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Monday, November 12, 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 12, 2007 at 11:59 PM | 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 12, 2007 at 11:08 PM | 314 comment(s)
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Brady Anderson

Eligible in 2008.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: November 12, 2007 at 03:27 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 03:22 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 03:18 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 03:15 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 03:11 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 04:03 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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Will Clark

Eligible in 2006.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: September 29, 2007 at 10:54 PM | 42 comment(s)
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2005 Results: Boggs Gets 100%, While Browning and Dawson Receive Hall of Merit Honors, Too!

In his first year of eligibility, legendary third baseman Wade Boggs received 100% of all possible points to become the 14th unanimous selection in Hall of Merit history (past unanimous selections include Hank Aaron, 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).

It was a “slightly” longer wait for star batsman Pete Browning as he was inducted into the HoM in his 107th year on ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: September 29, 2007 at 10:34 PM | 231 comment(s)
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2006 Ballot Discussion

2006 (Oct 22)—elect 3
WS W3 Rookie Name-Pos (Died)

331 104.2 1986 Will Clark-1B
243 85.5 1989 Albert Belle-LF
210 87.0 1984 Orel Hershiser-P
187 79.5 1984 Dwight Gooden-P
147 67.0 1985 Rick Aguilera-RP
146 65.8 1987 Doug Jones-RP
148 57.4 1985 Ozzie Guillen-SS
162 47.0 1989 Gregg Jefferies-1B/LF
155 48.7 1988 Lance Johnson-CF
127 58.5 1989 John Wetteland-RP
132 52.5 1988 Tim Belcher-P
145 46.0 1987 Mike Stanley-C
137 44.3 1989 Roberto Kelly-CF
115 53.5 1988 Todd Stottlemyre-P*
110 55.1 1990 ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: September 29, 2007 at 10:30 PM | 296 comment(s)
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Monday, September 24, 2007

2005 Ballot (Elect Three)

Prominent new candidates: Wade Boggs, Bret Saberhagen, Tony Phillips, Chili Davis, Gary Gaetti, Darryl Strawberry, Mark Langston and Willie McGee.

Top-ten returnees: Pete Browning, Kirby Puckett, Bob Johnson, Andre Dawson, Alejandro Oms, Cannonball Dick Redding and Bucky Walters.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: September 24, 2007 at 12:07 PM | 119 comment(s)
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Saturday, September 08, 2007

Gary Gaetti

Eligible in 2005.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: September 08, 2007 at 08:19 PM | 33 comment(s)
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Mark Langston

Eligible in 2005.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: September 08, 2007 at 08:00 PM | 36 comment(s)
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Bret Saberhagen

Eligible in 2005.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: September 08, 2007 at 07:54 PM | 41 comment(s)
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Tony Phillips, Chili Davis and Willie McGee

All eligible in 2005.

Tony Phillips

Chili Davis

Willie McGee

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: September 08, 2007 at 07:48 PM | 30 comment(s)
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Darryl Strawberry

Eligible in 2005.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: September 08, 2007 at 07:40 PM | 46 comment(s)
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