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Sunday, January 06, 2008

2008 BBTF HOF Results: Voters Here Think Raines, Blyleven, Trammell, Gossage and McGwire are Worthy!

In his first year of eligibility, legendary speedster and leadoff hitter Tim Raines was selected by the BBTF electorate almost unanimously with a spectacular 99% of all ballots.

Curveball specialist Bert Blyleven did extremely well himself with 96%, matching his BBTF totals of 2005 and 2006 (he had 87% in 2007).

Standout shortstop Alan Trammell was the third BBTF HOF pick with his 83% (he had 79% in 2005, 81% in 2006 and 84% in 2007).

Intimidating fireman Goose Gossage earned 81% of the ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 06, 2008 at 09:43 PM | 78 comment(s)
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Monday, December 31, 2007

2008 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 31, 2007 at 12:20 AM | 201 comment(s)
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Monday, December 24, 2007

2008 BBTF Hall of Fame Ballot Discussion

As in past years, anybody can pretend he 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 Jan. 6).

The eligible candiates are: Brady Anderson*, Harold Baines, Rod Beck*, Bert Blyleven, Dave Concepcion**, Andre Dawson, Shawon Dunston*, Chuck Finley*, Travis Fryman*, Rich Gossage, Tommy John, David Justice*, Chuck Knoblauch*, Don Mattingly, Mark McGwire, Jack Morris, Dale Murphy, Rob Nen*, Dave Parker, ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 24, 2007 at 02:05 AM | 229 comment(s)
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Monday, December 10, 2007

Charlie Grant

Eligible in 1922.

Charlie Grant

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 10, 2007 at 03:38 PM | 19 comment(s)
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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

2009 Ballot Discussion

2009 (November 3, 2008)—elect 3
WS W3 Rookie Name-Pos
535 178.1 1979 Rickey Henderson-LF
294 96.5 1988 Mark Grace-1B
245 92.0 1987 Jay Bell-SS
241 91.0 1987 Matt Williams-3B
251 63.5 1986 Andres Galarraga-1B*
189 87.3 1990 Kevin Appier-P*
206 63.4 1988 Ron Gant-LF
199 63.8 1990 Greg Vaughn-LF
200 59.8 1991 Mo Vaughn-1B
151 65.8 1991 Mike Bordick-SS
140 61.9 1982 Jesse Orosco-RP
129 49.8 1990 John Burkett-P
109 53.6 1991 Charles Nagy-P
113 50.7 1986 Dan Plesac-RP
115 46.0 1992 Denny Neagle-P ...Read More...

Joey Numbaz (Scruff) Posted: December 05, 2007 at 09:23 PM | 486 comment(s)
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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Ranking the Hall of Merit Players That Are Not in the Hall of Fame

OK, I think our next order of business, after catching our breath and watching college football over the holidays should be to rank the Hall of Merit players that are not in the Hall of Fame.

One main requirement - we’re finished by next November - so if anyone with a ballot were to care, the results would be available before the Hall of Fame votes for 2009. There will be 57 or 58 players to rank, depending on whether or not Tim Raines is elected to the Hall of Fame.

I guess we should just ...

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Joey Numbaz (Scruff) Posted: December 04, 2007 at 06:49 AM | 157 comment(s)
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2008 Results: Raines, Lundy and Saberhagen Send Off the Hall of Merit’s Old Election Schedule!

In his first year of eligibility, leadoff superstar Tim Raines collected a hefty 98% of all possible points for induction into the Hall of Merit.

Legendary NeL shortstop Dick Lundy won election after 65 previous attempts with 32% of all possible points, a big increase since he was in 16th place in the last election.

Last but not least, ace pitcher Bret Saberhagen earned 29% of all possible points in his 4th year of eligibility.

Rounding out the top-ten were: Reggie Smith, Bucky Walters, ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 04, 2007 at 02:34 AM | 54 comment(s)
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Monday, November 26, 2007

2008 Ballot (Elect Three)

Prominent new candidates: Tim Raines, Chuck Finley, Chuck Knoblauch, David Justice and Brady Anderson.

Top-ten returnees: Bret Saberhagen, Reggie Smith, Cannonball Dick Redding, Bucky Walters, Tommy Leach, Bob Johnson and Kirby Puckett.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: November 26, 2007 at 02:26 PM | 143 comment(s)
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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

2007 Results: Newly Eligible Ripken, Gwynn and McGwire Make It Into the Hall of Merit Easily!

In his first year of eligibility, legendary shortstop Cal Ripken was elected into the Hall of Merit practically unanimously with 99.83% of all possible points. He earned an “elect me” vote from every voter.

Star hitter Tony Gwynn also made a very strong showing with his 95% of all possible points.

Last but not least, supreme power-hitter Mark McGwire earned a more than respectable 86% of all possible points.

Rounding out the top-ten were: Bret Saberhagen (looks good for 2008!), Reggie Smith ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: November 13, 2007 at 12:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
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2007 Results: Newly Eligible Ripken, Gwynn and McGwire Make It Into the Hall of Merit Easily!

In his first year of eligibility, legendary shortstop Cal Ripken was elected into the Hall of Merit practically unanimously with 99.83% of all possible points. He earned an “elect me” vote from every voter.

Star hitter Tony Gwynn also made a very strong showing with his 95% of all possible points.

Last but not least, supreme power-hitter Mark McGwire earned a more than respectable 86% of all possible points.

Rounding out the top-ten were: Bret Saberhagen (looks good for 2008!), Reggie Smith ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: November 13, 2007 at 12:59 AM | 62 comment(s)
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2008 Ballot Discussion

2008 (December 3)—elect 3
WS W3 Rookie Name-Pos (Died)

390 131.8 1981 Tim Raines-LF
213 98.3 1986 Chuck Finley-P
231 80.0 1991 Chuck Knoblauch-2B
233 75.5 1990 Dave Justice-RF
214 74.2 1988 Brady Anderson-CF/LF
199 74.3 1990 Travis Fryman-3B
186 54.5 1990 Delino DeShields-2B
143 60.1 1992 John Valentin-SS/3B
136 60.1 1986 Greg Swindell-P
139 56.0 1989 Andy Benes-P
152 48.5 1985 Shawon Dunstan-SS
137 52.5 1979 Mike Morgan-P
120 54.3 1993 Robb Nen-RP
126 49.4 1988 Randy Velarde-2B
134 43.5 ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: November 13, 2007 at 12:08 AM | 314 comment(s)
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Monday, November 12, 2007

Brady Anderson

Eligible in 2008.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: November 12, 2007 at 04:27 AM | 64 comment(s)
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David Justice

Eligible in 2008.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: November 12, 2007 at 04:22 AM | 6 comment(s)
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Chuck Knoblauch

Eligible in 2008.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: November 12, 2007 at 04:18 AM | 18 comment(s)
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Chuck Finley

Eligible in 2008.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: November 12, 2007 at 04:15 AM | 29 comment(s)
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Tim Raines

Eligible in 2008.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: November 12, 2007 at 04:11 AM | 88 comment(s)
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Monday, November 05, 2007

2007 Ballot (Elect Three)

Prominent new candidates: Cal Ripken, Tony Gwynn, Mark McGwire, Tony Fernandez, Harold Baines, Paul O’Neill, Jose Canseco, Bobby Bonilla, Wally Joyner, Ken Caminiti, David Cone, Devon White and Eric Davis.

Top-ten returnees: Reggie Smith, Bucky Walters, Cannonball Dick Redding, Bob Johnson, Bret Saberhagen, John McGraw and Tony Perez.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: November 05, 2007 at 05:03 PM | 186 comment(s)
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Sunday, October 21, 2007

David Cone

Eligible in 2007.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 21, 2007 at 08:27 PM | 88 comment(s)
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Paul O’Neill, Jose Canseco, Devon White and Eric Davis

All of thse outfielders are eligible in 2007.

Paul O’Neill

Jose Canseco

Devon White

Eric Davis

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 21, 2007 at 08:20 PM | 69 comment(s)
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Tony Fernandez, Bobby Bonilla, Wally Joyner and Ken Caminiti

All of these infielders are eligible in 2007.

Tony Fernandez

Bobby Bonilla

Wally Joyner

Ken Caminiti

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 21, 2007 at 08:12 PM | 56 comment(s)
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Harold Baines

Eligible in 2007.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 21, 2007 at 08:06 PM | 28 comment(s)
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Mark McGwire

Eligible in 2007.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 21, 2007 at 08:05 PM | 80 comment(s)
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Tony Gwynn

Eligible in 2007.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 21, 2007 at 08:01 PM | 14 comment(s)
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Cal Ripken, Jr.

Eligible in 2007.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 21, 2007 at 07:57 PM | 14 comment(s)
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2006 Results: The Hall of Merit Welcomes Clark, Oms and Nettles with Open Arms!

In his first year of eligibility, top slugging first baseman Will Clark easily became the top nod this election for HoM immortality. He gained a more than respectable 76% of all possible points.

In his 66th year on the ballot, Negro and Cuban League legend Alejandro Oms finally made it with 25% of all possible points.

Not that far behind Oms was fielding wizard Graig Nettles with an astounding leap forward (also with 25% of all possible points). In his 13th election, he bested Reggie Smith ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 21, 2007 at 07:47 PM | 73 comment(s)
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2007 Ballot Discussion

2007 (November 12)—elect 3
WS W3 Rookie Name-Pos (Died)

427 169.1 1982 Cal Ripken-SS
398 124.3 1982 Tony Gwynn-RF
342 109.5 1987 Mark McGwire-1B
307 102.4 1980 Harold Baines-RF/DH
280 105.4 1984 Tony Fernandez-SS
259 98.6 1987 Paul O’Neill-RF
272 87.8 1986 Jose Canseco-RF/DH
267 85.1 1986 Bobby Bonilla-3B/RF
253 82.3 1986 Wally Joyner-1B
242 83.1 1987 Ken Caminiti-3B (2004)
205 94.2 1987 David Cone-P*
207 79.2 1987 Devon White-CF
224 72.0 1984 Eric Davis-CF
174 64.6 1988 Jay Buhner-RF
168 ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 21, 2007 at 07:44 PM | 339 comment(s)
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Monday, October 15, 2007

2006 Ballot (Elect Three)

Prominent new candidates: Will Clark, Albert Belle, Orel Hershiser and Dwight Gooden.

Top-ten returnees: Bob Johnson, Alejandro Oms, Reggie Smith, Bucky Walters, Cannonball Dick Redding, Kirby Puckett and Gavvy Cravath.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 15, 2007 at 03:04 AM | 167 comment(s)
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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Dwight Gooden

Eligible in 2006.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: September 29, 2007 at 11:10 PM | 58 comment(s)
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Orel Hershiser

Eligible in 2006.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: September 29, 2007 at 10:59 PM | 22 comment(s)
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Albert Belle

Eligible in 2006.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: September 29, 2007 at 10:57 PM | 87 comment(s)
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