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— A Look at Baseball's All-Time Best

Monday, January 22, 2007

Don Sutton

Eligible in 1994.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 22, 2007 at 02:03 AM | 97 comment(s)
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Monday, January 15, 2007

1993 Ballot (Elect Three)

Prominent new candidates: Reggie Jackson, Steve Carlton, Phil Niekro, Ron Cey, Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes, Bill Madlock, Darrell Porter, Cecil Cooper and Hal McRae.

Top-ten returnees: Pete Rose, Pete Browning, Nellie Fox, Jimmy Wynn, Charlie Keller, Quincey Trouppe, Edd Roush and Rollie Fingers.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 15, 2007 at 02:57 PM | 144 comment(s)
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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Cecil Cooper

Eligible in 1993.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 10, 2007 at 03:41 PM | 159 comment(s)
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Hal McRae

Eligible in 1993.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 10, 2007 at 03:37 PM | 35 comment(s)
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Darrell Porter

Eligible in 1993.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 10, 2007 at 03:29 PM | 28 comment(s)
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Bill Madlock

Eligible in 1993.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 10, 2007 at 03:22 PM | 45 comment(s)
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Davey Lopes

Eligible in 1993.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 10, 2007 at 03:19 PM | 40 comment(s)
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Tuesday, January 09, 2007

2007 BBTF HOF Results: Ripken, Gwynn, Blyleven, Trammell and Gossage!

In his first year of eligibility, iron-man shortstop Cal Ripken, Jr. was selected by the BBTF electorate unanimously.

San Diego legend Tony Gwynn was also picked by 100% of our voters.

Curveball specialist Bert Blyleven found his way on easily more than the required number ballots again for the third straight year with a strong 87%, though that was down from his 96% in 2005 and 2006.

Standout shortstop Alan Trammell was the fourth BBTF HOF pick with his 84%, up from 79% in 2005 and 81% in ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 09, 2007 at 01:34 AM | 105 comment(s)
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Thursday, January 04, 2007

Revising the Schedule

After DanG’s suggestion and talking it over with John, I think we should move the elections back to once every 3 weeks instead of bi-weekly.

Here’s the rationale . . .

  1. More time to place newcomers in the now-huge backlog.
  2. Eliminates a three-month gap between the 2007 and 2008 elections.
  3. Eases John’s burden of running this thing.
  4. Prolongs the fun!

Here’s what the schedule would look like (the dates below are the days the balloting will close):

1993 January 22

1994 ...

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Joey Numbaz (Scruff) Posted: January 04, 2007 at 08:59 AM | 31 comment(s)
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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Steve Garvey

Eligible in 1993.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 27, 2006 at 05:23 AM | 72 comment(s)
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Ron Cey

Eligible in 1993.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 27, 2006 at 05:17 AM | 56 comment(s)
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Phil Niekro

Eligible in 1993.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 27, 2006 at 05:09 AM | 26 comment(s)
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Steve Carlton

Eligible in 1993.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 27, 2006 at 05:03 AM | 10 comment(s)
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Reggie Jackson

Eligible in 1993.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 27, 2006 at 04:58 AM | 59 comment(s)
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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

1992 Results: Seaver Deemed Terrific By the Hall of Merit, Plus How the Grich “Stole” The Election!

In his first year of eligibility, immortal New York Met pitcher Tom Seaver achieved almost 100% of all possible points to win induction into the Hall of Merit. He is also the sixth player who found himself in an elect-me spot on everyone’s ballot without achieving total unanimity.

In a major upset, Oriole and Angel star Bobby Grich nosed out hit king Pete Rose to earn the second spot this year for induction with 65% of all possible points (less than a point over “Charlie Hustle”). Rose was ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 26, 2006 at 08:56 PM | 41 comment(s)
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Monday, December 18, 2006

1992 Ballot (Elect Two)

Prominent new candidates: Tom Seaver, Pete Rose, Bobby Grich, Tony Perez, Cesar Cedeno, Toby Harrah, George Foster, and Vida Blue.

Top-ten returnees: Nellie Fox, Jimmy Wynn, Quincey Trouppe, Edd Roush, Charlie Keller, Rollie Fingers, and Jake Beckley.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 18, 2006 at 02:29 PM | 192 comment(s)
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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

2007 BTF Hall of Fame Ballot Discussion

We’ll have one week of discussion and then the ballot thread will be posted next Monday (the election will end on Jan. 8).

The eligible candiates are: Harold Baines*, Albert Belle, Dante Bichette*, Bert Blyleven, Bobby Bonilla*, Scott Brosius*, Jay Buhner*, Ken Caminiti*, Jose Canseco*, Dave Concepcion, Eric Davis*, Andre Dawson, Tony Fernandez*, Steve Garvey**, Rich Gossage, Tony Gwynn*, Orel Hershiser, Tommy John, Wally Joyner*, Don Mattingly, Mark McGwire*, Jack Morris, Dale Murphy, Paul ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 12, 2006 at 12:40 AM | 146 comment(s)
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2007 BTF 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 12, 2006 at 12:10 AM | 315 comment(s)
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Monday, December 11, 2006

1991 Results: (In This Order) Carew, Boyer, and Moore For the Hall of Merit!

In his first year of eligibility, hitting star Rod Carew was the top vote-getter for this “year’s” Hall of Merit election, earning an excellent 99% of all possible points.

After 17 previous times, Cardinal great Ken Boyer finally made it on the 18th with 35% of all possible points.

Taking the third spot by winning a competitive battle with a couple of the backloggers, standout NeL shortstop Dobie Moore was inducted with only 30% of the vote after 60 years on the ballot. That percentage is now ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 11, 2006 at 12:59 AM | 204 comment(s)
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Sunday, December 10, 2006

Vida Blue

Eligible in 1992.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 10, 2006 at 11:35 PM | 5 comment(s)
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George Foster

Eligible in 1992.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 10, 2006 at 11:31 PM | 10 comment(s)
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Toby Harrah

Eligible in 1992.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 10, 2006 at 11:27 PM | 8 comment(s)
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Cesar Cedeno

Eligible in 1992.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 10, 2006 at 11:22 PM | 20 comment(s)
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Tony Perez

Eligible in 1992.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 10, 2006 at 11:16 PM | 24 comment(s)
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Bobby Grich

Eligible in 1992.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 10, 2006 at 11:12 PM | 61 comment(s)
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Tom Seaver

Eligible in 1992.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 10, 2006 at 11:05 PM | 109 comment(s)
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Pete Rose

Eligible in 1992.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 10, 2006 at 10:54 PM | 174 comment(s)
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1993 Ballot Discussion

1993 (January 22)—elect 3
WS W3 Rookie Name-Pos (Died)

444 123.2 1967 Reggie Jackson-RF
374 135.7 1965 Phil Niekro-P
366 133.4 1966 Steve Carlton-P*
280 97.0 1973 Ron Cey-3B
279 84.0 1970 Steve Garvey-1B
257 68.7 1973 Garry Matthews-LF
240 74.8 1973 Davey Lopes-2B
242 68.5 1974 Bill Madlock-3B
222 76.2 1973 Darrell Porter-C (2002)
241 65.6 1973 Cecil Cooper-1B
230 61.8 1970 Hal McRae-DH
205 64.1 1975 Doug DeCinces-3B
181 61.3 1975 Roy Smalley-SS
179 57.4 1973 Dan Driessen-1B
186 50.0 1974 ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 10, 2006 at 10:50 PM | 219 comment(s)
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Monday, December 04, 2006

1991 Ballot (Elect Three)

Prominent new candidates: Rod Carew, Rusty Staub, Rollie Fingers, Al Oliver, Jerry Koosman, and Steve Rogers.

Top-ten returnees: Ken Boyer, Jimmy Wynn, Nellie Fox, Dobie Moore, Pete Browning, Charlie Keller, and Edd Roush.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 04, 2006 at 02:01 PM | 143 comment(s)
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Monday, November 27, 2006

1992 Ballot Discussion

1992 (December 26)—elect 2
WS W3 Rookie Name-Pos (Died)

547 160.2 1963 Pete Rose-LF/1B
388 147.7 1967 Tom Seaver-P
329 119.1 1970 Bobby Grich-2B
349 108.6 1965 Tony Perez-1B/3B
296 88.4 1970 Cesar Cedeno-CF
287 89.7 1971 Toby Harrah-3B/SS
269 88.0 1971 George Foster-LF
245 77.1 1971 Dusty Baker-LF
202 79.9 1970 Vida Blue-P
221 62.6 1971 Chris Chambliss-1B*
185 63.4 1969 Bill Russell-SS
194 59.9 1972 Ben Oglivie-LF
195 50.4 1971 Dave Kingman-1B/LF
165 50.1 1976 Jason Thompson-1B
159 45.4 1974 ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: November 27, 2006 at 11:54 PM | 307 comment(s)
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