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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1960 Ballot
For 1960, each voter should rank their top 10 players from both leagues combined.
Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 7 January 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 January 2015.
For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.
19 comment(s)Posted: December 15, 2014 at 01:09 PM |
If you can’t get enough of Baseball-Reference.com’s Sean Forman (and if you know Sean no one would blame you), here’s his television debut on the MLB Nework.
53 comment(s)Posted: January 21, 2012 at 11:32 AM |
Transaction Oracle: 2012 ZiPS Projections - Toronto Blue JaysIs there any team more happy about baseball adding a second wildcard spot than the Toronto Blue Jays? In the short-term at least (and probable long-term unless the top AL East teams start showing some serious incompetence), Toronto's prospects improve considerably if they don't have to better both the Red Sox and Yankees to make the playoffs. That obviously helps Tampa Bay and Baltimore as well, but the Jays are in that sweet spot where it's pretty darn useful - the Rays can compete for the ...Read More...
42 comment(s)Posted: January 21, 2012 at 10:26 AM |
Transaction Oracle: 2012 ZiPS Projections - Tampa Bay RaysThe Rays plan to win in 2012 the same way they usually do: pitching, defense, and catching just enough lightning in a bottle on offense around their core. The team is, at least by ZiPS, just behind the Red Sox for 3rd place, but the winter is over and given how relatively quiet the team has been with minor-league signings (outside of Luke Scott, they've made very few), they've still got some empty bottles to fill.
Tampa won't have that starting rotation, forever. A team competing on a ...Read More...
29 comment(s)Posted: January 18, 2012 at 03:01 PM |
Want to be the next Gleeman or Calcaterra?
0 comment(s)Posted: January 17, 2012 at 11:39 AM |
Hall of Merit: 2013 Hall of Merit Ballot Discussion
2013 (November 26, 2012)—elect 3*
231 comment(s)Posted: January 16, 2012 at 04:08 PM |
Transaction Oracle: Mariners - Acquired Montero
Seattle Mariners acquire C Jesus Montero for P Michael Pineda and P Jose Campos
ZiPS projected Montero at .271/.333/.486 in Yankee Stadium. Good enough for a 112 OPS+. He’s going to a much tougher place to hit, so the raw stat line is not going to be nearly as pretty to get the same value. Let’s put it this way. Justin Smoak (a name not chosen at random of course) put up a 104 OPS+ with .234/.323/.396. I like Montero an awful lot but I’d downgrade him a fair amount in anything like a Strat ...Read More...
35 comment(s)Posted: January 14, 2012 at 12:12 AM |
Transaction Oracle: 2012 ZiPS Projections - Kansas City RoyalsIf you watch the Food Network, you might have come across a competitive cooking show called "Chopped" in which chefs are given baskets of mystery ingredients. Some ingredients are pretty cool, some ingredients have tremendous use in specific areas, and some ingredients are downright awful. Each one of the chefs that survive each round have to use all the ingredients together in a non-horrible way. < That's a lot how the Royals are right now. There are a lot of the ingredients of a winning team in the future. Some of them are finished, quality products, like Alex Gordon and Billy Butler. Some of the ingredients, like Eric Hosmer and Johnny Giavotella, are exciting to work with. But a lot of the team's prospects, at this point, fall into the category of "interesting" like most of the pitchers having at least one serious flaw or concern to worry about. All these ingredients are scattered and all over the place and the Royals at this point, are still going to likely struggle to hit 75 wins.
There's still a lot more offseason left, but as of now, the good news is that there really ...Read More...
31 comment(s)Posted: January 13, 2012 at 03:11 PM |
Newsblog: BTF Flashback: David Brazeal’s “The Peña”
Once upon a spring so dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
How distinctly I remembers how it’s been in past Decembers,
3 comment(s)Posted: January 09, 2012 at 11:49 AM |
Transaction Oracle: 2012 ZiPS Projections - Cincinnati RedsThe Reds had a reasonable argument at being competitive in the NL Central last season (ZiPS had them tied with Brewers, just ahead of Cardinals), but the starting pitching pretty much abandoned the team, with the exception of Johnny Cueto. The addition of Mat Latos obviously improves the rotation, but the team has a bit less depth now and there are less emergency options in the rotation with Travis Wood in Chicago (ZiPS still believes in him enough to give him a ERA+ of 100 there) and Matt ...Read More...
34 comment(s)Posted: January 08, 2012 at 01:05 PM |
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