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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Most Meritorious Player: 1914 Ballot

For 1914 each voter should rank the top 10 players from all leagues combined.
Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 3 April 2019.
Anyone can vote, even if you do not normally participate in Hall of Merit discussions. If you have never participated in an MMP election, just post a preliminary ballot in the discussion thread by 2 April 2019.
For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: March 27, 2019 at 11:56 AM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. DL from MN Posted: March 27, 2019 at 02:01 PM (#5825753)
1914 MMP Ballot

1) Tris Speaker - best bat and best CF glove
2) Walter Johnson - merely outstanding this season
3) Eddie Collins - flip a coin between 2 and 3
4) Frank Baker - four AL players head the ballot
5) Bill James - postseason credit moves him up
6) Sam Crawford - big bat
7) Joe Williams - best NGL pitcher
8) Pete Alexander - best NL player and pitcher
9) Dutch Leonard - the lefthanded one
10) Ben Taylor - pitching value moves him here (not included in the MLE), best available 1B

11) George Burns - The NL one, not the AL one, best NL position player
12) Tillie Walker
13) Ty Cobb
14) Benny Kauff - he's not better than Cobb even with Cobb's missed games
15) Zack Wheat

16-21) Jeff Pfeffer, Pastor Pareda, Buck Herzog, Rabbit Maranville, Red Smith, Louis Santop
   2. John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: March 27, 2019 at 05:23 PM (#5825889)
Official MMP Ballot fpr 1914 (no postseason bonuses and, despite more stars, a 2% deduction for AL players):

1) Eddie Collins: Best ML player and second baseman.
2) Tris Speaker: Best center fielder - very close to being top of this list himself.
3) Walter Johnson: Best ML pitcher.
4) Jose Mendez: Best NeL player and pitcher - not that far off from the Big Train.
5) Smokey Joe WilliamsL Almost the top hurler in the NeL by my reckoning.
6) Bill James: Best NL player and pitcher.
7) Dutch Leonard: Best pitcher involved in a scandal.
8) Home Run Baker: Nest ML third baseman.
9) John Henry Lloyd: Best NeL position player and ML shortstop.
10) Benny Kauff: Best FeL player.
   3. MrC. Posted: March 29, 2019 at 02:11 PM (#5826722)
1914 Ballot

1. Tris Speaker 13.59 WARR
2. Walter Johnson 13.34 WARR Besides being a superior pitcher, he was also a 1 win batter.
3. Dutch Leonard 8.79 WARR
4. Pete Alexander 8.64 WARR
5. George Burns (NL) 8.39 WARR
6. Eddie Collins 7.35 WARR
7. Rabbitt Maranville 7.14 WARR
8. Tillie Walker 6.84 WARR
9. Frank Baker 6.53 WARR
10. Zack Wheat 6.23 WARR

Rest of the top 15
11. Joe Williams
12. Buck Herzog
13. Doc Ayers
14. Cy Falkenberg
15. Benny Kauff
   4. Tubbs is Bobby Grich when he flys off the handle Posted: March 31, 2019 at 06:15 PM (#5827254)
Final ballot-no postseason credit but some small credit for playing for a Pennant-contender

1. Walter Johnson --top 3 are close
2. Tris Speaker
3. Eddie Collins
4. Dutch Leonard --amazing 0.96 ERA
5. Bill James --edges out Alexander for top NL player
6. Pete Alexander --it appears to have been pitcher's year in the NL
7. Home Run Baker
8. Sam Crawford
9. Joe Williams
10.Jack Pfeffer

Honorable mention George Burns as top NL position player
   5. Qufini Posted: March 31, 2019 at 10:13 PM (#5827297)
1914 Ballot

1. Eddie Collins, 2B, Philadelphia Athletics: 176 OPS+, +1 fielding at 2B and +4 baserunning
2. Tris Speaker, CF, Boston Red Sox: 178 OPS+ and +14 fielding in CF
3. Bill James, P, Boston Braves: one of the great single seasons, the Herb Score/Mark Fidrych of his day
4. Walter Johnson, P, Washington Senators: 371 IP is absolutely insane
5. Sherry Magee, LF/SS, Philadelphia Phillies: 3rd in NL OPS+, 1st in RC and a shortstop bonus to vault into the top 5
6. Dutch Leonard, P, Boston Red Sox: 279 ERA+ leads the AL by more than 100 points
7. Ben Taylor, 1B/P, Indianapolis ABCs: 187 OPS+ in 272 PA and 247 ERA+ in 59 IP
8. Jeff Pfeffer, P, Brooklyn Robins: 3rd in NL ERA+ with 144; 315 IP
9. Gavvy Cravath, RF, Philadelphia Phillies: 1st in NL OPS+ with 162 but takes a hit with -10 fielding runs
10. Pete Alexander, P, Philadelphia Phillies: 355 IP leads the NL but 122 ERA+ misses the top five

11. George Burns, LF, New York Giants: 148 OPS+ is 4th in NL, +8 fielding
12. Ty Cobb, CF, Detroit Tigers: puts up a league leading 190 OPS+ in limited playing time
13. Frank Baker, 3B, Philadelphia Athletics: another Philly infielder brings a 151 OPS+ and +4 fielding
14. Johnny Evers, 2B, Boston Braves: the ex-Cub has one of his best seasons with 113 OPS+ and +16 runs fielding
15. Sam Crawford, RF, Detroit Tigers: the old veteran can still hit with a 158 OPS+
   6. Michael J. Binkley's anxiety closet Posted: April 01, 2019 at 10:42 PM (#5827726)
1914 MMP ballot:

1. Tris Speaker (29.46)
2. Eddie Collins (25.20)
3. Walter Johnson (24.71) - MMPitcher
4. Dutch Leonard (21.68)
5. Joe Williams (19.00) - NgL MMP
6. Bill James (18.11) - NL MMP
7. Pete Alexander (16.29)
8. Frank Baker (15.22)
9. Bill Pettus (14.87) - NgL MMPosition Player
10. George Burns (14.11) - NL MMPosition Player

11-15. Jeff Pfeffer, Ty Cobb, Buck Herzog, Cy Falkenberg (FL MMP), Benny Kauff (FL MMPosition Player).
   7. bjhanke Posted: April 03, 2019 at 07:19 AM (#5828096)
Here's Brock Hanke's last-minute ballot. No excuses this time.

1. Tris Speaker
2. Walter Johnson
3. Eddie Collins
4.Dutch Leonard
5. Bill James
6. Pop Lloyd
7. Cy Falkenberg
8. Smokey Joe Williams
9. Home Run Baker
10. Rabbit Maranville (both systems have Rabbit a bit ahead of Johnny Evers)
   8. DL from MN Posted: April 03, 2019 at 10:24 AM (#5828127)
Still eligible - progrockfan and EricC
   9. DL from MN Posted: April 03, 2019 at 03:40 PM (#5828284)
I will copy over progrockfan prelim here if he isn't able to update before the deadline
   10. DL from MN Posted: April 03, 2019 at 03:59 PM (#5828297)
9. progrockfan Posted: March 25, 2019 at 01:38 PM

1) Eddie Collins
2) Tris Speaker
3) Jose Mendez
4) Benny Kauff
5) Dutch Leonard
6) Ty Cobb
7) Walter Johnson
8) Frank Baker
9) Spottswood Poles
10) Joe Williams
   11. DL from MN Posted: April 03, 2019 at 04:12 PM (#5828306)
Election is over

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