Archive for the ‘BEML Hall of Fame’ Category

Bonds Enshrined in Emotional Induction Ceremony

August 2, 2011

EAST MEADOW–The Big East Meadow League enshrined Barry Bonds today in a Hall of Fame induction ceremony that dripped with emotion.

A tearful Bonds offered an impassioned speech in front of the East Meadow Public Library.

BEML owners past and present were in attendance to honor Bonds’ many accomplishments during his BEML tenure, which ran from its inaugural 1993 season until 2007. Bonds embraced erstwhile Nor’Easters (BEML 1994-98) owner Phil Chu, and let loose the water works when reintroduced to Highlanders (BEML 1994) owner Steve Sekuler, who was unceremoniously kicked out of the League after failing to attend–or let anyone know that he would not attend–the 1995 BEML draft.

Pogues (BEML 1996-2006) owner Kevin Hosey introduced Bonds, and fellow Hall of Famers Greg Maddux and Randy Johnson regaled the crowd of hundreds with stories of their trepidation in facing the thick-necked slugger over the years.

After Bonds delivered a brief but intense speech–in which he included a moment of silence for “the fallen,” including Hideki Irabu, Rod Beck and Jose Lima–the BEML’s “original six” owners invited attendees into the basement of the Library to share cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and witness the unveiling of Bonds’ portrait.

“No one could carry a team like Barry,” said Love the Drake owner Andy Reader, whose team Bonds graced during the 1994-95 seasons. “Nobody.”

BEML fans were duly impressed with the rococo-framed Bonds portrait in the Hall of Fame.

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Bonds Named to BEML Hall of Fame

August 1, 2011

EAST MEADOW–Barry Bonds has officially achieved his highest honor yet: BEML Hall of Famer. Bonds received the support of five owners and received only one “nay” vote from the George Kents, who–despite having owned Bonds during his record-setting 73 home run season in 2001–felt compelled to “object to [that] cheat.” Call the use of performance-enhancing drugs what you will, but the BEML has never called it “cheating,” just “winning.” Barry Bonds, you are a winner today.

The Bonds portrait, to be hung in the East Meadow Public Library BEML Hall of Fame wing at a ceremony tomorrow.

Bonds Nominated for Induction into BEML Hall of Fame

July 31, 2011

EAST MEADOW–Barry Bonds, the thick-necked slugger who gave his name to the BEML MVP award after being named Most Valuable Player in the BEML’s inaugural 1993 season, has been nominated by the BEML Writer’s Association for induction into the BEML Hall of Fame. Bonds is the first hitter to be nominated; pitchers Greg Maddux and Randy Johnson were inducted last year.

Bonds lets loose during his ’96 MVP season with the Pogues.

In addition to his 1993 MVP award as a member of the Craydawgs, Bonds was MVP in 1996 (Pogues), 2001 (Java Class/Team Phil Chu) and 2003 (Ballbags/Craydawgs). He also won two championships after being traded mid-year to the eventual champions in 2001 (Team Phil Chu) and 2003 (Craydawgs).

Year Team AB H HR RBI SB BA Salary
1993 Craydawgs 539 181 46 123 29 0.336
1994 Love the Drake 391 122 37 81 29 0.312
1995 Love the Drake 506 149 33 104 31 0.294
1996 Pogues 517 159 42 129 40 0.308 6
1997 Pogues 396 115 28 71 22 0.29
B’hood (K/H) 136 40 12 30 15 0.294
1998 Pogues 552 167 37 122 28 0.303 5.75
1999 Legion of Doom 351 93 34 83 15 0.265
2000 SeaWolves 480 147 49 106 11 0.306 3.5
2001 Java Class 354 109 51 102 8 0.308
Team Phil Chu 122 47 22 35 5 0.385 3.5
2002 Barracudas 403 149 46 110 9 0.37 4
2003 Ballbags 294 97 34 69 7 0.33
Craydawgs 96 36 11 21 0 0.375 4
2004 Bears 373 135 45 101 6 0.362 3
2005 Bears 42 12 5 10 0 0.286 3
2006 Bears 150 42 12 34 0 0.28 2.5
2007 Bears 340 94 28 66 5 0.276 1.5
TOTALS 6042 1894 572 1397 260 0.289

Bold = Championship; Italics = Bonds MVP Award

Bonds finished out his career with the Bears, spending his final four seasons (’04-’07) in the Bear Den. When he retired in 2007, he did so as the all-time BEML leader in HRs (572) and RBI (1,397), and as the single-season record holder for HRs (73 in 2001).

If confirmed, Bonds will enter the Hall as a Pogue. Bonds spent the ’96-’98 seasons with that team, racking up 441 hits, 107 home runs, and 90 steals, and winning the ’96 MVP (the first “40/40” season in BEML history).

While Bonds was infamous for alleged steroids use in some circles, there was never any shortage of interest in his services on BEML Draft Day. Bonds will be inducted unless four current owners of the BEML object within 24 hours.

Barracudas ownership testified it “knew squat” about Bonds’ alleged steroids use during  Bonds’ monster 2002 season with the club.

Randy Johnson Named to BEML Hall of Fame

May 5, 2010

EAST MEADOW–The Big East Meadow League Writers’ Association announced today that Randy Johnson has been selected to the BEML Hall of Fame as its second inductee after a vote of current BEML owners and a select group of former BEML owners. The Big Unit joins the Hall as a representative of the Snowmen.

The official Randy Johnson portrait commissioned for the BEML Hall of Fame.

Johnson could not be reached for comment.

Big Unit Nominated for BEML Hall of Fame

May 2, 2010

EAST MEADOW–The BEMLWA has nominated mulleted pitcher Randy Johnson for inclusion in the BEML Hall of Fame. The Big Unit helped win four BEML titles (Love the Drake ’96, Craydawgs ’99, Team Phil Chu ’01, and the Barracudas ’04) and brought home two Maddux Awards (’01-’02) over the course of his 17-season career. Johnson played for nine teams, compiling a 3.06 ERA and 244 wins in over 3,000 innings, and earning over $50.00 in BEML salary:

Year Team Sal. W IP H+BB ER ERA WHIP
1993 The Drake 18 234.3 249 82 3.15 1.06
1994 SeaWolves 13 172.0 204 61 3.19 1.19
1995 SeaWolves 18 214.3 224 59 2.48 1.05
1996 The Drake 6.25 5 56.3 67 25 3.99 1.19
1997 Doom 3.25 20 213.0 224 54 2.28 1.05
1998 Doom 3.25 19 244.3 289 89 3.28 1.18
1999 Snowmen 4.25 11 201.7 212 58 2.59 1.05
1999 Craydawgs 6 70.0 65 17 2.19 0.93
2000 Snowmen 4.25 19 248.7 279 73 2.64 1.12
2001 Snowmen 4.25 11 139.7 149 44 2.84 1.07
2001 TPC 10 110.0 103 25 2.05 0.94
2002 Snowmen 4.25 24 260.0 268 67 2.32 1.03
2003 Bears 4.75 0 17.3 26 16 8.31 1.50
2003 TPC 5 84.7 109 35 3.72 1.29
2004 Bandits 3.25 10 143.3 129 45 2.83 0.90
2004 Barracudas 6 102.3 92 26 2.29 0.90
2005 Barracudas 3.25 17 225.7 255 95 3.79 1.13
2006 Bandits 2.50 16 197.3 247 111 5.06 1.25
2007 Snowmen 1.50 4 53.7 57 21 3.52 1.06
2008 The Pack .25 1 7.0 3 0 0.00 0.43
2008 Craydawgs 3 70.0 84 23 2.96 1.20
2009 Barracudas .50 8 94.7 125 50 4.75 1.32
Totals 244 3,160.7 3460 1076 3.06 1.09

Bold = Championship

Italics = Maddux Award

While Johnson began his career with Love the Drake in 1993 and finished it out with the 2009 Barracudas, he is probably most closely associated with the ’99-’02 Snowmen, with whom he won 69 games. He compiled his finest work for the Snowmen in 2002, when he racked up 24 wins, compiled a sterling 2.32 ERA/1.03 WHIP, and won his second consecutive Maddux Award. He frequently played the role of hired gun in coming in via trade to shore up a championship run, notably for the ’99 Dawgs, the ’01 Team Phil Chu squad, and the ’04 Barracudas.

More used to fielding questions about mullet upkeep, Big Unit is caught off guard to learn of his nomination to the BEML Hall of Fame.

Maddux to be Inducted into BEML HOF

April 19, 2010

EAST MEADOW–The BEMLWA announced today that Greg Maddux (1993-2008) has been officially named to the Big East Meadow League Hall of Fame after receiving the requisite number of votes from BEML league members. Maddux will enter the Hall as a Craydawg. The induction ceremony will take place later this year at the Public Library here.

The Official BEML Hall of Fame Portrait of Maddux as it will hang in the East Meadow Public Library.

Maddux First Nominee For BEML Hall of Fame

April 17, 2010

EAST MEADOW–The BEML Writers Association (BEMLWA) has announced the foundation of the Big East Meadow League Hall of Fame, to be housed in the East Meadow Public Library.

The East Meadow Public Library, home of the BEML Hall of Fame.

The inaugural nominee is your friend and mine, Greg Maddux, namesake of the eponymous Greg Maddux Award given annually to the best pitcher in the BEML. Maddux enjoyed a phenomenal career in the BEML, winning the Maddux Award in each of the League’s first three seasons. He also won three championships: two with the ’95 and ’00 Craydawgs, and one with the ’01 Team Phil Chu squad. Finally, he is the only pitcher to win the Bonds MVP Award (1995).

Year Team Sal. W IP H+BB ER ERA WHIP
1993 Craydawgs 20 267.0 280 70 2.36 1.05
1994 Craydawgs 16 202.0 181 35 1.56 0.90
1995 Craydawgs* 19 209.7 170 38 1.63 0.81
1996 Craydawgs 6.50 15 245.0 253 74 2.72 1.03
1997 Barracudas 14 164.0 160 46 2.52 0.98
1997 Brotherhood 5 68.7 60 11 1.44 0.87
1998 Pogues 7.00 18 251.0 246 62 2.22 0.98
1999 Pogues 6.50 19 219.3 296 87 3.57 1.35
2000 Poppa’s BNB 4.75 12 156.7 179 57 3.27 1.14
2000 Craydawgs 7 92.7 89 26 2.53 0.96
2001 Bears 4.50 9 82.3 87 19 2.08 1.06
2001 Team P.C.
8 150.7 160 60 3.58 1.06
2002 Bears 4.50 16 199.3 239 58 2.62 1.20
2003 Bears 4.25 16 218.3 258 46 3.96 1.18
2004 Bears 4.25 2 42.7 59 24 5.06 1.38
2004 Bandits 14 170.0 192 71 3.76 1.13
2005 Snowmen 1.25 8 147.7 188 75 4.57 1.27
2005 Barracudas 5 77.3 87 31 3.61 1.13
2006 Pogues .25 15 210.0 256 98 4.20 1.22
2007 Barracudas .75 6 85.3 106 37 3.90 1.24
2007 Bears 8 112.7 140 54 4.31 1.24
2008 AMH .25 1 25.3 32 12 4.26 1.26
2008 Craydawgs 0 42.3 51 21 4.46 1.20
TOTALS 253 3,440.0 3,819 1,112 2.91 1.11

Bold = Championship; Italics = Maddux Award; * = MVP

Maddux enjoyed some stability early on, leading the ’93-’96 Craydawgs to some modest success including the ’95 championship. In his latter years he was tossed around like a ragdoll, most notably by the Seymour Gardens franchise (formerly known as, among other things, Brotherhood K/H, Poppa’s Brand New Bag, Team Phil Chu, Bandits, and Anthony Michael Hall), which enjoyed his talents for parts of five seasons (40 wins) but never for a full season. Seymour Gardens traded him away in 2000 and 2008, and traded for him in 1997, 2001, and 2004. Maddux also spent several seasons with the Bears (2001-04, ’07; 51 wins), Barracudas (1997, ’05, ’07; 25 wins), Pogues (1998-99, ’06; 52 wins), and Snowmen (2005; 8 wins). Ultimately Maddux was most closely associated with the Dawgs, with whom he broke into the League and with whom he enjoyed his greatest success (three Maddux Awards and two championships). Fittingly, he finished out his career in 2008 with the Dawgs, who had retired his jersey #31 in 2007. Maddux earned an unprecedented $50.00 in BEML salary in his career.

The BEML members will vote this week on whether Maddux will be elected to the Hall of Fame. Five votes are required for election.

Just look at his ’94 and ’95 seasons.