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Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Most Meritorious Player: 1958 Results

Congratulations to Willie Mays on winning his 6th MMP award.

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Willie Mays	178	12	10
Mickey Mantle	165	12	2
Ernie Banks	160	12	0
Henry Aaron	136	12	0
Rocky Colavito	123	12	0
Richie Ashburn	115	11	0
Bob Cerv	96	11	0
Warren Spahn	67	8	0
Ken Boyer	42	6	0
Al Kaline	42	5	0
Jackie Jensen	25	4	0
Sam Jones	14	2	0
Stan Musial	14	2	0
Frank Lary	14	2	0
Ted Williams	13	2	0
Eddie Mathews	13	2	0
Whitey Ford	10	1	0
Del Crandall	10	1	0
Robin Roberts	10	1	0
Stu Miller	7	1	0
Dick Hyde	6	1	0
DL from MN Posted: October 01, 2014 at 04:14 PM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. DL from MN Posted: October 01, 2014 at 04:22 PM (#4803429)
Nobody else has more than 3 MMP awards

#ballots Players
14 Mays, Aaron
9 Mantle, Mathews
8 Musial
7 Roberts
6 Ashburn, Kaline, Spahn, Williams
4 Banks
3 Colavito
2 Boyer, Lary, Miller, Ford
   2. Qufini Posted: October 01, 2014 at 04:54 PM (#4803486)
Congratulations to Willie Mays on his 6th MMP award (1954, '55, '58, '62, '64, '65). He certainly deserves it.

At the same time, I'm starting to understand why the baseball writers started handing out awards to less-deserving players in an anybody-but-Mays-again mode. Between Mantle and Mays, the MMP awards have been pretty repetitive. Thankfully, Aaron and Banks have a shot at breaking the monotony in 1959.
   3. Qufini Posted: October 01, 2014 at 04:55 PM (#4803488)
Congratulations to Mickey Mantle, who won his 6th AL MMP award. He has now four straight (1955 to '58) plus the next two after our voting gap ('61 and '62).
   4. Qufini Posted: October 01, 2014 at 04:56 PM (#4803490)
Congratulations to Warren Spahn, who won his 2nd pitching MMP. Spahn was named on 8 of 12 ballots, or the same number as all other pitchers combined. Spahn also won the 1961 pitching MMP in a tiebreaker.
   5. Qufini Posted: October 01, 2014 at 04:58 PM (#4803495)
Congratulations to Frank Lary of the Detroit Tigers for winning the AL pitching MMP. On the official ballot, Lary narrowly edged Whitey Ford 14 points to 10. However, it wasn't really that close.
On the extended ballots most voters provided, Lary was listed first 7 times, Ford twice, and reliever Dick Hyde once for a fairly commanding victory.
   6. Qufini Posted: October 01, 2014 at 05:02 PM (#4803503)
Finally, congratulations to relievers Stu Miller and Dick Hyde for being named on at least one ballot. For a relief pitcher, being nominated is its own reward as only two relievers have even cracked the top ten (John Hiller in 1973 and Mark Eichhorn in 1986). Miller and Hyde are the first relievers to make a ballot since Joe Black in 1952. They're also the earliest pair or relievers to crack the ballot, joining Hiller and Marshall ('73), Sutter and Gossage ('77), Kern and Sutter ('79) and Corbett and Quisenberry ('80) from the golden age of firemen.
   7. DL from MN Posted: October 03, 2014 at 10:11 AM (#4805307)
I guess the only question I have after this is if Mays (or anyone else) can win 7. 1960 looks wide open.

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