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Saturday, November 05, 2022

Most Meritorious Player: 2022 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 2022, each voter should rank 15 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 November 30 December 7 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 29 November December 6 2022.

DL from MN Posted: November 05, 2022 at 12:39 PM | 17 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. kcgard2 Posted: November 05, 2022 at 06:27 PM (#6104359)
2022 ballot

1. Aaron Judge
2. Shohei Ohtani
3. Sandy Alcantara - with the rest of the pack so closely jumbled for position players, Alcantara distances himself from the pitching pack more clearly so he moves to 3
4. Nolan Arenado
5. Manny Machado
6. Paul Goldschmidt
7. Freddie Freeman
8. Yordan Alvarez
9. JT Realmuto - moving up for the same reason as Alcantara
10. Justin Verlander
11. Jose Ramirez
12. Mookie Betts
13. Francisco Lindor
14. Andres Gimenez
15. Dansby Swanson

16. Aaron Nola
17. Trea Turner
18. Max Fried
19. Xander Bogaerts
20. Jose Altuve
   2. DL from MN Posted: November 06, 2022 at 01:07 PM (#6104533)
2022 Ballot

1) Aaron Judge
2) Shohei Ohtani - I predict a lot of ballots starting like this
3) JT Realmuto - catcher bonus is real here, playoff bonus closes the gap to a virtual tie with Ohtani
4) Sandy Alcantara - lots of innings, is that still allowed?
5) Nolan Arenado - outstanding defensive season
6) Andres Gimenez
7) Manny Machado
8) Paul Goldschmidt
9) Yordan Alvarez - playoffs bump him up the list
10) Adley Rutschman
11) Dylan Cease
12) Tommy Edman
13) Mike Trout
14) Aaron Nola - good first rounds of the playoffs added value
15) Austin Riley

16-20) Dansby Swanson, Francisco Lindor, Justin Verlander, Julio Rodriguez, Jose Ramirez
21-25) Xander Bogaerts, Max Fried, Alek Manoah, Mookie Betts, Jeff McNeil
   3. lieiam Posted: November 13, 2022 at 03:29 PM (#6105386)
I was going to post this in discussion but it's not currently giving me the option to do so. Anyway, this is my combination of the two main WAR systems and also Win Shares. There's a small catcher bonus but no post-season bonus.

1 JUDGE, AARON 10000
2 OHTANI, SHOHEI 8420
3 GOLDSCHMIDT, PAUL 6910
4 MACHADO, MANNY 6683
5 ARENADO, NOLAN 6456
6 REALMUTO, J.T. 6351
7 RAMIREZ, JOSE 6217
8 FREEMAN, FREDDIE 6108
9 GIMENEZ, ANDRES 6021
10 BETTS, MOOKIE 5915
11 ALVAREZ, YORDAN 5905
12 LINDOR, FRANCISCO 5863
13 ALCANTARA, SANDY 5710
14 SWANSON, DANSBY 5637
15 RILEY, AUSTIN 5557
   4. The Mighty Quintana Posted: November 16, 2022 at 03:21 PM (#6105806)
Some great third baseman and starting pitchers this year, tough to rank.

1. Aaron Judge - he also played half his games in CF and was pretty good. And he's 6'7" 280.
2. Shohei Ohtani - arm seemed to get stronger as the season progressed.
3. Paul Goldschmidt - Mize/Pujols type season, unfortunately September saw a swoon.
4. Nolan Arenado - guess that contract ain't so bad, after all
5. JT Realmuto - what can't he do?
6. Jose Ramirez - ditto
7. Sandy Alcantara - can't be long for Miami...
8. Alek Manoah - just a workhorse
9. Manny Machado - building that HOF resume
10. Austin Riley - gets a little better every year
11. Julio Rodriguez - wow, Seattle has their Kid again
12. Trea Turner - a joy to watch
13. Mookie Betts - still pretty darn good
14. Dylan Cease - the power of the 'stache
15. Mike Trout - see #13
Other great seasons: Yordan Alvarez, Dansby Swanson, Aaron Nola, Kyle Tucker, Justin Verlander
   5. cookiedabookie Posted: November 18, 2022 at 04:10 PM (#6106106)
1. Aaron Judge
2. Shohei Ohtani
3. Paul Goldschmidt
4. Nolan Arenado
5. Yordan Alvarez
6. Freddie Freeman
7. Andres Gimenez
8. Mookie Betts
9. Sandy Alcantara
10. J.T. Realmuto
11. Manny Machado
12. Aaron Nola
13. Julio Rodriguez
14. Jose Ramirez
15. Justin Verlander
   6. DL from MN Posted: November 27, 2022 at 10:19 PM (#6106988)
Just a few days left to cast a ballot
   7. DL from MN Posted: December 05, 2022 at 01:34 PM (#6108053)
Ballot will close this Wednesday even if we don't get another ballot.
   8. John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 06, 2022 at 06:00 PM (#6108335)
1) Aaron Judge
2) Shohei Ohtani
3) Sandy Alcantara
4) Nolan Arenado
5) Paul Goldschmidt
6) Andres Gimenez
7) Yordan Alvarez
8) Manny Machado
9) JT Realmuto
10) Austin Riley
11) Mookie Betts
12) Dylan Cease
13) Tommy Edman
14) Mike Trout
15) Jose Ramirez


   9. reech Posted: December 06, 2022 at 06:38 PM (#6108347)
Judge
Ohtani
Alcantara
Goldschmidt
Arenado
Freeman
Betts
Verlander
Machado
Altuve
Trout
Realmuto
Lindor
Ramirez
Alvarez
   10. DL from MN Posted: December 06, 2022 at 09:30 PM (#6108395)
Ramirez
Alvarez


Marking those as Jose Ramirez and Yordan Alvarez, let me know if that is incorrect. Full names are helpful.
   11. reech Posted: December 06, 2022 at 10:01 PM (#6108405)
Yes that's who I meant
   12. John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 07, 2022 at 07:47 AM (#6108434)
9) JT Realmuto


Is it possible to move him up to #6 and push the others down accordingly? I apologize, DM, but I forgot to give him a catcher bonus in my haste to get my ballet done.
   13. DL from MN Posted: December 07, 2022 at 09:23 AM (#6108460)
Is it possible to move him up to #6 and push the others down accordingly?


Done
   14. John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 07, 2022 at 11:21 AM (#6108494)
Much appreciated, Dan!
   15. Michael J. Binkley's anxiety closet Posted: December 07, 2022 at 11:45 AM (#6108504)
2022 MMP Ballot:

1. Aaron Judge ($33.50M)
2. Shohei Ohtani (27.04) - most valuable player who played pitcher, but not MMPitcher based on pitching alone
3. Paul Goldschmidt (20.18) - NL MMP
4. J.T. Realmuto (17.76)
5. Yordan Alvarez (17.58)
6. Nolan Arenado (16.62)
7. Freddie Freeman (16.27)
8. Andres Giminez (15.75)
9. Mookie Betts (14.64)
10. Manny Machado (14.29)
11. Julio Rodriguez (13.80)
12. Jose Ramirez (13.38)
13. Mike Trout (13.22)
14. Juan Soto (12.82)
15. Sandy Alcantara (11.87) - MMPitcher

16-20. Altuve, Verlander (AL MMPitcher), Riley, Cease, Lindor.
   16. Tiboreau Posted: December 07, 2022 at 03:00 PM (#6108566)
2022 MMP Ballot:
1. Aaron Judge—An absolutely historic season, with Fangraphs & Baseball-Reference crediting him with double-digit WAR, leading the league in several major offensive categories while playing an acceptable CF.
2. Shohei Ohtani—even better than last year, and in most any other season would again be the MMP. The 2nd best pitcher in the AL.
3. Nolan Arenado—Very close in value to his 1B teammate, with both Fangraphs & Baseball-Reference giving a slight edge to Arenado, he slots one spot ahead.
4. Paul Goldschmidt—See Nolan Arenado.
5. Manny Machado—According to Fangraphs, Machado was similar in value to Arenado & Goldshmidt, while Baseball-Reference has him 1 win behind. That is enough to rate him in the top 5.
6. Sandy Alcantara—Baseball-Reference absolutely loves Alcantara, rating him as the best player in the NL. Fangraphs is not as entusiastic, having him 1.5 wins below the top 3.
7. Yordan Alvarez—Missing a month's worth of games hurts Alvarez, placing him below the top 5, but had a spectacular offensive season primarily at DH.
8. Andres Gimenez—Supplemented above-average middle-infield defense with a very good offensive year, loses the tie-breaker w Yordan based on Fangraphs slightly greater enthusiasm for the DH/OF.
9. Freddie Freeman
10. Mookie Betts
11. J.T. Realmuto
12. Aaron Nola
13. Mike Trout—The Angels' CF obviously is hurt by missing over 40 games; 'twould be fascinating to see where he would've ranked if he had been healthy all year.
14. Francisco Lindor
15. Jose Ramirez
   17. DL from MN Posted: December 07, 2022 at 04:05 PM (#6108577)
Election is over, thanks for participating

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