Former Met Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
Yet another New York Met and former 300-game winner will enter the Baseball Hall of Fame: Tom Glavine.
It doesn’t really FEEL like Glavine was ever a Met, despite spending five years in Flushing (yes, it was that long) and helping to pitch the team into the 2006 postseason (and pitching them OUT of the 2007 postseason).
In the same way some Mets fans are unable to forgive Carlos Beltran for taking strike three to end the Mets’ 2006 postseason, many Mets fans can never accept Glavine for his pitiful performance that ended the Mets’ 2007 playoff hopes and capped the greatest collapse in baseball history. Still others can’t accept Glavine as a Met because they’ve heard the story of him sobbing to Braves GM John Schuerholz after the MLBPA pressured Glavine into taking the Mets’ contract offer in December 2002. (Funny side note: that was over ten years ago, and the reason the Braves didn’t match the Mets offer? Because the Braves were mandated to limit themselves to a $93M payroll. Wait, if $93M was a small payroll a decade ago, then what would it be considered today? Hmmm …) And for those Mets fans who don’t fall into the first two camps, chances are very good they fall into a third: those who can only remember him and his condescending-smirk-buddy Greg Maddux as Met-killing Braves. So if you’re a Mets fan, you’re forgiven for not being joyous over the election of this hurler who called Flushing his home for half a decade.
Glavine joins Maddux and “The Big Hurt,” Frank Thomas, into Cooperstown. Mike Piazza missed out by a decent distance, garnering only 62.2% of the votes (75% is required for induction), while another former Met, Jeff Kent, missed by a mile (15.2%). Finishing up the coverage of former Mets on the ballot, Paul LoDuca received no votes (probably, people held against him his fondness for teenage girls and the horses, despite his never combining the two in a viral youtube video), Moises Alou received six, as did Hideo Nomo (yes, he was a Met, for about five minutes), and, unbelievably, both Kenny Rogers (the pitcher, not the singer) and Armando Benitez each received one vote; I’d love to hear the arguments supporting those cases. (As well as how J.T. Snow deserved TWO votes!)
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