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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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Joey Numbaz (Scruff) Posted: December 22, 2014 at 09:19 PM | 34 comment(s)
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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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Joey Numbaz (Scruff) 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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Joey Numbaz (Scruff) 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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Joey Numbaz (Scruff) 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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Joey Numbaz (Scruff) 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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Joey Numbaz (Scruff) 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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Joey Numbaz (Scruff) Posted: August 02, 2004 at 05:37 PM | 1465 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 | 19 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)
  Related News: hall of merit, mmp


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)
  Related News: hall of merit, mmp


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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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Most Meritorious Player: 1902 Discussion

The upstart American League is quickly becoming as good as the senior circuit. Here is a good site to reference.

No World Series yet but the Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Athletics win their respective leagues.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Honus Wagner		34.6		7.3
Ed Delahanty		29.8		6.7
Bill Bradley		25.6		6.7
Napoleon Lajoie		21.1		5.1
Tommy Leach		26.3		5.9
Ginger Beaumont		31.0		5.1
Charlie Hickman		23.4		4.9
Lave Cross		26.9		4.4
George Davis		25.6		5.7
Sam Crawford		22.5		4.9
Fred ...
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DL from MN Posted: January 21, 2015 at 01:20 PM | 36 comment(s)
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Friday, January 16, 2015

Most Meritorious Player: 1901 Ballot

For 1901, each voter should rank their top 10 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 4 February 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: January 16, 2015 at 10:15 AM | 21 comment(s)
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Thursday, January 08, 2015

Ken Griffey Jr.

Eligible in 2016

DL from MN Posted: January 08, 2015 at 09:52 AM | 49 comment(s)
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Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Most Meritorious Player: 1960 Results

Congratulations to Willie Mays on winning his 7th MMP award.

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Willie Mays	171	12	8
Eddie Mathews	156	12	0
Henry Aaron	155	12	1
Ernie Banks	142	12	2
Roger Maris	131	12	0
Mickey Mantle	129	12	1
Ken Boyer	106	12	0
Don Drysdale	81	11	0
Ernie Broglio	57	8	0
Frank Robinson	54	6	0
Jim Bunning	40	6	0
Dick Groat	14	2	0
Bob Friend	13	2	0
Lindy McDaniel	11	1	0
DL from MN Posted: January 07, 2015 at 05:51 PM | 13 comment(s)
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Manny Ramirez

Eligible in 2016

DL from MN Posted: January 07, 2015 at 02:11 PM | 15 comment(s)
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Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Jim Edmonds

Eligible in 2016

DL from MN Posted: January 06, 2015 at 12:47 PM | 15 comment(s)
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Monday, January 05, 2015

Mock 2015 Hall of Fame Ballot - Results

BBTF would elect seven this year if given the chance. Based on last year’s referendum results every returning player down to Sosa would already be inducted. We should probably re-do the referendum with Smoltz, Sheffield, Giles, Delgado and everyone who was between 75% and 5% last year.

Player	Percent
M Piazza	97.6%
R Johnson	96.4%
P Martinez	96.4%
J Bagwell	91.6%
Ba Bonds	90.4%
R Clemens	89.2%
T Raines	75.9%
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C Schilling	67.5%
C Biggio	59.0%
M Mussina	57.8%
A ...
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DL from MN Posted: January 05, 2015 at 04:16 PM | 9 comment(s)
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2016 Hall of Merit Ballot Discussion

2016 (December 14, 2015)—elect 4

WS bWAR Name-Pos
403 83.7 Ken Griffey-CF
394 69.1 Manny Ramirez-LF/RF*
319 60.3 Jim Edmonds-CF
240 41.5 Jason Kendall-C
188 38.0 Troy Glaus-3B
183 28.4 Trevor Hoffman-RP
176 28.1 Billy Wagner-RP
229 25.8 Garret Anderson-LF
198 28.9 Luis Castillo-2B
137 29.0 Mike Hampton-P
191 24.8 Mike Lowell-3B
174 27.6 Randy Winn-RF/CF
155 24.7 Mike Sweeney-DH/1B
142 20.9 David Eckstein-SS
169 16.4 Brad Ausmus-C
136 20.7 Ronnie Belliard-2B
101 20.3 Chan Ho Park-P
69 17.1 Gil ...
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DL from MN Posted: January 05, 2015 at 01:42 PM | 85 comment(s)
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Jamie Moyer

Eligible in 2016 2018

DL from MN Posted: January 05, 2015 at 10:33 AM | 6 comment(s)
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Sunday, January 04, 2015

Troy Glaus and Garret Anderson

Eligible in 2016

DL from MN Posted: January 04, 2015 at 03:35 PM | 14 comment(s)
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Jason Kendall

Eligible in 2016

DL from MN Posted: January 04, 2015 at 03:35 PM | 23 comment(s)
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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Trevor Hoffman and Billy Wagner

Eligible in 2016

DL from MN Posted: December 23, 2014 at 11:07 AM | 85 comment(s)
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Mock 2015 Hall of Fame Ballot

2015 BBTF Hall of Fame Ballot

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 Monday on Jan 5th 2015 (4 PM EST). Results will be posted a short time later.

Please ...

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DL from MN Posted: December 23, 2014 at 10:33 AM | 113 comment(s)
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