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Saturday, January 09, 2021

2022 Hall of Merit Ballot Discussion

2022 (December 2021)—elect 4

Top 10 Returning Players
Bobby Abreu, Sammy Sosa, Andy Pettitte, Buddy Bell, Lance Berkman, Wally Schang, Bobby Bonds, Sal Bando, Vic Willis, Ben Taylor

Newly Eligible Players
Batters:
Alex Rodriguez
David Ortiz
David Wright
Mark Teixeira
Jimmy Rollins
Carl Crawford
Coco Crisp
Justin Morneau
Marlon Byrd
Prince Fielder
A.J. Pierzynski
Michael Bourn
Juan Uribe
Alexei Ramirez

Pitchers:
Jake Peavy
Joe Nathan
Jonathan Papelbon
Scott Kazmir
Tim Lincecum
John Danks

DL from MN Posted: January 09, 2021 at 09:42 AM | 74 comment(s)
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Thursday, January 07, 2021

2021 Hall of Merit Election Results: Lofton, Santana & Kent

Congratulations to our newest members of the Hall of Merit: Kenny Lofton, Johan Santana and Jeff Kent

RK   LY  Player              PTS  Bal   1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11 12 13 14 15
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 1    5  Kenny Lofton        397   21   7  2  2  2  3  2  1                    1  1
 2    6  Johan Santana       323   22      2  2  4  1  1  1  4     1  4  1  1      
 3    8  Jeff Kent           302   18   3  3  2  3 ...
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DL from MN Posted: January 07, 2021 at 09:28 PM | 34 comment(s)
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Friday, December 18, 2020

2021 Hall of Merit Ballot

Welcome to the 2021 Hall of Merit Ballot thread. Balloting is open from now (December 18) through January 7, 2021 at 5 p.m. EST.

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 ...

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DL from MN Posted: December 18, 2020 at 10:10 AM | 54 comment(s)
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Monday, January 13, 2020

2021 Hall of Merit Ballot Discussion

2021 (December 2020)—elect 3

Top 10 Returning Players
Kenny Lofton, Johan Santana, Sammy Sosa, Jeff Kent, Lance Berkman, Bobby Abreu, Buddy Bell, Wally Schang, Bobby Bonds, Sal Bando

Newly eligible players

Tim Hudson
Mark Buehrle
Torii Hunter
Dan Haren
Barry Zito
Aramis Ramirez
Shane Victorino
Alex Rios
Grady Sizemore
A.J. Burnett

DL from MN Posted: January 13, 2020 at 02:06 PM | 649 comment(s)
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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Most Meritorious Player: Trophy Case

MMP Award results and analysis including a listing of all winners.

DL from MN Posted: September 21, 2016 at 04:40 PM | 51 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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JoeD has the Imperial March Stuck in His Head Posted: August 30, 2004 at 09:33 AM | 28 comment(s)
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Monday, August 02, 2004

The Baseball Hall of Merit Plaque Room: Home Page

Enter here to see the players that have been immortalized in the Hall of Merit.

John Murphy was the curator of the Plaque Room and creator (with Ryan Wagman’s help) of the plaques. As of 2011 the creator of the plaques is theorioleway.

David Foss is in charge of the franchise cap standings.

Devin McCullen provides the city and state cap standings.

yest helps us out double-checking the plaques for accuracy.

The whole process is overseen by our commissioner and founder Joe Dimino.

For Hall ...

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JoeD has the Imperial March Stuck in His Head Posted: August 02, 2004 at 05:37 PM | 1490 comment(s)
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Friday, January 15, 2021

Jimmy Rollins

Eligible 2022

DL from MN Posted: January 15, 2021 at 11:23 AM | 2 comment(s)
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Mark Teixeira

Eligible 2022

DL from MN Posted: January 15, 2021 at 11:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
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Sunday, January 10, 2021

David Wright

Eligible 2022

Note - this is earlier than he has been deemed eligible for the Hall of Fame

DL from MN Posted: January 10, 2021 at 09:31 AM | 19 comment(s)
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Saturday, January 09, 2021

David Ortiz

Eligible 2022

DL from MN Posted: January 09, 2021 at 09:42 AM | 34 comment(s)
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Friday, January 08, 2021

Alex Rodriguez

Eligible 2022

DL from MN Posted: January 08, 2021 at 10:10 AM | 53 comment(s)
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Thursday, January 07, 2021

Most Meritorious Player: 1934 Discussion

The Gas House Gang Cardinals won the World Series over the Detroit Tigers 4 games to 3.

The Philadelphia Stars topped the Chicago American Giants 4 games to 3 in the Negro National League Championship.

Vote for 10.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Lou Gehrig		41.1		10.4
Arky Vaughan		36.6		6.6
Charlie Gehringer	36.6		8.4
Mel Ott__		37.5		7.3
Jimmie Foxx		31.3		9.0
Paul Waner		30.7		5.8
Earl Averill		32.4		6.8
Ripper Collins		32.6		6.3
Hank Greenberg		30.4		6.2
Billy Werber		26.2		5.5
Gabby ...
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DL from MN Posted: January 07, 2021 at 10:21 AM | 5 comment(s)
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Wednesday, January 06, 2021

Most Meritorious Player: 1933 Results

Congratulations to our 1933 Most Meritorious Player - Jimmie Foxx

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Jimmie Foxx	131	9	6
Carl Hubbell	125	9	2
Chuck Klein	96	8	0
Joe Cronin	79	7	0
Arky Vaughan	79	8	0
Lou Gehrig	76	8	0
Wally Berger	67	7	0
Lon Warneke	62	7	0
Josh Gibson	52	5	1
Mickey Cochrane	42	5	0
Charlie Gehringer	42	6	0
Turkey Stearnes	17	2	0
Lefty Grove	17	2	0
Martin Dihigo	13	1	0
Dizzy Dean	11	1	0
Ed Brandt	9	1	0
Sam Streeter	8	1	0
Al Simmons	7	1	0
Babe Ruth	6	1	0
Pepper Martin	6	1	0

 

DL from MN Posted: January 06, 2021 at 06:18 PM | 5 comment(s)
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Friday, December 18, 2020

Most Meritorious Player: 1933 Ballot

For 1933 each voter should rank the top 10 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 6 January 2021. Please let me know if you want your preliminary ballot counted as your final ballot.

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 January 2021.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: December 18, 2020 at 12:28 PM | 13 comment(s)
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Thursday, December 17, 2020

Mock Hall of Fame Ballot 2021 Results

BBTF would elect Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Scott Rolen, Curt Schilling, Todd Helton and Manny Ramirez to the Hall of Fame. Gary Sheffield misses by one vote.

Player Name	Votes	Percent
Barry Bonds	51	98.1%
Roger Clemens	50	96.2%
Scott Rolen	49	94.2%
Curt Schilling	49	94.2%
Todd Helton	41	78.8%
Manny Ramirez	39	75.0%
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Gary Sheffield	38	73.1%
Sammy Sosa	32	61.5%
Andruw Jones	28	53.8%
Jeff Kent	24	46.2%
Andy Pettitte	17	32.7%
Bobby Abreu	11	21.2%
Tim ...
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DL from MN Posted: December 17, 2020 at 01:43 PM | 7 comment(s)
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Thursday, December 10, 2020

Mock Hall of Fame Ballot 2021

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 17, 2020 (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 10, 2020 at 09:51 AM | 62 comment(s)
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Wednesday, December 09, 2020

Most Meritorious Player: 2020 Results

Congratulations to Freddie Freeman, our 2020 Most Meritorious Player!

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Freddie Freeman	79	6	2
Shane Bieber	75	6	2
Mookie Betts	66	5	2
Trevor Bauer	65	6	0
Jose Abreu	45	5	0
Yu Darvish	38	5	0
Jose Ramirez	37	4	0
DJ LeMahieu	35	5	0
Max Fried	32	4	0
Fernando Tatis Jr	28	5	0
Juan Soto	26	4	0
Manny Machado	25	5	0
Mike Yastrzemski	23	3	0
Marcell Ozuna	23	3	0
Trea Turner	22	3	0
Hyun-Jin Ryu	20	3	0
Dinelson Lamet	14	2	0
Zach Wheeler	11	2	0
Antonio Senzatela	10	2	0
Dansby ...
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DL from MN Posted: December 09, 2020 at 04:03 PM | 4 comment(s)
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Monday, November 23, 2020

Most Meritorious Player: 2020 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 23, 2020 at 10:22 AM | 11 comment(s)
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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Most Meritorious Player: 2020 Discussion

The Dodgers prevailed over the Tampa Bay Rays in an offseason that was nearly half as long as the regular season.

Vote for 15.

Player			bWAR
Mookie Betts		3.4
Jose Ramirez		2.2
Freddie Freeman		2.9
Fernando Tatis Jr	2.5
Anthony Rendon		1.8
Trea Turner		2.2
Mike Yastrzemski	2.5
Jose Abreu		2.8
Mike Trout		1.6
Manny Machado		2.8
Marcell Ozuna		2.3
DJ LeMahieu		2.8
Trevor Story		2.1
Juan Soto		2.1
Ronald Acuna Jr		2.1
Brandon Lowe		2.1
Trent Grisham		2.2
Tim Anderson		2.2
Dansby Swanson		2.6
Paul ...
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DL from MN Posted: November 10, 2020 at 09:05 AM | 21 comment(s)
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Saturday, November 07, 2020

Most Meritorious Player: 1933 Discussion

The Giants defeated the Senators 4 games to 1 in the World Series.

The second version of the Negro National League was formed. Cole’s American Giants won the first half title and the Pittsburgh Crawfords the second half. Their “playoff” was a one game that ended in a tie.

Vote for 10.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Jimmie Foxx		38.9		9.2
Chuck Klein		31.7		7.5
Arky Vaughan		33.1		7.0
Joe Cronin		33.5		7.2
Wally Berger		36.3		6.9
Mickey Cochrane		25.7		6.0
Charlie Gehringer	28.3		7.2
Lou ...
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DL from MN Posted: November 07, 2020 at 11:33 AM | 22 comment(s)
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Thursday, November 05, 2020

Most Meritorious Player: 1932 Results

Congratulations to Jimmie Foxx on winning his first MMP award!

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Jimmie Foxx	119	8	7
Babe Ruth	99	8	0
Lou Gehrig	93	8	0
Lefty Grove	91	8	1
Mel Ott	85	8	0
Chuck Klein	67	7	0
Bill Terry	58	6	0
Satchel Paige	52	5	0
Mickey Cochrane	39	5	0
Lon Warneke	36	5	0
Carl Hubbell	30	3	0
Lefty O'Doul	19	3	0
Red Ruffing	18	2	0
Babe Herman	13	1	0
Joe Cronin	8	1	0
Cool Papa Bell	7	1	0
General Crowder	6	1	0

 

DL from MN Posted: November 05, 2020 at 11:47 AM | 1 comment(s)
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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Most Meritorious Player: 1932 Ballot

For 1932 each voter should rank the top 10 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 4 November 2020. Please let me know if you want your preliminary ballot counted as your final ballot.

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 3 November 2020.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: October 21, 2020 at 10:24 PM | 11 comment(s)
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Friday, October 09, 2020

Most Meritorious Player: 1931 Results

Congratulations to our 1931 Most Meritorious Player winner Babe Ruth!

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Babe Ruth	115	8	3
Lefty Grove	112	8	4
Lou Gehrig	96	8	0
Joe Cronin	91	8	1
Al Simmons	85	8	0
Earl Averill	46	5	0
Mickey Cochrane	45	5	0
Wes Ferrell	39	4	0
Bill Terry	34	4	0
Willie Wells	29	3	0
Martin Dihigo	29	4	0
Wally Berger	28	3	0
Jud Wilson	19	2	0
Rogers Hornsby	15	2	0
Lefty Gomez	12	2	0
George Earnshaw	11	1	0
Bill Dickey	9	1	0
Mel Ott	7	1	0
Turkey Stearnes	6	1	0
Logan Hensley	6	1	0
Willie ...
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DL from MN Posted: October 09, 2020 at 09:44 AM | 12 comment(s)
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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Most Meritorious Player: 1932 Discussion

The Yankees swept the Cubs in the World Series.

Top teams in the fractured Negro Leagues include the Pittsburgh Crawfords, Cole’s American Giants, Monroe Monarchs and the Detroit Wolves.

Vote for 10.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Jimmie Foxx		41.9		10.5
Babe Ruth		35.7		8.3
Chuck Klein		31.7		6.6
Mel Ott			32.1		7.9
Lou Gehrig		37.9		7.9
Mickey Cochrane		30.9		5.8
Joe Cronin		30.9		6.1
Babe Herman		24.4		6.6
Bill Terry		31.6		7.2
Lefty O'Doul		32.9		6.4
Tony Lazzeri		27.0		5.2
Paul ...
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DL from MN Posted: September 30, 2020 at 02:57 PM | 14 comment(s)
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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Most Meritorious Player: 1931 Ballot

For 1931 each voter should rank the top 10 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 7 October 2020. Please let me know if you want your preliminary ballot counted as your final ballot.

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 6 October 2020.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: September 23, 2020 at 10:00 AM | 14 comment(s)
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Thursday, September 10, 2020

Most Meritorious Player: 1930 Results

Congratulations to Babe Ruth, our 1930 Most Meritorious Player!

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Babe Ruth	80	6	1
Lou Gehrig	74	6	0
Lefty Grove	69	6	2
Willie Wells	69	6	2
Joe Cronin	59	5	1
Hack Wilson	46	4	0
Al Simmons	39	4	0
Bill Terry	39	4	0
Wes Ferrell	35	4	0
Jimmie Foxx	21	3	0
Gabby Hartnett	17	2	0
Mule Suttles	14	2	0
Babe Herman	11	1	0
Chuck Klein	10	1	0
Lefty Stewart	9	1	0
Ted Lyons	8	1	0
Willie Foster	8	1	0
Charlie Gehringer	8	1	0
Mickey Cochrane	7	1	0
Cool Papa Bell	7	1	0
DL from MN Posted: September 10, 2020 at 09:01 AM | 4 comment(s)
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Monday, August 31, 2020

Most Meritorious Player: 1931 Discussion

The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Philadelphia Athletics in the World Series.

Vote for 10.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Babe Ruth		38.2		10.3
Lou Gehrig		36.3		8.8
Joe Cronin		35.1		6.8
Al Simmons		33.7		7.5
Mickey Cochrane		28.4		5.4
Wally Berger		30.8		5.7
Lyn Lary		23.8		4.9
Mel Ott			25.9		5.6
Bill Terry		28.0		6.1
Paul Waner		25.7		5.0
Max Bishop		25.0		5.9
Earl Averill		30.2		6.1
Chuck Klein		24.6		4.8
Travis Jackson		22.0		5.4
Goose Goslin		24.8		5.6
Bill Dickey		20.4		4.2
Woody ...
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DL from MN Posted: August 31, 2020 at 10:07 PM | 8 comment(s)
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Friday, August 28, 2020

Most Meritorious Player: 1930 Ballot

For 1930 each voter should rank the top 10 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 2 September 2020. Please let me know if you want your preliminary ballot counted as your final ballot.

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 1 September 2020.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: August 28, 2020 at 11:16 AM | 9 comment(s)
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