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Gonfalon Cubs: Being cheap is not a plan

I think, after the way this offseason has gone and reading this and this that I think I’m ready to state that I believe the Cubs main - and maybe only - goal this offseason is to get under the luxury tax.  They will, and are already trying to, spin it as a reset or restocking so they don’t fall off a cliff after 2021 and all the FAs.  They are using this past season’s failure as an excuse to not seriously invest any more into this version of the team, and an excuse for why they’ll end up ...

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Moses Taylor, glorified meat shield Posted: December 20, 2019 at 11:45 AM | 110 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1922 Ballot

For 1922 each voter should rank the top 10 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 8 January 2020.

Anyone can vote, even if you do not normally participate in Hall of Merit discussions. If you have never participated in an MMP election, just post a preliminary ballot in the discussion thread by 7 January 2020.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: December 19, 2019 at 04:15 PM | 9 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Mock Hall of Fame Ballot 2020 Results

BBTF would induct Derek Jeter, Larry Walker, Scott Rolen, Curt Schilling, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Manny Ramirez into the Hall of Fame.

votes 393
voters 42

Player Name	Votes	Percent
Derek Jeter	41	98%
Larry Walker	41	98%
Scott Rolen	39	93%
Curt Schilling	39	93%
Barry Bonds	38	90%
Roger Clemens	38	90%
Manny Ramírez	32	76%
Gary Sheffield	30	71%
Todd Helton	21	50%
Sammy Sosa	18	43%
Andruw Jones	16	38%
Jeff Kent	16	38%
Andy Pettitte	11	26%
Bobby Abreu	8	19%
Billy Wagner	3	7%
Jason ...
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DL from MN Posted: December 12, 2019 at 03:40 PM | 8 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Mock Hall of Fame Ballot 2020

IMPORTANT: Please read:

This election should follow BBWAA rules, not Hall of Merit rules. However, we hope to see only players that each voter feels belong on their ballots. Leaving 1st-year candidates off your ballot is also frowned upon. IOW, we would like to see an absence of some of the silliness that permeates Hall of Fame voting by the writers.

The election will end on Thursday, December 12, 2019 (1 PM EST). Results will be posted a short time later.

Please don’t post any vote ...

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DL from MN Posted: December 05, 2019 at 10:20 AM | 45 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 2019 Results

Congratulations to 2019 Most Meritorious Player Alex Bregman!

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Alex Bregman	114	8	4
Mike Trout	108	8	1
Cody Bellinger	106	8	2
Marcus Semien	92	8	1
Christian Yelich	73	8	0
Anthony Rendon	66	8	0
Justin Verlander	62	8	0
Gerrit Cole	61	7	0
Ketel Marte	44	6	0
Mookie Betts	37	7	0
Jacob deGrom	36	5	0
Stephen Strasburg	19	4	0
DJ LeMahieu	19	3	0
Zack Greinke	16	3	0
George Springer	13	5	0
Max Scherzer	13	2	0
Lance Lynn	12	2	0
Matt Chapman	11	4	0
Mike Minor	11	2	0
Xander ...
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DL from MN Posted: December 04, 2019 at 04:02 PM | 9 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1922 Discussion

The US Supreme Court declared that baseball games are not interstate commerce and are exempt from anti-trust laws. Babe Ruth was suspended for illegal barnstorming until May 20.

The Giants beat the Yankees in 5 games where one was declared a tie (4-0-1). All World Series games are played at the Polo Grounds.

The Chicago American Giants and Indianapolis ABCs are the top teams in the Negro National League.

Vote for 10.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Rogers Hornsby		47.2		10.0
Ken ...
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DL from MN Posted: November 25, 2019 at 04:28 PM | 14 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 2019 Ballot

Here are the specific rules for this election:

Candidate Eligibility: Any North American professional baseball player is eligible for the Most Meritorious Player (MMP) award including players on independent teams. Voters should consider the player’s on-field contribution to Major League Baseball (MLB) team(s) in that season only. If part of the season was spent outside MLB, that value may be considered as well. However, the player’s on-field contribution should be judged in relation to the ...

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DL from MN Posted: November 22, 2019 at 05:10 PM | 14 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Mock 2020 Modern Baseball Ballot

Candidates

Dwight Evans
Steve Garvey
Tommy John
Don Mattingly
Marvin Miller
Thurman Munson
Dale Murphy
Dave Parker
Ted Simmons
Lou Whitaker

See full descriptions here

Vote for zero to four candidates

Voting will end Friday 11/15/2019 at 2pm EDT. To make tallying easier please vote in the order above (alphabetical).

DL from MN Posted: November 11, 2019 at 04:13 PM | 64 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1921 Results

Congratulations to Babe Ruth on his unanimous selection as the 1921 Most Meritorious Player!

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Babe Ruth	105	7	7
Rogers Hornsby	96	7	0
Red Faber	83	7	0
Bullet Rogan	67	6	0
Oscar Charleston	63	6	0
Burleigh Grimes	47	6	0
Frankie Frisch	37	4	0
Ty Cobb	36	4	0
Carl Mays	33	4	0
Dave Bancroft	32	4	0
Alejandro Oms	32	3	0
Harry Heilmann	29	3	0
Dave Brown	14	1	0
Dobie Moore	11	1	0
Urban Shocker	10	1	0
Dick Whitworth	8	1	0
Joe Williams	7	1	0
Tris Speaker	7	1	0
George ...
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DL from MN Posted: November 06, 2019 at 04:24 PM | 3 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1921 Ballot

For 1921 each voter should rank the top 10 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 6 November 2019.

Anyone can vote, even if you do not normally participate in Hall of Merit discussions. If you have never participated in an MMP election, just post a preliminary ballot in the discussion thread by 5 November 2019.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: October 25, 2019 at 05:53 PM | 8 comment(s)
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