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Monday, December 19, 2016

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
Chipper ...
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JoeD has the Imperial March Stuck in His Head Posted: December 19, 2016 at 09:12 PM | 142 comment(s)
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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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Monday, December 05, 2016

2017 Hall of Merit Ballot

Welcome to the 2017 Hall of Merit Ballot thread. Balloting is open from now (December 5) through December 19, 2016 at 8 p.m. EST.

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 did you ...

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JoeD has the Imperial March Stuck in His Head Posted: December 05, 2016 at 05:53 PM | 60 comment(s)
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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Most Meritorious Player: Trophy Case

MMP Award results and analysis including a listing of all winners.

DL from MN Posted: September 21, 2016 at 04:40 PM | 25 comment(s)
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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 | 216 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 | 21 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 | 24 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, February 01, 2017

Most Meritorious Player: 2000 Results

Congratulations to Pedro Martinez for being elected the 2000 Most Meritorious Player. This is the first election which has required a tie-breaker.

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Pedro Martinez	150	11	7
Alex Rodriguez	150	11	3
Jason Giambi	139	11	1
Barry Bonds	118	11	0
Jeff Kent	96	11	0
Carlos Delgado	86	11	0
Randy Johnson	82	10	0
Todd Helton	76	8	0
Darin Erstad	66	9	0
N Garciaparra	51	9	0
Frank Thomas	37	8	0
Mike Piazza	35	7	0
Andruw Jones	32	4	0
Edgardo Alfonzo	28	6	0
Troy Glaus	26	5	0
Greg ...
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DL from MN Posted: February 01, 2017 at 03:41 PM | 2 comment(s)
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Monday, January 30, 2017

Most Meritorious Player: 2001 Discussion

The Diamondbacks beat the Yankees in seven games. Vote for 15.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Barry Bonds		50.2		11.9
Sammy Sosa		43.8		10.3
Alex Rodriguez		34.1		8.3
Jason Giambi		38.3		9.2
Bret Boone		34.9		8.8
Rich Aurilia		32.3		6.7
Luis Gonzalez		35.6		7.9
Larry Walker		23.0		7.8
Shawn Green		34.4		7.0
Scott Rolen		27.5		5.5
Roberto Alomar		35.3		7.3
Albert Pujols		31.6		6.6
Chipper Jones		30.9		5.9
Eric Chavez		24.9		6.0
Todd Helton		25.1		7.8
Cliff Floyd		26.2		6.6
Phil Nevin		32.6		5.8
Paul ...
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DL from MN Posted: January 30, 2017 at 02:44 PM | 13 comment(s)
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Friday, January 20, 2017

Most Meritorious Player: 2000 Ballot

For 2000 each voter should rank the top 15 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 1 February 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 31 January 2017.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: January 20, 2017 at 06:12 PM | 17 comment(s)
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Friday, January 06, 2017

Most Meritorious Player: 2000 Discussion

The Yankees beat the Mets in a Subway Series. Teams hit a record 5,693 home runs.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Alex Rodriguez		38.0		10.4
Barry Bonds		34.1		7.7
Jason Giambi		36.6		7.7
Darin Erstad		29.5		8.3
Brian Giles		27.5		6.4
Jeff Kent		36.9		7.2
Troy Glaus		26.9		7.8
Carlos Delgado		35.6		7.3
Todd Helton		29.9		8.8
Jorge Posada		28.5		5.5
Gary Sheffield		30.6		6.1
Jim Edmonds		29.8		6.3
Nomar Garciaparra	29.4		7.4
Mike Piazza		28.9		5.1
Richard Hidalgo		24.3		6.3
Bobby ...
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DL from MN Posted: January 06, 2017 at 01:58 PM | 32 comment(s)
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Johan Santana

Eligible in 2018

DL from MN Posted: January 06, 2017 at 11:24 AM | 19 comment(s)
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Andruw Jones

Eligible in 2018

DL from MN Posted: January 06, 2017 at 11:23 AM | 29 comment(s)
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Jim Thome

Eligible in 2018

DL from MN Posted: January 06, 2017 at 11:22 AM | 5 comment(s)
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Scott Rolen

Eligible in 2018

DL from MN Posted: January 06, 2017 at 10:53 AM | 13 comment(s)
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Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Most Meritorious Player: 1999 Results

Congratulations to Pedro Martinez on his first MMP award!

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Pedro Martinez	150	11	8
Derek Jeter	134	11	1
Manny Ramirez	118	11	0
Randy Johnson	115	11	0
Jeff Bagwell	112	11	2
Roberto Alomar	105	10	0
Chipper Jones	97	11	0
N Garciaparra	88	11	0
Mike Hampton	66	10	0
Ivan Rodriguez	47	6	0
Mark McGwire	46	6	0
Bernie Williams	37	5	0
Brian Giles	32	9	0
Robin Ventura	25	6	0
Kevin Millwood	24	5	0
Rafael Palmeiro	23	4	0
Andruw Jones	20	4	0
Edgardo Alfonzo	15	4	0
Jason ...
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DL from MN Posted: January 04, 2017 at 04:06 PM | 6 comment(s)
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Thursday, December 22, 2016

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%
Vlad ...
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DL from MN Posted: December 22, 2016 at 03:14 PM | 12 comment(s)
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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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Chipper Jones

Eligible in 2018

DL from MN Posted: December 22, 2016 at 02:21 PM | 15 comment(s)
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Monday, December 19, 2016

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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Thursday, December 08, 2016

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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Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Most Meritorious Player: 2016 Results

Congratulations to Mike Trout on his unanimous selection as the 2016 MMP. This is the fourth MMP award for Trout.

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Mike Trout	120	8	8
Kris Bryant	104	8	0
Josh Donaldson	92	8	0
Mookie Betts	89	8	0
Robinson Cano	75	8	0
Jose Altuve	75	7	0
Manny Machado	49	6	0
Kyle Seager	44	6	0
Corey Seager	33	5	0
Freddie Freeman	30	5	0
Nolan Arenado	27	4	0
Daniel Murphy	25	4	0
J Verlander	21	5	0
Ian Kinsler	20	2	0
Joey Votto	19	3	0
Brian Dozier	17	4	0
Max Scherzer	16	5	0
Adam ...
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DL from MN Posted: December 07, 2016 at 05:48 PM | 8 comment(s)
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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Most Meritorious Player: 2016 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 16, 2016 at 05:54 PM | 19 comment(s)
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Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Mock 2017 Today’s Game Hall of Fame Ballot

Candidates

Harold Baines
Albert Belle
Will Clark
Orel Hershiser
Davey Johnson
Mark McGwire
Lou Piniella
John Schuerholz
Bud Selig
George Steinbrenner

See full descriptions here

Vote for zero to four candidates

Election will end Tuesday, 11/15/2016 at 1:00 EST.

DL from MN Posted: November 08, 2016 at 01:09 PM | 56 comment(s)
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Friday, November 04, 2016

Most Meritorious Player: 1998 Results

Congratulations to Mark McGwire, our 1998 Most Meritorious Player

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Mark McGwire	170	12	8
Barry Bonds	139	12	1
Albert Belle	114	11	1
Greg Maddux	98	10	0
Kevin Brown	92	8	2
Roger Clemens	91	12	0
Alex Rodriguez	87	9	0
Sammy Sosa	84	10	0
John Olerud	84	11	0
Mike Piazza	77	9	0
Tom Glavine	50	7	0
Craig Biggio	35	6	0
Ivan Rodriguez	29	5	0
Andruw Jones	29	5	0
Pedro Martinez	27	6	0
Ken Griffey Jr	25	4	0
Greg Vaughn	23	4	0
Chipper Jones	20	4	0
N Garciaparra	19	3	0
Scott ...
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DL from MN Posted: November 04, 2016 at 09:57 AM | 16 comment(s)
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Monday, October 24, 2016

Most Meritorious Player: 1998 Ballot

For 1998 each voter should rank the top 15 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 2 November 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 1 November 2016.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: October 24, 2016 at 03:43 PM | 20 comment(s)
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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Most Meritorious Player: 2016 Discussion

Most Meritorious Player: 2016 Discussion

Vote for 15

Player				BBGauge WAR
Mike Trout				7.9
Mookie Betts				6.0
Kris Bryant				7.2
Jose Altuve				5.2
Josh Donaldson				6.4
Robinson Cano				7.1
Kyle Seager				7.1
Manny Machado				6.4
Adam Eaton				6.2
Nolan Arenado				5.7
Brian Dozier				5.0
Ian Kinsler				5.7
Rougned Odor				5.3
Danny Murphy				4.9
Freddy Freeman				4.9
Anthony Rizzo				4.9
Jean Segura				4.2
Yoenis Cespedes				4.6
Christian Yelich			3.7
Corey Seager				5.0
Adrian ...
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DL from MN Posted: October 18, 2016 at 11:11 AM | 27 comment(s)
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Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Most Meritorious Player: 1998 Discussion

McGwire hit 70 HR and set the new season record. The Yankees defeated the Padres in the World Series. Baseball added two teams so we vote for 15 this year.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Mark McGwire		39.4		8.7
Alex Rodriguez		27.8		8.5
Mike Piazza		34.7		6.4
Barry Bonds		34.3		8.1
Scott Rolen		30.8		6.7
Jason Kendall		25.7		6.4
John Olerud		34.0		7.6
Chipper Jones		31.2		7.0
Ivan Rodriguez		27.8		6.4
Greg Vaughn		31.7		6.3
Barry Larkin		26.5		5.9
Albert Belle		37.9		7.4
Derek Jeter		28.8		4.1
Nomar ...
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DL from MN Posted: October 05, 2016 at 04:15 PM | 27 comment(s)
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