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Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Most Meritorious Player: 1951 Results

Congratulations to Jackie Robinson for winning the 1951 MMP award.

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Jackie Robinson	175	12	9
Stan Musial	160	12	2
Roy Campanella	138	11	1
Ralph Kiner	131	11	0
Robin Roberts	123	12	0
Ted Williams	122	12	0
Warren Spahn	109	12	0
Monte Irvin	72	8	0
Richie Ashburn	45	6	0
Sal Maglie	44	5	0
Larry Doby	39	6	0
Yogi Berra	35	4	0
Alvin Dark	11	1	0
Ed Lopat	9	1	0
Eddie Joost	8	1	0
Larry Jansen	8	1	0
Preacher Roe	7	1	0
Early Wynn	6	1	0
Ned Garver	6	1	0
Willie Mays	6	1	0
Bobby Thomson	6	1	0

 

DL from MN Posted: March 05, 2014 at 06:02 PM | 22 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. DL from MN Posted: March 05, 2014 at 06:05 PM (#4666918)
Ted Williams is clearly the AL MMP. Robin Roberts is MMPitcher.
   2. DL from MN Posted: March 05, 2014 at 06:07 PM (#4666920)
My best player without a vote is Eddie Stanky. My best pitcher is Mel Parnell or Ellis Kinder.
   3. DL from MN Posted: March 05, 2014 at 06:22 PM (#4666934)
Willie Mays makes his 9th MMP ballot but probably won't make one again until 1953. Mike Schmidt's top total of 13 will probably not be the top at the end of the 1950s voting. Henry Aaron is at 10 ballots and he debuts in 1954 so it might not be Mays alone at the top.
   4. Chris Fluit Posted: March 05, 2014 at 06:49 PM (#4666950)
Thanks, DL.
   5. DL from MN Posted: March 05, 2014 at 08:15 PM (#4666984)
Sorry, Mays won't make a ballot in 1953. He'll probably have to wait until 1954.
   6. bjhanke Posted: March 06, 2014 at 03:32 AM (#4667082)
DL - Didn't you estimate, a couple of days before the voting ended, that you'd get about 12 ballots? If so, that is one amazing prediction. - Brock Hanke
   7. John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: March 06, 2014 at 09:43 AM (#4667105)
My best player without a vote is Eddie Stanky. My best pitcher is Mel Parnell or Ellis Kinder.


For me, it would be Doby and Kinder.

My '51 ballot must have been the closest to the consensus since the beginning of this project.
   8. Chris Fluit Posted: March 08, 2014 at 11:50 AM (#4668231)
My best player without a vote is Eddie Stanky. My best pitcher is Mel Parnell or Ellis Kinder.


For me, it would be Doby and Kinder.


Doby got 6 votes.
   9. Chris Fluit Posted: March 08, 2014 at 03:04 PM (#4668302)
It looks like we have a sub-category that's too close to call: best AL pitcher. Those who voted in the election, would you mind posting a list of your top three AL pitchers in order? Thanks.


(Initially, Garcia, Lopat and Wynn each received one low-ballot vote.)
   10. Chris Fluit Posted: March 08, 2014 at 03:10 PM (#4668306)
Jackie Robinson joins Joe Morgan as the only second basemen to have won an MMP to date. Morgan won three of them- '73, '75 and '76.

Robin Roberts is the third different Phillie to win the pitching MMP. Jim Bunning won one in 1967 and Steve Carlton won two in 1972 and '80.

This is Ted Williams first AL MMP though I have a feeling he'll win a few more as we move both backwards and forwards in time. Williams joins Yastrzemski ('67, '68 and '70), Fred Lynn ('79), Dwight Evans ('81) and Wade Boggs ('86) as Red Sox MMPs and Jim Rice ('78) as Red Sox position player MMPs.

   11. toratoratora Posted: March 08, 2014 at 05:30 PM (#4668345)
It looks like we have a sub-category that's too close to call: best AL pitcher. Those who voted in the election, would you mind posting a list of your top three AL pitchers in order? Thanks.
(Initially, Garcia, Lopat and Wynn each received one low-ballot vote.)


-Garver 5.6 bWAR, 118 ERA+, all in front of a bad defense and in a park with a 107 PF
-Wynn 274 IP, 126 ERA+
-Pierce 133 ERA+, 240 IP
   12. John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: March 08, 2014 at 09:11 PM (#4668439)
My top-three AL pitchers: Kinder, Garver and Wynn.

Doby got 6 votes.


Missed him. Don't have a replacement handy. Guess that's more evidence the AL was woeful in talent compared to the NL.
   13. Chris Fluit Posted: March 08, 2014 at 10:09 PM (#4668455)
1. Wynn
2. Rogovin
3. Pierce
   14. John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: March 08, 2014 at 10:55 PM (#4668463)
My top-three AL pitchers: Kinder, Garver and Wynn.


Scratch that: Wynn, Kinder and Garver.
   15. Tubbs & Minnie MiƱoso don't fear Sid Monge Posted: March 08, 2014 at 11:39 PM (#4668468)
If we are to consider just pitching then:
1. Early Wynn
2. Mike Garcia
3. Allie "underrated by WAR, overrated by Tubbs, but better than "The Jack" Morris' mustache in the postseason" Reynolds

If we are to consider pitching and hitting done by the pitchers then:
1. Wynn
2. Garver
3. Garcia
   16. Mr. C Posted: March 09, 2014 at 12:15 AM (#4668477)
Top 3 AL pitchers

1. Garver
2. Kinder
3. Wynn
   17. lieiam Posted: March 09, 2014 at 01:46 AM (#4668498)
My top 3 AL pitchers:

1- GARVER (12th)
2- WYNN (15th)
3- PARNELL (19th)
   18. lieiam Posted: March 09, 2014 at 01:36 PM (#4668622)
my top player w/out a vote: Minnie Minoso (16th)
my best pitcher w/out a vote: Mel Parnell (19th)
   19. Kiko Sakata Posted: March 09, 2014 at 03:51 PM (#4668689)
It looks like we have a sub-category that's too close to call: best AL pitcher. Those who voted in the election, would you mind posting a list of your top three AL pitchers in order? Thanks.


(Initially, Garcia, Lopat and Wynn each received one low-ballot vote.)


1. Lopat (I'm the guy who gave him his low-ballot vote)
2. Garcia (just off-ballot for me)
3. Billy Pierce

Early Wynn would be 4th.
   20. EricC Posted: March 10, 2014 at 10:06 AM (#4668937)
1951 AL pitchers

1. Wynn
2. Rogovin
3. Parnell
   21. DL from MN Posted: March 14, 2014 at 10:35 AM (#4671443)
1) Garver
2) Wynn
3) Lopat
   22. Chris Fluit Posted: March 15, 2014 at 02:50 PM (#4672118)
Thanks, everyone. I wanted to wait for DL to return from vacation before tabulating the results. We've heard from 9 of the 12 voters and while it's close- as you'd expect for a tiebreaker- Early Wynn is the AL Pitching MMP over defending champion Ned Garver.

1st: Wynn- 19 points, 4 1sts
2nd: Garver- 15 points, 4 1sts
3rd: Lopat- 4 points, 1 1st
4th: Kinder- 4 points
4th: Rogovin- 4 points
6th: Garcia - 3 points
6th: Parnell- 3 points
8th: Pierce- 2 points

Each of the eight pitchers received multiple votes.

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