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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.

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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
-P
405 75.9 Frank Thomas
-DH/1B
314 71.6 Tom Glavine
-P
270 74.6 Mike Mussina
-P
339 59.4 Jeff Kent
-2B
318 46.3 Luis Gonzalez
-LF
206 46.3 Kenny Rogers
-P
277 38.2 Moises Alou
-LF/RF
231 32.7 Ray Durham
-2B
179 34.4 Tom Gordon
-RP*
186 24.3 Mark Grudzielanek-2B/SS*
125 21.2 Steve Trachsel-P
156 19.8 Shannon Stewart
-LF
128 17.7 Armando Benitez
-RP
113 21.4 Jon Lieber
-P
156 15.8 Sean Casey
-1B
129 22.0 Jose Cruz
-CF/RF
115 20.1 Keith Foulke
-RP
124 18.1 Mike Timlin
-RP
107 21.1 Esteban Loaiza
-P
146 17.6 Damion Easley
-2B
135 19.3 Geoff Jenkins
-LF
157 14.0 Jose Vidro
-2B
154 14.4 Richie Sexson
-1B
127 15.4 Paul LoDuca
-C
112 19.6 Trot Nixon
-RF 
Joey Numbaz (Scruff) Posted: December 02, 2013 at 06:11 PM | 103 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   101. OCF Posted: December 17, 2013 at 01:21 AM (#4619384)
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   102. David Concepcion de la Desviacion Estandar (Dan R) Posted: December 18, 2013 at 01:36 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 recently...is 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 08:40 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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