First I’d like to thank John Murphy for his dedicated service over the years. John has decided to retire from the Hall of Merit, except for as a voter. We really could not have done this without you John. I owe you many beers once our paths cross.
Now, onto the fun!
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 Grail of uber-stats. You don’t need a numerical rating down to the hundredth decimal point. You do need to treat all eras of baseball history fairly. You do need to stick to what happened on the field (or what would have happened if wars and strikes and such hadn’t gotten in the way). You may be challenged and ask to defend your position, if someone notices internal inconsistencies, flaws in your logic, etc.. This is all a part of the learning process.
It isn’t an easy thing to submit a ballot, but that’s by design. Not because we don’t want to grow our numbers (though we’ve done just fine there, started with 29 voters in 1898, and passed 50 eventually), not because we want to shut out other voices. It’s because we want informed voters making informed decisions on the entire electorate, not just the players they remember.”
So if you are up for this, we’d love to have you! Even if you aren’t up to voting, we’d still appreciate your thoughts in the discussion. Some of our greatest contributors haven’t or have only rarely voted.
Back to your regularly scheduled programming . . .
Voters should name 15 players, in order. Thanks!
Don’t forget to comment on everyone returning from last year’s top ten. As a reminder those guys are:
Phil Rizzuto, Luis Tiant, Dick Redding, Hugh Duffy, Gavy Cravath, Vic Willis and Sal Bando.
Newcomers on the 2013 ballot.
2013 (November 26, 2012)—elect
WS W3 Rookie Name-Pos 705 186.2 1986 Barry Bonds-LF 437 146.4 1984 Roger Clemens-P 428 73.8 1989 Craig Biggio-2B 325 68.7 1993 Mike Piazza-C 322 61.0 1989 Sammy Sosa-RF 252 75.4 1990 Curt Schilling-P 288 51.7 1992 Kenny Lofton-CF 297 41.3 1989 Steve Finley-CF 280 45.0 1983 Julio Franco-SS/2B 210 55.2 1988 David Wells-P 237 41.8 1995 Shawn Green-RF 209 36.7 1992 Reggie Sanders-RF 230 28.9 1994 Ryan Klesko-LF/1B 185 33.7 1994 Jose Valentin-SS 169 33.1 1995 Jeff Cirillo-3B 144 38.6 1992 Roberto Hernandez-RP 193 23.7 1993 Jeff Conine-1B/LF 159 24.4 1992 Royce Clayton-SS 151 23.7 1994 Rondell White-LF/CF 121 32.4 1992 Bob Wickman-RP 118 31.9 1993 Woody Williams-P 125 27.7 1990 Jose Mesa-RP 122 27.4 1995 Mike Lieberthal-C 120 27.4 1996 Jason Schmidt-P* 109 30.8 1997 Kelvim Escobar-P* 111 21.9 1993 Aaron Sele-P 122 12.5 1997 Todd Walker-2B
*In case it wasn’t clear, this should be an elect 4.
I never was able to finish the deep calcs from last year, but we are definitely a little behind based on teams and real Hall of Fame at the beginning of the project. I did get that far. And in the initial schedule this was an elect 4 year.
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