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Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Most Meritorious Player: 1903 Results

Congratulations to Christy Mathewson, your 1903 MMP!

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Chris Mathewson	103	8	1
Joe McGinnity	102	8	3
Honus Wagner	100	8	1
Rube Foster	88	8	3
Napoleon Lajoie	81	7	0
Cy Young	79	7	0
Jimmy Sheckard	75	8	0
Bill Bradley	52	6	0
Rube Waddell	40	4	0
Sam Leever	32	4	0
Noodles Hahn	14	2	0
Eddie Plank	14	2	0
Frank Chance	12	2	0
Johnny Kling	10	1	0
Jimmy Collins	9	1	0
Patsy Dougherty	8	1	0
Deac Phillippe	8	1	0
Bill Dinneen	7	1	0
Sam Crawford	6	1	0
DL from MN Posted: April 08, 2015 at 05:22 PM | 10 comment(s)
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Thursday, April 02, 2015

Most Meritorious Player: 1904 Discussion

The Giants refuse to play the World Series this season and the AL pennant race makes them wish they hadn’t.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Napoleon Lajoie		40.9		8.6
Honus Wagner		41.0		8.2
Bill Bradley		28.1		6.6
Elmer Flick		30.3		6.5
Jimmy Collins		27.3		5.3
Danny Murphy		25.5		5.1
George Davis		27.9		7.2
Bobby Wallace		23.1		5.7
Willie Keeler		26.7		5.0
Mike Grady		15.7		4.0
Tommy Leach		24.1		3.7
Frank Chance		29.0		5.9
Cy Seymour		25.3		4.6
Art Devlin		24.0		4.8
Freddy Parent		29.4		6.2
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DL from MN Posted: April 02, 2015 at 04:48 PM | 39 comment(s)
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Monday, March 23, 2015

Most Meritorious Player: 1903 Ballot

For 1903, each voter should rank the top 10 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 1 April 2015.

Anyone can vote, even if you do not normally participate in Hall of Merit discussions. If have never participated in an MMP election, just post a preliminary ballot in the discussion thread by 31 March 2015.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: March 23, 2015 at 09:47 AM | 16 comment(s)
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Friday, March 06, 2015

Most Meritorious Player: 1902 Results

Congratulations to George Edward “Rube” Waddell on winning the 1902 Most Meritorious Player award.

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Rube Waddell	133	9	7
Cy Young	122	9	0
Honus Wagner	114	9	1
Jack Taylor	104	9	1
Ed Delahanty	99	9	0
Noodles Hahn	82	8	0
Napoleon Lajoie	63	7	0
Bill Bradley	43	5	0
Vic Willis	41	5	0
Ginger Beaumont	38	5	0
Tommy Leach	30	4	0
Fred Clarke	17	2	0
Sam Crawford	12	2	0
Joe McGinnity	12	2	0
Rube Foster	8	1	0
Jack Powell	8	1	0
Bill Dinneen	7	1	0
Grant Johnson	6	1	0
Charlie ...
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DL from MN Posted: March 06, 2015 at 01:43 PM | 6 comment(s)
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Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Most Meritorious Player: 1903 Discussion

Most Meritorious Player: 1903 Discussion

The leagues settle the labor dispute and Boston beats Pittsburgh in the first World Series. Rube Foster is tops in the Negro Leagues.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Honus Wagner		35.2		7.6
Napoleon Lajoie		31.2		8.0
Jimmy Sheckard		32.8		7.1
Bill Bradley		29.1		7.1
Jimmy Collins		27.0		5.3
Sam Crawford		25.3		5.7
Patsy Dougherty		29.5		4.2
Jimmy Barrett		25.7		4.9
Frank Chance		28.4		5.7
Bill Dahlen		22.5		5.0
Freddy Parent		27.5		6.4
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DL from MN Posted: March 04, 2015 at 04:36 PM | 26 comment(s)
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Most Meritorious Player: 1902 Ballot

For 1902, each voter should rank their top 10 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 4 March 2015.

Anyone can vote, even if you do not normally participate in Hall of Merit discussions. If have never participated in an MMP election, just post a preliminary ballot in the discussion thread by 3 February 2015.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: February 17, 2015 at 10:41 AM | 24 comment(s)
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Thursday, February 05, 2015

Most Meritorious Player: 1901 Results

Congratulations to Cy Young for winning the 1901 MMP Award.

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Cy Young	175	12	9
Napoleon Lajoie	170	12	2
Jesse Burkett	149	12	1
Honus Wagner	138	12	0
Jimmy Scheckard	107	11	0
Vic Willis	101	10	0
Ed Delahanty	93	11	0
Elmer Flick	81	9	0
Chris Mathewson	57	7	0
Bobby Wallace	55	6	0
Jimmy Collins	29	4	0
Albert Orth	29	4	0
Kid Nichols	22	3	0
Joe McGinnity	14	2	0
Noodles Hahn	11	1	0
Topsy Hartsel	9	1	0
Deac Phillippe	8	1	0
Bill Donovan	6	1	0
Sam Crawford	6	1	0
DL from MN Posted: February 05, 2015 at 11:54 AM | 3 comment(s)
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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Most Meritorious Player: 1902 Discussion

The upstart American League is quickly becoming as good as the senior circuit. Here is a good site to reference.

No World Series yet but the Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Athletics win their respective leagues.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Honus Wagner		34.6		7.3
Ed Delahanty		29.8		6.7
Bill Bradley		25.6		6.7
Napoleon Lajoie		21.1		5.1
Tommy Leach		26.3		5.9
Ginger Beaumont		31.0		5.1
Charlie Hickman		23.4		4.9
Lave Cross		26.9		4.4
George Davis		25.6		5.7
Sam Crawford		22.5		4.9
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DL from MN Posted: January 21, 2015 at 01:20 PM | 36 comment(s)
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Friday, January 16, 2015

Most Meritorious Player: 1901 Ballot

For 1901, each voter should rank their top 10 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 4 February 2015.

Anyone can vote, even if you do not normally participate in Hall of Merit discussions. If have never participated in an MMP election, just post a preliminary ballot in the discussion thread by 3 February 2015.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: January 16, 2015 at 10:15 AM | 21 comment(s)
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Thursday, January 08, 2015

Ken Griffey Jr.

Eligible in 2016

DL from MN Posted: January 08, 2015 at 09:52 AM | 50 comment(s)
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Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Most Meritorious Player: 1960 Results

Congratulations to Willie Mays on winning his 7th MMP award.

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Willie Mays	171	12	8
Eddie Mathews	156	12	0
Henry Aaron	155	12	1
Ernie Banks	142	12	2
Roger Maris	131	12	0
Mickey Mantle	129	12	1
Ken Boyer	106	12	0
Don Drysdale	81	11	0
Ernie Broglio	57	8	0
Frank Robinson	54	6	0
Jim Bunning	40	6	0
Dick Groat	14	2	0
Bob Friend	13	2	0
Lindy McDaniel	11	1	0
DL from MN Posted: January 07, 2015 at 05:51 PM | 13 comment(s)
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Manny Ramirez

Eligible in 2016

DL from MN Posted: January 07, 2015 at 02:11 PM | 20 comment(s)
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Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Jim Edmonds

Eligible in 2016

DL from MN Posted: January 06, 2015 at 12:47 PM | 19 comment(s)
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Monday, January 05, 2015

Mock 2015 Hall of Fame Ballot - Results

BBTF would elect seven this year if given the chance. Based on last year’s referendum results every returning player down to Sosa would already be inducted. We should probably re-do the referendum with Smoltz, Sheffield, Giles, Delgado and everyone who was between 75% and 5% last year.

Player	Percent
M Piazza	97.6%
R Johnson	96.4%
P Martinez	96.4%
J Bagwell	91.6%
Ba Bonds	90.4%
R Clemens	89.2%
T Raines	75.9%
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C Schilling	67.5%
C Biggio	59.0%
M Mussina	57.8%
A ...
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DL from MN Posted: January 05, 2015 at 04:16 PM | 9 comment(s)
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2016 Hall of Merit Ballot Discussion

2016 (December 14, 2015)—elect 4

WS bWAR Name-Pos
403 83.7 Ken Griffey-CF
394 69.1 Manny Ramirez-LF/RF*
319 60.3 Jim Edmonds-CF
240 41.5 Jason Kendall-C
188 38.0 Troy Glaus-3B
183 28.4 Trevor Hoffman-RP
176 28.1 Billy Wagner-RP
229 25.8 Garret Anderson-LF
198 28.9 Luis Castillo-2B
137 29.0 Mike Hampton-P
191 24.8 Mike Lowell-3B
174 27.6 Randy Winn-RF/CF
155 24.7 Mike Sweeney-DH/1B
142 20.9 David Eckstein-SS
169 16.4 Brad Ausmus-C
136 20.7 Ronnie Belliard-2B
101 20.3 Chan Ho Park-P
69 17.1 Gil ...
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DL from MN Posted: January 05, 2015 at 01:42 PM | 175 comment(s)
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Jamie Moyer

Eligible in 2016 2018

DL from MN Posted: January 05, 2015 at 10:33 AM | 6 comment(s)
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Sunday, January 04, 2015

Troy Glaus and Garret Anderson

Eligible in 2016

DL from MN Posted: January 04, 2015 at 03:35 PM | 14 comment(s)
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Jason Kendall

Eligible in 2016

DL from MN Posted: January 04, 2015 at 03:35 PM | 23 comment(s)
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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Trevor Hoffman and Billy Wagner

Eligible in 2016

DL from MN Posted: December 23, 2014 at 11:07 AM | 85 comment(s)
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Mock 2015 Hall of Fame Ballot

2015 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. Leaving 1st-year candidates off your ballot is also frowned upon. IOW, we would like to see an absence of some of the silliness that permeates Hall of Fame voting by the writers.

The election will end Monday on Jan 5th 2015 (4 PM EST). Results will be posted a short time later.

Please ...

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DL from MN Posted: December 23, 2014 at 10:33 AM | 113 comment(s)
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Monday, December 15, 2014

Most Meritorious Player: 1960 Ballot

For 1960, each voter should rank their top 10 players from both leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 7 January 2015.

Anyone can vote, even if you do not normally participate in Hall of Merit discussions. If have never participated in an MMP election, just post a preliminary ballot in the discussion thread by 5 January 2015.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: December 15, 2014 at 01:09 PM | 19 comment(s)
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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Most Meritorious Player: 1901 Discussion

Most Meritorious Player: 1901 Discussion

Going back to the first season of the American League because next year is the pre-integration committee vote.

No World Series yet so no postseason consideration. I could use help locating Negro Leaguers to consider. 1901 was really sketchy for Negro League statistics and even consistent barnstorming teams. The Cuban X Giants and Chicago Union Giants were active. I believe Frank Grant, Charlie Grant, Grant Johnson and Rube Foster are from this era.

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DL from MN Posted: December 09, 2014 at 02:54 PM | 39 comment(s)
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Friday, December 05, 2014

Most Meritorious Player: 2014 Results

Congratulations to Mike Trout on his 3rd consecutive MMP award.

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Mike Trout	118	8	6
Clayton Kershaw	87	8	2
Andr McCutchen	84	8	0
Giancar Stanton	74	7	0
Josh Donaldson	71	7	0
Jonathan Lucroy	68	7	0
Mich Brantley	58	8	0
Corey Kluber	57	7	0
Adrian Beltre	42	6	0
Robinson Cano	40	5	0
Felix Hernandez	36	5	0
Jose Bautista	35	7	0
Jose Altuve	26	4	0
Russell Martin	21	3	0
Anthony Rendon	20	4	0
Kyle Seager	20	4	0
Jose Abreu	17	4	0
Buster Posey	17	3	0
Johnny Cueto	11	2	0
Adam ...
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DL from MN Posted: December 05, 2014 at 03:14 PM | 7 comment(s)
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Monday, November 17, 2014

Most Meritorious Player: 2014 Ballot

Here are the specific rules for this election:

Candidate Eligibility: Any North American professional baseball player is eligible for the Most Meritorious Player (MMP) award including players on independent teams. Voters should consider the player’s on-field contribution to Major League Baseball (MLB) team(s) in that season only. If part of the season was spent outside MLB, that value may be considered as well. However, the player’s on-field contribution should be judged in relation to the ...

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DL from MN Posted: November 17, 2014 at 12:50 PM | 29 comment(s)
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Mock 2015 Hall of Fame Golden Era Ballot - Results

Nobody reached the 75% threshold required to be elected. Minnie Minoso led the balloting with 72% of the vote.

Player Name % NumVotes
Minnie Minoso 72% 44
Dick Allen 61% 37
Luis Tiant 57% 35
Ken Boyer 48% 29
Bob Howsam 21% 13
Jim Kaat 13% 8
Billy Pierce 11% 7
Gil Hodges 5% 3
Tony Oliva 5% 3
Maury Wills 2% 1

61 voters

DL from MN Posted: November 12, 2014 at 02:01 PM | 41 comment(s)
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Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Most Meritorious Player: 1959 Results

Congratulations to Ernie Banks on being selected the 1959 Most Meritorious Player!

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Ernie Banks	176	12	10
Henry Aaron	166	12	1
Eddie Mathews	160	12	1
Willie Mays	140	12	0
Mickey Mantle	100	10	0
Camilo Pascual	83	9	0
Hoyt Wilhelm	80	9	0
Ken Boyer	61	7	0
Nellie Fox	50	6	0
Al Kaline	48	6	0
Vada Pinson	38	5	0
Frank Robinson	32	4	0
Minnie Minoso	27	3	0
Willie McCovey	19	2	0
Don Newcombe	16	2	0
Larry Jackson	15	2	0
Ed Yost	13	2	0
Tito Francona	8	1	0
Yogi ...
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DL from MN Posted: November 05, 2014 at 03:25 PM | 30 comment(s)
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Mock 2015 Hall of Fame Golden Era Ballot

Rules are the same as the Hall of Fame: Vote for up to four. 75% of ballots wins election.

Eligibles: Dick Allen, Ken Boyer, Gil Hodges, Bob Howsam, Jim Kaat, Minnie Minoso, Tony Oliva, Billy Pierce, Luis Tiant and Maury Wills.

I’ll close the election on 11/12 at noon. Everyone is eligible to vote, not just Hall of Merit regulars.

DL from MN Posted: November 05, 2014 at 01:19 PM | 96 comment(s)
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Monday, October 27, 2014

Most Meritorious Player: 1960 Discussion

Most Meritorious Player: 1960 Discussion

Pirates beat the Yankees in the World Series. Vote for 10.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Mays, Willie		36.8		9.4
Banks, Ernie		28.6		7.8
Mathews, Eddie		36.9		7.3
Maris, Roger		30.6		7.5
Mantle, Mickey		35.6		6.3
Aaron, Henry		34.0		7.9
Boyer, Ken		30.9		6.9
Robinson, Frank		22.9		6.2
Groat, Dick		24.8		6.2
Held, Woodie		19.6		3.8
Mazeroski, Bill		20.6		2.5
Williams, Ted		20.7		3.0
Aparicio, Luis		20.3		5.5
Runnels, Pete		19.9		4.7
Crandall, ...
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DL from MN Posted: October 27, 2014 at 06:03 PM | 27 comment(s)
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Most Meritorious Player: 1959 Ballot

Most Meritorious Player: 1959 Ballot

For 1959, each voter should rank their top 10 players from both leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 5 November 2014.

Anyone can vote, even if you do not normally participate in Hall of Merit discussions. If have never participated in an MMP election, just post a preliminary ballot in the discussion thread by 4 November 2014.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: October 14, 2014 at 01:26 PM | 16 comment(s)
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Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Most Meritorious Player: 1958 Results

Congratulations to Willie Mays on winning his 6th MMP award.

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Willie Mays	178	12	10
Mickey Mantle	165	12	2
Ernie Banks	160	12	0
Henry Aaron	136	12	0
Rocky Colavito	123	12	0
Richie Ashburn	115	11	0
Bob Cerv	96	11	0
Warren Spahn	67	8	0
Ken Boyer	42	6	0
Al Kaline	42	5	0
Jackie Jensen	25	4	0
Sam Jones	14	2	0
Stan Musial	14	2	0
Frank Lary	14	2	0
Ted Williams	13	2	0
Eddie Mathews	13	2	0
Whitey Ford	10	1	0
Del Crandall	10	1	0
Robin Roberts	10	1	0
Stu Miller	7	1	0
Dick ...
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DL from MN Posted: October 01, 2014 at 04:14 PM | 7 comment(s)
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