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Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Most Meritorious Player: 1987 results

Congratulations to Alan Trammell for winning his first MMP award. This election set a record for the most players with a first place vote.

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Alan Trammell	188	14	7
Wade Boggs	178	14	2
Roger Clemens	157	14	2
Eric Davis	143	14	1
Tony Gwynn	138	14	0
Dale Murphy	121	13	0
Tim Raines	117	12	0
Frank Viola	90	11	0
Ozzie Smith	75	10	0
Jack Clark	75	10	1
D Strawberry	75	12	0
Jimmy Key	54	8	0
Bret Saberhagen	46	8	0
Paul Molitor	45	6	0
Mike Schmidt	42	6	1
Mark McGwire	27	4	0
Dwight Evans	20	2	0
Ted Higuera	11	2	0
Randy Ready	10	2	0
Pedro Guerrero	8	1	0
Bob Welch	6	1	0
Orel Hershiser	6	2	0
Tim Burke	3	1	0
Kent Hrbek	3	1	0
DL from MN Posted: November 06, 2013 at 06:11 PM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. DL from MN Posted: November 06, 2013 at 06:16 PM (#4595209)
My best player without a vote: Cal Ripken. Best pitcher: Doyle Alexander
   2. Chris Fluit Posted: November 07, 2013 at 12:39 PM (#4595556)
Congratulations to Alan Trammell! And to Eric Davis, for winning the NL MMP. I'll admit that I thought Tony Gwynn had that one wrapped up after the early ballots came in.

By the way, DL. Could you tell us who was the MMP for NL pitchers? Or should I call for a runoff?
   3. OCF Posted: November 07, 2013 at 03:05 PM (#4595803)
Tony Gwynn got completely left off some ballots. I completely understand having 4-6 NL people so close together at the top that they could be put in virtually any order. I do not understand not at least having Gwynn as one of that group.
   4. Chris Fluit Posted: November 07, 2013 at 03:28 PM (#4595846)
Not quite. Gwynn and Davis were the only NL players who were on all 14 ballots. Murphy and Raines, however, were left off of 1 and 2 ballots respectively.
   5. DL from MN Posted: November 07, 2013 at 07:56 PM (#4596073)
I didn't count all the NL MMP pitcher votes, you can look up the ballots if you want.
   6. Chris Fluit Posted: November 08, 2013 at 12:22 AM (#4596179)
Hershiser was the top NL pitcher for 6 voters, Welch for 4 and Reuschel for 1. Welch would have had to sweep the three remaining voters to take the lead. So I think we can safely call it a narrow victory for the Bulldog.
   7. bjhanke Posted: November 08, 2013 at 06:04 AM (#4596224)
Just to confirm Chris' strong suspicion: I didn't vote for any NL pitchers. The highest ranking one in my system would have been Hershiser. So, I think there's no way Welch could have beaten Orel. - Brock Hanke
   8. DL from MN Posted: November 08, 2013 at 02:28 PM (#4596472)
Mike Schmidt makes his 13th ballot. Dale Murphy and Tim Raines make 6; everyone else 6 and up is in the HoM. Wade Boggs makes his 5th ballot. Alan Trammell his 4th - everyone with 3 or more ballots plus 1 or more first is HoM.
   9. AROM Posted: November 08, 2013 at 02:33 PM (#4596478)
I like these results. Eric Davis had the most amazing season, and one of the most amazing ever from the standpoint of watching him play. Trammell had the most valuable season, and was pretty amazing in his own right.

I think the best way to describe Davis is that he forced me to redefine my framework for what is and is not humanly possible on a baseball field.
   10. DL from MN Posted: November 08, 2013 at 02:34 PM (#4596480)
How messed up was the MVP vote? The AL and NL award winners didn't get an MMP vote. The NL CYA didn't get a vote. The 3rd, 4th and 7th AL MVP finishers didn't get a vote. The 4th and 5th NL MVP finishers didn't get a vote. The NL CYA top 3 finishers didn't get a vote nor did the AL CYA 3rd place finisher.

The overall MMP winner placed 2nd in the AL MVP. MMP 2nd place was 9th in AL MVP. NL MMP was 9th and runner-up was 8th in MVP voting.

The only thing they got right was Clemens as CYA.

This tops 1974 as the worst MVP balloting.
   11. lieiam Posted: November 09, 2013 at 12:33 AM (#4596831)
My best without a vote:
Mark Langston (21st) and Don Mattingly (22nd).
This was a fun year in our voting... as it was tightly contested.
   12. toratoratora Posted: November 09, 2013 at 01:04 AM (#4596841)
This tops 1974 as the worst MVP balloting.

Which should shock absolutely no one.I've had my eye on this season since the MMP project began.The writers good and truly screwed the pooch in 87. That we went in such a different direction is merely indicative of how badly afield the BBWAA strayed
   13. Karmazyn Posted: November 16, 2013 at 09:18 PM (#4601352)
I do not agree with you toratoratora

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