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Wednesday, June 02, 2021

Most Meritorious Player: 1938 Results

Congratulations to Ray Brown, our 1938 Most Meritorious Player!

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Ray Brown	107	8	3
Mel Ott__	106	8	2
Arky Vaughan	95	8	2
Hank Greenberg	81	8	0
Jimmie Foxx	81	7	0
Josh Gibson	76	6	1
Buck Leonard	48	6	0
Bill Lee	48	5	0
Joe Cronin	43	5	0
Stan Hack	26	3	0
Hilton Smith	23	2	0
Johnny Mize	22	3	0
Martin Dihigo	16	2	0
Red Ruffing	14	2	0
Ival Goodman	12	2	0
Ernie Lombardi	10	1	0
Harlond Clift	9	1	0
Bill Dickey	9	1	0
Joe DiMaggio	8	1	0
Bill Byrd	6	1	0
DL from MN Posted: June 02, 2021 at 11:29 PM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. DL from MN Posted: June 02, 2021 at 11:42 PM (#6022256)
This is Ray Brown's first MMP award and the first for a Negro League pitcher. It is his 6th season with a spot on a ballot.

This is a tie for the closest election with the top spots separated by one point. In 1969 Jackson edged Petrocelli by one point.

Player Name / # times on ballot
Josh Gibson 13
Mel Ott 9
Joe DiMaggio 9
Jimmie Foxx 8
Arky Vaughan 7
Johnny Mize 7
Martin Dihigo 7
Ray Brown 6
Joe Cronin 5
Buck Leonard 4
Bill Dickey 4
Stan Hack 3
   2. DL from MN Posted: June 03, 2021 at 09:16 AM (#6022284)
Pitchers winning MMP are relatively rare, the last one chronologically was Walter Johnson in 1918. Here's the whole list

Cy Young 1901
Rube Waddell 1902
Christy Mathewson 1903
Walter Johnson 1913
Walter Johnson 1918
Ray Brown 1938
Dizzy Trout 1944
Hal Newhouser 1945
Sandy Koufax 1963
Bob Gibson 1968
Tom Seaver 1971
Steve Carlton 1972
Ron Guidry 1978
Dwight Gooden 1985
Greg Maddux 1994
Greg Maddux 1995
Pedro Martinez 1999
Pedro Martinez 2000
   3. DL from MN Posted: June 04, 2021 at 02:14 PM (#6022550)
HoM electees with the least number of elections with an MMP vote (excluding players before 1901)

Grant, Frank 0
Griffith, Clark 0
Mackey, Biz 0
McGraw, John 0
Trouppe, Quincy 0
Beckley, Jake 1
Burkett, Jesse 1
Clarke, Fred 1
Dahlen, Bill 1
Fingers, Rollie 1
Lundy, Dick 1
Randolph, Willie 1
Rivera, Mariano 1
Rixey, Eppa 1
Roush, Edd 1
Wallace, Bobby 1
Wilhelm, Hoyt 1
   4. DL from MN Posted: June 04, 2021 at 02:23 PM (#6022552)
HoM unelected players with the most times on an MMP ballot (eligible players in bold)

Players Frequency
Albert Pujols 11
Alex Rodriguez 10
Mike Trout 9
Joey Votto 8
Justin Verlander 8
Miguel Cabrera 8
Clayton Kershaw 7
Andrew McCutchen 6
Chase Utley 6
Dale Murphy 6
David Ortiz 6
Fred McGriff 6
Jason Giambi 6
Lance Berkman 6

Max Scherzer 6
Nomar Garciaparra 6
Robinson Cano 6
Adrian Beltre 5
Albert Belle 5
Augie Galan 5

Buster Posey 5
CC Sabathia 5
Carlos Beltran 5
Dave Concepcion 5
David Wright 5
Don Newcombe 5

Joe Mauer 5
Josh Donaldson 5
Manny Machado 5
Mookie Betts 5
Sammy Sosa 5
Troy Tulowitzki 5
Adam Wainwright 4
Brian Giles 4
Buddy Bell 4
Bobby Bonds 4
Cesar Cedeno 4

Chris Sale 4
Cliff Lee 4
Corey Kluber 4
Darryl Strawberry 4
Dave Bancroft 4
Dave Parker 4
Dizzy Dean 4

Evan Longoria 4
Frank Chance 4
George Foster 4
Grady Sizemore 4
Jim Rice 4
Jorge Posada 4
Mark Teixeira 4

Jose Bautista 4
Matt Holliday 4
Nolan Arenado 4
Noodles Hahn 4
Orel Hershiser 4
Pedro Guerrero 4
Ron Cey 4
Roy Oswalt 4
Toby Harrah 4
Tony Oliva 4
Vern Stephens 4
Vic Willis 4
   5. kcgard2 Posted: June 06, 2021 at 06:46 AM (#6022815)
Minor note, DL, but Jose Bautista is not eligible for two more years.

Also, particularly on threads created by you, I frequently have to wait 1-3 days before BBTF decides it's OK for me to post comments. On other threads it doesn't seem to happen.
   6. DL from MN Posted: June 06, 2021 at 03:57 PM (#6022866)
Fixed it. Weird that it won't let people post comments.

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