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Monday, December 29, 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 29, 2008 at 12:47 AM | 55 comment(s)
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Sunday, December 21, 2008

2009 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, 2008 at 02:18 PM | 133 comment(s)
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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Hall of Merit Plaque Room Website

Hey everyone, I wanted to share some news and also ask for some help.

Shock and TangoTiger (Awe was unavailable) have offered to help with building a website for the Hall of Merit’s plaque room. Shock is going to take the lead on designing the site and TangoTiger is going to take the lead on the back end database. I’ve reserved the domain name www.hallofmerit.com for this.

We’ll need some help populating the database if you have some spare time and want to help out, that would be great.

What ...

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Joey Numbaz (Scruff) Posted: December 18, 2008 at 04:47 PM | 224 comment(s)
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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

2009 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 one week of discussion and then the ballot thread will be posted next Sunday (the election will end on Dec. 28).

The eligible candidates are: Harold Baines, Jay Bell*, Bert Blyleven, David Cone*, Andre Dawson, Ron Gant*, Mark Grace*, Rickey Henderson*, Tommy John**, Don Mattingly, Mark McGwire, Jack Morris, Dale Murphy, Jesse Orosco*, Dave Parker, Dan Plesac*, Tim Raines, Jim Rice**, Lee Smith, Alan ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 16, 2008 at 01:54 AM | 202 comment(s)
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2009 Results: Henderson, McGraw and Smith are Now Immortalized in the Hall of Merit!

Legendary speedster and leadoff batter Rickey Henderson became the 15th player to earn a place in Hall of Merit unanimously (past unanimous selections include Hank Aaron, Wade Boggs, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, Lefty Grove, Walter Johnson, Mickey Mantle, Stan Musial, Willie Mays, Babe Ruth, Mike Schmidt, Honus Wagner, Ted Williams and Cy Young).

Fiery Baltimore Oriole third baseman John McGraw finally made it after a near-record 100 previous attempts (Pete Browning entered the HoM on his 107th ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 16, 2008 at 01:19 AM | 158 comment(s)
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Monday, November 24, 2008

2009 Ballot (Elect 3)

The 2009 Ballot thread . . . the election is over 12/7

12/15, 8 p.m. EST.

Here’s a link to the 2008 Election Results.

The most prominent newcomers are Rickey Henderson and Kevin Appier.

The top 15 returnees include:

Reggie Smith
Bucky Walters
Tommy Leach
John McGraw
Dick Redding
Kirby Puckett
Bob Johnson
Gavy Cravath
Luis Tiant
Phil Rizzuto
Hugh Duffy
David Cone
Ken Singleton
Tony Perez
Bus Clarkson

Joey Numbaz (Scruff) Posted: November 24, 2008 at 07:00 PM | 204 comment(s)
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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Jay Bell

Eligible 2009.

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Joey Numbaz (Scruff) Posted: November 16, 2008 at 11:38 PM | 21 comment(s)
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Matt Williams

Eligible 2009

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Joey Numbaz (Scruff) Posted: November 16, 2008 at 11:37 PM | 9 comment(s)
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Kevin Appier

Eligible 2009

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Joey Numbaz (Scruff) Posted: November 16, 2008 at 11:37 PM | 18 comment(s)
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Mark Grace

Eligible 2009

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Joey Numbaz (Scruff) Posted: November 16, 2008 at 11:36 PM | 22 comment(s)
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Rickey Henderson

Eligible 2009.

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Joey Numbaz (Scruff) Posted: November 16, 2008 at 11:28 PM | 52 comment(s)
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Monday, October 20, 2008

Election Results: Starting in Right Field…Ruth, Aaron, Ott and Robinson!

Unanimously (and unsurprisingly), Babe Ruth was crowned king of all right fielders.

Almost as impressive as the Bambino’s results, Hank Aaron nabbed all of the second-place votes available and achieved 95% of all possible points..

Of the others with significant support, Mel Ot earned 89%, while Frank Robinson was close by with 86%.

Thanks to OCF and Ron with the tally!

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 20, 2008 at 11:14 PM | 112 comment(s)
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Monday, September 29, 2008

Ranking the Hall of Merit by Position: Right Fielders Ballot

These are the Hall of Merit right fielders to be voted on (in alphabetical order):

Hank Aaron
Roberto Clemente
Sam Crawford
Dwight Evans
Elmer Flick
Tony Gwynn
Harry Heilmann
Joe Jackson
Reggie Jackson
Al Kaline
Willie Keeler
King Kelly
Mel Ott
Frank Robinson
Pete Rose
Babe Ruth
Enos Slaughter
Sam Thompson
Paul Waner
Dave Winfield

The election will end October 12 at 8 PM EDT.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: September 29, 2008 at 04:59 PM | 111 comment(s)
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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Monte Irvin to the LF ballot

If you voted in the LF election, please let us know where you would slot Monte Irvin. Irvin was originally on the CF ballot, but later we decided LF was the more appropriate place for him.

Thanks!

Joey Numbaz (Scruff) Posted: September 27, 2008 at 04:47 AM | 62 comment(s)
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Monday, September 22, 2008

Election Results: Cobb, Mays, Spoke, Mantle, Charleston, Joe D, Stearnes and Hamilton Are Tops!

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 1 Ty Cobb               12 11                                                                          587
 2 Willie Mays           10 11  1  1                                                                    582
 3 Tris Speaker                17  3  3                                                                 543 ...
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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: September 22, 2008 at 11:40 PM | 14 comment(s)
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Ranking the Hall of Merit Right Fielders- Discussion

These are the Hall of Merit right fielders to be voted on (in alphabetical order):

Hank Aaron
Roberto Clemente
Sam Crawford
Dwight Evans
Elmer Flick
Tony Gwynn
Harry Heilmann
Joe Jackson
Reggie Jackson
Al Kaline
Willie Keeler
King Kelly
Mel Ott
Frank Robinson
Pete Rose
Babe Ruth
Enos Slaughter
Sam Thompson
Paul Waner
Dave Winfield

The election will start September 28 and end October 12.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: September 22, 2008 at 11:28 PM | 143 comment(s)
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Monday, September 01, 2008

Ranking the Hall of Merit by Position: Center Fielders Ballot

These are the Hall of Merit center fielders to be voted on (in alphabetical order):

Richie Ashburn
Earl Averill
Cool Papa Bell
Willard Brown
Pete Browning
Max Carey
Oscar Charleston
Ty Cobb
Andre Dawson
Joe DiMaggio
Larry Doby
George Gore
Billy Hamilton
Pete Hill
Paul Hines
Mickey Mantle
Willie Mays
Alejandro Oms
Jim O’Rourke
Lip Pike
Edd Roush
Duke Snider
Tris Speaker
Turkey Stearnes
Cristóbal Torriente
Jimmy Wynn

The election ends on September

14

21 at 8 PM EDT.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: September 01, 2008 at 11:47 PM | 63 comment(s)
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Monday, August 25, 2008

Election Results: Williams, Musial, Delahanty, Yaz and Raines are Tops in Left!

By unanimous support, the electorate decided that Ted Williams is the best left fielder in the Hall of Merit.

Not that far behind, Stan Musial obtained an impressive 95% of all possible points.

The only 19th century player with at least 75%, Ed Delahanty earned a strong 88%.

Carl Yastrzemski trailed Big Ed only slightly with his 85%.

The last player with 75%, Tim Raines was comfortably over that threshold with 79%.

Thanks to OCF and Ron Wargo for their help with the tally!

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: August 25, 2008 at 12:26 AM | 34 comment(s)
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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Ranking the Hall of Merit Center Fielders - Discussion

These are the Hall of Merit center fielders to be voted on (in alphabetical order):

Richie Ashburn
Earl Averill
Cool Papa Bell
Willard Brown
Pete Browning
Max Carey
Oscar Charleston
Ty Cobb
Andre Dawson
Joe DiMaggio
Larry Doby
George Gore
Billy Hamilton
Pete Hill
Paul Hines
Monte Irvin
Mickey Mantle
Willie Mays
Alejandro Oms
Jim O’Rourke
Lip Pike
Edd Roush
Duke Snider
Tris Speaker
Turkey Stearnes
Cristóbal Torriente
Jimmy Wynn

The election begins August 31 and ends on September

14

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: August 24, 2008 at 11:42 PM | 221 comment(s)
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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Ranking the Hall of Merit by Position: Left Fielders Ballot

These are the Hall of Merit left fielders to be voted on (in alphabetical order):

Jesse Burkett
Fred Clarke
Ed Delahanty
Goose Goslin
Charley Jones
Charlie Keller
Joe Kelley
Ralph Kiner
Sherry Magee
Joe Medwick
Minnie Minoso
Stan Musial
Tim Raines
Jimmy Sheckard
Al Simmons
Willie Stargell
Harry Stovey
Zack Wheat
Billy Williams
Ted Williams
Carl Yastrzemski.

The election will end on Aug 24 at 8 PM EDT.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: August 10, 2008 at 10:14 PM | 108 comment(s)
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Sunday, August 03, 2008

Election Results: Greatest Third Basemen? Schmidt! Mathews! Brett! Boggs!

By unanimous opinion, Phillie legend Mike Schmidt was picked as the greatest third baseman by our electorate.

With 93% of all possible points, Braves slugger Eddie Mathews made a strong showing himself to finish in second place.

Kansas City great George Brett narrowly bested Red Sox and Yankee star Wade Boggs 86% to 84% for 3rd and 4th place respectively. They were the last candidates to finish with at least 75% support.

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: August 03, 2008 at 11:34 PM | 46 comment(s)
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Ranking the Hall of Merit Left Fielders - Discussion

These are the Hall of Merit left fielders to be voted on (in alphabetical order):

Jesse Burkett
Fred Clarke
Ed Delahanty
Goose Goslin
Charley Jones
Charlie Keller
Joe Kelley
Ralph Kiner
Sherry Magee
Joe Medwick
Minnie Minoso
Stan Musial
Tim Raines
Jimmy Sheckard
Al Simmons
Willie Stargell
Harry Stovey
Zack Wheat
Billy Williams
Ted Williams
Carl Yastrzemski.

The election will start on Aug 10 and end on Aug 24.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: August 03, 2008 at 11:19 PM | 178 comment(s)
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Monday, July 21, 2008

Ranking the Hall of Merit by Position: Third Basemen Ballot

These are the Hall of Merit third basemen to be voted on (in alphabetical order):

Dick Allen
Frank Baker
John Beckwith
Wade Boggs
George Brett
Ken Boyer
Jimmy Collins
Darrell Evans
Heinie Groh
Stan Hack
Eddie Mathews
Paul Molitor
Graig Nettles
Brooks Robinson
Ron Santo
Mike Schmidt
Ezra Sutton
Jud Wilson.

The election will end on Aug 3 at 8 PM EDT.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: July 21, 2008 at 06:35 PM | 51 comment(s)
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Monday, July 14, 2008

Ranking the Hall of Merit Third Basemen - Discussion

These are the Hall of Merit third basemen to be voted on (in alphabetical order):

Dick Allen
Frank Baker
John Beckwith
Wade Boggs
George Brett
Ken Boyer
Jimmy Collins
Darrell Evans
Heinie Groh
Stan Hack
Eddie Mathews
Paul Molitor
Graig Nettles
Brooks Robinson
Ron Santo
Mike Schmidt
Ezra Sutton
Jud Wilson.

The election will start on July 20 and end on Aug 3.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: July 14, 2008 at 12:59 AM | 226 comment(s)
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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Election Results: Wagner….Lloyd, Ripken, Vaughan, Davis, Dahlen and Yount Get at Least 75%!

Not surprisingly, all-time great Honus Wagner was unanimously selected as the top shortstop in the Hall of Merit.

John Henry Lloyd narrowly bested Cal Ripken, Jr for second place with his 93% of all possible points compared to Cal’s equally outstanding 91%.

Arky Vaughan wasn’t far behind those two with his 89% for fourth place.

George Davis earned 79% for fifth, while contemporary Bill Dahlen claimed 76%.

Last but not least, Robin Yount was the last to reach 75%.

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: July 13, 2008 at 11:54 PM | 30 comment(s)
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Monday, June 30, 2008

Ranking the Hall of Merit by Position: Shortstop Ballot

These are the Hall of Merit shortstops to be voted on (in alphabetical order):

Luke Appling
Ernie Banks
Lou Boudreau
Joe Cronin
Bill Dahlen
George Davis
Jack Glasscock
Hughie Jennings
Home Run Johnson
John Henry Lloyd
Dick Lundy
Dobie Moore
Dickey Pearce
Pee Wee Reese
Cal Ripken, Jr
Joe Sewell
Ozzie Smith
Alan Trammell
Arky Vaughan
Honus Wagner
Bobby Wallace
John Ward
Willie Wells
George Wright
Robin Yount

The election ends Sunday on Jul 13 at 8 PM EDT.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: June 30, 2008 at 12:28 AM | 78 comment(s)
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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Ranking the Hall of Merit Shortstops - Discussion

These are the Hall of Merit shortstops to be voted on (in alphabetical order):

Luke Appling
Ernie Banks
Lou Boudreau
Joe Cronin
Bill Dahlen
George Davis
Jack Glasscock
Hughie Jennings
Home Run Johnson
John Henry Lloyd
Dick Lundy
Dobie Moore
Dickey Pearce
Pee Wee Reese
Cal Ripken, Jr
Joe Sewell
Ozzie Smith
Alan Trammell
Arky Vaughan
Honus Wagner
Bobby Wallace
John Ward
Willie Wells
George Wright
Robin Yount

The election starts June 29 and ends Sunday on Jul 13 at 8 PM EDT.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: June 22, 2008 at 11:04 PM | 124 comment(s)
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Election Results: Top Keystone Sackers…Collins, Hornsby, Morgan, Lajoie, Gehringer and Robinson!

With 98% of all possible points, Eddie Collins claimed the #1 spot among all Hall of Merit second basemen.

Nearby with a terrific 95% himself, Rogers Hornsby is viewed as second best at the position by our electorate.

Impressive with 90%, Joe Morgan owns third place among the group.

At 87%, Nap Lajoie’s fourth-place finish was a strong one indeed.

Charlie Gehringer won 5th place with 78%, while Jackie Robinson was the final player over 75% with his 77%.

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: June 22, 2008 at 10:20 PM | 26 comment(s)
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Sunday, June 08, 2008

Ranking the Hall of Merit by Position: Second Basemen Ballot

These are the Hall of Merit second basemen to be voted on (in alphabetical order):

Ross Barnes
Rod Carew
Cupid Childs
Eddie Collins
Bobby Doerr
Nellie Fox
Frankie Frisch
Charlie Gehringer
Joe Gordon
Frank Grant
Bobby Grich
Billy Herman
Rogers Hornsby
Nap Lajoie
Bid McPhee
Joe Morgan
Willie Randolph
Hardy Richardson
Jackie Robinson
Ryne Sandberg
Lou Whitaker

The election ends Sunday on June 22 at 8 PM EDT.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: June 08, 2008 at 07:33 PM | 48 comment(s)
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Sunday, June 01, 2008

Election Results: We Like First Basemen Gehrig, Foxx, Anson, Mize and Brouthers the Best!

By unanimous decision, the Yankee’s pride Lou Gehrig was picked as the best first baseman of all-time.

With a strong endorsement from the electorate, A’s and BoSox slugger Jimmie Foxx earned 93% of all possible points.

19th century icon Cap Anson had the third highest total with his impressive 85%, while power hitter Johnny Mize followed him with 83%.

The only other candidate to be credited with at least 75% support from us was 1880s star Dan Brouthers with a commendable 81%.

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: June 01, 2008 at 10:12 PM | 23 comment(s)
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