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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

2020 Hall of Merit Ballot Discussion

2020 (December 2019)—elect 4

Top 10 Returning Players
Luis Tiant (263), Todd Helton (251), Kenny Lofton (217), Andruw Jones (201), Ben Taylor (196), Jeff Kent (188), Johan Santana (176), Wally Schang (153), Sammy Sosa (148), Lance Berkman (135)

Newly eligible players

Player Name	HOFm	HOFs	WAR	WAR7	JAWS	Jpos
Derek Jeter	337	67	72.4	42.4	57.4	55
Bobby Abreu	95	54	60	41.6	50.8	56.8
Jason Giambi	108	44	50.5	42.2	46.4	54.7
Cliff Lee	72	30	43.5	39.8	41.7	61.7
Rafael ...
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DL from MN Posted: January 23, 2019 at 01:21 PM | 159 comment(s)
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Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Roy Halladay, Mariano Rivera, and “Cannonball” Dick Redding elected - Hall of Merit Class of 2019

Congrats to the class of 2019, Roy Halladay, Mariano Rivera, and “Cannonball” Dick Redding!

Halladay and Rivera each garnered 9 of 27 first place votes, with Redding carrying 6 others. There was strong consensus this year - no other player received more than four top 3 votes. Halladay had 25, Rivera 19, and Redding 15. Todd Helton (5th), Jeff Kent (9th) and Jim McCormick (41st) also received first place votes.

Halladay was the only player named on all 27 ballots. Rivera was named on 26 and ...

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Monday, December 10, 2018

2019 Hall of Merit Ballot

Welcome to the 2019 Hall of Merit Ballot thread. Balloting is open from now (December 10) through December 19January 7 9, 2019 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 ...

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JoeD has the Imperial March Stuck in His Head Posted: December 10, 2018 at 07:57 PM | 50 comment(s)
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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

2019 Hall of Merit Ballot Discussion

2019 - (December 2018) - elect 3

Top 10 Returning Players

Luis Tiant (240), Sammy Sosa (238), Kenny Lofton (236), Andruw Jones (220), Jeff Kent (207), Ben Taylor (197), Johan Santana (186), Buddy Bell (139), Bobby Bonds (124), Jorge Posada (105)

Newly eligible players

Player Name	bWAR 	WS	WAR7	JAWS	HOFm	HOFs
Roy Halladay	64.7	225.5	50.6	57.6	127	45
Todd Helton	61.2	316.5	46.4	53.8	175	59
Andy Pettitte	60.8	228.7	34.1	47.5	128	44
Mariano Rivera	57.1	272.5	28.9	43	214	30
Lance ...
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DL from MN Posted: January 23, 2018 at 12:35 PM | 540 comment(s)
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Thursday, December 28, 2017

2018 Hall of Merit Election Results: Chipper, Thome, Rolen and Vlad Elected!

The Hall of Merit welcomes four new members. Chipper Jones was the unanimous #1 this year, receiving all 30 first place votes. Jim Thome (653) edged Scott Rolen (617) for second place. Rolen had more second place votes (13-12), but Thome had 14 third place votes to Rolen’s 9. Both were named on all 30 ballots. All three were selected in their first year of eligibility.

Vladimir Guerreo is the final electee, with 290 points in his second year of eligibility. He was named on 21 ballots. Guerrero ...

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JoeD has the Imperial March Stuck in His Head Posted: December 28, 2017 at 11:14 AM | 32 comment(s)
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Tuesday, December 05, 2017

2018 Hall of Merit Ballot

Welcome to the 2018 Hall of Merit Ballot thread. Balloting is open from now (December 5) through December 18 27, 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, 2017 at 12:46 PM | 79 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 | 39 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 | 26 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 | 1486 comment(s)
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Thursday, February 07, 2019

Most Meritorious Player: 1913 Discussion

Eddie Collins, Home Run Baker and the Philadelphia Athletics defeated the New York Giants in the World Series. The New York Lincoln Giants defeated the Chicago American Giants for the colored championship.

Vote for 10.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Eddie Collins		39.1		9.0
Tris Speaker		35.9		8.4
Frank Baker		37.2		7.9
Joe Jackson		35.7		7.6
Ty Cobb			31.7		7.4
Gavvy Cravath		28.2		5.7
Burt Shotton		22.6		4.9
Sam Crawford		25.7		5.2
Stuffy McInnis		24.8		5.4
Napoleon Lajoie		22.6		5.3
Art ...
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DL from MN Posted: February 07, 2019 at 02:34 PM | 10 comment(s)
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Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Most Meritorious Player: 1912 Results

Congraulations to our 1912 Most Meritorious Player Tris Speaker!

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Tris Speaker	116	8	4
Walter Johnson	113	8	3
Ty Cobb	88	8	0
Joe Jackson	82	8	0
Joe Wood	81	8	0
Frank Baker	71	7	0
Ed Walsh	69	7	0
Eddie Collins	62	7	1
Honus Wagner	55	7	0
Joe Williams	48	5	0
John Henry Lloyd	17	2	0
Heinie Zimmerman	16	2	0
Christy Mathewson	13	2	0
Pete Hill	9	1	0

 

DL from MN Posted: February 06, 2019 at 05:50 PM | 4 comment(s)
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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Jason Giambi

Eligible 2020

DL from MN Posted: January 24, 2019 at 04:26 PM | 4 comment(s)
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Most Meritorious Player: 1912 Ballot

For 1912 each voter should rank the top 10 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 6 February 2019.

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 5 Feb 2019.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: January 24, 2019 at 04:19 PM | 14 comment(s)
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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Bobby Abreu

Eligible 2020

DL from MN Posted: January 15, 2019 at 12:59 PM | 8 comment(s)
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Friday, January 11, 2019

Derek Jeter

Eligible 2020

DL from MN Posted: January 11, 2019 at 01:02 PM | 43 comment(s)
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Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Evaluating Relievers

One voter’s attempt to cut through the fog.

JoeD has the Imperial March Stuck in His Head Posted: January 09, 2019 at 08:55 PM | 44 comment(s)
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Friday, January 04, 2019

Most Meritorious Player: 1949 Results

Congratulations to Jackie Robinson, our 1949 Most Meritorious Player!

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Jackie Robinson	127	9	4
Ted Williams	126	9	3
Stan Musial	122	9	2
Mel Parnell	102	9	0
Ralph Kiner	94	9	0
Vern Stephens	78	9	0
Eddie Joost	57	6	0
Pee Wee Reese	50	6	0
Bob Lemon	38	5	0
Virgil Trucks	37	5	0
Don Newcombe	21	3	0
Howie Pollet	20	2	0
Enos Slaughter	17	2	0
Warren Spahn	15	2	0
Bobby Thomson	13	2	0
Roy Campanella	12	1	0
Connie Marrero	10	1	0
Bobby Doerr	6	1	0
DL from MN Posted: January 04, 2019 at 03:28 PM | 5 comment(s)
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Thursday, January 03, 2019

Most Meritorious Player: 1912 Discussion

Tris Speaker and the Boston Red Sox defeated the New York Giants in the World Series. Pete Hill and the Chicago American Giants were the top black barnstorming team.

Vote for 10.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Tris Speaker		51.7		10.1
Joe Jackson		37.1		9.5
Frank Baker		38.8		9.3
Ty Cobb			38.7		9.2
Eddie Collins		36.9		8.8
Honus Wagner		35.9		8.0
Heinie Zimmerman	34.6		7.1
Larry Gardner		28.6		5.8
Johnny Evers		27.3		6.0
Chief Meyers		22.0		4.6
Bill Sweeney		23.3		5.3
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DL from MN Posted: January 03, 2019 at 01:12 PM | 17 comment(s)
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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Re-Thinking Roy Campanella

progrockfan has done a project on Roy Campanella. So here’s a thread for him to present it and we can discuss it.

JoeD has the Imperial March Stuck in His Head Posted: December 26, 2018 at 02:57 PM | 25 comment(s)
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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Most Meritorious Player: 1949 Ballot

For 1949 each voter should rank the top 10 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 2 January 2019. Let me know if there is a conflict due to the holidays and I can extend.

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 Jan 2019.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: December 20, 2018 at 09:59 AM | 16 comment(s)
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Monday, December 10, 2018

Mock 2019 Hall of Fame Election Results

BBTF would elect nine players if we were in charge of the Hall of Fame voting.

Player Name	Votes	Percent
Mike Mussina	50	96%
Barry Bonds	49	94%
Roger Clemens	49	94%
Roy Halladay	49	94%
Edgar Martinez	48	92%
Larry Walker	46	88%
Curt Schilling	45	87%
Scott Rolen	42	81%
Mariano Rivera	41	79%
Manny Ramirez	38	73%
Sammy Sosa	12	23%
Andruw Jones	11	21%
Todd Helton	8	15%
Gary Sheffield	7	13%
Lance Berkman	5	10%
Jeff Kent	4	8%
Fred McGriff	3	6%
Andy Pettitte	2	4%
Billy Wagner	2	4%
Omar ...
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DL from MN Posted: December 10, 2018 at 01:52 PM | 9 comment(s)
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Thursday, December 06, 2018

Mock Hall of Fame Ballot 2019

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 on Monday, December 10, 2018 (1 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 06, 2018 at 10:21 AM | 62 comment(s)
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Most Meritorious Player: 2018 Results

Congratulations to our 2018 Most Meritorious Player - Mookie Betts!

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Mookie Betts	117	8	5
Mike Trout	110	8	2
Jacob deGrom	79	6	1
Alex Bregman	79	8	0
Chrs Yelich	74	8	0
Jose Ramirez	67	7	0
Frn Lindor	65	7	0
Matt Chapman	55	8	0
Max Scherzer	51	7	0
Aaron Nola	50	7	0
J.D. Martinez	48	7	0
Blake Snell	36	7	0
Kyle Freeland	22	3	0
Manny Machado	19	4	0
Chris Sale	15	3	0
Mitch Haniger	11	2	0
Matt Carpenter	11	2	0
Javier Baez	10	3	0
Trevor Bauer	9	3	0
J.T. ...
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DL from MN Posted: December 06, 2018 at 10:08 AM | 1 comment(s)
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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Most Meritorious Player: 1949 Discussion

The Yankees took the pennant from the Red Sox and beat the Dodgers in the World Series.

Vote for 10.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Stan Musial		40.7		9.2
Ted Williams		39.8		9.1
Jackie Robinson		37.2		9.6
Eddie Joost		35.3		6.9
Ralph Kiner		36.6		8.1
Vern Stephens		31.9		6.9
Pee Wee Reese		32.4		7.0
Enos Slaughter		30.1		6.2
Bob Elliott		23.4		5.2
Bobby Thomson		25.6		6.2
Bobby Doerr		24.9		5.4
Cass Michaels		22.5		5.3
Roy Campanella		23.2		4.4
George Kell		24.6		4.8
Andy ...
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DL from MN Posted: November 28, 2018 at 12:33 PM | 9 comment(s)
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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Most Meritorious Player: 2018 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 20, 2018 at 03:56 PM | 17 comment(s)
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Friday, November 16, 2018

Mock 2019 Today’s Game Hall of Fame Election Results

BBTF does not recommend anyone for election for the 2019 Today’s Game committee election. Orel Hershiser received the most votes but fell well short of 75% needed for election.

Candidate		Percent	TOTALS
Orel Hershiser		30%	14
Will Clark		22%	10
Davey Johnson		22%	10
George Steinbrenner		22%	10
Lou Piniella		17%	8
Lee Smith		9%	4
Albert Belle		7%	3
Harold Baines		2%	1
Joe Carter		2%	1
Charlie Manuel		0%	0
Number of Voters			46

 

DL from MN Posted: November 16, 2018 at 01:23 PM | 11 comment(s)
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Monday, November 12, 2018

Mock 2019 Today’s Game Hall of Fame Ballot

Candidates

Harold Baines
Albert Belle
Joe Carter
Will Clark
Orel Hershiser
Davey Johnson
Charlie Manuel
Lou Piniella
Lee Smith
George Steinbrenner

See full descriptions here

Vote for zero to four candidates

Voting will end Friday 11/16/2017 at 1pm EST

DL from MN Posted: November 12, 2018 at 01:05 PM | 61 comment(s)
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Friday, October 26, 2018

Most Meritorious Player: 1948 Ballot

For 1948 each voter should rank the top 10 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 7 November 2018.

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 Nov 2018.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: October 26, 2018 at 11:19 AM | 15 comment(s)
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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Most Meritorious Player: 2018 Discussion

The election will take place after the postseason is completed and end 5, December 2018. Vote for 15.

Player			WS	bWAR
Mookie Betts		38.8	10.9
Mike Trout		38.2	10.2
Matt Chapman		25.6	8.2
Francisco Lindor	31.6	7.9
Jose Ramirez		29.8	7.9
Christian Yelich	34.5	7.6
Lorenzo Cain		24.9	6.9
Alex Bregman		35.5	6.9
J.D. Martinez		31.9	6.4
Javier Baez		26.1	6.3
Andrelton Simmons	20.5	6.2
Mitch Haniger		29.5	6.1
Freddie Freeman		26.6	6.1
Manny Machado		27.5	5.7
Nolan Arenado		28.2	5.6
Trevor ...
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DL from MN Posted: October 11, 2018 at 06:21 PM | 11 comment(s)
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