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— A Look at Baseball's All-Time Best

Monday, January 29, 2007

Don Baylor

Eligible in 1994.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 29, 2007 at 01:28 AM | 17 comment(s)
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Dickey Pearce

Eligible in 1898.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 29, 2007 at 12:11 AM | 2 comment(s)
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Monday, January 22, 2007

1993 Results: The Mighty Triumvirate of Rose, Carlton and Jackson Are the Newest Hall of Meriters!

In his second year of eligibility, hit king Pete Rose narrowly nabbed the top spot for HoM induction with a very strong 92% of all possible points, 28 points higher than his heavily boycotted innaugural candidacy.

In his first year of eligibility, legendary southpaw hurler Steve Carlton was the second man elected with also a healthy 92% of all possible points.

Last but not least, prolific home run hitter Reggie Jackson won the third spot for induction this “year” with an impressive 90% of ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 22, 2007 at 10:10 PM | 39 comment(s)
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1994 Ballot Discussion

1994 (January 22)—elect 3
WS W3 Rookie Name-Pos (Died)

319 117.9 1966 Don Sutton-P
321 105.2 1969 Graig Nettles-3B
315 97.2 1970 Ted Simmons-C
313 94.9 1971 Jose Cruz-LF
269 105.8 1970 Dave Concepcion-SS
262 71.7 1972 Don Baylor-DH/LF
237 71.3 1971 George Hendrick-RF/CF
174 75.2 1976 Ron Guidry-P
195 62.7 1975 Phil Garner-2B/3B
189 65.2 1967 Joe Niekro-P
168 58.1 1976 Bruce Sutter-RP
160 58.1 1973 Gene Garber-RP
160 50.9 1976 Jerry Mumphrey-CF
176 43.9 1975 Larry Parrish-3B
136 48.0 1976 ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 22, 2007 at 03:29 AM | 281 comment(s)
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Dave Concepcion

Eligible in 1994.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 22, 2007 at 02:37 AM | 43 comment(s)
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Ron Guidry

Eligible in 1994.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 22, 2007 at 02:29 AM | 95 comment(s)
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Bruce Sutter

Eligible in 1994.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 22, 2007 at 02:25 AM | 13 comment(s)
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Jose Cruz

Eligible in 1994.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 22, 2007 at 02:20 AM | 16 comment(s)
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Ted Simmons

Eligible in 1994.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 22, 2007 at 02:12 AM | 44 comment(s)
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Graig Nettles

Eligible in 1994.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 22, 2007 at 02:07 AM | 110 comment(s)
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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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