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Monday, November 12, 2012

Most Meritorious Player: 1977 Results

Congratulations to Rod Carew, 1977’s Most Meritorious Player. Although not unanimous, Carew led the voting throughout.

             1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   Pts
Carew        9               1   1                                   156
Schmidt          3   4   1   1   1       1                           135
Foster           3   3   1   1   2   1                               133
Fisk                     6               1   1    1                   93
Parker           1           3   2       1   1                        82
Reuschel     1   1           1       3                 2              77
Seaver           1   1       1       2   1             1              69
Palmer           1                       2   3         1    2         64
Brett                    1       2       1                  1    3    53
Smith                            1   1   1        2    2              49
Morgan       1           2                        1         2         53
Singleton            1               1       2         1              41
Sutter           1           1                    1         2         39
Carlton                              1       2    1              2    35
Tanana               1           1                1         1         33
Gossage                      1       1            1    1              31
Page                         1                    2         1    1    30
Ryan                 1                                 1    1    2    28
Candelaria                           1       1         1         2    27
Simmons                                  1   1                   1    18
Leonard                          1                     1              15
Luzinski                                 1                             8
Niekro                                   1                             8
Richard                                           1                    6
Templeton                                                   1          4

Total Ballots: 11

The Most Meritorious NL player was won in a squeaker, with Mike Schmidt finishing but two points ahead of George Foster. The Most Meritorious Pitcher was Rick Reuschel, who was also the top NL pitcher. Jim Palmer was the top AL pitcher.

This is Joe Morgan‘s first finish outside the top three spots since 1971, when he did not receive any votes.

fra paolo Posted: November 12, 2012 at 10:47 PM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. fra paolo Posted: November 12, 2012 at 11:21 PM (#4301090)
Looking back at some earlier elections, I think only Willie Mays' run from 1961 through 1966 has been comparable (and superior) to Morgan's dominance of MMP voting in 1972-6. Yastrzemski's duff 1969 costs him a chance to pull a similar trick from 1967 through 1970.
   2. DL from MN Posted: November 13, 2012 at 09:54 AM (#4301225)
Congratulations to Rod Carew.

It was a little disappointing to only get 11 ballots. Hopefully the numbers go up for 2012. It will be interesting to run an election without 35 years of hindsight.

Still nobody elected that is not inducted into the Hall of Merit. That's remarkable. Foster finishes 3rd as the top non-HoM player.
   3. DL from MN Posted: November 13, 2012 at 10:22 AM (#4301257)
Pretty good run for Mike Schmidt

77 - 2nd
76 - 2nd
75 - 13th
74 - 1st

and Carew

77 - 1st
76 - 9th
75 - 3rd
74 - 7th
73 - 16th

This is also the 7th season Jim Palmer has received votes. This is the 8th season Tom Seaver has received votes.
   4. fra paolo Posted: November 13, 2012 at 11:29 AM (#4301344)
Schmidt's 75 is like Yaz's 69: an ugly carbuncle on an otherwise handsome face.

Carew hasn't really dominated any single period. However, he's arguably putting together a better career than Frank Robinson did during the "MMP Era", which catches me by surprise.

Frank Robinson
1961 - 5th
1962 - 2nd
1963 - not ranked
1964 - 6th
1965 - not ranked
1966 - 1st
1967 - 9th
1968 - not ranked
1969 - 7th
1970 - not ranked
1971 - 17th

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