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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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1990 Results: Backloggers Eat the Dust of Morgan, Palmer, and Jenkins!

In his first year of eligibility, legendary second baseman Joe Morgan easily won the top spot for Hall of Merit immortality with 99% of all possible points. He was the #1 choice on 55 of the 56 ballots cast and now has the second most vote points ever with 1,336 (Hank Aaron is #1 with 1,344).

Ace Oriole hurler and new candidate himself Jim Palmer earned a hefty 89% of all possible points.

Last but not least, star pitcher Fergie Jenkins picked up an impressive 83% of all possible points to ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: November 27, 2006 at 06:09 PM | 56 comment(s)
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Steve Rogers

Eligible in 1991.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: November 27, 2006 at 02:39 PM | 16 comment(s)
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Rollie Fingers

Eligible in 1991.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: November 27, 2006 at 02:33 PM | 78 comment(s)
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Jerry Koosman

Eligible in 1991.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: November 27, 2006 at 02:29 PM | 48 comment(s)
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Al Oliver

Eligible in 1991.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: November 27, 2006 at 02:24 PM | 5 comment(s)
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Rusty Staub

Eligible in 1991.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: November 27, 2006 at 02:18 PM | 2 comment(s)
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Rod Carew

Eligible in 1991.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: November 27, 2006 at 02:11 PM | 20 comment(s)
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Monday, November 20, 2006

1990 Ballot (Elect Three)

Prominent new candidates: Joe Morgan, Jim Palmer, Ken Singleton, Amos Otis, Rick Monday, Greg Luzinski, Bob Watson, and Tug McGraw.

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

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: November 20, 2006 at 04:59 AM | 197 comment(s)
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Monday, November 13, 2006

1991 Ballot Discussion

1991 (December 11)—elect 3
WS W3 Rookie Name-Pos (Died)

384 124.5 1967 Rod Carew-2B/1B
358 102.3 1963 Rusty Staub-RF
305 81.5 1969 Al Oliver-CF/1B
240 87.9 1968 Jerry Koosman-P
188 81.1 1969 Rollie Fingers-RP
212 68.9 1974 Mike Hargrove-1B
219 60.4 1969 Richie Hebner-3B
203 63.0 1972 Garry Maddox-CF*
182 66.1 1973 Steve Rogers-P
179 63.8 1970 Larry Bowa-SS
196 47.1 1971 Jeff Burroughs-RF/LF
164 59.5 1972 Burt Hooton-P
177 48.7 1970 Oscar Gamble-RF/DH
159 53.3 1975 Sixto Lezcano-RF
169 49.8 ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: November 13, 2006 at 11:23 PM | 321 comment(s)
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1989 Results: Bench, Yaz, and Perry Sail into the Hall of Merit!

In his first year of eligibility, legendary Cincinnati backstop Johnny Bench easily won induction with 98% of all possible points.

Boston Red Sox star Carl Yastrzemski also was inducted without any difficulties with an outstanding 95% of all possible points.

One other new candidate, pitching ace Gaylord Perry, also scored impressively with 86% of all possible points, despite two voters refusing to vote for him as they utilized the first-year protest rule.

Standout hurler Fergie Jenkins ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: November 13, 2006 at 10:23 PM | 36 comment(s)
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Bob Watson

Eligible in 1990.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: November 13, 2006 at 08:44 PM | 17 comment(s)
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Greg Luzinski

Eligible in 1990.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: November 13, 2006 at 08:43 PM | 30 comment(s)
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Tug McGraw

Eligible in 1990

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: November 13, 2006 at 08:15 PM | 15 comment(s)
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Rick Monday

Eligible in 1990.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: November 13, 2006 at 07:58 PM | 20 comment(s)
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Amos Otis

Eligible in 1990.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: November 13, 2006 at 07:39 PM | 33 comment(s)
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