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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

2014 Results: Maddux, Thomas and Glavine elected to the Hall of Merit!

Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas and Tom Glavine have been elected to the Hall of Merit!

Maddux was nearly unanimous, receiving 32 of 34 first place votes. Frank Thomas, who finished second received the other two and was the only other player named on every ballot. Thomas received 18 second place votes and was no lower than sixth on any ballot.

Glavine, who was named on 33-of-34 ballots, edged Curt Schilling for the final spot, 610-589. Mike Mussina was a strong fifth with 543 points. Sammy Sosa was ...

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Joey Numbaz (Scruff) Posted: December 17, 2013 at 12:15 AM | 80 comment(s)
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Monday, December 02, 2013

2014 Hall of Merit Ballot

Welcome to the 2014 Hall of Merit Ballot thread.

I’ve posted this the last couple of years, but as a reminder:

“This has been an issue in the past, so I’ll repeat it now for clarification . . . the posting of the ballot to the discussion thread for new voters is not just a formality. With the posting of the ballot you are expected to post a summary of what you take into account - basically, how did you come up with this list? This does not mean that you need to have invented the Holy ...

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Joey Numbaz (Scruff) Posted: December 02, 2013 at 06:11 PM | 103 comment(s)
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

2013 Results: Bonds, Clemens, Piazza and Biggio are elected to the Hall of Merit!

Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mike Piazza and Craig Biggio have been elected to the Hall of Merit!

The timing for our first year electing 4 candidates could not have worked out better, since class of 2013 is the strongest in terms of electees that we’ve ever had. The top of the 1934 ballot included Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker, Eddie Collins, Pop Lloyd, Smokey Joe Williams and Cristobal Torriente, but only 2 were elected.

Bonds and Clemens were each unanimous at 1 and 2. I believe that’s the first ...

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Joey Numbaz (Scruff) Posted: December 12, 2012 at 10:14 PM | 66 comment(s)
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Thursday, December 29, 2011

2012 Results: Palmeiro… Reuschel… Cone… for the Hall of Merit!

Slugging first baseman Rafael Palmeiro, in his second year of eligibility, was the top vote-getter this election by grabbing 70% of all possible points.

NL hurler Rick Reuschel was number two this year with 49% after 17 years on a ballot, while Met and Yankee pitcher David Cone became the last inductee of 2012 with 44% in his sixth year of eligibility.

Rounding out the top-ten were: Phil Rizzuto, Luis Tiant, Cannonball Dick Redding, Hugh Duffy, Gavvy Cravath (back in the top-ten!), Vic Willis ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 29, 2011 at 03:08 AM | 70 comment(s)
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Sunday, August 28, 2005

Welcome to the Baseball Hall of Merit!

What is the Baseball Hall of Merit? A pantheon conceived of by our founder and commissioner Joe Dimino as an alternative to the Baseball Hall of Fame located in Cooperstown. Our purpose is to identify the best players in baseball history and thereby identify the omissions and errors that can be found in the other venerable institution.

Established in 2003, the HoM welcomes any new voters who are serious about inducting the most worthy candidates from all eras and positions.

Annual elections ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: August 28, 2005 at 05:32 PM | 0 comment(s)
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Monday, August 30, 2004

The Baseball Hall of Merit: Important Links

IMPORTANT: If a link is inoperable, please use this link to locate the thread in question: Hall of Merit Archives
This eventually will be the only place to locate old and new threads once we set up the categorization process.

Finally, a consolidated home page, with all of our important links.

The Hall of Merit Plaque Room - Where we honor the greatest players of all-time.

Our Constitution - The rules we’ve set up. Something Better - the article that introduced all of this.

Positional ...

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Joey Numbaz (Scruff) Posted: August 30, 2004 at 09:33 AM | 22 comment(s)
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Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Most Meritorious Player: 1985 Results

Dwight Gooden is the MMP for 1985

Player		pts	ballots	1sts
Dwight Gooden	192	13	11
R Henderson	177	13	1
George Brett	169	13	1
John Tudor	128	13	0
Willie McGee	123	13	0
Pedro Guerrero	120	12	0
Wade Boggs	96	11	0
Gary Carter	89	12	0
Tim Raines	88	10	0
Don Mattingly	56	9	0
Bret Saberhagen	46	7	0
Tom Herr	41	6	0
Dave Stieb	39	6	0
Jesse Barfield	31	6	0
Eddie Murray	24	4	0
Ozzie Smith	22	4	0
Ryne Sandberg	20	3	0
Dale Murphy	13	2	0
Orel Hershiser	12	3	0
Bert Blyleven	9	3	0
Dave Parker	8	1	0
C ...
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DL from MN Posted: September 04, 2013 at 04:16 PM | 14 comment(s)
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Most Meritorious Player: 1986 Discussion

Red Sox take the Angels in the AL in seven and the Mets beat the Astros in the NL in six. The World Series goes seven games as the Mets slip by the Red Sox.

MMP voting will end on October 2, 2013.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Wade Boggs		35.7		7.9
Don Mattingly		34.0		7.2
Tim Raines		32.1		5.5
Mike Schmidt		31.2		6.1
Jesse Barfield		27.7		7.6
Cal Ripken		28.1		6.6
Alan Trammell		25.4		6.3
Ozzie Smith		22.6		5.6
Gary Gaetti		23.3		5.7
Tony Gwynn		28.3		6.6
Gary Carter		20.7		3.6
Jody ...
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DL from MN Posted: September 04, 2013 at 02:29 PM | 51 comment(s)
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Monday, August 26, 2013

Most Meritorious Player: 1985 Ballot

For 1985, each voter should rank their top 13 players from both leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EST on 4 September 2013.

Anyone can vote, even if you do not normally participate in Hall of Merit discussions. If have never participated in an MMP election, just post a preliminary ballot in the discussion thread by 3 September 2013.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: August 26, 2013 at 10:45 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Related News: 1985, hall of merit, history, mvp, sabrmetrics


Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Most Meritorious Player: 1984 Results

Cal Ripken Jr. repeats to win his second MMP award.

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Cal Ripken	207	14	11
Ryne Sandberg	192	14	3
Gary Carter	160	14	0
Eddie Murray	131	13	0
Alan Trammell	121	14	0
Tony Gwynn	121	13	0
Dave Stieb	103	12	0
Tim Raines	93	10	0
Mike Schmidt	73	9	0
Keith Hernandez	62	7	0
Dale Murphy	51	9	0
Bert Blyleven	49	8	0
Jose Cruz	48	9	0
Lloyd Moseby	36	5	0
R Henderson	33	4	0
Don Mattingly	31	6	0
Dwight Evans	25	3	0
Kirk Gibson	20	2	0
Buddy Bell	17	3	0
Wade Boggs	11	2	0
Alvin ...
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DL from MN Posted: August 07, 2013 at 05:07 PM | 24 comment(s)
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Monday, August 05, 2013

Most Meritorious Player: 1985 Discussion

Top players are well represented in the postseason. The Cardinals beat the Dodgers in the NLCS. The Royals beat the Blue Jays in the ALCS. The World Series is a memorable rivalry matchup with the Royals defeating the Cardinals in seven games.

MMP voting will end on September 4, 2013.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Rickey Henderson	37.4		9.9
George Brett		37.1		8.2
Pedro Guerrero		34.2		7.9
Tim Raines		35.5		7.6
Gary Carter		33.5		6.9
Wade Boggs		30.2		9.1
Willie McGee		36.1		8.2
Ozzie ...
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DL from MN Posted: August 05, 2013 at 02:50 PM | 67 comment(s)
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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Most Meritorious Player: 1983 Results

Cal Ripken wins his first MMP award. All-time low for participation this ballot.

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Cal Ripken	132	9	8
Wade Boggs	109	9	1
Mike Schmidt	108	9	0
Robin Yount	105	9	0
Dale Murphy	93	9	0
Dickie Thon	83	9	0
Eddie Murray	75	9	0
Rickey Hnderson	51	6	0
Dave Stieb	43	6	0
Jose Cruz	39	7	0
John Denny	35	5	0
Pedro Guerrero	33	6	0
Lou Whitaker	27	4	0
Dan Quisenberry	20	3	0
Mario Soto	19	4	0
Tim Raines	19	3	0
Gary Carter	19	3	0
Alan Trammell	13	2	0
Carlton Fisk	11	2	0
Andre ...
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DL from MN Posted: July 11, 2013 at 10:59 AM | 6 comment(s)
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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Most Meritorious Player: 1983 Ballot

For 1983, each voter should rank their top 13 players from both leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EST on 10 July 2013.

Anyone can vote, even if you do not normally participate in Hall of Merit discussions. If have never participated in an MMP election, just post a preliminary ballot in the discussion thread by 9 July 2013.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: June 25, 2013 at 11:34 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Related News: 1983, hall of merit, history, mmp, mvp, sabrmetrics


Friday, June 07, 2013

Most Meritorious Player: 1982 Results

Robin Yount unanimously wins his first MMP award.

Player   	pts	ballots	1sts
Robin Yount	165	11	11
Gary Carter 	146	11	0
Mike Schmidt	124	11	0
Doug DeCinces	98	10	0
Pedro Guerrero	96	11	0
Dale Murphy	96	11	0
Dwight Evans	96	10	0
Steve Rogers	80	10	0
Dave Stieb	63	8	0
Paul Molitor	55	7	0
Andre Dawson	46	6	0
Toby Harrah	28	4	0
Steve Carlton	27	4	0
Mario Soto	21	3	0
Joe Morgan	20	3	0
Joaquin Andujar	19	3	0
Rickey Henderson	16	3	0
Joe Niekro	13	2	0
Eddie Murray	13	3	0
Sixto Lezcano	12	2	0
Lance ...
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DL from MN Posted: June 07, 2013 at 04:21 PM | 7 comment(s)
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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Most Meritorious Player: 1983 Discussion

Cal Ripken leads the Orioles to a championship. The Orioles beat the Phillies in the World Series and White Sox in the ALCS. Phillies beat the Dodgers in the NLCS.

MMP voting will end on July 10, 2013.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Cal Ripken		36.2		8.2
Wade Boggs		34.0		7.8
Gary Carter		25.7		7.1
Dale Murphy		31.5		7.1
Dickie Thon		31.0		7.4
Robin Yount		33.1		7.2
Rickey Henderson	30.0		6.9
Mike Schmidt		35.4		6.8
Eddie Murray		31.1		6.6
Andre Dawson		27.3		6.8
Lou Whitaker		28.8		6.7
Jose ...
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DL from MN Posted: May 29, 2013 at 04:05 PM | 46 comment(s)
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Friday, May 24, 2013

Most Meritorious Player: 1982 Ballot

For 1982, each voter should rank their top 13 players from both leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EST on 06 June 2013.

Anyone can vote, even if you do not normally participate in Hall of Merit discussions. If have never participated in an MMP election, just post a preliminary ballot in the discussion thread by 05 June 2013.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: May 24, 2013 at 10:20 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Related News: hall of merit, history, mmp, mvp, sabermetrics


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Most Meritorious Player: 1981 Results

Congratulations to our unanimous MMP Mike Schmidt! I don’t have a template set up for putting results in a tabular format but figured we needed results posted.

Player  		pts	ballots	1sts	   
Mike Schmidt		165	11	11	   
Dwight Evans		146	11	0	   
Rickey Henderson	131	11	0	   
Andre Dawson		128	11	0	   
Bobby Grich		112	11	0	   
Fernando Valenzuela	84	9	0	   
Robin Yount		72	8	0	   
Buddy Bell 		56	6	0	   
George Foster		49	9	0	   
Steve McCatty		48	7	0	   
Nolan Ryan	        47	7	0	   
Steve ...
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DL from MN Posted: May 14, 2013 at 09:46 AM | 11 comment(s)
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Monday, April 29, 2013

Most Meritorious Player: 1982 Discussion

Harvey’s Wallbangers lose to Whitey’s Cardinals in a more typical season.

MMP voting will end on June 6 2013.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Yount, Robin		39.1		10.5
Schmidt, Mike		35.9		7.4
Murphy, Dale		32.1		6.1
Carter, Gary		32.5		8.6
Evans, Dwight		30.6		6.4
Henderson, Rickey	27.6		6.7
Morgan, Joe		27.9		5.1
Cooper, Cecil		29.5		5.6
Murray, Eddie		29.1		5.2
Guerrero, Pedro		29.6		6.8
Lezcano, Sixto		26.9		5.9
Molitor, Paul		30.0		6.2
Harrah, Toby		28.7		6.5
DeCinces, Doug		27.1		7.6
Brett, ...
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DL from MN Posted: April 29, 2013 at 09:46 AM | 56 comment(s)
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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Most Meritorious Player: 1981 Ballot

For 1981, each voter should rank their top 13 players from both leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EST on 02 May 2013.

Anyone can vote, even if you do not normally participate in Hall of Merit discussions. If have never participated in an MMP election, just post a preliminary ballot in the discussion thread by 01 May 2013.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: April 24, 2013 at 12:38 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Related News: hall of merit, history, mvp, sabrmetrics


Thursday, April 11, 2013

Most Meritorious Player: 1980 Results

Congratulations to George Brett, 1980’s Most Meritorious Player. He led the balloting throughout the election, in a vote marked by a high degree of consenuse for the top three places.

                    1  2   3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  Pts
Brett               8  2   1                                    161
Schmidt             3  7   1                                    156
Carlton, Steve         2   8           1                        141
Henderson, Rickey          1  6     1  3 ...
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fra paolo Posted: April 11, 2013 at 06:02 PM | 10 comment(s)
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Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Most Meritorious Player: 1981 Discussion

The strike, differences in games played by team and the goofy playoff system for 1981 will make evaluations more complicated than most seasons.

MMP voting will end on May 2 2013.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Schmidt, Mike		29.9		7.7
Evans, Dwight		25.8		6.7
Thomas, Gorman		20.1		3.1
Armas, Tony		17.9		4.2
Dawson, Andre		24.9		7.4
Murphy, Dwayne		20.3		4.3
Grich, Bobby		20.8		5.4
Henderson, Rickey	26.7		6.6
Yount, Robin		20.0		4.9
Burleson, Rick		17.2		4.5
Concepcion, David	20.3		3.7
Foster, ...
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DL from MN Posted: April 03, 2013 at 06:15 PM | 72 comment(s)
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Friday, March 22, 2013

Most Meritorious Player: 1980 Ballot

For 1980, each voter should rank their top 13 players from both leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EST on 04 April 2013.

Anyone can vote, even if you do not normally participate in Hall of Merit discussions. If have never participated in an MMP election, just post a preliminary ballot in the discussion thread by 03 April 2013.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: March 22, 2013 at 10:23 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Related News: hall of merit, history, mvp, sabermetrics


Monday, March 11, 2013

Most Meritorious Player: 1979 Results

In an election that saw five different candidates receive first-place ballots, Fred Lynn secured a victory on points, with a twenty-point advantage over the runner-up. Congratulations to Lynn, the 1979 Most Meritorious Player!

               1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9    10    11    12    13    Pts
Lynn           7    2    2              1                                           169
Porter, D      2    4    1         3         1    1                                 149
Brett ...
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fra paolo Posted: March 11, 2013 at 09:55 PM | 12 comment(s)
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Saturday, February 09, 2013

Most Meritorious Player: 1978 Results

Congratulations to New York Yankee Ron Guidry, 1978’s Most Meritorious Player. Guidry garnered nine of thirteen possible first-place votes.

                 1     2     3     4     5     6     7     8     9     10     11    12     13     Pts
Guidry           9     3           1                                                              189
Rice                   6     4     2                 1                                            169
Parker           1     2     4     1     1     2     1 ...
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fra paolo Posted: February 09, 2013 at 11:19 AM | 21 comment(s)
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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Most Meritorious Player: 1979 Discussion

Pirates sweep the Reds in the NLCS.  Earl Weaver’s Orioles beat the Angels in the ALCS. The Pirates beat the Orioles in the World Series in seven games.

MMP voting will end on March 06 2013.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Lynn, Fred		34.4		8.6
Thomas, Gorman		25.9		4.5
Lemon, Chet		25.3		5.6
Winfield, Dave		32.7		8.1
Singleton, Ken		31.7		5.0
Parker, Dave		30.7		6.5
Baylor, Don		28.5		3.5
Lezcano, Sixto		27.2		5.4
Rice, Jim		28.0		6.1
Wilson, Willie		23.6		6.0
Foster, George		21.9		4.9
Cruz, ...
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DL from MN Posted: January 29, 2013 at 04:56 PM | 115 comment(s)
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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Most Meritorious Player: 1978 Ballot

For 1978, each voter should rank their top 13 players from both leagues combined.

Balloting will close at 4pm EST on 06 February 2013.

Anyone can vote, even if you do not normally participate in Hall of Merit discussions. If have never participated in an MMP election, just post a preliminary ballot in the discussion thread by 04 February 2013.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: January 23, 2013 at 11:56 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Related News: hall of merit, history, sabrmetrics


Thursday, January 10, 2013

Luis Gonzalez and Steve Finley

Luis Gonzalez is eligible in 2014. Steve Finley was eligible in 2012.

DL from MN Posted: January 10, 2013 at 12:17 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Related News: diamondbacks, hall of merit, history, sabermetrics


David Wells and Kenny Rogers

Wells was eligible in 2013. Rogers is eligible in 2014.

DL from MN Posted: January 10, 2013 at 12:13 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Related News: athletics, blue jays, hall of merit, history, mets, rangers, sabermetrics, tigers, twins, white sox, yankees


Jeff Kent

eligible in 2014

DL from MN Posted: January 10, 2013 at 12:08 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Related News: astros, dodgers, giants, hall of merit, history, mets, sabermetrics


Mike Mussina

eligible in 2014

DL from MN Posted: January 10, 2013 at 12:06 PM | 47 comment(s)
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