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.
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.