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Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Most Meritorious Player: 1986 Results

Congratulations to Wade Boggs, our 1986 MMP! Boggs edged out Roger Clemens in one of our closer elections.

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Wade Boggs	151	11	5
Roger Clemens	146	11	3
Mike Scott	133	11	2
Don Mattingly	104	9	0
Mike Schmidt	94	11	0
Jesse Barfield	89	10	1
Ted Higuera	84	9	0
Tim Raines	75	8	0
Cal Ripken	73	9	0
Mark Eichhorn	52	7	0
Keith Hernandez	44	7	0
Tony Gwynn	37	6	0
Mike Witt	24	5	0
Jim Rice	23	3	0
Steve Sax	23	3	0
Gary Carter	22	2	0
Rick Rhoden	21	4	0
R Henderson	18	4	0
Alan Trammell	17	4	0
Kirby Puckett	15	2	0
F Valenzuela	11	1	0
D Strawberry	9	1	0
Joe Carter	7	1	0
Dwight Evans	5	1	0
Ozzie Smith	4	1	0
Eric Davis	3	1	0
Marty Barrett	3	1	0
DL from MN Posted: October 02, 2013 at 04:16 PM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. DL from MN Posted: October 02, 2013 at 04:26 PM (#4557441)
My best player to not get a vote: Gary Gaetti. Best pitcher: Bruce Hurst
   2. DL from MN Posted: October 02, 2013 at 04:34 PM (#4557450)
12th time on ballot for Schmidt. 9th for Gary Carter. 7th for Rickey Henderson. 5th for Raines and Hernandez.
   3. John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 03, 2013 at 09:40 AM (#4558247)
Glad to see the Chicken Man get the top spot.
   4. Chris Fluit Posted: October 03, 2013 at 10:22 AM (#4558272)
My best player to not get a vote: Gary Gaetti. Best pitcher: Bruce Hurst

Gaetti and Morris for me.
   5. Chris Fluit Posted: October 03, 2013 at 06:25 PM (#4558786)
Wow, I'm surprised Boggs won- even though I voted for him. Before the election, I had assumed that Clemens would win this easily.

On to a few facts and figures:

The left side of the infield has cleaned up so far in the '80s. Shortstops and third basemen have won 6 of the last 7 elections behind Brett, Schmidt, Yount, Ripken and Boggs. That might not change any time soon as Boggs and Trammell are two of the top contenders for 1987. Wade Boggs joins Carl Yastrzemski ('67, '70) and Fred Lynn ('79) as Red Sox MMPs, while Jim Rice ('78) and Dwight Evans ('81) also won the AL Position Player award.

Meanwhile, Boggs' Boston teammate Roger Clemens took home the pitching MMP. The last time that the same team won both awards- MMP and pitching MMP- with separate players was 1979 when another pair of Red Sox teammates did it: Dennis Eckersley and Fred Lynn.

In a reversal of the baseball writers' awards of the time, Clemens didn't win the AL MVP but a different pitcher took home the NL prize. Mike Scott of the Houston Astros was the NL MMP, marking the first time that pitchers won that award in back-to-back years since Tom Seaver and Steve Carlton did it in '71 and '72. Scott joins an illustrious list that also includes Sandy Koufax ('63, '66), Bob Gibson ('68) and Dwight Gooden ('85).

Mike Schmidt won an unprecedented 7th NL Position Player Award. He previously took home the prize in '74, '77, '79, '80, '81 and '83. Willie Mays is his closest competition with 4- though Mays could still win a few more when we vote on the 50s.

Finally, Mark Eichhorn became only the second relief pitcher to crack the top ten, though he couldn't quite match John Hiller's 6th place finish in 1973. Eichhorn finished exactly 10th and was named on 7 of 11 ballots.
   6. Chris Fluit Posted: October 03, 2013 at 06:26 PM (#4558792)
I haven't posted the full history in a little while so here it is for those who are interested.

MMP Results

1961: Mickey Mantle, CF, New York Yankees (100%)
1962: Willie Mays, CF, San Francisco Giants (100%)
1963: Sandy Koufax, P, Los Angeles Dodgers (58.8%)
1964: Willie Mays, CF, San Francisco Giants (84.6%)
1965: Willie Mays, CF, San Francisco Giants (100%)
1966: Frank Robinson, RF, Baltimore Orioles (61.5%)
1967: Carl Yastrzemski, LF, Boston Red Sox (100%)
1968: Bob Gibson, P, St. Louis Cardinals (100%)
1969: Reggie Jackson, RF, Oakland Athletics (30.7%)

1970: Carl Yastrzemski, LF, Boston Red Sox (45.4%)
1971: Tom Seaver, P, New York Mets (57.1%)
1972: Steve Carlton, P, Philadelphia Phillies (92.8%)
1973: Joe Morgan, 2B, Cincinnati Reds (50.0%)
1974: Mike Schmidt, 3B, Philadelphia Phillies (42.8%)
1975: Joe Morgan, 2B, Cincinnati Reds (100%)
1976: Joe Morgan, 2B, Cincinnati Reds (91.6%)
1977: Rod Carew, 1B, Minnesota Twins (81.8%)
1978: Ron Guidry, P, New York Yankees (69.2%)
1979: Fred Lynn, CF, Boston Red Sox (58.3 %)

1980: George Brett, 3B, Kansas City Royals (72.7%)
1981: Mike Schmidt, 3B, Philadelphia Phillies (100%)
1982: Robin Yount, SS, Milwaukee Brewers (100%)
1983: Cal Ripken Jr., SS, Baltimore Orioles (88.9%)
1984: Cal Ripken Jr., SS, Baltimore Orioles (78.5%)
1985: Dwight Gooden, P, New York Mets (84.6%)
1986: Wade Boggs, 3B, Boston Red Sox (45.4%)

2012: Mike Trout, CF, Los Angeles Angels (88.9%)
   7. Chris Fluit Posted: October 03, 2013 at 06:27 PM (#4558794)
The Pitching MMP

1961: undetermined/tie (Drysdale, Ford and Spahn received one 10th place vote)
1962: Bob Purkey, Cincinnati Reds (6th overall)
1963: Sandy Koufax, Los Angeles Dodgers (MMP)
1964: Dean Chance, Los Angeles Angels (4th overall)
1965: Sandy Koufax, Los Angeles Dodgers (2nd overall)
1966: Sandy Koufax, Los Angeles Dodgers (2nd overall)
1967: Jim Bunning, Philadelphia Phillies (8th overall)
1968: Bob Gibson, St. Louis Cardinals (MMP)
1969: Bob Gibson, St. Louis Cardinals (4th overall)

1970: Bob Gibson, St. Louis Cardinals (3rd overall)
1971: Tom Seaver, New York Mets (MMP)
1972: Steve Carlton, Philadelphia Phillies (MMP)
1973: Tom Seaver, New York Mets (2nd overall)
1974: Phil Niekro, Atlanta Braves/Gaylord Perry, Cleveland Indians (t-5th overall)
1975: Jim Palmer, Baltimore Orioles (2nd overall)
1976: Mark Fidrych, Detroit Tigers (4th overall)
1977: Rick Reuschel, Chicago Cubs (6th overall)
1978: Ron Guidry, New York Yankess (MMP)
1979: Dennis Eckersley, Boston Red Sox (10th overall)

1980: Steve Carlton, Philadelphia Phillies (3rd overall)
1981: Fernando Valenzuela, Los Angeles Dodgers (6th overall)
1982: Steve Rogers, Montreal Expos (8th overall)
1983: Dave Stieb, Toronto Blue Jays (9th overall)
1984: Dave Stieb, Toronto Blue Jays (7th overall)
1985: Dwight Gooden, New York Mets (MMP)
1986: Roger Clemens, Boston Red Sox (2nd overall)

2012: Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers (6th overall)

   8. Chris Fluit Posted: October 03, 2013 at 06:27 PM (#4558795)
AL MMP

1961: Mickey Mantle, CF, New York Yankees (MMP)
1962: Mickey Mantle, CF, New York Yankees (4th overall)
1963: too close to call (Peters, Allison and Howard were 9th-11th overall)
1964: Dean Chance, P, Los Angeles Angels (4th overall)
1965: Zoilo Versalles, SS, Minnesota Twins (5th overall)
1966: Frank Robinson, RF, Baltimore Orioles (MMP)
1967: Carl Yastrzemski, LF, Boston Red Sox (MMP)
1968: Carl Yastrzemski, LF, Boston Red Sox (2nd overall)
1969: Reggie Jackson, RF, Oakland Athletics (MMP)

1970: Carl Yastrzemski, LF, Boston Red Sox (MMP)
1971: Vida Blue, P, Oakland Athletics (2nd overall)
1972: Gaylord Perry, P, Cleveland Indians (3rd overall)
1973: Bert Blyleven, P, Minnesota Twins (3rd overall)
1974: Gaylord Perry, P, Cleveland Indians (t-5th overall)
1975: Jim Palmer, P, Baltimore Orioles (2nd overall)
1976: George Brett, 3B, Kansas City Royals (3rd overall)
1977: Rod Carew, 1B, Minnesota Twins (MMP)
1978: Ron Guidry, P, New York Yankees (MMP)
1979: Fred Lynn, CF, Boston Red Sox (MMP)

1980: George Brett, 3B, Kansas City Royals (MMP)
1981: Dwight Evans, RF, Boston Red Sox (2nd overall)
1982: Robin Yount, SS, Milwaukee Brewers (MMP)
1983: Cal Ripken Jr., SS, Baltimore Orioles (MMP)
1984: Cal Ripken Jr., SS, Baltimore Orioles (MMP)
1985: Rickey Henderson, CF, New York Yankees (2nd overall)
1986: Wade Boggs, 3B, Boston Red Sox (MMP)

2012: Mike Trout, CF, Los Angeles Angels (MMP)

   9. Chris Fluit Posted: October 03, 2013 at 06:28 PM (#4558796)
AL Pitcher MMP

1961: undetermined (Whitey Ford received 1 10th place vote)
1962: too close to call (Aguirre and Pascual were 9th and 10th overall)
1963: Gary Peters, Chicago White Sox (9th overall)
1964: Dean Chance, Los Angeles Angels (AL MMP, 4th overall)
1965: Sam McDowell, Cleveland Indians (10th overall)
1966: undetermined/no AL pitchers received votes
1967: undetermined (Joe Horlen, Chicago White Sox received 1 2nd place vote)
1968: Denny McLain, Detroit Tigers (3rd overall)
1969: Denny McLain, Detroit Tigers (14th overall)

1970: Sam McDowell, Cleveland Indians (8th overall)
1971: Vida Blue, Oakland Athletics (AL MMP, 2nd overall)
1972: Gaylord Perry, Cleveland Indians (AL MMP, 3rd overall)
1973: Bert Blyleven, Minnesota Twins (AL MMP, 3rd overall)
1974: Gaylord Perry, Cleveland Indians (AL MMP, t-pitching MMP, t-5th overall)
1975: Jim Palmer, Baltimore Orioles (AL MMP, pitching MMP, 2nd overall)
1976: Mark Fidrych, Detroit Tigers (pitching MMP, 4th overall)
1977: Jim Palmer, Baltimore Orioles (8th overall)
1978: Ron Guidry, New York Yankees (MMP)
1979: Dennis Eckersley, Boston Red Sox (pitching MMP, 10th overall)

1980: Mike Norris, Oakland Athletics (8th overall)
1981: Steve McCatty, Oakland Athletics (10th overall)
1982: Dave Stieb, Toronto Blue Jays (9th overall)
1983: Dave Stieb, Toronto Blue Jays (pitching MMP, 9th overall)
1984: Dave Stieb, Toronto Blue Jays (pitching MMP, 7th overall)
1985: Bret Saberhagen, Kansas City Royals (11th overall)
1986: Roger Clemens, Boston Red Sox (pitching MMP, 2nd overall)

2012: Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers (pitching MMP, 6th overall)
   10. Chris Fluit Posted: October 03, 2013 at 06:28 PM (#4558798)
AL Position Player MMP

1961: Mickey Mantle, CF, New York Yankees (MMP)
1962: Mickey Mantle, CF, New York Yankees (AL MMP, 4th overall)
1963: too close to call (Allison and Howard were 10th & 11th overall)
1964: Brooks Robinson, 3B, Baltimore Orioles (5th overall)
1965: Zoilo Versalles, SS, Minnesota Twins (AL MMP, 5th overall)
1966: Frank Robinson, RF, Baltimore Orioles (MMP)
1967: Carl Yastrzemski, LF, Boston Red Sox (MMP)
1968: Carl Yastrzemski, LF, Boston Red Sox (AL MMP, 2nd overall)
1969: Reggie Jackson, RF, Oakland Athletics (MMP)

1970: Carl Yastrzemski, LF, Boston Red Sox (MMP)
1971: Bobby Murcer, CF, New York Yankees (6th overall)
1972: Dick Allen, 1B, Chicago White Sox (5th overall)
1973: Reggie Jackson, RF, Oakland Athletics (7th overall)
1974: Rod Carew, 2B, Minnesota Twins (7th overall)
1975: Rod Carew, 2B, Minnesota Twins (3rd overall)
1976: George Brett, 3B, Kansas City Royals (AL MMP, 3rd overall)
1977: Rod Carew, 1B, Minnesota Twins (MMP)
1978: Jim Rice, LF, Boston Red Sox (2nd overall)
1979: Fred Lynn, CF, Boston Red Sox (MMP)

1980: George Brett, 3B, Kansas City Royals (MMP)
1981: Dwight Evans, RF, Boston Red Sox (AL MMP, 2nd overall))
1982: Robin Yount, SS, Milwaukee Brewers (MMP)
1983: Cal Ripken Jr., SS, Baltimore Orioles (MMP)
1984: Cal Ripken Jr., SS, Baltimore Orioles (MMP)
1985: Rickey Henderson, CF, New York Yankees (AL MMP, 2nd overall)
1986: Wade Boggs, 3B, Boston Red Sox (MMP)

2012: Mike Trout, CF, Los Angeles Angels (MMP)
   11. Chris Fluit Posted: October 03, 2013 at 06:29 PM (#4558801)
NL MMP

1961: Hank Aaron, CF/RF, Milwaukee Braves (3rd overall)
1962: Willie Mays, CF, San Francisco Giants (MMP)
1963: Sandy Koufax, P, Los Angeles Dodgers (MMP)
1964: Willie Mays, CF, San Francisco Giants (MMP)
1965: Willie Mays, CF, San Francisco Giants (MMP)
1966: Sandy Koufax, P, Los Angeles Dodgers (2nd overall)
1967: Ron Santo, 3B, Chicago Cubs (2nd overall)
1968: Bob Gibson, P, St. Louis Cardinals (MMP)
1969: Willie McCovey, 1B, San Francisco Giants (3rd overall)

1970: Johnny Bench, C, Cincinnati Reds (2nd overall)
1971: Tom Seaver, P, New York Mets (MMP)
1972: Steve Carlton, P, Philadelphia Phillies (MMP)
1973: Joe Morgan, 2B, Cincinnati Reds (MMP)
1974: Mike Schmidt, 3B, Philadelphia Phillies (MMP)
1975: Joe Morgan, 2B, Cincinnati Reds (MMP)
1976: Joe Morgan, 2B, Cincinnati Reds (MMP)
1977: Mike Schmidt, 3B, Philadelphia Phillies (2nd overall)
1978: Dave Parker, RF, Pittsburgh Pirates (3rd overall)
1979: Mike Schmidt, 3B, Philadelphia Phillies (4th overall)

1980: Mike Schmidt, 3B, Philadelphia Phillies (2nd overall)
1981: Mike Schmidt, 3B, Philadelphia Phillies (MMP)
1982: Gary Carter, C, Montreal Expos (2nd overall)
1983: Mike Schmidt, 3B, Philadelphia Phillies (3rd overall)
1984: Ryne Sandberg, 2B, Chicago Cubs (2nd overall)
1985: Dwight Gooden, P, New York Mets (MMP)
1986: Mike Scott, P, Houston Astros (3rd overall)

2012: Buster Posey, C, San Francisco Giants (2nd overall)
   12. Chris Fluit Posted: October 03, 2013 at 06:30 PM (#4558802)
NL Pitcher MMP

1961: undetermined (Don Drysdale and Warren Spahn received 1 10th place vote)
1962: Bob Purkey, Cincinnati Reds (6th overall)
1963: Sandy Koufax, Los Angeles Dodgers (MMP)
1964: Don Drysdale, Los Angeles Dodgers (10th overall)
1965: Sandy Koufax, Los Angeles Dodgers (pitching MMP, 2nd overall)
1966: Sandy Koufax, Los Angeles Dodgers (NL MMP, 2nd overall)
1967: Jim Bunning, Philadelphia Phillies (pitching MMP, 8th overall)
1968: Bob Gibson, St. Louis Cardinals (MMP)
1969: Bob Gibson, St. Louis Cardinals (pitching MMP, 4th overall)

1970: Bob Gibson, St. Louis Cardinals (pitching MMP, 3rd overall)
1971: Tom Seaver, New York Mets (MMP)
1972: Steve Carlton, Philadelphia Phillies (MMP)
1973: Tom Seaver, New York Mets (pitching MMP, 2nd overall)
1974: Phil Niekro, Atlanta Braves (t-pitching MMP, t-5th overall)
1975: Tom Seaver, New York Mets (7th overall)
1976: too close to call (Randy Jones, Seaver and Carlton received 1 vote each)
1977: Rick Reuschel, Chicago Cubs (pitching MMP, 6th overall)
1978: Phil Niekro, Atlanta Braves (4th overall)
1979: J. R. Richard, Houston Astros (11th overall)

1980: Steve Carlton, Philadelphia Phillies (pitching MMP, 3rd overall)
1981: Fernando Valenzuela, Los Angeles Dodgers (pitching MMP, 6th overall)
1982: Steve Rogers, Montreal Expos (pitching MMP, 8th overall)
1983: John Denny, Philadelphia Phillies (11th overall)
1984: Rick Rhoden, Pittsburgh Pirates (tie-breaker run-off over Dwight Gooden)
1985: Dwight Gooden, P, New York Mets (MMP)
1986: Mike Scott, P, Houston Astros (NL MMP, 3rd overall)

2012: Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers (12th overall)
   13. Chris Fluit Posted: October 03, 2013 at 06:30 PM (#4558803)
NL Position Player MMP

1961: Hank Aaron, CF-RF, Milwaukee Braves (3rd overall)
1962: Willie Mays, CF, San Francisco Giants (MMP)
1963: Hank Aaron, RF, Milwaukee Braves (2nd overall)
1964: Willie Mays, CF, San Francisco Giants (MMP)
1965: Willie Mays, CF, San Francisco Giants (MMP)
1966: Willie Mays, CF, San Francisco Giants (4th overall)
1967: Ron Santo, 3B, Chicago Cubs (NL MMP, 2nd overall)
1968: Willie McCovey, 1B, San Francisco Giants (4th overall)
1969: Willie McCovey, 1B, San Francisco Giants (NL MMP, 3rd overall)

1970: Johnny Bench, C, Cincinnati Reds (NL MMP, 2nd overall)
1971: Willie Stargell, LF, Pittsburgh (5th overall)
1972: Johnny Bench, C, Cincinnati Reds (2nd overall)
1973: Joe Morgan, 2B, Cincinnati Reds (MMP)
1974: Mike Schmidt, 3B, Philadelphia Phillies (MMP)
1975: Joe Morgan, 2B, Cincinnati Reds (MMP)
1976: Joe Morgan, 2B, Cincinnati Reds (MMP)
1977: Mike Schmidt, 3B, Philadelphia Phillies (NL MMP, 2nd overall)
1978: Dave Parker, RF, Pittsburgh Pirates (NL MMP, 3rd overall)
1979: Mike Schmidt, 3B, Philadelphia Phillies (NL MMP, 4th overall)

1980: Mike Schmidt, 3B, Philadelphia Phillies (NL MMP, 2nd overall)
1981: Mike Schmidt, 3B, Philadelphia Phillies (MMP)
1982: Gary Carter, C, Montreal Expos (NL MMP, 2nd overall)
1983: Mike Schmidt, 3B, Philadelphia Phillies (3rd overall)
1984: Ryne Sandberg, 2B, Chicago Cubs (2nd overall)
1985: Willie McGee, CF, St. Louis Cardinals (5th overall)
1986: Mike Schmidt, 3B/1B, Philadelphia Phillies (5th overall)

2012: Buster Posey, C, San Francisco Giants (NL MMP, 2nd overall)
   14. Chris Fluit Posted: October 03, 2013 at 06:31 PM (#4558810)
MMP Relievers

1964: Dick Radatz, Boston Red Sox (18th, one 10th place vote)
1965: Stu Miller, Baltimore Orioles (t-17th, one 10th place vote)
1967: Ted Abernathy, Cincinnati Reds (13th place, 3 votes)

1971: Tug McGraw, New York Mets (t-26th, one 12th place vote)
1972: Mike Marshall, Montreal Expos (t-19th, one 11th place vote)
1973: John Hiller, Detroit Tigers (6th, 11 votes)
Mike Marshall, Montreal Expos (t-19th, one 10th place vote)
1974: Mike Marshall, Los Angeles Dodgers (15th, 4 votes)
1975: Goose Gossage, Chicago White Sox (11th, 5 votes)
1977: Bruce Sutter, Chicago Cubs (13th, 5 votes)
Goose Gossage, Pittsburgh Pirates (16th, 4 votes)
1979: Jim Kern, Texas Rangers (t-13th, 6 votes)
Bruce Sutter, Chicago Cubs (28th, one 10th place vote)

1980: Doug Corbett, Minnesota Twins (t-19th place, 2 votes)
Dan Quisenberry, Kansas City Royals (t-21st place, 1 vote)
1981: Rollie Fingers, Milwaukee Brewers (16th place, 4 votes)
1983: Dan Quisenberry, Kansas City Royals (14th place, 3 votes)
1984: Willie Hernandez, Detroit Tigers (t-22nd place, 1 vote)
1986: Mark Eichhorn, Toronto Blue Jays (10th place, 7 votes)

2012: Kris Medlen, Atlanta Braves (t-30th, one 13th place vote)
   15. lieiam Posted: October 03, 2013 at 11:57 PM (#4559263)
My best not to get a vote:
position player: Kevin Bass in 21st
pitcher: Jack Morris in 32nd

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