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Wednesday, December 07, 2011

2012 Hall of Merit Ballot

Sorry about not getting this posted Monday. I was having issues with the thread-creation website.

The election will end December

21

28. We’ve extend the deadline in hopes of landing a few extra ballots. Don’t count on this next year :-) Apologies to those who rushed to meet the deadline.

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Joe posted this last year, but it won’t hurt to include it here again:

This was an issue last year, so I’ll repeat it now for clarification . . . the posting of the ballot to the discussion thread ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 07, 2011 at 10:17 PM | 192 comment(s)
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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Most Meritorious Player: 1967 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 in the top Negro Leagues or 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 ...

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fra paolo Posted: November 30, 2011 at 08:30 PM | 30 comment(s)
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Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Most Meritorious Player: 1967 Discussion

The American League saw one of its more exciting pennant races, in the penultimate year of non-divisional play. By contrast, the National League found the St Louis Cardinals in first place on 18 June 1967, and they never looked back. The St Louis Cardinals beat the Boston Red Sox in the World Series.

                  Win       BB-ref
                 Shares       WAR
Carl Yastrzemski 43  	12.2
Harmon Killebrew 38  	 7.1	
Ron Santo 37  	10.2
Roberto Clemente 36  	 8.2
Orlando Cepeda 	35 ...
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fra paolo Posted: November 02, 2011 at 08:29 PM | 56 comment(s)
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Most Meritorious Player: 1966 Results

In our second-closest election since we began the project earlier this year, Frank Robinson’s four-point advantage over Sandy Koufax wins him the title ‘Most Meritorious Player’ for 1966.

pts	ballots	1sts	Player
186	13	8	Frank Robinson
182	13	2	Sandy Koufax
166	13	2	Juan Marichal
150	13	1	Willie Mays
131	12	0	Dick Allen
123	12	0	Ron Santo
110	11	0	Jim Bunning
74	10	0	Roberto Clemente
73	9	0	Joe Torre
36	5	0	Willie McCovey
35	5	0	Harmon Killebrew
22	3	0	Henry Aaron
19	3	0	Bob Gibson
14	2	0	Al ...
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fra paolo Posted: November 02, 2011 at 05:31 PM | 10 comment(s)
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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Most Meritorious Player: 1966 Ballot

Most Meritorious Player: 1966 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 in the top Negro Leagues or 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 ...

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fra paolo Posted: October 26, 2011 at 03:49 PM | 26 comment(s)
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Thursday, October 06, 2011

Most Meritorious Player: 1965 Results

Congratulations to Willie Mays, unanimously voted the Most Meritorious Player of 1965!

                  1     2     3     4     5      6      7      8      9      10      Pts
Willie Mays      14                                                                  210
Sandy Koufax           12    2                                                       194
Juan Marichal           2    7     1      3      1                                   174
Ron Santo                          5      1      2 ...
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fra paolo Posted: October 06, 2011 at 01:06 AM | 12 comment(s)
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Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Most Meritorious Player: 1966 Discussion

1966 was the first season of major-league baseball in a Deep South city as the Braves moved from Milwaukeeto Atlanta.
  In the American League, once again the race ended rather early, with Baltimore taking the top spot in June. Although Detroit, the eventual third-place finisher, got as close as a game-and-a-half towards the end of June, the fell further and further behind as the season progressed. At the end they finished ten games out, and were passed on the day before the season ended by ...

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fra paolo Posted: October 04, 2011 at 03:01 AM | 82 comment(s)
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Monday, September 26, 2011

Most Meritorious Player: 1965 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 in the top Negro Leagues or 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 ...

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fra paolo Posted: September 26, 2011 at 07:41 PM | 35 comment(s)
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Friday, September 09, 2011

Most Meritorious Player: 1964 Results

Congratulations to Willie Mays, who was 1964’s Most Meritorious Player by a substantial majority.

                  1     2     3     4     5     6     7     8     9     10     Pts
Willie Mays       11    2                                                      193
Dick Allen         2    6     3     2                                          177
Ron Santo               3     5     3     1                                    154
Dean Chance             1     5     2     1     2     2 ...
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fra paolo Posted: September 09, 2011 at 12:16 AM | 11 comment(s)
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Thursday, September 08, 2011

Most Meritorious Player: 1965 Discussion

In the American League, a long era of Yankee dominance was ended when the Minnesota Twins grabbed the pennant. The race retained its rather one-sided flavour in that Minnesota were clearly the team to beat. After 4 July, they were never out of first place. However, their strongest challenger varied throughout the season. Chicago took the role at first, then Baltimore and Cleveland. Baltimore managed to sustain their challenge for longest, but after a brief run for the top by Detroit, it was ...

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fra paolo Posted: September 08, 2011 at 02:12 AM | 73 comment(s)
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Monday, August 29, 2011

Most Meritorious Player: 1964 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 in the top Negro Leagues or 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 ...

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fra paolo Posted: August 29, 2011 at 02:45 PM | 39 comment(s)
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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

1963: Most Meritorious Player: Results

There’s only one result closer than this:

                1    2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   Pts
Sandy Koufax   10    1   5   1                             241
Hank Aaron      5    9   3                                 240
Willie Mays     2    7   7   1                             231
Dick Ellsworth          2   11  3       1                 200
Eddie Mathews               1   7   4   1   1   1   1     159
Dick Groat                  1   2   4       2   3   1     117
Juan Marichal ...
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fra paolo Posted: August 10, 2011 at 08:33 PM | 14 comment(s)
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1964 Most Meritorious Player: Discussion

In one of the most exciting seasons in recent years, the pennant races in both leagues went down to the last few days.  The American League race featured a three-way tie for first as late as 17 September, with the Yankees, White Sox and Baltimore with a ten-game lead over the rest of the pack. The Yankees took sole control of first place on 19 September, and managed to hang on for the rest of the season. Meanwhile, in the National League, the Phillies had a five-game lead over the Cardinals, ...

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fra paolo Posted: August 10, 2011 at 04:18 AM | 89 comment(s)
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Friday, July 29, 2011

Most Meritorious Player: 1963 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 in the top Negro Leagues or independent teams. Voters should consider the player’s on-field contribution to 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 ...

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fra paolo Posted: July 29, 2011 at 04:44 PM | 32 comment(s)
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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Most Meritorious Player: 1962 Result

Congratulations to Willie Mays, by unanimous vote the Most Meritorious Player in 1962. During the tally, Tommy Davis’ scored highly early on, but later voters swung fourth place to Mickey Mantle, in what was the most exciting element in this year’s race. While there was substantial consensus about the first seven places, votes began to scatter quite widely for places 8, 9 and 10.

                Pts       1     2         3         4       5       6       7     ...

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fra paolo Posted: July 19, 2011 at 12:40 AM | 22 comment(s)
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Friday, July 08, 2011

Most Meritorious Player 1963 discussion

After the dramatic changes of 1961 and 1962, with expansion in both leagues, in 1963 the Major Leagues went through a rather dull patch.

The baseball season opened on 8 April 1963. Earlier events of note in the year included the release of The Beatles’ first album Please Please Me, the premiere of the manga-based cartoon Astro Boy on Japanese television and Charles De Gaulle’s veto of the United Kingdom’s application to join the “Common Market” (now the European Union). During the season, ...

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fra paolo Posted: July 08, 2011 at 08:34 PM | 149 comment(s)
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Friday, July 01, 2011

Most Meritorious Player 1962 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 in the top Negro Leagues or independent teams. Voters should consider the player’s on-field contribution to 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 ...

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fra paolo Posted: July 01, 2011 at 07:12 PM | 40 comment(s)
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Thursday, June 09, 2011

Most Meritorious Player: 1962 Discussion

In 1962, the National League followed the American League’s 1961 lead and expanded by two teams. They put the Metropolitans in New York, and the Colt .45s in Houston. The National League also gained one of the great stadiums of baseball in the shape of Dodger Stadium, bringing the Dodgers out of the rather inappropriately shaped Coliseum into a purpose-built ballpark.

The baseball season opened on 9 April 1962. By then, Gary Powers had been exchanged for a capture Soviet spy, the first K-mart ...

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fra paolo Posted: June 09, 2011 at 03:25 AM | 103 comment(s)
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Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Most Meritorious Player: 1961 Results

Here are the results of the 1961 Most Meritorious Player ballot:

RK   Player          PTS      Bal    1   2   3   4    5   6    7   8   9  10  

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 1    Mickey Mantle   240     16    16                                          
 2    Norm Cash       215     16         11   2   2   1                              
 3    Hank Aaron ...
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fra paolo Posted: June 08, 2011 at 08:12 PM | 15 comment(s)
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Friday, May 27, 2011

Most Meritorious Player: 1961 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 in the top Negro Leagues or independent teams. Voters should consider the player’s on-field contribution to 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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fra paolo Posted: May 27, 2011 at 07:38 PM | 40 comment(s)
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Friday, April 29, 2011

Most Meritorious Player: 1961 Discussion

1961 was the first year of the Expansion Era, as the American League added two teams. The old Nationals/Senators moved to Minnesota. One of the new teams was an AL competitor to the NL’s monopoly of the Los Angeles’ market, while the other took over the vacated Washington market.

When the season opened on 10 April 1961, John F. Kennedy had just been inaugurated president in January, in March South Africa declared it would withdraw from the Commonwealth of Nations, and the Marcels had the ...

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fra paolo Posted: April 29, 2011 at 01:33 PM | 170 comment(s)
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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Most Meritorious Player: Rules for Ballot

OK, let’s try this again.

Last week on Hall of Merit… I attempted to post this thread and it ended up in the Newsblog. This time it should appear in the right place.

Two key questions are —

How many players do we vote for?
What is each place on the ballot worth?

You can find a detailed proposal of a voting method in DanG’s post here

Although I promised to post a 1961 discussion thread today, I’ll delay that for a couple of days to see if this thread draws any attention. The last one did ...

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fra paolo Posted: April 26, 2011 at 02:49 PM | 157 comment(s)
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Saturday, February 05, 2011

Edgardo Alfonzo

eligible 2012

Joey Numbaz (Scruff) Posted: February 05, 2011 at 01:33 PM | 8 comment(s)
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Ruben Sierra

eligible 2012

Joey Numbaz (Scruff) Posted: February 05, 2011 at 01:32 PM | 8 comment(s)
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Brad Radke

Brad Radke

Joey Numbaz (Scruff) Posted: February 05, 2011 at 01:29 PM | 18 comment(s)
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Javy Lopez

Javy Lopez

Joey Numbaz (Scruff) Posted: February 05, 2011 at 01:28 PM | 7 comment(s)
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Tim Salmon

eligible 2012

Joey Numbaz (Scruff) Posted: February 05, 2011 at 01:27 PM | 17 comment(s)
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Bernie Williams

Eligible 2012

Joey Numbaz (Scruff) Posted: February 05, 2011 at 01:24 PM | 6 comment(s)
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2012 Hall of Merit Ballot Discussion

2012 (November 28, 2011)—elect 3
WS W3 Rookie Name-Pos

311 57.3 1991 Bernie Williams-CF
232 44.2 1993 Tim Salmon-RF
194 39.5 1994 Javy Lopez-C
211 31.3 1995 Edgardo Alfonzo-3B/2B
157 45.4 1995 Brad Radke-P
222 14.5 1986 Ruben Sierra-RF
166 23.0 1992 Brian Jordan-RF
170 13.0 1993 J.T. Snow-1B*
166 14.4 1993 Jeromy Burnitz-RF
162 17.1 1992 Eric Young-2B
126 30.5 1991 Jeff Fassero-P
120 30.8 1990 Scott Erickson-P
140 23.2 1996 Bill Mueller-3B
143 20.5 1995 Phil Nevin-3B/1B
153 11.9 1993 Vinny ...

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Joey Numbaz (Scruff) Posted: February 05, 2011 at 01:12 PM | 341 comment(s)
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Wednesday, January 05, 2011

2011 BBTF Vets Committee Executives Results: Marvin Miller and Ted Simmons!

Former MLPBA leader Marvin Miller and star catcher Ted Simmons were the only candidates to reach 75% among BBTF voters in our mock Hall of Fame election. Miller notched 88% (he was awarded 79% in 2007 by us and also 93% in 2010), while Simmons earned 83% this year.

Pat Gillick, George Steinbrenner, Billy Martin and Tommy John were the also-rans with considerable support (especially newbie Gillick).

As for our HoM subgroup, the results were very similar, except Simmons had more support than ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 05, 2011 at 12:00 AM | 3 comment(s)
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