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Hall of Merit: 2016 Hall of Merit Election Results: Griffey Jr., Mussina, Smoltz and Sheffield elected!

Ken Griffey, Jr., Mike Mussina, John Smoltz and Gary Sheffield join the Hall of Merit as the Class of 2016!

Griffey was named on the top of 21 of the 26 ballots cast, leading the way with 619 of a possible 624 points.

Mussina finished second with 551 points - he was in the top four on 22 ballots. Smoltz finished 3rd with 522 points, top four on 19 ballots. Sheffield secured the last spot with 459 points, he was named on all but one ballot and was top four on 15 of them.

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JoeD has the Imperial March Stuck in His Head Posted: December 21, 2015 at 10:36 PM | 20 comment(s)
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Primate Studies: Loser Scores 2015

The World Series is over, and that means it’s time for my annual foray into the World of the Losers.

The fine print:

Bill James came up with Loser Scores after the 2010 season, in an effort to measure how the Pirates’ string of losing seasons compared to other lengthy stretches of bad baseball. I’ve updated the totals every year since then.

You compute Loser Scores in this fashion:

1. A team that has a losing season adds to its Loser Score the total of games under .500, plus the number ...

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Mike Emeigh Posted: November 03, 2015 at 09:46 PM | 12 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Mock Pre-Integration Hall of Fame Ballot 2016

Players

Bill Dahlen
Wes Ferrell
Marty Marion
Frank McCormick
Harry Stovey
Bucky Walters


Executives

Doc Adams
Sam Breadon
Garry Herrmann
Chris Von Der Ahe

See full candidate descriptions here

Vote for zero to four candidates

DL from MN Posted: October 30, 2015 at 02:17 PM | 60 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1910 Ballot

For 1910, each voter should rank the top 10 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 4 November 2015.

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 November 2015.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

 

DL from MN Posted: October 21, 2015 at 02:17 PM | 22 comment(s)
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Jim's Lab Notes: Sorry for the Downtime This Morning

Sorry for the downtime. Our server host migrated our server to newer hardware. The downtime was supposed to be minimal but the changeover took longer than expected. Their timing wasn’t the best either. Please let me know if you notice anything wonky.

Sorry again for the inconvenience.

BTW, you can follow me on Twitter for updates on stuff like this and some baseball tidbits from time-to-time.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2015 at 01:44 PM | 10 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1909 Results

Congratulations to Ty Cobb on his first MMP award.

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Tyrus Cobb	116	8	5
Eddie Collins	111	8	3
Honus Wagner	107	8	0
John H Lloyd	90	8	0
Chrs Mathewson	87	8	0
Mordecai Brown	84	8	0
Tris Speaker	67	8	0
Orval Overall	43	5	0
Sam Crawford	41	6	0
Napoleon Lajoie	28	4	0
Donie Bush	24	3	0
Frank Smith	20	3	0
George Gibson	8	1	0
Pete Hill	8	1	0
Frank Baker	6	1	0
DL from MN Posted: October 09, 2015 at 10:54 AM | 8 comment(s)
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Jim's Lab Notes: Site Slowdowns

A number of people have complained about slow load times for pages at different times during the day. After spending some time monitoring the server a little more closely the last few days, I’ve narrowed down the cause to a few Mysql queries that have been locking some of the database’s biggest tables. When that happens the other queries pause and fall into the queue until the table lock is released.

I’ve already fixed some issues created within the forums by archiving the old Lounges. I need ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 09, 2015 at 10:19 AM | 161 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1908 Discussion

The Cubs beat Detroit again in the World Series.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Honus Wagner		56.7		11.5
Napoleon Lajoie		35.3		7.9
Roger Bresnahan		26.8		5.9
Joe Tinker		33.0		7.9
Matty McIntyre		33.0		5.9
Tyrus Cobb		35.4		6.1
Mike Donlin		31.1		6.0
Tommy Leach		29.7		4.8
Hans Lobert		32.3		5.1
Art Devlin		23.5		4.3
Fielder Jones		32.6		4.8
Sherry Magee		25.5		4.7
Johnny Evers		29.3		5.6
Johnny Kling		22.9		3.9
Fred Clarke		27.8		4.8
Bobby Wallace		21.7		6.3
George Stovall		21.8		4.2
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DL from MN Posted: July 27, 2015 at 04:14 PM | 29 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1904 Ballot

For 1904, each voter should rank the top 10 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 6 May 2015.

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 5 May 2015.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: April 21, 2015 at 04:04 PM | 28 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1904 Discussion

The Giants refuse to play the World Series this season and the AL pennant race makes them wish they hadn’t.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Napoleon Lajoie		40.9		8.6
Honus Wagner		41.0		8.2
Bill Bradley		28.1		6.6
Elmer Flick		30.3		6.5
Jimmy Collins		27.3		5.3
Danny Murphy		25.5		5.1
George Davis		27.9		7.2
Bobby Wallace		23.1		5.7
Willie Keeler		26.7		5.0
Mike Grady		15.7		4.0
Tommy Leach		24.1		3.7
Frank Chance		29.0		5.9
Cy Seymour		25.3		4.6
Art Devlin		24.0		4.8
Freddy Parent		29.4		6.2
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DL from MN Posted: April 02, 2015 at 04:48 PM | 39 comment(s)
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