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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!

RK   LY  Player            PTS  Bal   1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8 ...
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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!

RK   LY  Player            PTS  Bal   1  2  3  4  5  6  7 ...
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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!

RK   LY  Player         PTS  Bal   1  2  3  4 ...
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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
.

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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Monday, April 13, 2009

Ellis Burks

Eligible in 2010

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: April 13, 2009 at 07:35 PM | 28 comment(s)
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Ranking the Hall of Merit Pitchers (1924-1958) - Discussion

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

The election starts April 19 and ends May 3.at 8 PM EDT.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: April 13, 2009 at 07:25 PM | 0 comment(s)
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Ranking the Hall of Merit Pitchers (1924-1958) - Discussion

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.

The election starts April 19 and ends May 3.at 8 PM EDT.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: April 13, 2009 at 07:25 PM | 48 comment(s)
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Election Results: Johnson and Young are #1 and #2 on Every Ballot Among the Hurlers From 1893-1923!

No surprise here - legendary Washington Senator Walter Johnson unanimously claimed the top spot in this special Hall of Merit election.

Right behind him, all-time career wins leader Cy Young found himself in the second position on every ballot and with 94% of all possible points.

Contemporaries Pete Alexander and Smokey Joe Williams garned at least 80% of the points with their fine 89% and 80%.

Rounding out the top-tier pitchers were Christy Mathewson (78%), Kid Nichols (78%) and Eddie Plank ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: April 13, 2009 at 06:59 PM | 12 comment(s)
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Monday, March 16, 2009

Robin Ventura

Eligible in 2010.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: March 16, 2009 at 12:37 PM | 29 comment(s)
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Ranking the Hall of Merit by Position: Pitchers Ballot (1893 - 1923)

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

Pete Alexander
Mordecai Brown
Stan Coveleski
Red Faber
Rube Foster
Clark Griffith
Walter Johnson
Christy Mathewson
Joe McGinnity
Jose Mendez
Kid Nichols
Eddie Plank
Eppa Rixey
Amos Rusie
Rube Waddell
Ed Walsh
Smokey Joe Williams
Cy Young

The election ends April 5 at 8 PM EDT.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: March 16, 2009 at 12:34 PM | 57 comment(s)
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Sunday, March 08, 2009

Election Results: Clarkson is the Clear Front-Runner Among the Pitchers of 1871-92!

With almost 100% support, John Clarkson was deemed head and shoulders above the other five hurlers from this group.

Thanks to OCF for help with the tally!

RK   LY  Player             PTS  Bal   1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
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 1  n/e  John Clarkson      147   25  22  3                                                      
2T  n/e  Tim Keefe           98   25   1 11  5 ...
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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: March 08, 2009 at 08:05 PM | 6 comment(s)
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Ranking the Hall of Merit Pitchers (1893-1923) - Discussion

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

Pete Alexander
Mordecai Brown
Stan Coveleski
Red Faber
Rube Foster
Clark Griffith
Walter Johnson
Christy Mathewson
Joe McGinnity
Jose Mendez
Kid Nichols
Eddie Plank
Eppa Rixey
Amos Rusie
Rube Waddell
Ed Walsh
Smokey Joe Williams
Cy Young

The election starts March 15 and ends April 5 at 8 PM EDT.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: March 08, 2009 at 07:43 PM | 67 comment(s)
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Monday, March 02, 2009

Edgar Martinez

Eligible in 2010.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: March 02, 2009 at 04:00 PM | 44 comment(s)
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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Ranking the Hall of Merit by Position: Pitchers Ballot (1871 - 1892)

In alphabetical order:

Bob Caruthers
John Clarkson
Pud Galvin
Tim Keefe
Charley Radbourn
Al Spalding

The election will end March 8 at 8 PM Eastern.

 

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: February 15, 2009 at 09:00 PM | 45 comment(s)
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Monday, February 09, 2009

Ranking the Hall of Merit Pitchers (1871-1892) - Discussion

We’ll start light. The first group are the pitcher’s box era pitchers, those whose careers were centered on the period 1871-1892.

Al Spalding
Charley Radbourn
Pud Galvin
Tim Keefe
John Clarkson
Bob Caruthers

We’ll discuss this week, vote next week. It’s a small group, so I think one week of voting will work.

Also, it’s a small group, so it should be pretty easy, please vote!!

Going forward, the other groups will be:

1893-1923: (18) Young, Nichols, Griffith, Rusie, McGinnity, Plank, ...

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Joey Numbaz (Scruff) Posted: February 09, 2009 at 07:59 PM | 130 comment(s)
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Fred McGriff

Eligible in 2010.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: February 09, 2009 at 06:46 PM | 33 comment(s)
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Monday, February 02, 2009

Barry Larkin

Eligible in 2010.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: February 02, 2009 at 08:51 PM | 58 comment(s)
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Monday, January 26, 2009

Roberto Alomar

Eligible in 2010.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 26, 2009 at 06:24 PM | 39 comment(s)
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Monday, January 19, 2009

2010 Ballot Discussion

2010 (December 7, 2009)—elect 3
WS W3 Rookie Name-Pos
376 132.6 1988 Roberto Alomar-2B
346 121,8 1986 Barry Larkin-SS
341 106.6 1987 Fred McGriff-1B
305 104.4 1989 Edgar Martinez-DH/3B
272 108.8 1990 Robin Ventura-3B
260 79.1 1987 Ellis Burks-CF/RF
234 74.9 1990 Juan Gonzalez-RF/LF*
227 70.3 1991 Ray Lankford-CF
221 62.9 1990 Todd Zeile-3B
190 67.2 1987 Benito Santiago-C*
183 56.5 1992 Eric Karros-1B
161 58.9 1987 Mark McLemore-2B
126 59.0 1992 Pat Hentgen-P
126 53.7 1987 Mike Jackson-RP
130 ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 19, 2009 at 01:44 PM | 516 comment(s)
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Sunday, January 18, 2009

2009 Post-WWII Players Results: Torre and Santo Meet Our Requirements for the Hall of Fame!

With 94% support from our electorate, star player and manager Joe Torre was the top vote-getter for this election.

Not that far behind, Cub third baseman Ron Santo earned a very impressive 92% in his own right.

Close but no cigar, talented and controversial great Dick Allen just missed it by obtaining 74%.

As for our HoM subgroup, Santo was a unanimous pick, while Torre and Allen had very strong support themselves with their 93% and 86% each.

Thanks to everyone who submitted a ballot or ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 18, 2009 at 09:16 PM | 9 comment(s)
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Sunday, January 11, 2009

2009 Pre-WWII Players Results: 19th Century Stars White and Dahlen Get Our Vote!

With 97% support from BBTF voters, star backstop and third baseman Deacon White was the top Hall of Fame vote-getter for this election.

Not far behind, renowned shortstop Bill Dahlen received an equally impressive 94% of the votes.

Close but no cigar was Phillies slugger Sherry Magee, who just missed “induction” himself with 72% of the votes.

All-Star second baseman Joe Gordon, newly elected to the HOF, didn’t receive as much love with us. Only 56% of the ballots had his name on it.

As for ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 11, 2009 at 11:47 PM | 18 comment(s)
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2009 Veterans Committee Ballot - Post-WWII Players

The election will end on Jan. 18 at 8 PM Eastern.

Eligible candidates: Dick Allen, Gil Hodges, Jim Kaat, Tony Oliva, Al Oliver, Vada Pinson, Ron Santo, Luis Tiant, Joe Torre and Maury Wills.

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 deemed worthy ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 11, 2009 at 11:42 PM | 84 comment(s)
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Sunday, January 04, 2009

2009 Veterans Committee Ballot - Pre-WWII Players

The election will end on Jan. 11 at 8 PM Eastern. The post-WWII player ballot will be posted that day and end the following Sunday

Eligible candidates: Bill Dahlen, Wes Ferrell, Joe Gordon, Sherry Magee, Carl Mays, Allie Reynolds, Vern Stephens, Mickey Vernon, Bucky Walters and Deacon 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. ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 04, 2009 at 06:40 PM | 39 comment(s)
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Monday, December 29, 2008

2009 Veterans Committee Discussion - Players

We’ll have one week of discussion and then the ballot thread will be posted next Sunday (the election will end on Jan. 11).

Eligible candidates (pick up to four from each group): Pre-war candidates: Bill Dahlen, Wes Ferrell, Joe Gordon, Sherry Magee, Carl Mays, Allie Reynolds, Vern Stephens, Mickey Vernon, Bucky Walters and Deacon White; Post-war candidates: Dick Allen, Gil Hodges, Jim Kaat, Tony Oliva, Al Oliver, Vada Pinson, Ron Santo, Luis Tiant, Joe Torre and Maury Wills;

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 29, 2008 at 12:29 AM | 96 comment(s)
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Sunday, December 28, 2008

2009 BBTF HOF Results: Henderson, Raines, Blyleven, Trammell and McGwire Should Be Enshrined!

In his first year of eligibility, all-time stolen base king Rickey Henderson was selected by the BBTF electorate unanimously.

With 99% support last year, terrific leadoff hitter Tim Raines improved to a perfect 100% of all ballots.

His fourth time on a BBTF ballot, curveball specialist Bert Blyleven had his best percentage so far with 97% this year (he had 96% in 2005, 2006 and 2008 and 87% in 2007).

Tiger shortstop Alan Trammell also improved with his 94% (he had 79% in 2005, 81% in 2006, ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 28, 2008 at 11:47 PM | 55 comment(s)
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