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Monday, July 29, 2019

Most Meritorious Player: 1918 Ballot

For 1918 each voter should rank the top 10 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 7 August 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 6 August 2019.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: July 29, 2019 at 01:03 PM | 10 comment(s)
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Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Most Meritorious Player: 1917 Results

Congratulations to Ty Cobb - our unanimous pick for 1917 Most Meritorious Player!

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Ty__ Cobb	105	7	7
Pete Alexander	89	7	0
Eddie Cicotte	83	7	0
Rogers Hornsby	74	6	0
Joe Williams	66	7	0
Tris Speaker	66	7	0
Ray Chapman	33	4	0
Babe Ruth	28	3	0
Heinie Groh	26	3	0
Jim Bagby	22	3	0
Louis Santop	20	2	0
Dick Redding	20	2	0
John H Lloyd	19	2	0
Art Fletcher	17	2	0
Stan Coveleski	16	2	0
Walter Johnson	12	1	0
Crist Torriente	10	1	0
Bobby Veach	8	1	0
John Donaldson	8	1	0
Joe ...
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DL from MN Posted: July 09, 2019 at 10:14 AM | 5 comment(s)
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Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Most Meritorious Player: 1918 Discussion

By the end of the season over 250 players were participating in military service for World War I. The exodus of players accelerated in July and MLB shut down in September to support the war effort.

The Boston Red Sox defeated the Chicago Cubs in the World Series four games to two in the only World Series to take place entirely in September. It is also one of the lowest scoring World Series ever played with the Red Sox winning despite scoring only 9 runs.

Rube Foster’s Chicago American Giants ...

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DL from MN Posted: July 02, 2019 at 02:46 PM | 12 comment(s)
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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Most Meritorious Player: 1917 Ballot

For 1917 each voter should rank the top 10 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 3 July 2019. (Let me know if you need an extension due to the holiday)

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 2 July 2019.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: June 27, 2019 at 05:51 PM | 8 comment(s)
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Thursday, June 06, 2019

Most Meritorious Player: 1917 Discussion

The Chicago White Sox defeated the New York Giants in the World Series four games to two.

As the season went on many players enlisted in military service for World War I. John Thorn lists 76 players enlisted in 1917.

The “Colored Championship” exhibition featured the Chicago American Giants and the New York Lincoln Stars despite the fact that the New York Lincoln Giants were the best team in the East.

Vote for 10.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Ty Cobb			46.8		11.3
Rogers Hornsby		37.0		9.9
Tris ...
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DL from MN Posted: June 06, 2019 at 04:41 PM | 16 comment(s)
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Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Most Meritorious Player: 1916 Results

Congratulations to Pete Alexander, our 1916 Most Meritorious Player.

This election went to the tiebreaker of most first place votes. Alexander had 5 first place votes and Tris Speaker had zero.

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Pete Alexander	96	7	5
Tris Speaker	96	7	0
Tyrus Cobb	85	7	0
Walter Johnson	84	7	1
Babe Ruth	77	7	0
Joe Williams	43	4	1
J H Lloyd	40	4	0
Joe Jackson	32	4	0
Harry Coveleski	25	3	0
Zack Wheat	23	3	0
Eddie Collins	22	3	0
Jeff Pfeffer	22	3	0
Art Fletcher	19	2	0
Reb ...
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DL from MN Posted: June 05, 2019 at 05:39 PM | 3 comment(s)
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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Most Meritorious Player: 1916 Ballot

For 1916 each voter should rank the top 10 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 5 June 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 4 June 2019.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: May 23, 2019 at 05:53 PM | 10 comment(s)
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Friday, May 03, 2019

Most Meritorious Player: 1916 Discussion

The Red Sox defeated the Brooklyn Robins in the World Series four games to one.

The Indianapolis ABC’s defeated the Chicago American Giants for the Colored Champion of the West. The Lincoln Stars were probably the best team in the East.

Vote for 10.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Tris Speaker		40.7		8.6
Ty Cobb			42.4		8.0
Zack Wheat		30.9		6.0
Eddie Collins		31.6		7.0
Joe Jackson		34.0		7.0
Art Fletcher		24.2		6.3
Heinie Groh		23.5		5.3
Max Carey		27.1		5.1
George Sisler 		24.4		5.1 (includes ...
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DL from MN Posted: May 03, 2019 at 01:54 PM | 7 comment(s)
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Thursday, May 02, 2019

Most Meritorious Player: 1915 Results

Congratulations to Grover Cleveland “Pete” Alexander for winning the 1915 Most Meritorious Player award!


Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Pete Alexander	116	8	5
Ty Cobb	111	8	2
Eddie Collins	99	8	0
Walter Johnson	98	8	0
Tris Speaker	78	8	0
Gavy Cravath	77	7	0
Jack Fournier	59	7	0
John Henry Lloyd	32	4	0
Larry Doyle	25	3	0
Joe Williams	16	2	0
Dick Redding	15	1	1
Fred Toney	14	2	0
Bobby Veach	12	2	0
Honus Wagner	9	1	0
Benny Kauff	9	1	0
Jim Scott	9	1	0
Heinie Groh	8	1	0
Jeff Pfeffer	8	1	0
Tom ...
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DL from MN Posted: May 02, 2019 at 12:05 PM | 4 comment(s)
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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Most Meritorious Player: 1915 Ballot

For 1915 each voter should rank the top 10 players from all leagues combined.
Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 1 May 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 30 April 2019.
For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: April 23, 2019 at 12:13 PM | 10 comment(s)
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Thursday, April 04, 2019

Most Meritorious Player: 1915 Discussion

The Boston Red Sox beat the Philadelphia Phillies in 1915 which means Boston topped Philly in consecutive seasons with different teams.

The New York Lincoln Stars and Chicago American Giants met in Chicago for a championship series. After four wins apiece the final game of the series was called after four innings with the Lincoln Stars ahead 1-0. Rube Foster of the Chicago American Giants declared the series a tie. The Lincoln Stars claimed a series victory 5 games to 4.

The Chicago Whales ...

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DL from MN Posted: April 04, 2019 at 02:39 PM | 19 comment(s)
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Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Most Meritorious Player: 1914 Results

Congratulations to Tris Speaker, our 1914 Most Meritorious Player!

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Tris Speaker	116	8	4
Eddie Collins	108	8	3
Walter Johnson	104	8	1
Dutch Leonard	86	8	0
Bill James	66	6	0
Frank Baker	59	7	0
Joe Williams	52	6	0
Pete Alexander	45	5	0
Jose Mendez	25	2	0
Sam Crawford	18	2	0
Benny Kauff	18	2	0
George Burns	17	2	0
JH Lloyd	17	2	0
Ben Taylor	15	2	0
Rabbit Maranville	15	2	0
Jeff Pfeffer	14	2	0
Sherry Magee	11	1	0
Ty Cobb	10	1	0
Cy Falkenberg	9	1	0
Tillie Walker	8	1	0
Gavy ...
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DL from MN Posted: April 03, 2019 at 04:12 PM | 3 comment(s)
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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Most Meritorious Player: 1914 Ballot

For 1914 each voter should rank the top 10 players from all leagues combined.
Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 3 April 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 2 April 2019.
For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: March 27, 2019 at 11:56 AM | 11 comment(s)
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Monday, March 11, 2019

Most Meritorious Player: 1914 Discussion

The Boston “Miracle” Braves swept the Philadelphia Athletics in the World Series.

The Indianapolis Hoosiers claimed the Federal League crown.

There was no formal challenge for the championship of black baseball but that didn’t stop Rube Foster’s Chicago American Giants from claiming the title on film.

Vote for 10.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Tris Speaker		44.8		9.9	
Eddie Collins		42.4		9.1
Frank Baker		33.7		7.4
Sam Crawford		29.6		6.2
George Burns		31.9		6.5		
Tillie Walker		26.4		5.8
Ty ...
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DL from MN Posted: March 11, 2019 at 12:35 PM | 19 comment(s)
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Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Most Meritorious Player: 1913 Results

Congratulations to Walter Johnson, our unanimous choice for the 1913 Most Meritorious Player!

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Walter Johnson	120	8	8
Eddie Collins	108	8	0
Tris Speaker	101	8	0
Joe Jackson	87	8	0
Ty R Cobb	78	8	0
Frank Baker	76	7	0
Babe Adams	57	7	0
JH Lloyd	46	5	0
Reb Russell	39	4	0
Chrs Mathewson	30	4	0
Jose Mendez	29	4	0
Gavy Cravath	22	3	0
Joe Williams	17	2	0
Eddie Cicotte	16	2	0
Crs Torriente	8	1	0
Burt Shotton	6	1	0
DL from MN Posted: March 06, 2019 at 04:18 PM | 2 comment(s)
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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Most Meritorious Player: 1913 Ballot

For 1913 each voter should rank the top 10 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 6 March 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 Mar 2019.
For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: February 21, 2019 at 01:20 PM | 15 comment(s)
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Thursday, February 07, 2019

Most Meritorious Player: 1913 Discussion

Eddie Collins, Home Run Baker and the Philadelphia Athletics defeated the New York Giants in the World Series. The New York Lincoln Giants defeated the Chicago American Giants for the colored championship.

Vote for 10.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Eddie Collins		39.1		9.0
Tris Speaker		35.9		8.4
Frank Baker		37.2		7.9
Joe Jackson		35.7		7.6
Ty Cobb			31.7		7.4
Gavvy Cravath		28.2		5.7
Burt Shotton		22.6		4.9
Sam Crawford		25.7		5.2
Stuffy McInnis		24.8		5.4
Napoleon Lajoie		22.6		5.3
Art ...
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DL from MN Posted: February 07, 2019 at 02:34 PM | 13 comment(s)
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Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Most Meritorious Player: 1912 Results

Congraulations to our 1912 Most Meritorious Player Tris Speaker!

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Tris Speaker	116	8	4
Walter Johnson	113	8	3
Ty Cobb	88	8	0
Joe Jackson	82	8	0
Joe Wood	81	8	0
Frank Baker	71	7	0
Ed Walsh	69	7	0
Eddie Collins	62	7	1
Honus Wagner	55	7	0
Joe Williams	48	5	0
John Henry Lloyd	17	2	0
Heinie Zimmerman	16	2	0
Christy Mathewson	13	2	0
Pete Hill	9	1	0

 

DL from MN Posted: February 06, 2019 at 05:50 PM | 4 comment(s)
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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Jason Giambi

Eligible 2020

DL from MN Posted: January 24, 2019 at 04:26 PM | 4 comment(s)
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Most Meritorious Player: 1912 Ballot

For 1912 each voter should rank the top 10 players from all leagues combined.

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

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: January 24, 2019 at 04:19 PM | 14 comment(s)
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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

2020 Hall of Merit Ballot Discussion

2020 (December 2019)—elect 4

Top 10 Returning Players
Luis Tiant (263), Todd Helton (251), Kenny Lofton (217), Andruw Jones (201), Ben Taylor (196), Jeff Kent (188), Johan Santana (176), Wally Schang (153), Sammy Sosa (148), Lance Berkman (135)

Newly eligible players

Player Name	HOFm	HOFs	WAR	WAR7	JAWS	Jpos
Derek Jeter	337	67	72.4	42.4	57.4	55
Bobby Abreu	95	54	60	41.6	50.8	56.8
Jason Giambi	108	44	50.5	42.2	46.4	54.7
Cliff Lee	72	30	43.5	39.8	41.7	61.7
Rafael ...
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DL from MN Posted: January 23, 2019 at 01:21 PM | 569 comment(s)
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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Bobby Abreu

Eligible 2020

DL from MN Posted: January 15, 2019 at 12:59 PM | 13 comment(s)
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Friday, January 11, 2019

Derek Jeter

Eligible 2020

DL from MN Posted: January 11, 2019 at 01:02 PM | 53 comment(s)
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Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Evaluating Relievers

One voter’s attempt to cut through the fog.

JoeD has the Imperial March Stuck in His Head Posted: January 09, 2019 at 08:55 PM | 44 comment(s)
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Roy Halladay, Mariano Rivera, and “Cannonball” Dick Redding elected - Hall of Merit Class of 2019

Congrats to the class of 2019, Roy Halladay, Mariano Rivera, and “Cannonball” Dick Redding!

Halladay and Rivera each garnered 9 of 27 first place votes, with Redding carrying 6 others. There was strong consensus this year - no other player received more than four top 3 votes. Halladay had 25, Rivera 19, and Redding 15. Todd Helton (5th), Jeff Kent (9th) and Jim McCormick (41st) also received first place votes.

Halladay was the only player named on all 27 ballots. Rivera was named on 26 and ...

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Friday, January 04, 2019

Most Meritorious Player: 1949 Results

Congratulations to Jackie Robinson, our 1949 Most Meritorious Player!

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Jackie Robinson	127	9	4
Ted Williams	126	9	3
Stan Musial	122	9	2
Mel Parnell	102	9	0
Ralph Kiner	94	9	0
Vern Stephens	78	9	0
Eddie Joost	57	6	0
Pee Wee Reese	50	6	0
Bob Lemon	38	5	0
Virgil Trucks	37	5	0
Don Newcombe	21	3	0
Howie Pollet	20	2	0
Enos Slaughter	17	2	0
Warren Spahn	15	2	0
Bobby Thomson	13	2	0
Roy Campanella	12	1	0
Connie Marrero	10	1	0
Bobby Doerr	6	1	0
DL from MN Posted: January 04, 2019 at 03:28 PM | 5 comment(s)
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Thursday, January 03, 2019

Most Meritorious Player: 1912 Discussion

Tris Speaker and the Boston Red Sox defeated the New York Giants in the World Series. Pete Hill and the Chicago American Giants were the top black barnstorming team.

Vote for 10.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Tris Speaker		51.7		10.1
Joe Jackson		37.1		9.5
Frank Baker		38.8		9.3
Ty Cobb			38.7		9.2
Eddie Collins		36.9		8.8
Honus Wagner		35.9		8.0
Heinie Zimmerman	34.6		7.1
Larry Gardner		28.6		5.8
Johnny Evers		27.3		6.0
Chief Meyers		22.0		4.6
Bill Sweeney		23.3		5.3
Napoleon ...
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DL from MN Posted: January 03, 2019 at 01:12 PM | 17 comment(s)
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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Re-Thinking Roy Campanella

progrockfan has done a project on Roy Campanella. So here’s a thread for him to present it and we can discuss it.

JoeD has the Imperial March Stuck in His Head Posted: December 26, 2018 at 02:57 PM | 25 comment(s)
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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Most Meritorious Player: 1949 Ballot

For 1949 each voter should rank the top 10 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 2 January 2019. Let me know if there is a conflict due to the holidays and I can extend.

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 Jan 2019.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: December 20, 2018 at 09:59 AM | 16 comment(s)
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Monday, December 10, 2018

2019 Hall of Merit Ballot

Welcome to the 2019 Hall of Merit Ballot thread. Balloting is open from now (December 10) through December 19January 7 9, 2019 at 8 p.m. EST.

I’ve posted this the last several 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 ...

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JoeD has the Imperial March Stuck in His Head Posted: December 10, 2018 at 07:57 PM | 50 comment(s)
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