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Monday, December 02, 2013

2014 Hall of Merit Ballot

Welcome to the 2014 Hall of Merit Ballot thread.

I’ve posted this the last couple of years, but as a reminder:

“This has been an issue in the past, so I’ll repeat it now for clarification . . . the posting of the ballot to the discussion thread for new voters is not just a formality. With the posting of the ballot you are expected to post a summary of what you take into account - basically, how did you come up with this list? This does not mean that you need to have invented the Holy Grail of uber-stats. You don’t need a numerical rating down to the hundredth decimal point. You do need to treat all eras of baseball history fairly. You do need to stick to what happened on the field (or what would have happened if wars and strikes and such hadn’t gotten in the way). You may be challenged and ask to defend your position, if someone notices internal inconsistencies, flaws in your logic, etc.. This is all a part of the learning process.

It isn’t an easy thing to submit a ballot, but that’s by design. Not because we don’t want to grow our numbers (though we’ve done just fine there, started with 29 voters in 1898, and passed 50 eventually), not because we want to shut out other voices. It’s because we want informed voters making informed decisions on the entire electorate, not just the players they remember.”

So if you are up for this, we’d love to have you! Even if you aren’t up to voting, we’d still appreciate your thoughts in the discussion. Some of our greatest contributors haven’t or have only rarely voted.


Voters should name 15 players, in order. Thanks!

Don’t forget to comment on everyone returning from last year’s top ten. As a reminder those guys are:

Curt Schilling, Sammy Sosa, Vic Willis, Phil Rizzuto, Ben Taylor, Cannonball Dick Redding.

Gavy Cravath, Luis Tiant and Kenny Lofton were also named on at least ten ballots each and Bobby Bonds and Hugh Duffy had strong support (from fewer total voters) as well.

Newcomers on the 2014 ballot.

WS  WAR  Player-Pos
398 96.9 Greg Maddux
405 75.9 Frank Thomas
314 71.6 Tom Glavine
270 74.6 Mike Mussina
339 59.4 Jeff Kent
318 46.3 Luis Gonzalez
206 46.3 Kenny Rogers
277 38.2 Moises Alou
231 32.7 Ray Durham
179 34.4 Tom Gordon
186 24.3 Mark Grudzielanek-2B/SS*
125 21.2 Steve Trachsel-P
156 19.8 Shannon Stewart
128 17.7 Armando Benitez
113 21.4 Jon Lieber
156 15.8 Sean Casey
129 22.0 Jose Cruz
115 20.1 Keith Foulke
124 18.1 Mike Timlin
107 21.1 Esteban Loaiza
146 17.6 Damion Easley
135 19.3 Geoff Jenkins
157 14.0 Jose Vidro
154 14.4 Richie Sexson
127 15.4 Paul LoDuca
112 19.6 Trot Nixon
JoeD has the Flash Gordon theme stuck in his head Posted: December 02, 2013 at 05:11 PM | 103 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   101. OCF Posted: December 17, 2013 at 12:21 AM (#4619384)
   102. David Concepcion de la Desviacion Estandar (Dan R) Posted: December 18, 2013 at 12:36 AM (#4620030)
Bleed the Freak, just email me and I'll send you the whole file. It was up on Tango's site forever but got taken down there any way it could be hosted at BBTF?

I haven't looked over Hilton Smith's case closely, I'm afraid. I suppose I've got another 12 months to peruse it!
   103. Daryn Posted: December 18, 2013 at 07:40 PM (#4620513)
Bleed -- Lofton was an oversight due to my rush. I should have slotted he, Franco and Finley into my consideration set, though the latter two might not make my top 40. Lofton would have been between 15 and 26 this year.
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