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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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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 | 47 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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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

Mock 2019 Hall of Fame Election Results

BBTF would elect nine players if we were in charge of the Hall of Fame voting.

Player Name	Votes	Percent
Mike Mussina	50	96%
Barry Bonds	49	94%
Roger Clemens	49	94%
Roy Halladay	49	94%
Edgar Martinez	48	92%
Larry Walker	46	88%
Curt Schilling	45	87%
Scott Rolen	42	81%
Mariano Rivera	41	79%
Manny Ramirez	38	73%
Sammy Sosa	12	23%
Andruw Jones	11	21%
Todd Helton	8	15%
Gary Sheffield	7	13%
Lance Berkman	5	10%
Jeff Kent	4	8%
Fred McGriff	3	6%
Andy Pettitte	2	4%
Billy Wagner	2	4%
Omar ...
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DL from MN Posted: December 10, 2018 at 01:52 PM | 9 comment(s)
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Thursday, December 06, 2018

Mock Hall of Fame Ballot 2019

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 Monday, December 10, 2018 (1 PM EST). Results will be posted a short time later.

Please don’t post any vote tallies ...

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DL from MN Posted: December 06, 2018 at 10:21 AM | 62 comment(s)
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Most Meritorious Player: 2018 Results

Congratulations to our 2018 Most Meritorious Player - Mookie Betts!

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Mookie Betts	117	8	5
Mike Trout	110	8	2
Jacob deGrom	79	6	1
Alex Bregman	79	8	0
Chrs Yelich	74	8	0
Jose Ramirez	67	7	0
Frn Lindor	65	7	0
Matt Chapman	55	8	0
Max Scherzer	51	7	0
Aaron Nola	50	7	0
J.D. Martinez	48	7	0
Blake Snell	36	7	0
Kyle Freeland	22	3	0
Manny Machado	19	4	0
Chris Sale	15	3	0
Mitch Haniger	11	2	0
Matt Carpenter	11	2	0
Javier Baez	10	3	0
Trevor Bauer	9	3	0
J.T. ...
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DL from MN Posted: December 06, 2018 at 10:08 AM | 1 comment(s)
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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Most Meritorious Player: 1949 Discussion

The Yankees took the pennant from the Red Sox and beat the Dodgers in the World Series.

Vote for 10.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Stan Musial		40.7		9.2
Ted Williams		39.8		9.1
Jackie Robinson		37.2		9.6
Eddie Joost		35.3		6.9
Ralph Kiner		36.6		8.1
Vern Stephens		31.9		6.9
Pee Wee Reese		32.4		7.0
Enos Slaughter		30.1		6.2
Bob Elliott		23.4		5.2
Bobby Thomson		25.6		6.2
Bobby Doerr		24.9		5.4
Cass Michaels		22.5		5.3
Roy Campanella		23.2		4.4
George Kell		24.6		4.8
Andy ...
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DL from MN Posted: November 28, 2018 at 12:33 PM | 9 comment(s)
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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Most Meritorious Player: 2018 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 20, 2018 at 03:56 PM | 17 comment(s)
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Friday, November 16, 2018

Mock 2019 Today’s Game Hall of Fame Election Results

BBTF does not recommend anyone for election for the 2019 Today’s Game committee election. Orel Hershiser received the most votes but fell well short of 75% needed for election.

Candidate		Percent	TOTALS
Orel Hershiser		30%	14
Will Clark		22%	10
Davey Johnson		22%	10
George Steinbrenner		22%	10
Lou Piniella		17%	8
Lee Smith		9%	4
Albert Belle		7%	3
Harold Baines		2%	1
Joe Carter		2%	1
Charlie Manuel		0%	0
Number of Voters			46

 

DL from MN Posted: November 16, 2018 at 01:23 PM | 11 comment(s)
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Monday, November 12, 2018

Mock 2019 Today’s Game Hall of Fame Ballot

Candidates

Harold Baines
Albert Belle
Joe Carter
Will Clark
Orel Hershiser
Davey Johnson
Charlie Manuel
Lou Piniella
Lee Smith
George Steinbrenner

See full descriptions here

Vote for zero to four candidates

Voting will end Friday 11/16/2017 at 1pm EST

DL from MN Posted: November 12, 2018 at 01:05 PM | 61 comment(s)
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