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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Most Meritorious Player: 1918 Results

Congratulations to Walter Johnson, our 1918 Most Meritorious Player!

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Walter Johnson	102	7	5
Babe Ruth	95	7	2
Hippo Vaughn	80	7	0
Tyrus Cobb	79	7	0
Stan Coveleski	68	7	0
Joe Williams	50	5	0
George Sisler	49	5	0
Tris Speaker	34	4	0
Scott Perry	28	3	0
Cristobal Torriente	28	3	0
George H Burns	23	3	0
Heinie Groh	18	2	0
Oscar Charleston	17	2	0
John Henry Lloyd	10	1	0
Dick Redding	9	1	0
Harry Hooper	9	1	0
Dick Whitworth	8	1	0
Lefty Tyler	8	1	0
Max Carey	7	1	0
Charlie Hollocher	7	1	0
Rogers Hornsby	6	1	0

 

DL from MN Posted: August 13, 2019 at 10:11 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. DL from MN Posted: August 13, 2019 at 10:16 AM (#5870901)
Player # years on a ballot
Cobb 12
Lloyd 11
Speaker 10
W Johnson 9
J Williams 7
Torriente 5
Redding 4
Groh 4
Ruth 3
Hornsby 3
   2. DL from MN Posted: August 13, 2019 at 10:22 AM (#5870904)
Pitchers with 2+ MMP awards and # years receiving votes

Pitcher MMP years w/votes
W Johnson 2 9
Maddux 2 8
P Martinez 2 7
P Alexander 2 5
   3. DL from MN Posted: August 13, 2019 at 10:24 AM (#5870905)
Pitchers by # of years receiving votes

Clemens 13
Mathewson 11
R Johnson 10
W Johnson 9
Seaver 9
Blyleven 8
Maddux 8
Palmer 8
Spahn 8
   4. Qufini Posted: August 14, 2019 at 12:12 PM (#5871269)
Walter Johnson nabs his second MMP, having previously taken the award in 1913. Rod Carew is the only other member of the Senators/Twins franchise to win the award in 1977. This is also Johnson's 4th pitching MMP (1912-'14) and 7th AL pitching MMP (1911-'16 with Eddie Cicotte breaking the streak in 1917).

Ty Cobb is the AL position player MMP for the 7th time. The Georgia Peach also won in 1907, '09, '10, '11, '15 and '17. This was a tricky technical decision as Cobb finished 3rd this year behind a pitcher (Johnson) and a pitcher/position player hybrid (Ruth). However, based solely on contributions as a position player, Cobb takes this award rather than Ruth.

Hippo Vaughn of the Chicago Cubs is the NL MMP. This is the 6th straight season that a pitcher has been tops in the National League with Babe Adams, Bill James and Pete Alexander (3x) preceding Vaughn. That beats the streak in the AL from 1971-'75.

Heinie Groh is the top position player in the NL. Groh is the earliest Red to win the award, though Johnny Bench ('70, '72) and Joe Morgan ('73, '75, '76) have also won for Cincinnati.

Finally, Joe Williams is the Negro League MMP for the 5th time, with earlier victories coming in 1912, '14, '16 and '17. Williams held off a multi-pronged challenge this year as Torriente, Charleston, Lloyd, Redding and Whitworth all received votes.
   5. Qufini Posted: September 04, 2019 at 08:56 AM (#5876654)
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