Archive for February, 2017

Manny and the Sandman Round Out ’17 BEML Hall of Fame Class

February 18, 2017

EAST MEADOW — The BEMLWA has announced the final entrants to the BEML Hall of Fame. Manny Ramirez (1995-2011) and Mariano Rivera (1997-2013) join Jim Thome and Ken Griffey Jr. in the 2017 Class. Sammy Sosa, Chipper Jones, John Smoltz and Pedro Martinez each fell just shy of the ultimate baseball honor. Trevor Hoffman, Rogers Clemens and Rafael Palmeiro will need to muster even more support next time around. Sosa, Clemens and Palmeiro may have been held back by steroids allegations.

Manny Ramirez was drafted into the BEML in 1995 by the Nor’Easters and hit .308 with 31 HRs with 107 RBI. Sixteen years later, Ramirez had racked up an impressive 525 HRs (6th place all-time) and 1,737 RBI (2nd), with a .311 BA (11th all-time, min. 1,000 PA). In 2005, he helped lead the Ballbags to the championship after a trade from the Bears, hitting 45 HRs with 144 RBI and a .292 BA. A coveted slugger during his illustrious career, he had 11 seasons in the BEML with 100+ RBI, and holds the BEML single-season record for RBIs (165 for New Breed in 1999). Manny goes into the Hall as a Nor’Easter, the team that he started his illustrious career with and for whom he cranked 135 HRs from 1995-1998.

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Just Manny being Manny.

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The scene at the East Meadow Public Library for the unveiling of the official Manny portrait. “What’s up with his eye?” “Not sure.”

Mariano Rivera (1997-2013) was a BEML badass, ripping off a BEML-record 633 saves over his 17-year career. He won three BEML titles (2000 Craydawgs, ’05 Ballbags, ’11 Barracudas) but did most of his damage with the Bears over the 2001-2010 seasons, racking up 189 saves over eight years at the Bear Den.

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“Enter Sandman” (into the BEML Hall of Fame, that is)

Junior Griffey Blasts into BEML HoF

February 13, 2017

EAST MEADOW — Joining Jim Thome in the BEML Hall of Fame Class of 2017 is Ken Griffey, Jr. “The Kid” rides into the Hall mainly on the basis of his stellar early BEML years on Legion of Doom (a/k/a Team Bill), for whom he cranked 190 HRs and 499 RBI between 1994-1999.

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Junior gives the stink eye to his official portrait artist.

Despite missing the 1995 season, Griffey crushed 340 HRs in the BEML’s first eight seasons, hitting 40+ dongs in seven of those years. Though he never won the MVP, Junior racked up four BEML championships, leading Legion of Doom to their lone 1994 title. Fittingly, he enters the East Meadow Public Library as the lone representative of the Legion of Doom in the Hall.

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Griffey was oft-injured but carried a potent stick when healthy. To wit, after several years on the DL from 2001-2004, he returned to health in 2005, took a league minimum salary and carried the Ballbags (a/k/a Haus of Thrones) to their only title, hitting .301 with 35 HRs.

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The Kid acknowledges BEML fans outside the East Meadow Public Library (home of the BEML Hall of Fame; ask for directions to the basement) during the 2017 HoF induction ceremony.

Jim Thome Enters Hallowed BEML HoF

February 12, 2017

EAST MEADOW — The Big East Meadow League Hall of Fame has opened its hallowed doors for Jim Thome. “I can die now,” said Thome as he embraced previous inductees Greg Maddux, Randy Johnson and Barry Bonds.

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Jim Thome’s portrait was hung featuring a Love the Drake cap, naturally.

Believe it or not, Jim Thome (’94-’09) has the third most homers in BEML history (487) behind only fellow Hall of Fame Barry Bonds (572) and Alex Rodriguez (600+ through 2016). He also collected the fourth most RBI (1,338) and won three titles (with Love the Drake in ’96, Team Phil Chu in ’07 and the Craydawgs in ’09). Thome hit a respectable .285, but you didn’t roster him for his ability to collect singles; drafting him meant you were after some of the most unadulterated power to be had.

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Thome broke in with the 1994 Love the Drake squad and went out on a high note, capturing the ’09 title with the Craydawgs. Though he never won an MVP award, he hit 30+ homers in 12 of his 16 seasons. Thome’s career reached its apex in the 2002 season, when he hit .304 with 52 HRs and 118 RBI for the Bears.

“Thomer” spent his first eight seasons in the Love the Drake family. He proudly donned the LTD cap for his official HoF portrait, hung in the basement of the East Meadow Public Library. He is the first BEML Hall of Famer for the Love the Drake franchise.

BEML Hall of Fame Seeks to Expand in 2017

February 5, 2017

With only three members of the BEML Hall of Fame (Maddux, Bonds, Randy Johnson) in the league’s illustrious history, it’s high time to honor other worthy candidates. Submitted here for your evaluation are 11 highly decorated former players who will be inducted if a majority of current BEMLers approves:

JIM THOME (’94-’09)

Believe it or not, Jim Thome (’94-’09) has the second most homers in BEML history (609) behind only Alex Rodriguez (687 through 2015). He also collected the fourth most RBI (1,678) and won three titles (with Love the Drake in ’96, Team Phil Chu in ’07 and the Craydawgs in ’09). Thome hit a respectable .278, but you didn’t roster him for his ability to collect singles; drafting him meant you were after some of the most unadulterated power to be had.

Thome broke in with the 1994 Love the Drake squad and went out on a high note, capturing the ’09 title with the Craydawgs. Though he never won an MVP award, he hit 30+ homers in 12 of his 16 seasons. Thome’s career reached its apex in the 2002 season, when he hit .304 with 52 HRs and 118 RBI for the Bears.

SAMMY SOSA (’94-’07)

So, Sosa tested positive for steroids and his bat exploded in 2003, exposing its cork-filled innards. But steroids and adulterated bats were never outlawed in the BEML, and fellow juicer Barry Bonds is already in the BEML Hall. If we look past the performance-enhancing drugs and tampered bats, we find in Sosa an extraordinary legacy of fantasy baseball statistics: 572 home runs (4th in history), 1,526 RBI (7th), 167 steals and a .280 BA.

Sosa began his BEML career with a bang, hitting .300 with 25 HR, 70 RBI and 22 steals for the ’94 SeaWolves. He went on to win the 1998 Bonds MVP Award with the SeaWolves, cranking 66 HRs along with 158 RBI, 18 steals and a .308 BA. Slammin’ Sammy’s only BEML title came in his final year with the ’07 Team Phil Chu squad, but he hit 35+ HRs for 10 straight seasons from 1995-2004 and left behind one of the greatest careers the BEML has known.

MANNY RAMIREZ (’95-’11)

Manny was drafted into the BEML in 1995 by the Nor’Easters and hit .308 with 31 HRs with 107 RBI. Sixteen years later, Ramirez had racked up an impressive 555 HRs (6th place all-time) and 1,831 RBI (2nd), with a .312 BA (11th all-time, min. 1,000 PA). He helped lead the ’05 Ballbags to the championship after a trade from the Bears, hitting 45 HRs with 144 RBI and a .292 BA. A coveted slugger during his illustrious career, he had 12 seasons in the BEML with 100+ RBI.

KEN GRIFFEY, JR. (’93-’09)

Qualifications:

  • 543 HRs (7th)
  • 1,492 RBIs (10th)
  • 124 Steals
  • .279 lifetime BA
  • Hit 40+ HRs in seven of his first eight seasons
  • Four BEML Championships: ’93 Griffons, ’94 Team Bill, ’01 Team Phil Chu, ’05 Ballbags

RAFAEL PALMIERO (’93-’05)

Qualifications:

  • 474 HRs (9th)
  • 1,414 RBIs (20th)
  • .285 BA
  • BEML-best six titles: includes four in five years for the Craydawgs (’99-’00, ’02-’03), one for Team Bill (’94), and another for the Firemen (’97)

CHIPPER JONES (’95-’12)

Qualifications:

  • 468 HRs (11th)
  • 1,623 RBI (6th)
  • 150 Steals
  • .303 BA
  • Four BEML Championships: ’02, ’07, ’10 Team Phil Chu (’10 as Seymour Gardens), ’05 Ballbags

PEDRO MARTINEZ (’94-’08)

Qualifications:

  • 219 Wins (10th)
  • Lifetime 2.92 ERA, 1.05 WHIP
  • Three Maddux Awards (’97 Firemen, ’99 Legion of Doom/Barracudas, ’00 Barracudas
  • Three BEML Championships (’95 Craydawgs, ’97 Firemen, ’05 Ballbags)

ROGER CLEMENS (’93-’07)

Qualifications:

  • 202 Wins (13th)
  • Lifetime 3.36 ERA, 1.22 WHIP
  • 1998 Maddux Award (Barracudas)
  • BEML-best (tied with Palmeiro) six BEML Championships (’94 Legion of Doom, ’98, ‘04 Barracudas, ’01-’02, ‘07 Team Phil Chu)

JOHN SMOLTZ (’93-’09)

Qualifications:

  • 156 Wins (28th)
  • 154 Saves (47th)
  • Lifetime 3.26 ERA, 1.16 WHIP
  • 1996 Maddux Award (Love the Drake)
  • Three BEML Championships (’96 Love the Drake, ’02 Team Phil Chu, ’08 Barracudas)

MARIANO RIVERA (’95-’13)

Qualifications:

  • 652 Saves (1st)
  • 82 Wins
  • Lifetime 2.21 ERA, 1.00 WHIP
  • Three BEML Championships (’00 Craydawgs, ’05 Ballbags, ’11 Barracudas)

TREVOR HOFFMAN (’93-’10)

Qualifications:

  • 601 Saves (2nd)
  • 61 Wins
  • Lifetime 2.87 ERA, 1.06 WHIP
  • Three BEML Championships (’95, ’00 Craydawgs, ’05 Ballbags)