BEML Hall of Fame Seeks to Expand in 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)
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