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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 Foster	6	1	0
DL from MN Posted: October 09, 2020 at 09:44 AM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. DL from MN Posted: October 09, 2020 at 09:55 AM (#5981862)
That's a record 10 MMP awards for Babe Ruth. Only Bonds, Speaker, Mays, Aaron, Ruth and Cobb have received votes in 15 different elections.

Player # times on a ballot
Ruth 15
Hornsby 14
Gehrig 6
Simmons 6
Grove 5
Wilson 5
Wells 5
Stearnes 4
Ott 3
Foster 3
Dihigo 3
Ferrell 3
   2. DL from MN Posted: October 09, 2020 at 09:58 AM (#5981863)
Hornsby has received a vote more seasons than any other infielder, breaking his tie with Wagner and Schmidt.
   3. Qufini Posted: October 09, 2020 at 04:09 PM (#5981988)
Lefty Grove was denied the MMP but he did manage to win his third straight pitching MMP joining the illustrious trio of Walter Johnson (12-'14), Pete Alexander ('15-'17) and Bob Gibson ('68-'70).

Bill Terry is the National League MMP.

Willie Wells is the Negro League MMP, winning the tiebreaker over Martin Dihigo.

However, the National League pitching MMP is too close to call with four different pitchers taking the top spot from our voters.

We weren't successful with our last run-off (possibly because I waited too long to ask) but it would be nice to try again. Please post your top three NL pitchers- especially Brock Hanke and Yardape who didn't mention any off-ballot spots.
   4. Tubbs is Bobby Grich when he flys off the handle Posted: October 09, 2020 at 10:11 PM (#5982083)
Top 3 NL Pitchers

1. Bill Walker
2. Ed Brandt
3. Watty Clark

   5. Michael J. Binkley's anxiety closet Posted: October 10, 2020 at 10:34 AM (#5982237)
1. Watty Clark
2. Ray Benge
3. Ed Brandt
   6. MrC. Posted: October 10, 2020 at 02:22 PM (#5982286)
I missed Ed Brandt on my original ballot. He was not on the ballot but should have been in the next 10.
1. Ed Brandt
2. Ray Benge
3. Watty Clark
   7. Qufini Posted: October 11, 2020 at 05:46 PM (#5982398)
1. Bill Walker
2. Heinie Meine
3. Carl Hubbell
   8. DL from MN Posted: October 11, 2020 at 06:38 PM (#5982402)
Watty Clark
Ray Benge
Ed Brandt

   9. DL from MN Posted: October 13, 2020 at 02:17 PM (#5982806)
First time on a ballot for Bill Dickey and Earl Averill. That leaves the list of HoM but no MMP votes as:

Grant, Frank
Griffith, Clark
Herman, Billy
Hubbell, Carl
Mackey, Biz
McGraw, John
Medwick, Joe
Ruffing, Red
Trouppe, Quincy

I am going to bet we see a few of those in upcoming elections but Biz Mackey is 34 and his peak is over now.
   10. John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 13, 2020 at 06:04 PM (#5982847)
1) Ed Brandt
2) Watty Clark
3) Ray Benge
   11. Yardape Posted: October 13, 2020 at 11:56 PM (#5982911)
1) Ray Benge
2) Ed Brandt
3) Watty Clark
   12. Qufini Posted: October 16, 2020 at 09:00 AM (#5983306)
As is often the case with runoffs, the results remain very close. Ed Brandt just edges out Watty Clark with Ray Benge finishing in a solid third.

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