We need a quick runoff vote to resolve the tie at the top in the 1973 part 3 voting. Voting closes Sunday night, so vote early. More after the jump.
This is the first runoff vote since contemporaries and teammates Mickey Cochrane and Al Simmons squared off following the 1901 Part 1 election. Quite a different runoff this time, matching a pitcher and an outfielder separated in time by almost a century. Here are their career lines:
To make your choice that much harder, those WAR totals both rank 64th in the modern era among, respectively, position players and pitchers. Other rankings for Ramirez include 8th in SLG and OPS, 15th in HR, 18th in RBI, 21st in OBP and 22nd in OPS+. Brown’s headline rankings include 2nd in ERA, 6th in ERA+, FIP and WHIP, 8th in W-L% and 12th in H/9 and SHO.
So, the choice is yours: Ramirez or Brown. However you decide, your ballot in this runoff round, unlike the usual three-name ballot, should identify just one name: Ramirez or Brown. You will also need to add at least a little bit of extra verbiage though, because the WordPress engine that supports the site won’t accept comments of only one or two words.
All votes must be in by 11:59PM EST on Sunday night, February 25th. If the result of this runoff is still a tie, the tie-breaker will give the win to the candidate who received the most runoff votes immediately before the very last runoff vote cast. So it may not be advisable to wait till the end of the runoff period to cast your vote, because if your vote happens to be the last one cast, your vote may not count for tiebreaker purposes. If you would like to keep track of the vote tally for the runoff, you can check this tally spreadsheet: COG 1973 Part 3 Runoff Vote Tally.