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Saturday, October 06, 2012

Most Meritorious Player: 1976 Results

Congratulations to Joe Morgan, winner of the 1976 Most Meritorious Player award! This was Morgan’s fourth year in succession as either first or second in the voting.


            1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  Pts
Morgan     11  1                                   179
Schmidt        9  2  1                             164
Brett             7     2     2  1                 139
Fidrych     1  1  1  3     4            1          124
Blue              1  1  2  3  1  1              1   98
Rose                 2  4  1            1   1       89
Nettles              1  3  1        2       2       79
Tanana            1     1     1  1  3   1       1   72
Carew                      1  3  2  1           1   64
Grich                1        1  2  1   2   1       61
Palmer               2           2                  40
Cey                              1  1   1       3   33
Munson         1              1         1       1   33
Cedeno               1     1            1   1       33
Maddox                        1     1       1   1   25
Foster                        1         1   1   1   24
Watson                     1        1               17
Concepcion                    1     1               16
Blyleven                         1      1           14
Harrah                                      2       10
Madlock                          1                   8
Randy Jones                         1                7
Tiant                                   1            6
Rivers                                  1            6
Seaver                                      1        5
McRae                                       1        5
Reggie!                                     1        5
White                                           1    4
Carlton                                         1    4
Simmons                                         1    4

ballots: 12

George Brett was the AL’s Most Meritorious Player, Mark Fidrych the AL’s Most Meritorious Pitcher and San Diego’s Randy Jones was the NL’s Most Meritorious Pitcher.

EDIT: fixed Tom Seaver mistake.

 

fra paolo Posted: October 06, 2012 at 12:07 PM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. fra paolo Posted: October 06, 2012 at 12:21 PM (#4256726)
And in 1972 Morgan finished third. What a star!
   2. charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: October 06, 2012 at 12:47 PM (#4256746)
And in 1972 Morgan finished third. What a star!


Bill James agrees.


(Btw-fra paolo- do you take your name from the Stephenson novel "Anethem"?
   3. fra paolo Posted: October 06, 2012 at 12:56 PM (#4256755)
fra paolo- do you take your name from the Stephenson novel "Anethem"?

Back in the 1990s, my friends found my enthusiasm for Gregorian chant, Renaissance polyphony and the paintings of Fra Angelico so amusing that they gave me the nickname, which I was proud to adopt.
   4. Chris Fluit Posted: October 06, 2012 at 05:24 PM (#4256994)
Slight correction, DL. Randy Jones is the NL's pitching MMP. He had 7 points to Seaver's 5. Though with one vote a piece, I'd say it's too close to call and that hasn't happened in the NL since 1961.
   5. Rob_Wood Posted: October 06, 2012 at 05:45 PM (#4257010)
I agree that two "random" (no offense) votes should not designate the NL pitching MMP. If this is something that we are keeping track of, maybe we can all simply submit our top 5 NL pitchers.
   6. Chris Fluit Posted: October 06, 2012 at 07:26 PM (#4257116)
It's not official but a few of us have been keeping track of it. There are a few other instances in which a pitching MMP or a league MMP weren't clear after the initial ballot. I'd be open to shorter runoff ballots in those cases but I'm not the one running the project.
   7. bjhanke Posted: October 06, 2012 at 07:26 PM (#4257117)
This is for Mr. C, back in the discussion thread. I did read your explanation, and it did make sense. Thanks! It turns out that your "replacement wins" didn't mean any of the things I thought it might, but what you do use makes good sense. I've seen many many methods worse than yours. - Brock Hanke
   8. Chris Fluit Posted: October 06, 2012 at 07:45 PM (#4257131)
The other undetermineds:

1961 pitching MMP (Drysale, Ford and Spahn received one 10th place vote each)

1963 AL MMP (Peters, Allison and Howard finished 9th through 11th, separated by 4 points)

1961 AL pitching MMP (see above)
1962 AL pitching MMP (Aguirre and Pascual were 9th and 10th, separated by 5 points)
1966 AL pitching MMP (no AL pitchers received votes)
1967 AL pitching MMP (Joe Horlen was the only AL pitcher to receive any votes and he got 1)

1961 NL pitching MMP (see above)
1976 NL pitching MMP (Jones, Seaver and Carlton received 1 vote each)

If we wanted to settle the issue, it would require 6 runoffs ('61 for all pitchers, '63 for all AL, '62, '66, '67 for AL pitchers and '76 for NL pitchers).
   9. Chris Fluit Posted: October 06, 2012 at 07:48 PM (#4257136)
I didn't keep my full research sheet but, according to my ballot, my top three NL pitchers this year were:

Randy Jones
Tom Seaver
J R Richard
   10. lieiam Posted: October 06, 2012 at 08:01 PM (#4257154)
My top NL pitcher is also the top person on my ballot with no votes:
John Montefusco.
   11. fra paolo Posted: October 06, 2012 at 08:57 PM (#4257227)
If we wanted to settle the issue, it would require 6 runoffs ('61 for all pitchers, '63 for all AL, '62, '66, '67 for AL pitchers and '76 for NL pitchers).

I'm always in favour of more voting fun, but what do others think?
   12. bjhanke Posted: October 07, 2012 at 06:18 AM (#4257587)
I, personally, am about to stop doing anything with baseball other than prepping for the year's Hall of Merit vote. If I don't get started by October, I run into terrible deadline problems. I really like this project, but I will probably miss any years until the Hall voting is over. - Brock Hanke
   13. lieiam Posted: October 07, 2012 at 08:08 PM (#4258570)
I'd be up for having runoff voting.
Not a big deal either way, but if it happens I'd certainly (try and) take part.
   14. DL from MN Posted: October 07, 2012 at 09:44 PM (#4258655)
If we don't get full participation for a runoff then it's a no-go. We're hardly getting "full" participation for the regular votes. That's why I suggested doing 2012 as a way of pulling new voters in.
   15. Chris Fluit Posted: October 07, 2012 at 09:53 PM (#4258672)
As I said, I'd prefer staying in order but if you think jumping ahead will pull in more voters, I'll go along with it.
   16. DL from MN Posted: October 08, 2012 at 10:04 AM (#4258987)
Best position players to not receive a vote - Belanger or Griffey Sr.

Best pitcher to not receive a vote - John Montefusco - also my NL top pitcher. Then Seaver, Niekro, Koosman.
   17. John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 08, 2012 at 02:39 PM (#4259255)
I'm all for runoff voting for the years in question.
   18. John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 08, 2012 at 03:01 PM (#4259275)
Best position players to not receive a vote - Belanger or Griffey Sr.

Best pitcher to not receive a vote - John Montefusco -


I would go with Ron LeFlore and Rollie Fingers.

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