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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Most Meritorious Player: 1900 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 highest level major league, not relative to a minor league. A season may include playoff or World Series games but does not include spring training or exhibition games. No credit will be given for games not played due to injury, wartime service or contract holdouts.

Ballot Length: For 1900, each voter should rank 10 players.

Voter eligibility: All voters who did not vote in the previous year’s election must post a preliminary ballot in the ballot discussion thread. All voters must fill out a complete ballot. Voters must briefly explain their ballot choices. One person, one vote; anyone determined to have voted with multiple accounts will be banned and their votes will be disallowed. The MMP ballot committee has authority to exclude any ballot that does not meet these requirements.

Scoring: Points will be given in descending order with the highest-ranked player receiving 15 points, the second highest 14 points, and so on until the last player on the ballot receives 1 point. The player with the highest point total will be named the Most Meritorious Player. In case of a tie, the tiebreaker will be number of first place votes. If the tiebreaker does not determine a winner the players will share the title of Most Meritorious Player.

Balloting will close at 4pm EST on 6 July 2022.

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 July 2022.

DL from MN Posted: June 22, 2022 at 01:26 PM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. DL from MN Posted: June 22, 2022 at 02:37 PM (#6083279)
Opened this early. Final ballot before we go real-time.
   2. bjhanke Posted: June 23, 2022 at 02:05 AM (#6083384)
Here's Brock Hanke's ballot with no comments. I am VERY sick right now (respiratory problems, I pant almost all the time). If I couldn't just put together a list of Win Shares, I would not be able to vote at all.

1. Honus Wagner (34)
2. Elmer Flick (32)
3. Joe McGinnity (30)
4. Bill Dineen (27)
5. Kip Selbach (27)
6. Jesse Burkett (25)
7. Roy Thomas (25)
8. Sliding Billy Hamilton (23)
9. Deacon Phillippe (23)
10. Jesse Tannehill (23)
   3. DL from MN Posted: June 23, 2022 at 12:07 PM (#6083415)
Thanks Brock. Get well soon.
   4. DL from MN Posted: June 28, 2022 at 01:05 PM (#6084279)
1900 Ballot

1) Honus Wagner - clear #1
2) Elmer Flick - best bat
3) Napoleon Lajoie
4) John McGraw
5) Billy Hamilton
6) Kip Selbach
7) Noodles Hahn - contraction dramatically raised the talent level for pitchers, moreso than for position players.
8) Cy Young
9) Grant Johnson - I have him ranked as the best SS this season. Wagner was still not playing SS full time
10) Willie Keeler

11-15) Jake Beckley, Bill Dahlen, George Davis, Jesse Burkett, Clark Griffith
16-21) Jimmy Collins, Joe Kelley, Bill Dinneen, Jesse Tannehill, Luis Padron, Win Mercer
   5. kcgard2 Posted: June 28, 2022 at 04:41 PM (#6084334)
1) Cy Young
2) Honus Wagner
3) Elmer Flick
4) Noodles Hahn
5) Jesse Burkett
6) John McGraw
7) Kip Selbach
8) Billy Hamilton
9) Bill Dinneen
10) Nap Lajoie

11-15) Willie Keeler, Luis Padrón, Grant Johnson, George Davis, Joe McGinnity
16-20) Deacon Phillipe, Jake Beckley, Sam Leever, Joe Kelley, Bill Dahlen
   6. Harmon Ripkowski Posted: June 29, 2022 at 01:15 AM (#6084425)
1900 ballot

1 - Elmer Flick
2 - Honus Wagner
3 - Cy Young
4 - Jesse Burkett
5 - John McGraw

6 - Billy Hamilton
7 - Bill Dineen
8 - Nap Lajoie
9 - George Davis
10- Kip Selbach


The rest would be Noodles Hahn, Jake Beckley, Willie Keeler, Joe McGinnity, and Deacon Phillippe
   7. John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: July 04, 2022 at 12:19 PM (#6085499)
Official 1900 MMP Ballot:

1) Honus Wagner: Best ML player and right fielder by a considerable amount - relative lack of durability from NL pitchers helped.
2) Bill Dineen: Best ML pitcher.
3) Elmer Flick
4) Jesse Tannehill
5) Joe McGinnity
6) Deacon Phillippe
7) Kip Selbach: Best ML left fielder.
8) Billy Hamilton: Best ML center fielder.
9) Sam Leever
10) Jimmy Barrett

Happy Independence Day!
   8. DL from MN Posted: July 05, 2022 at 10:37 AM (#6085566)
One day left to vote
   9. Tubbs is Bobby Grich when he flys off the handle Posted: July 06, 2022 at 11:49 AM (#6085732)
Wow this is so uncommon it’s letting me post on my first try! Get well, Brock-I always enjoy your insights and stories. DL, thanks for taking the time to put this together. I started voting about 10 years so ago when we were doing the 1980s, it’s been fun & I’ve enjoyed learning about the players & having more appreciation for their accomplishments. Aside from these MMP votes, I rarely log in and comment on BBTF much anymore & I don’t take part in the real-time MMP, it just doesn’t interest me for whatever reason. So until I eventually take the time to put a Hall of Merit ballot together, I probably won’t be posting much but I’ll make sure not to forget my log in ;-p

My 1900 ballot

1. Honus Wagner
2. Elmer Flick
3. Cy Young
4. Kip Selbach
5. Jesse Burkett
6. Bill Dinneen
7. Joe McGinnity
8. John McGraw
9. Noodles Hahn
10.Nap Lajoie

   10. DL from MN Posted: July 06, 2022 at 01:35 PM (#6085753)
Moving this over from the discussion. Feel free to revise if needed

HAWK Posted: June 09, 2022 at 01:30 PM (#6080848)

1) Honus Wagner – 6.4 WAR, 176 OPS+, 201 hits, 100 RBI, Best hitter
2) Elmer Flick – 5.9 WAR, 172 OPS+, 200 hits, 110 RBI, 11 HR
3) Cy Young – 7.2 WAR, 20 Wins, 120 ERA+, 2.76 FIP
4) John McGraw – 5.3 WAR, 157 OPS+, Best non-outfield hitter, excellent fielder
5) Joe McGinnity – 5.1 WAR, 28 Wins, 130 ERA+, 3.81 FIP, Regular Season Champion
6) Nap Lajoie – 4.2 WAR, 140 OPS+, Best fielding 2nd Baseman
7) Kip Selbach – 5.2 WAR, 150 OPS+, Best fielding Outfielder
8) Bill Dinneen – 6.9 WAR, 20 Wins, 132 ERA+, 3.67 FIP, good fielding pitcher
9) Jesse Burkett – 5.3 WAR, 151 OPS+, 203 hits
10) Willie Keeler – 3.7 WAR, 130 OPS+, 204 hits, Regular Season Champion

11) George Davis – 4.1 WAR, Best fielding Shortstop, 121 OPS+
12) Deacon Phillippe – 4.8 WAR, 20 Wins, 128 ERA+, 3.14 FIP
13) Joe Kelley – 3.5 WAR, 138 OPS+, Regular Season Champion
14) Billy Hamilton – 4.2 WAR, 123 OPS+, excellent fielder
15) Bill Dahlen – 3.2 WAR, excellent fielder, Regular Season Champion
16) Ed Delahanty – 2.9 WAR, 123 OPS+, 100 RBI, excellent fielder
17) Jake Beckley – 4.3 WAR, 129 OPS+
18) Jesse Tannehill – 4.9 WAR, 20 Wins, 126 ERA+, 3.34 FIP
19) Noodles Hahn – 6.2 WAR, 112 ERA+, 3.07 FIP
20) Jimmy Collins – 3.1 WAR, Best fielding 3rd Baseman
21) George Van Haltren – 3.4 WAR, 117 OPS+
22) Rube Waddell – 3.5 WAR, 153 ERA+, 2.75 FIP
23) Sam Leever – 4.7 WAR, 134 ERA+, 2.94 FIP
24) Ned Garvin – 3.8 WAR, 149 ERA+, 3.16 FIP
25) Clark Griffith – 5.0 WAR, 118 ERA+, 3.46 FIP
   11. DL from MN Posted: July 06, 2022 at 04:03 PM (#6085777)
Election is over, results soon

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