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Thursday, November 04, 2010

John Franco

Let’s give John Franco a thread too.

John Franco

Joey Numbaz (Scruff) Posted: November 04, 2010 at 03:39 PM | 24 comment(s)
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John Olerud

We didn’t create a thread for John Olerud last year either. Sorry about that John . . .

John Olerud on baseball-reference.com.

Joey Numbaz (Scruff) Posted: November 04, 2010 at 03:31 PM | 9 comment(s)
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Kevin Brown

We didn’t create a thread for Kevin Brown last year. Sorry about that Kevin . . .

Kevin Brown on baseball-reference.com.

Joey Numbaz (Scruff) Posted: November 04, 2010 at 03:29 PM | 30 comment(s)
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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Jeff Bagwell

Eligible in 2011

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 19, 2010 at 01:00 AM | 64 comment(s)
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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

2010 BBTF HOF Results: Alomar, Larkin, Raines, Blyleven, Trammell and McGwire!

In their first year of eligibility, keystone-sack great Roberto Alomar and legendary Cincinnati shortstop Barry Larkin both had stellar vote percentages for this election. Alomar had 99%, while Larkin had 97%.

Third-year BBTF pick Tim Raines earned yet another impressive percentage, though his 97% was slightly down from his unanimous ballot percentage from 2009 (he had 99% in 2008).

His fifth time on a BBTF ballot, curveball specialist Bert Blyleven had another fine outcome with 95% of ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 05, 2010 at 01:00 AM | 38 comment(s)
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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Rafael Palmeiro

Eligible in 2011

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 22, 2009 at 01:33 AM | 43 comment(s)
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Monday, December 21, 2009

2010 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 - if you don’t feel he really is a HOFer, then please refrain from posting that player’s name (examples of whom I am referring to are Mookie Wilson, Scott Broscius, Buddy Biancalana - players who were well liked or were underdogs, but have no creditable HOF resume). Leaving 1st-year candidates off your ballot is also ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 21, 2009 at 09:48 PM | 256 comment(s)
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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Larry Walker

Eligible in 2011

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 08, 2009 at 08:47 PM | 39 comment(s)
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2010 BBTF Hall of Fame Ballot Discussion

As in past years, anybody can pretend he or she is a BBWAA voter at BBTF!

We’ll have two weeks of discussion and then the ballot thread will be posted December 21 (the election will end on January 4).

The eligible candidates are: Roberto Alomar*, Kevin Appier*, Harold Baines, Bert Blyleven, Ellis Burks*, Andre Dawson, Andres Galarraga*, Pat Hentgen*, Mike Jackson*, Eric Karros*, Ray Lankford*, Barry Larkin*, Edgar Martinez*, Don Mattingly, Mark McGwire, Fred McGriff*, Jack Morris, Dale ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 08, 2009 at 02:33 AM | 167 comment(s)
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2010 BBTF Vets Committee Executives Results: Marvin Miller!

With a commanding 93% of the ballots, former MLPBA leader Marvin Miller was the only candidate to reach 75% among BBTF voters in our mock Hall of Fame election (he was awarded 79% in 2007 by us)

Ewing Kaufmann, Jacob Ruppert and Bob Howsan were the also-rans with considerable support.

As for our HoM subgroup, the results were very similar, except that Miller’s support was unanimous instead.

See you again at the end of the year for the next elections!

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 08, 2009 at 01:58 AM | 11 comment(s)
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2010 BBTF Vets Committee Managers/Umpires Results: Whitey Herzog and Doug Harvey!

With equal support, legendary manager Whitey Herzog and esteemed umpire Doug Harvey both achieved 86% of all ballots posted in our mock Hall of Fame election (in 2007, Harvey was awarded “only” 79% by us).

Nobody else was really close.

Among HoM voters, there wasn’t much difference there - Herzog and Harvey both had 87% instead.

See you again at the end of the year for the next elections!

RK   LY  Player          PTS  Bal   1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11 12 13 14 ...
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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 08, 2009 at 01:54 AM | 3 comment(s)
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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

2011 Ballot Discussion

2011 (November 8, 2010)—elect 3
WS W3 Rookie Name-Pos

395 137.4 1987 Rafael Palmeiro-1B
388 135.4 1991 Jeff Bagwell-1B
301 115.2 1990 John Olerud-1B
311 106.6 1990 Larry Walker-RF
241 106.0 1989 Kevin Brown-P
230 78.3 1987 BJ Surhoff-LF/C
250 67.1 1990 Marquis Grissom-CF
216 73.9 1991 Tino Martinez-1B
208 74.2 1993 Bret Boone-2B
182 79.9 1984 John Franco-RP
183 57.9 1994 Raul Mondesi-RF
150 67.7 1988 Al Leiter-P
160 56.0 1990 Carlos Baerga-2B
153 46.5 1991 Jose Offerman-SS/2B
105 52.5 1991 ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 01, 2009 at 08:48 PM | 335 comment(s)
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2010 Veterans Committee Ballot - Executives

The election will end on December 7 at 8 PM Eastern.

Eligible candidates: Gene Autry, Sam Breadon, John Fetzer, Bob Howsam, Ewing Kauffman, John McHale, Marvin Miller, Gabe Paul, Jacob Ruppert and Bill White.

Rules:

9. Voting: The Committee shall consider all eligible candidates and voting shall be based upon the individual’s record, ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character and contribution to the game. Electors may vote for as few as zero (0) and as many as four (4) eligible candidates ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 01, 2009 at 01:46 AM | 77 comment(s)
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2010 Veterans Committee Ballot - Managers and Umpires

The election will end on December 7 at 8 PM Eastern.

Eligible candidates: Charlie Grimm, Whitey Herzog, Davey Johnson, Tom Kelly, Billy Martin, Gene Mauch, Danny Murtaugh, Steve O’Neill, Doug Harvey and Hank O’Day.

Rules:

9. Voting: The Committee shall consider all eligible candidates and voting shall be based upon the individual’s record, ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character and contribution to the game. Electors may vote for as few as zero (0) and as many as four (4) eligible ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 01, 2009 at 01:40 AM | 59 comment(s)
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Monday, November 30, 2009

2010 Results: Stars of the ‘90s Larkin, Alomar and Martinez Shine the Brightest at the HoM Today!

Star Reds shortstop Barry Larkin was the standout performer in the latest Hall of Merit election with his 94% of all possible points in his first year of eligibility.

All-time great second baseman Roberto Alomar was also impressive with his 84% as a newbie himself.

Last but not least, Seattle Mariners legend Edgar Martinez became the first full-time DH ever elected to the HoM. The first-time candidate earned 37% of all possible points.

Rounding out the top-ten are: David Cone, Phil Rizzuto, ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: November 30, 2009 at 09:44 PM | 140 comment(s)
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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Integrity of the Ballot

JohnQ/LeonardP694 has attempted to ‘stuff’ the ballot box. This cannot and will not be tolerated, for obvious reasons. Need to make that crystal clear.

I don’t want discussion of this cluttering up the ballot discussion thread or the ballot thread, but feel free to discuss this here. This hasn’t been an issue in the past, and hopefully it won’t be in the future. We need to nip this behavior in the bud right now.

Joey Numbaz (Scruff) Posted: November 24, 2009 at 09:31 PM | 104 comment(s)
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Chone’s WARP and the Hall of Merit

Please use this thread to discuss Chone’s WARP and how it relates to the Hall of Merit and other ‘uber-systems’, like DanR’s WAR, BPro WARP (1, 2 and 3), Win Shares, my (Joe Dimino’s) pitcher ratings, VORP, etc.. If I forgot one let me know and I’ll add it to the list as well.

Joey Numbaz (Scruff) Posted: November 24, 2009 at 09:12 PM | 160 comment(s)
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Monday, November 09, 2009

2010 Hall of Merit Ballot

OK, it’s time to start the voting. There is no rush . . . please read through the discussion thread to work through the candidates.

The election closes

11/23

11/30 at 8 p.m. EST. We welcome newcomers, but require that you are willing to consider players from all eras. Voters also must comment on each player they vote for, a simple list is not sufficient. If you haven’t voted before, please post your ballot on the discussion thread linked above first.

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EDIT 11/25 3:18 PM CDT - the ...

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Joey Numbaz (Scruff) Posted: November 09, 2009 at 01:39 AM | 230 comment(s)
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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Hall of Merit Pitcher Rankings

The cross-era pitchers ballot is now complete, and to the surprise of no one, we’ve ranked Walter Johnson as the greatest pitcher in the Hall of Merit.

Johnson held the top spot on all 17 ballots. Lefty Grove edged Cy Young by one point for the #2 spot. 14 pitchers were named on at least 16 of the 17 ballots (voters ranked their top 20), showing a remarkable consensus.

Here are the complete results:

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Joey Numbaz (Scruff) Posted: October 15, 2009 at 02:11 AM | 76 comment(s)
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Monday, September 21, 2009

Combined Pitchers Ballot

We’ll start today, and close the balloting October 5

12.

Vote for your top 20, in order, with explanations, etc..

Points will go 25-24-23 . . . 8-7-6.

A reminder of the results of our ‘by era’ voting:

RK 1871-1892         PTS 1893-1923            PTS 1924-1958      PTS 1959-present      PTS
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1 John Clarkson     147 Walter Johnson       342 Lefty Grove    361 Tom Seaver        380 ...
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Joey Numbaz (Scruff) Posted: September 21, 2009 at 02:55 PM | 94 comment(s)
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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Pitchers Combined Ballot Discussion

We can use this ballot for a discussion of all the pitchers.

A reminder of the results of our ‘by era’ voting:

RK 1871-1892         PTS 1893-1923            PTS 1924-1958      PTS 1959-present      PTS
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1 John Clarkson     147 Walter Johnson       342 Lefty Grove    361 Tom Seaver        380
 2 Tim Keefe          98 Cy Young             323 Warren Spahn   332 Steve Carlton     344 ...
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Joey Numbaz (Scruff) Posted: August 23, 2009 at 08:13 PM | 27 comment(s)
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Saturday, August 08, 2009

Hall of Merit, what’s next?

Finally back in the swing of things here. I guess we need to talk about what’s next.

We’ve had a few things discussed.

1) Ranking all pitchers as a group, now that we’ve sorted them by era.
2) Award votes for each season (going present - 1871 or 1871 - present have both been proposed).
3) Moving forward with the Hall of Merit website.

Anything I’m missing? Any new ideas?

Now that summer is waning, the wedding is over, etc., I’m back in the swing of things and ready to move forward with ...

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Joey Numbaz (Scruff) Posted: August 08, 2009 at 09:31 PM | 236 comment(s)
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Sunday, June 07, 2009

Election Results: Seaver, Carlton, Gibson, Niekro and Perry Are the Kings of the Mound For Group 4!

By unanimous choice, legendary Met Tom Seaver was deemed to be the best of the best of the Hall of Merit’s Group 4 pitchers.

Virtually tied, stoic moundsman Steve Carlton and fiery hurler Bob Gibson received 90% of all possible points.

Of the remaining pitchers that earned at least 75% support, famed knuckleballer Phil Niekro and noted spitball artist Gaylord Perry both nabbed 79%.

Thanks to OCF for his help with the tally again!

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: June 07, 2009 at 10:00 PM | 0 comment(s)
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Election Results: Seaver, Carlton, Gibson, Niekro and Perry Are the Kings of the Mound For Group 4!

By unanimous consent, legendary Met Tom Seaver was deemed to be the best of the best of the Hall of Merit’s Group 4 pitchers.

Practically tied, stoic moundsman Steve Carlton and fiery hurler Bob Gibson received 90% of all possible points.

Of the remaining pitchers that earned at least 75% support, famed knuckleballer Phil Niekro and noted spitball artist Gaylord Perry both nabbed 79%.

Thanks to OCF for his help with the tally again!

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: June 07, 2009 at 10:00 PM | 102 comment(s)
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Ray Lankford

Eligible in 2010.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: June 07, 2009 at 09:54 PM | 18 comment(s)
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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Ranking the Hall of Merit by Position: Pitchers Ballot (1959-1986+)

The inductees for this group are (in alphabetical order):

Bert Blyleven
Jim Bunning
Steve Carlton
Don Drysdale
Dennis Eckersley
Rollie Fingers
Bob Gibson
Rich Gossage
Fergie Jenkins
Sandy Koufax
Juan Marichal
Phil Niekro
Jim Palmer
Gaylord Perry
Nolan Ryan
Bret Saberhagen
Dave Stieb
Don Sutton
Tom Seaver
Hoyt Wilhelm

The election ends May 31.at 8 PM EDT.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: May 17, 2009 at 11:18 PM | 83 comment(s)
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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Election Results: Top 5 HoM Moundsmen For Group 3 - Grove, Spahn, Paige, Feller and Hubbell!

By unanimous vote, star flamethrower Lefty Grove was selected as the Hall of Merit’s top pitcher from Group 3.

Winningest lefthander Warren Spahn received an impressive 91% of all possible points, while NeL legend Satchel Paige was close behind with his 89%.

Cleveland great Bob Feller earned a fine 81%, while the Giants’ meal ticket Carl Hubbell was the last to make it at least 75%.

Thanks to OCF for all of the tallying help that he gives me!

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: May 10, 2009 at 09:50 PM | 126 comment(s)
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Ranking the Hall of Merit Pitchers (1959-1986+) - Discussion

The inductees for this group are (in alphabetical order):

Bert Blyleven
Jim Bunning
Steve Carlton
Don Drysdale
Dennis Eckersley
Rollie Fingers
Bob Gibson
Rich Gossage
Fergie Jenkins
Sandy Koufax
Juan Marichal
Phil Niekro
Jim Palmer
Gaylord Perry
Nolan Ryan
Bret Saberhagen
Dave Stieb
Don Sutton
Tom Seaver
Hoyt Wilhelm

The election starts May 17 and ends May 31.at 8 PM EDT.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: May 10, 2009 at 06:32 PM | 75 comment(s)
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Juan Gonzalez

Eligible in 2010.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: May 10, 2009 at 06:25 PM | 32 comment(s)
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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Ranking the Hall of Merit by Position: Pitchers Ballot (1924-1958)

The inductees for this group are (in alphabetical order):

Bullet Rogan
Dazzy Vance
Lefty Grove
Ted Lyons
Carl Hubbell
Red Ruffing
Willie Foster
Martin Dihigo
Satchel Paige
Wes Ferrell
Ray Brown
Bob Feller
Early Wynn
Bob Lemon
Warren Spahn
Hal Newhouser
Robin Roberts
Billy Pierce
Whitey Ford
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The election ends May 3.at 8 PM EDT.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: April 19, 2009 at 10:58 PM | 68 comment(s)
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