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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 Flash Gordon theme stuck in his head Posted: December 01, 2014 at 10:49 AM | 178 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 Flash Gordon theme 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 Flash Gordon theme 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 Flash Gordon theme 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 Flash Gordon theme stuck in his head Posted: August 30, 2004 at 09:33 AM | 22 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 Flash Gordon theme stuck in his head Posted: August 02, 2004 at 05:37 PM | 1465 comment(s)
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Monday, August 24, 2015

Most Meritorious Player: 1908 Ballot

For 1908, each voter should rank the top 10 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 2 September 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 1 September 2015.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: August 24, 2015 at 10:13 AM | 9 comment(s)
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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Most Meritorious Player: 1907 Results

Congratulations to Honus Wagner - our 1907 MMP. Wagner and Mike Trout are the only players to receive 3 consecutive MMP awards.

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Honus Wagner	118	8	7
Tyrus Cobb	104	8	0
Sherry Magee	96	8	0
Ed Walsh	92	8	0
Napoleon Lajoie	69	6	0
Sam Crawford	68	7	0
Elmer Flick	58	6	1
Chr Mathewson	37	4	0
Ed Killian	26	3	0
George Stone	25	3	0
Danny McClellan	24	3	0
Addie Joss	22	3	0
Cy Young	17	2	0
Orval Overall	16	2	0
Ginger Beaumont	15	2	0
Tommy Leach	12	2	0
Carl Lundgren	11	1	0
Ed ...
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DL from MN Posted: August 19, 2015 at 03:59 PM | 6 comment(s)
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Monday, July 27, 2015

Most Meritorious Player: 1908 Discussion

The Cubs beat Detroit again in the World Series.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Honus Wagner		56.7		11.5
Napoleon Lajoie		35.3		7.9
Roger Bresnahan		26.8		5.9
Joe Tinker		33.0		7.9
Matty McIntyre		33.0		5.9
Tyrus Cobb		35.4		6.1
Mike Donlin		31.1		6.0
Tommy Leach		29.7		4.8
Hans Lobert		32.3		5.1
Art Devlin		23.5		4.3
Fielder Jones		32.6		4.8
Sherry Magee		25.5		4.7
Johnny Evers		29.3		5.6
Johnny Kling		22.9		3.9
Fred Clarke		27.8		4.8
Bobby Wallace		21.7		6.3
George Stovall		21.8		4.2
Doc ...
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DL from MN Posted: July 27, 2015 at 04:14 PM | 28 comment(s)
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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Most Meritorious Player: 1907 Ballot

For 1907, each voter should rank the top 10 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 12 August 2015. (I’m on vacation on the 5th)

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 11 August 2015.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: July 23, 2015 at 01:18 PM | 16 comment(s)
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Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Most Meritorious Player: 1906 Results

Congratulations on Honus Wagner winning the 1906 MMP. This is the second consecutive MMP for Wagner. He hasn’t placed lower than 4th since 1901.

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Honus Wagner	114	8	5
George Stone	108	8	1
Napoleon Lajoie	99	8	0
Mordecai Brown	67	5	2
Art Devlin	65	6	0
Frank Chance	62	6	0
Har Steinfeldt	53	8	0
Terry Turner	49	5	0
Dan McClellan	40	5	0
Harry Lumley	38	4	0
Albert Orth	37	4	0
Vic Willis	30	4	0
Elmer Flick	23	3	0
Roger Bresnahan	19	2	0
Harry Davis	11	1	0
Tim ...
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DL from MN Posted: July 08, 2015 at 04:25 PM | 7 comment(s)
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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Most Meritorious Player: 1907 Discussion

Most Meritorious Player: 1907 Discussion

The Cubs beat Detroit in the World Series.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Honus Wagner		44.8		9.0
Sherry Magee		38.1		6.9
Ty Cobb			40.1		6.8
Napoleon Lajoie		29.4		7.6
Elmer Flick		33.7		5.6
George Stone		27.5		5.5
Tommy Leach		30.5		5.4
Fred Clarke		29.1		5.2
Art Devlin		23.6		4.6
Sam Crawford		35.5		5.9
Topsy Hartsel		27.4		4.3
Ginger Beaumont		26.8		4.5
Roger Bresnahan		17.8		3.7
Dave Brain		21.7		4.9
Frank Chance		22.0		4.7
Johnny Kling		18.4		3.5
Tim ...
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DL from MN Posted: July 01, 2015 at 02:15 PM | 16 comment(s)
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Friday, June 26, 2015

Most Meritorious Player: 1906 Ballot

For 1906, each voter should rank the top 10 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 8 July 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 7 July 2015.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: June 26, 2015 at 02:28 PM | 14 comment(s)
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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Most Meritorious Player: 1905 Results

Congratulations to Honus Wagner on being named 1905 Most Meritorious Player. This is Wagner’s first MMP award.

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Honus Wagner	146	10	7
Chr Mathewson	136	10	2
Cy Seymour	133	10	1
Rube Waddell	100	10	0
Mike Donlin	99	9	0
Ed Reulbach	68	7	0
Pete Hill	65	7	0
Cy Young	40	5	0
Elmer Flick	34	4	0
Roy Thomas	33	4	0
Frank Chance	30	4	0
George Davis	28	3	0
Rube Foster	25	3	0
Irv Young	22	2	0
Eddie Plank	20	3	0
Sam Crawford	10	1	0
Topsy Hartsel	10	1	0
Ed Killian	9	1	0
Bill ...
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DL from MN Posted: June 10, 2015 at 04:02 PM | 15 comment(s)
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Thursday, June 04, 2015

Most Meritorious Player: 1906 Discussion

The Hitless Wonder White Sox defeat the Cubs in the only All-Chicago World Series.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Honus Wagner		44.2		9.3
Napoleon Lajoie		33.9		10.0
George Stone		38.6		8.7
Art Devlin		35.1		8.0
Terry Turner		27.5		9.4
Roger Bresnahan		27.8		4.6
Elmer Flick		29.4		6.5
Frank Chance		33.3		7.3
Harry Steinfeldt	33.7		7.0
Bobby Wallace		21.6		6.1
Harry Lumley		32.7		6.2
Miller Huggins		23.9		4.3
Johnny Kling		20.8		3.8
Harry Davis		26.4		4.9
Sherry Magee		29.0		5.6
George ...
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DL from MN Posted: June 04, 2015 at 09:48 AM | 27 comment(s)
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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Most Meritorious Player: 1905 Ballot

For 1905, each voter should rank the top 10 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 3 June 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 2 June 2015.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: May 26, 2015 at 01:43 PM | 21 comment(s)
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Monday, May 11, 2015

Most Meritorious Player: 1904 Results

Congratulations to Napoleon Lajoie on his first Most Meritorious Player award.

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Napoleon Lajoie	125	9	3
Jack Chesbro	123	9	5
Honus Wagner	113	9	1
Joe McGinnity	108	9	0
Elmer Flick	76	9	0
Rube Waddell	72	7	0
Rube Foster	62	7	0
Cy Young	59	6	0
Chris Mathewson	44	5	0
Eddie Plank	34	5	0
Frank Chance	28	3	0
Mike Grady	15	2	0
Bill Bradley	13	1	0
Dan McGann	13	1	0
Roy Thomas	10	1	0
Noodles Hahn	9	1	0
Jake Beckley	9	1	0
Jimmy Collins	7	1	0
Kid Nichols	7	1	0
Jesse ...
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DL from MN Posted: May 11, 2015 at 11:57 AM | 7 comment(s)
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Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Most Meritorious Player: 1905 Discussion

McGraw, McGinnity and Mathewson shut down Connie Mack’s Athletics in the World Series.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Honus Wagner		45.0		10.2
Cy Seymour		40.3		8.0
Mike Donlin		37.5		6.5
Roy Thomas		31.1		5.4
Elmer Flick		28.8		5.3
John Titus		29.2		5.5
Frank Chance		24.7		5.6
George Davis		27.2		7.2
Bill Bradley		22.5		5.0
Harry Davis		27.1		5.9
Sam Crawford		33.9		5.3
Topsy Hartsel		28.8		4.5
Socks Seybold		21.0		4.5
Fielder Jones		27.2		4.9
Dan McGann		23.3		4.9
Danny Murphy		26.2		5.3
Roger ...
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DL from MN Posted: May 06, 2015 at 02:16 PM | 33 comment(s)
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Most Meritorious Player: 1904 Ballot

For 1904, each voter should rank the top 10 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 6 May 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 May 2015.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: April 21, 2015 at 04:04 PM | 28 comment(s)
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Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Most Meritorious Player: 1903 Results

Congratulations to Christy Mathewson, your 1903 MMP!

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Chris Mathewson	103	8	1
Joe McGinnity	102	8	3
Honus Wagner	100	8	1
Rube Foster	88	8	3
Napoleon Lajoie	81	7	0
Cy Young	79	7	0
Jimmy Sheckard	75	8	0
Bill Bradley	52	6	0
Rube Waddell	40	4	0
Sam Leever	32	4	0
Noodles Hahn	14	2	0
Eddie Plank	14	2	0
Frank Chance	12	2	0
Johnny Kling	10	1	0
Jimmy Collins	9	1	0
Patsy Dougherty	8	1	0
Deac Phillippe	8	1	0
Bill Dinneen	7	1	0
Sam Crawford	6	1	0
DL from MN Posted: April 08, 2015 at 05:22 PM | 10 comment(s)
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Thursday, April 02, 2015

Most Meritorious Player: 1904 Discussion

The Giants refuse to play the World Series this season and the AL pennant race makes them wish they hadn’t.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Napoleon Lajoie		40.9		8.6
Honus Wagner		41.0		8.2
Bill Bradley		28.1		6.6
Elmer Flick		30.3		6.5
Jimmy Collins		27.3		5.3
Danny Murphy		25.5		5.1
George Davis		27.9		7.2
Bobby Wallace		23.1		5.7
Willie Keeler		26.7		5.0
Mike Grady		15.7		4.0
Tommy Leach		24.1		3.7
Frank Chance		29.0		5.9
Cy Seymour		25.3		4.6
Art Devlin		24.0		4.8
Freddy Parent		29.4		6.2
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DL from MN Posted: April 02, 2015 at 04:48 PM | 39 comment(s)
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Monday, March 23, 2015

Most Meritorious Player: 1903 Ballot

For 1903, each voter should rank the top 10 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 1 April 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 31 March 2015.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: March 23, 2015 at 09:47 AM | 16 comment(s)
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Friday, March 06, 2015

Most Meritorious Player: 1902 Results

Congratulations to George Edward “Rube” Waddell on winning the 1902 Most Meritorious Player award.

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Rube Waddell	133	9	7
Cy Young	122	9	0
Honus Wagner	114	9	1
Jack Taylor	104	9	1
Ed Delahanty	99	9	0
Noodles Hahn	82	8	0
Napoleon Lajoie	63	7	0
Bill Bradley	43	5	0
Vic Willis	41	5	0
Ginger Beaumont	38	5	0
Tommy Leach	30	4	0
Fred Clarke	17	2	0
Sam Crawford	12	2	0
Joe McGinnity	12	2	0
Rube Foster	8	1	0
Jack Powell	8	1	0
Bill Dinneen	7	1	0
Grant Johnson	6	1	0
Charlie ...
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DL from MN Posted: March 06, 2015 at 01:43 PM | 6 comment(s)
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Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Most Meritorious Player: 1903 Discussion

Most Meritorious Player: 1903 Discussion

The leagues settle the labor dispute and Boston beats Pittsburgh in the first World Series. Rube Foster is tops in the Negro Leagues.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Honus Wagner		35.2		7.6
Napoleon Lajoie		31.2		8.0
Jimmy Sheckard		32.8		7.1
Bill Bradley		29.1		7.1
Jimmy Collins		27.0		5.3
Sam Crawford		25.3		5.7
Patsy Dougherty		29.5		4.2
Jimmy Barrett		25.7		4.9
Frank Chance		28.4		5.7
Bill Dahlen		22.5		5.0
Freddy Parent		27.5		6.4
Fred ...
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DL from MN Posted: March 04, 2015 at 04:36 PM | 26 comment(s)
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Most Meritorious Player: 1902 Ballot

For 1902, each voter should rank their top 10 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 4 March 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 3 February 2015.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: February 17, 2015 at 10:41 AM | 24 comment(s)
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Thursday, February 05, 2015

Most Meritorious Player: 1901 Results

Congratulations to Cy Young for winning the 1901 MMP Award.

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Cy Young	175	12	9
Napoleon Lajoie	170	12	2
Jesse Burkett	149	12	1
Honus Wagner	138	12	0
Jimmy Scheckard	107	11	0
Vic Willis	101	10	0
Ed Delahanty	93	11	0
Elmer Flick	81	9	0
Chris Mathewson	57	7	0
Bobby Wallace	55	6	0
Jimmy Collins	29	4	0
Albert Orth	29	4	0
Kid Nichols	22	3	0
Joe McGinnity	14	2	0
Noodles Hahn	11	1	0
Topsy Hartsel	9	1	0
Deac Phillippe	8	1	0
Bill Donovan	6	1	0
Sam Crawford	6	1	0
DL from MN Posted: February 05, 2015 at 11:54 AM | 3 comment(s)
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