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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Most Meritorious Player: 1994 Results

Congratulations to Greg Maddux on winning his first MMP award in one of our closest elections.

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Greg Maddux	144	10	7
Jeff Bagwell	142	10	2
Frank Thomas	123	10	1
Barry Bonds	108	10	0
Albert Belle	103	10	0
Kenny Lofton	94	10	0
Ken Griffey Jr	90	10	0
David Cone	64	9	0
Paul O'Neill	49	8	0
Craig Biggio	45	7	0
Roger Clemens	36	6	0
Fred McGriff	35	6	0
Moises Alou	32	7	0
Bret Saberhagen	24	4	0
Mike Mussina	19	5	0
Randy Johnson	18	3	0
Kevin Mitchell	15	3	0
Tony Gwynn	13	3	0
Larry Walker	13	3	0
Mike Piazza	12	2	0
Matt Williams	6	2	0
Pat Hentgen	3	1	0
Chuck Knoblauch	2	1	0

 

DL from MN Posted: July 13, 2016 at 03:58 PM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. DL from MN Posted: July 13, 2016 at 04:06 PM (#5264596)
Player #times on ballot
Clemens 8
Bonds 7
McGriff 6
Gwynn 5
Saberhagen 4
Frank Thomas 4
Kenny Lofton 3
Ken Griffey Jr 3
Greg Maddux 3

6 is significant for McGriff. Only two players have been on ballot 6 times and are not HoM - McGriff and Dale Murphy.
   2. ThickieDon Posted: July 14, 2016 at 10:18 AM (#5264850)
Has anyone with 4 or 5 times on ballot made the HoM? Anyone with less?
   3. DL from MN Posted: July 14, 2016 at 10:39 AM (#5264872)
We haven't covered every year so there are several players with 1 appearance who have made the HoM. Of players where we have covered their entire career there are several with 4 times on ballot: Billy Williams, Dave Stieb, Duke Snider for example.

HoM with 3 or less where I'm pretty sure we covered their entire career:
(3) Bill Freehan, Billy Pierce, Dennis Eckersley, Don Sutton, Graig Nettles, Minnie Minoso
(2) Darrell Evans, Dave Winfield, Early Wynn, Goose Gossage, Nellie Fox, Reggie Smith, Rick Reuschel, Whitey Ford
(1) Bob Lemon, Hoyt Wilhelm, Rollie Fingers, Willie Randolph
(0) Frank Grant
   4. DL from MN Posted: July 14, 2016 at 10:58 AM (#5264894)
Sometimes I feel like we are stuck on the side roads when everyone else is traveling the interstate (Facebook, Twitter). I am glad for the dedicated group of voters we have, I like this format for discussion and I don't want to post to seven different social media sites. That said I think we are missing some perspectives on 1990s baseball that could be useful.
   5. DL from MN Posted: July 15, 2016 at 01:41 PM (#5265769)
We haven't voted on 1948 or 1949 so Bob Lemon could gain another mention.
   6. Fadeaway: The Baseball History Podcast Posted: July 15, 2016 at 01:50 PM (#5265781)
I'm sure Goose Gossage will be glad to give us his opinions on 1990s baseball.
   7. DL from MN Posted: July 25, 2016 at 02:33 PM (#5271359)
I thought the announcement of changes to the HoF VC was interesting and this seems like a good place to discuss.

The new format will have these groupings: Early Baseball (1871-1949), Golden Days (1950-1969), Modern Baseball (1970-1987) and Today’s Game (1988-2016).

Players from the golden days (1950 to 1969) will be eligible for an era-committee ballot once every five years, while those from early baseball (1871 to 1949) will be considered once every 10 years.

The today’s-game committee will reexamine cases for stars from 1988 to present during elections to be held in 2016, 2018, 2021 and 2023. Any player who drops off the writers’ ballot—whether for appearing on the maximum number of ballots (10) or failing to reach the minimum vote threshold (5 percent) in any one election—is eligible to join the corresponding era-committee ballot at any time. Managers, umpires and executives also can appear on the 10-person ballot.

The same 10-person ballot and eligibility rules apply to the modern-baseball committee, which will vote on stars from 1970 to 1987 in elections to be held in 2017, 2019, 2022 and 2024.


I would gather by that schedule that Golden Days / Early Baseball are 2020 and 2025.
   8. DL from MN Posted: July 25, 2016 at 02:46 PM (#5271375)
Found better info on timeline:

Eras considered for yearly election are as follows: 2016 – Today’s Game; 2017 – Modern Baseball; 2018 – Today’s Game; 2019 – Modern Baseball; 2020 – Both Golden Days and Early Baseball; 2021 – Today’s Game; 2022 – Modern Baseball; 2023 – Today’s Game; 2024 – Modern Baseball; 2025 – Golden Days. The Early Baseball era returns to the ballot in 2030.


The original voting schedule for the MMP was to match up with the voting being done by the various VC to inform the discussion. Seeing how there will be nobody before 1970 elected until 2020 at the earliest I'd like to redo the schedule:

This was the original schedule

1989-2000 +2016 (1972-2000 covered for Expansion VC)
1940-1949 +2017 (1947-1972 covered for Golden VC)
1912-1921 +2018
2001-2011 +2019 (1940-2019 covered)
1922-1932 +2020
1933-1939 +2021 (1901-2021 finished in 10 years)

We have already covered 1950-1969 and 1970-1987. Today's Game is voting in 2016 and 2018 so I would consider it a priority to finish first.

New schedule:

1989-2000 +2016 (1950-2000 covered)
2001-2011 +2017 (1950-2017 covered)
1940-1949 +2018 (1940-2018 covered)
1912-1921 +2019 (1901-1921 plus 1940-2019 covered)
1922-1931 +2020 (1901-1931 plus 1940-2020 covered)
1933-1939 +2021 (1901-2021 finished in 10 years)

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