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Newsblog: You Are Cordially Invited to SOFTBALL IN THE CITY

Permit application process has been started, with any luck we’ll be frolicking in the North Meadow of Central Park some sunny Saturday in July or August.* Attendance will be taken! Those not in attendance will be talked smack of!

Further details will be posted as they become available, or as I remember them. If you’re in contact with primates (or other beings) who don’t regularly visit the site, make sure to let ‘em know! They don’t need to be good, there are already enough of you who make me ...

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Hysterical & Useless Posted: April 25, 2019 at 11:30 AM | 316 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1915 Ballot

For 1915 each voter should rank the top 10 players from all leagues combined.
Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 1 May 2019.
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 30 April 2019.
For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: April 23, 2019 at 12:13 PM | 10 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1915 Discussion

The Boston Red Sox beat the Philadelphia Phillies in 1915 which means Boston topped Philly in consecutive seasons with different teams.

The New York Lincoln Stars and Chicago American Giants met in Chicago for a championship series. After four wins apiece the final game of the series was called after four innings with the Lincoln Stars ahead 1-0. Rube Foster of the Chicago American Giants declared the series a tie. The Lincoln Stars claimed a series victory 5 games to 4.

The Chicago Whales ...

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DL from MN Posted: April 04, 2019 at 02:39 PM | 19 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1912 Results

Congraulations to our 1912 Most Meritorious Player Tris Speaker!

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Tris Speaker	116	8	4
Walter Johnson	113	8	3
Ty Cobb	88	8	0
Joe Jackson	82	8	0
Joe Wood	81	8	0
Frank Baker	71	7	0
Ed Walsh	69	7	0
Eddie Collins	62	7	1
Honus Wagner	55	7	0
Joe Williams	48	5	0
John Henry Lloyd	17	2	0
Heinie Zimmerman	16	2	0
Christy Mathewson	13	2	0
Pete Hill	9	1	0

 

DL from MN Posted: February 06, 2019 at 05:50 PM | 4 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: 2020 Hall of Merit Ballot Discussion

2020 (December 2019)—elect 4

Top 10 Returning Players
Luis Tiant (263), Todd Helton (251), Kenny Lofton (217), Andruw Jones (201), Ben Taylor (196), Jeff Kent (188), Johan Santana (176), Wally Schang (153), Sammy Sosa (148), Lance Berkman (135)

Newly eligible players

Player Name	HOFm	HOFs	WAR	WAR7	JAWS	Jpos
Derek Jeter	337	67	72.4	42.4	57.4	55
Bobby Abreu	95	54	60	41.6	50.8	56.8
Jason Giambi	108	44	50.5	42.2	46.4	54.7
Cliff Lee	72	30	43.5	39.8	41.7	61.7
Rafael ...
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DL from MN Posted: January 23, 2019 at 01:21 PM | 569 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Roy Halladay, Mariano Rivera, and “Cannonball” Dick Redding elected - Hall of Merit Class of 2019

Congrats to the class of 2019, Roy Halladay, Mariano Rivera, and “Cannonball” Dick Redding!

Halladay and Rivera each garnered 9 of 27 first place votes, with Redding carrying 6 others. There was strong consensus this year - no other player received more than four top 3 votes. Halladay had 25, Rivera 19, and Redding 15. Todd Helton (5th), Jeff Kent (9th) and Jim McCormick (41st) also received first place votes.

Halladay was the only player named on all 27 ballots. Rivera was named on 26 and ...

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JoeD has the Imperial March Stuck in His Head Posted: January 09, 2019 at 08:21 PM | 59 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1949 Results

Congratulations to Jackie Robinson, our 1949 Most Meritorious Player!

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Jackie Robinson	127	9	4
Ted Williams	126	9	3
Stan Musial	122	9	2
Mel Parnell	102	9	0
Ralph Kiner	94	9	0
Vern Stephens	78	9	0
Eddie Joost	57	6	0
Pee Wee Reese	50	6	0
Bob Lemon	38	5	0
Virgil Trucks	37	5	0
Don Newcombe	21	3	0
Howie Pollet	20	2	0
Enos Slaughter	17	2	0
Warren Spahn	15	2	0
Bobby Thomson	13	2	0
Roy Campanella	12	1	0
Connie Marrero	10	1	0
Bobby Doerr	6	1	0
DL from MN Posted: January 04, 2019 at 03:28 PM | 5 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1912 Discussion

Tris Speaker and the Boston Red Sox defeated the New York Giants in the World Series. Pete Hill and the Chicago American Giants were the top black barnstorming team.

Vote for 10.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Tris Speaker		51.7		10.1
Joe Jackson		37.1		9.5
Frank Baker		38.8		9.3
Ty Cobb			38.7		9.2
Eddie Collins		36.9		8.8
Honus Wagner		35.9		8.0
Heinie Zimmerman	34.6		7.1
Larry Gardner		28.6		5.8
Johnny Evers		27.3		6.0
Chief Meyers		22.0		4.6
Bill Sweeney		23.3		5.3
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DL from MN Posted: January 03, 2019 at 01:12 PM | 17 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1948 Ballot

For 1948 each voter should rank the top 10 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 7 November 2018.

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 6 Nov 2018.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: October 26, 2018 at 11:19 AM | 15 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1948 Results

Congratulations to our 1948 Most Meritorious Player Stan Musial!

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Stan Musial	118	8	6
Lou Boudreau	111	8	1
Ted Williams	105	8	1
Harry Brecheen	87	8	0
Joe DiMaggio	78	8	0
Johnny Sain	71	7	0
Johnny Mize	55	6	0
Bob Elliott	42	5	0
Ken Keltner	29	3	0
Ralph Kiner	28	4	0
Hal Newhouser	24	3	0
Joe Gordon	23	3	0
Luke Easter	20	2	0
Tommy Henrich	20	3	0
Bob Lemon	14	2	0
Richie Ashburn	9	1	0
Gene Bearden	6	1	0
DL from MN Posted: October 08, 2018 at 10:09 AM | 4 comment(s)
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