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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Most Meritorious Player: 1974 results

Congratulations to Mike Schmidt, the Hall of Merit’s choice as Most Meritorious Player for 1974.

It was an all-National League affair as Schmidt and Joe Morgan fought a tight battle through all the balloting, with Johnny Bench snapping at their heels throughout.

		1	2	3	4	5	6	7	8	9	10	11	12	Pts
Schmidt		6	6	2										200
Morgan		5	5	1	3									194
Bench		3	2	5	1	1		2						179
Wynn				2	2	3	1		1	1		1	3	125
G Perry			1		2	3	2	2	1					117
Niekro				1	3	2		2	2	1		1		117
Carew				1	1		4	1	1	2	1	1		107
Grich						1	1	3		2	1	1	2	 81
Jenkins				1					1	3	3	3		 75
Tiant				1			1		2	2	2	1	1	 74
Matlack					2					2		1		 43
Reggie!						2	2							 42
Hunter						1	1		1				3	 41
Blyleven						1	1		1	1		1	 36
Marshall							1	2				1	 29
Darrell Evans					1			1		1			 25
Stargell							1			2			 21
Messersmith										1	1	1	 15
Kaat									1			1		 13
Concepcion								1			1		 13
Burroughs										1	1		 11
Russell							1							 10
Harrah								1						  9
Cedeno											1			  6
Garvey												1		  5
Ryan													1	  4
Simmons													1	  4

Total ballots: 14

Gaylord Perry earns the accolade of the Most Meritorious AL Player and Pitcher, as well as a tie for the Most Meritorious Pitcher with Phil Niekro. Rod Carew was the highest-ranked AL non-pitcher.

fra paolo Posted: July 18, 2012 at 07:43 PM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. DL from MN Posted: July 19, 2012 at 01:59 PM (#4187120)
Best players to not get a vote - Bert Campaneris, Jim Barr, Reggie Smith
   2. fra paolo Posted: July 19, 2012 at 02:20 PM (#4187143)
Reggie Smith was one of the two Reggies I alluded to in my comments on Jim Wynn. The main reason I picked Wynn over Smith was that Wynn was clearly receiving a lot of support, so I swung behind the consensus.
   3. OCF Posted: July 19, 2012 at 03:59 PM (#4187266)
I had Campaneris as the best SS (but didn't wind up voting for a SS) and had Barr and Smith very close to my ballot.
   4. DL from MN Posted: July 19, 2012 at 04:51 PM (#4187346)
Thanks to everyone for voting. Will get 1975 up soon.
   5. Chris Fluit Posted: July 19, 2012 at 07:45 PM (#4187532)
Some fun facts:

Mike Schmidt (6 of 14) had the lowest percentage of first place votes for an MMP since Reggie Jackson beat out Rico Petrocelli, Willie McCovey and Bob Gibson in 1969. It's the second-lowest percentage to date.

Gaylord Perry was the first AL pitcher to win (or co-win) the pitching MMP since Dean Chance in 1964. It's also the first tie since 1961 when Drysdale, Ford and Spahn received one vote each.

This also marks the fourth year in a row that a pitcher was considered the MMP of the American League following Vida Blue, Perry and Bert Blyleven.

Mike Schmidt is the 1st third baseman to win the overall MMP, but the second to win the award for the NL following Ron Santo in 1967 (who finished 2nd to Carl Yastrzemski that year).
   6. Chris Fluit Posted: July 20, 2012 at 12:33 AM (#4187728)
Who used to keep track of MMP vote shares? I'd be interested in finding out Howe some of our non-winners have done over the years, like McCovey, Stargell and now Bench.
   7. sunnyday2 Posted: July 23, 2012 at 11:07 PM (#4190510)
Burroughs was not a good MVP choice, but 21st is not a good judgment either.
   8. DL from MN Posted: July 24, 2012 at 11:16 AM (#4190750)
21st is not a good judgment either


We jumble up the pitchers more than MVP voters and we're voting both leagues in one ballot. 10th in his league is fair.

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