 10:57 AM | 29 comment(s)
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Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Most Meritorious Player: 1992 Results

Congratulations to Barry Bonds on winning his first MMP award!

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Barry Bonds	135	9	9
Ryne Sandberg	101	9	0
Darren Daulton	100	8	0
Frank Thomas	100	9	0
Greg Maddux	100	9	0
Roger Clemens	81	9	0
Gary Sheffield	64	7	0
Mark McGwire	54	7	0
Roberto Alomar	50	6	0
Andy Van Slyke	49	7	0
Barry Larkin	37	4	0
Mike Mussina	36	5	0
Kirby Puckett	31	4	0
Edgar Martinez	19	4	0
Dave Hollins	16	3	0
Ry! Henderson	15	3	0
Paul Molitor	13	2	0
Kevin Appier	12	2	0
Carlos Baerga	9	2	0
Fred ...
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DL from MN Posted: May 04, 2016 at 05:11 PM | 8 comment(s)
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Friday, April 22, 2016

Most Meritorious Player: 1992 Ballot

For 1992, each voter should rank the top 13 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 4 May 2016.

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 3 May 2016.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: April 22, 2016 at 01:04 PM | 19 comment(s)
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Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Most Meritorious Player: 1991 Results

Congratulations to Cal Ripken on winning the 1991 Most Meritorious Player award.

Player Name		pts	ballots	1sts
Cal Ripken		146	10	8
Barry Bonds		137	10	0
Roger Clemens		108	10	0
Frank Thomas		104	10	1
Ryne Sandberg		101	9	1
Ken Griffey Jr		88	10	0
Tom Glavine		76	9	0
Barry Larkin		57	7	0
Terry Pendleton		52	6	0
Jose Canseco		40	6	0
Mick Tettleton		39	6	0
Julio Franco		36	7	0
Lou Whitaker		33	6	0
Will Clark		32	4	0
Rafael Palmeiro		21	3	0
Tom Candiotti		18	3	0
Paul Molitor		17	3	0
Devon ...
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DL from MN Posted: April 06, 2016 at 04:14 PM | 2 comment(s)
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Most Meritorious Player: 1992 Discussion

The Blue Jays defeat the Braves and become the first “World” Series winner. Bud Selig becomes the “interim” Commissioner of Baseball. Don’t get upset, there’s no crying in baseball.

Vote for 13 this year. MLB expansion in November means we will vote for 14 next year.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Barry Bonds		41.5		9.0
Ryne Sandberg		32.3		7.8
Darren Daulton		28.5		6.9
Gary Sheffield		33.1		6.2
Frank Thomas		36.0		7.0
Barry Larkin		29.6		5.6
Dave Hollins		25.7		6.1
Andy Van Slyke		35.4		6.0
Larry ...
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DL from MN Posted: April 06, 2016 at 02:36 PM | 16 comment(s)
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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Most Meritorious Player: 1991 Ballot

For 1991, each voter should rank the top 13 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 6 April 2016.

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 April 2016.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: March 23, 2016 at 02:52 PM | 16 comment(s)
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Thursday, March 03, 2016

Most Meritorious Player: 1990 Results

Congratulations to Rickey Henderson on winning his first Most Meritorious Player award. Let’s hear it for Rickey!

Player Name		pts	ballots	1sts
Rickey Henderson	134	9	8
Barry Bonds		125	9	1
Roger Clemens		115	9	0
Len Dykstra		106	9	0
Ryne Sandberg		90	9	0
Cecil Fielder		72	8	0
Alan Trammell		71	9	0
Chuck Finley		45	8	0
Cal Ripken		41	5	0
Eddie Murray		41	6	0
Darryl Strawberry	31	4	0
Dave Stewart		28	5	0
Fred McGriff		27	5	0
Barry Larkin		25	4	0
Frank Viola		24	3	0
Jose Canseco		17	3	0
Julio ...
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DL from MN Posted: March 03, 2016 at 12:02 PM | 8 comment(s)
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Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Most Meritorious Player: 1991 Discussion

Twins beat the Braves in seven games.

Vote for 13 this year.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Cal Ripken Jr.		35.2		11.5
Barry Bonds		32.9		7.9
Ryne Sandberg		33.2		7.0
Barry Larkin		26.4		6.1
Mickey Tettleton	27.0		5.6
Ozzie Smith		25.5		5.0
Ken Griffey Jr.		31.5		7.1
Lou Whitaker		25.9		6.7
Jose Canseco		32.5		5.3
Terry Pendleton		30.7		6.1
Chris Sabo		22.2		5.0
Frank Thomas		33.6		7.0
Rafael Palmeiro		30.5		5.7
Will Clark		29.7		5.2
Matt Williams		23.3		5.5
Ruben Sierra		26.5		5.0
Tony ...
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DL from MN Posted: March 02, 2016 at 02:52 PM | 27 comment(s)
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