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Most Meritorious Player: 1946 Discussion

The war is over and Jackie Robinson tears up AAA.

The Cardinals defeated the Red Sox in Ted Williams’ only World Series.

The Newark Eagles with Monte Irvin and Larry Doby starring beat the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro World Series.

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Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Ted Williams		50.6		10.9
Stan Musial		45.2		8.6
Johnny Pesky		35.6		6.5
Hank Greenberg		31.0		6.5
Eddie Stanky		27.3		5.8
Bobby Doerr		28.4		5.6
Charlie Keller		30.5		6.1
Pee Wee Reese		26.3		6.0
Luke Appling		25.8		5.9
Johnny Mize		21.8		6.3
Roy Cullenbine		25.6		5.0
Mickey Vernon		33.0		5.5
Lou Boudreau		21.9		4.2
Enos Slaughter		30.1		4.4
Dom DiMaggio		25.9		4.4
Joe DiMaggio		24.2		5.1
Aaron Robinson		18.7		3.7
Stan Spence		29.8		4.9
Whitey Kurowski		26.8		4.9
Dixie Walker		27.3		4.2
George Kell		22.1		3.9
Phil Cavaretta		24.5		5.1
Tommy Holmes		25.3		4.3
Del Ennis		26.0		4.8
Pete Reiser		20.3		3.8
Vern Stephens		19.8		2.7
Hank Edwards		20.8		3.9
Billy Herman		19.7		3.8
Marty Marion		18.8		3.9
Buddy Lewis		23.8		3.0
Rudy York		22.5		2.8

Jackie Robinson	.349/.468/.462 in Montreal

Monte Irvin		18.0		3.2
Josh Gibson		13.5		2.4
Larry Doby		18.8		3.4
Buck Leonard		13.9		2.7
Henry Kimbro		15.8		3.2
Willard Brown		9.6		1.3
Johnny Davis		14.4		2.3

Pitcher			SH WS		BBR WAR
Bob Feller		36.6		9.6
Hal Newhouser		32.5		9.3
Dizzy Trout		25.9		7.6
Johnny Sain		25.2		7.9
Spud Chandler		24.7		5.4
Fritz Ostermueller	17.9		6.6
Bill Bevens		21.4		4.4
Tex Hughson		24.4		5.6
Howie Pollet		25.5		6.6
Schoolboy Rowe		13.9		4.3
Eddie Lopat		18.6		4.7
Mickey Haefner		16.1		4.2
Jesse Flores		14.3		4.5
Johnny Schmitz		17.3		5.1
Fred Hutchinson		18.1		4.9
Harry Breechen		19.3		5.1
Joe Beggs		15.3		3.5
Bobo Newsom		16.5		3.7
Hank Wyse		15.4		3.9
Ewell Blackwell		14.3		3.4
Dave Ferriss		21.3		3.7

Hilton Smith		4.8		1.8
Leon Day		13.2		4.7
Gentry Jessup		0.9		1.1
Barney Brown		14.3		4.1
Wilmer Fields		6.5		2.5
Max Manning		9.1		2.5
DL from MN Posted: August 08, 2018 at 12:44 PM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. DL from MN Posted: August 08, 2018 at 02:17 PM (#5723280)
1946 Prelim

1) Ted Williams
2) Bob Feller
3) Stan Musial - these are easy
4) Hal Newhouser
5) Johnny Pesky - great fielding numbers for Pesky and Doerr
6) Hank Greenberg - Greenberg and Keller hit a ton but not like Ted and Stan
7) Dizzy Trout
8) Eddie Stanky
9) Bobby Doerr
10) Charlie Keller

11-15) Pee Wee Reese, Jackie Robinson, Johnny Sain, Spud Chandler, Monte Irvin
16-20) Luke Appling, Josh Gibson, Johnny Mize, Roy Cullenbine, Larry Doby
21-25) Fritz Ostermueller, Hilton Smith, Mickey Vernon, Lou Boudreau, Barney Brown
   2. DL from MN Posted: August 09, 2018 at 10:34 AM (#5723937)
The subject of who the best black ballplayer was in 1946 is not easy to determine. Josh Gibson had a resurgent year hitting 13HR in 188PA and leading the NGL in OPS+. Buck Leonard had a great year at the plate also with a .337/.459/.550/1.009 line. Monte Irvin had a 1000 OPS as well while playing SS for the champion Newark Eagles. His double play partner Larry Doby was playing 2B while hitting .329/.418/.551. Then there is the obviously big-league ready Jackie Robinson destroying AAA in Montreal. Does anyone have a good MLE for his season?

Top pitcher was probably Hilton Smith of the Monarchs who I am projecting as matching Feller's rate stats but only contributing half as many innings. That makes him very similar to Fritz Ostermueller including his contributions on offense. If you want a more traditional innings eating starting pitcher Barney Brown is the pick and he also had a decent bat. As a wild card, Leon Day had a very good year at the plate. He played fairly regularly in the outfield and was one of the better pitchers but a sore arm made him ineffective during the NGL World Series and kept him from contributing which makes me hesitant to project out a full MLB innings workload for him.

As you can see above I lean Robinson, Irvin, Gibson, Doby, Smith but it's pretty darned close and the defensive data is basically non-existent.
   3. John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: August 13, 2018 at 06:47 PM (#5726017)
Prelim:

1) Ted Williams
2) Stan Musial
3) Josh Gibson
4) Hal Newhouser
5) Monte Irvin
6) Charlie Keller
7) Willard Brown
8) Howie Pollet
9) Hank Greenberg
10) Spud Chandler
   4. DL from MN Posted: August 16, 2018 at 10:29 AM (#5727763)
Not sure how Feller gets left off a ballot this year.
   5. John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: August 16, 2018 at 03:57 PM (#5728203)
Not sure how Feller gets left off a ballot this year.


Too much quality competition and the AL reduction I give. He is very close to #10, though I prefer Sain and Trout to him. I'll recheck my numbers before I submit an official ballot, though.
   6. DL from MN Posted: August 16, 2018 at 04:17 PM (#5728229)
The other oddity is Willard Brown. He had a pedestrian year in the NGL according to available statistics. I'm not sure he's better than teammate Ted Strong for example.
   7. John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: August 16, 2018 at 05:57 PM (#5728303)
The other oddity is Willard Brown. He had a pedestrian year in the NGL according to available statistics.


I'm going by the NeL translation from his HoM page here, Dan.

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