Sunday, August 14, 2005

Vote For The Hall Of Hate 2005 Inductees!

I was going to do this during the off season, but since I will be away from, basically right now until August 19th (late, August 19th), I figured this would be the perfect time to get you...the Metstradamus faithful, a shot to vote in new members to the Metstradamus Hall of Hate. Now, for those of you who don't know what that is, look is the hall of fame version of my daily hate list in the sidebar. You have given me many ideas on who should be included, so while I am away, I'm giving you the chance to vote some new blood in, just as the writers vote for the Hall of Fame.

Here's the way it's going to work...the poll is on the right, in the sidebar as always. There are 17 choices. You can vote for as many or as few as you feel deserving at once, but I've set the poll so that you may only vote once (at least once per computer, but do you really want to switch computers just to do this?), so make it count. The players with the top 5 vote totals will be inducted (changed from the earlier 75% rule, due to a discrepancy in the way tabulates the votes). Voting will end at 3PM ET on Saturday, August 20th. The 2005 winners will be announced and inducted at a later date.

Let me reiterate: You may vote for more than one player on the list at once! You can check all the boxes at once if you feel all the players on the list deserve to be inducted!

Oh yeah, I've given you a ballot of 17 choices, but you may also write in someone who I haven't put in by typing his name in the comment box at the bottom of this blog entry. But write-in's work the same way...they must be in the top 5 of the total votes to get in. That being said, write-ins will be allowed at my discretion. If I feel that the same lunatic with a grudge wrote in the same player himself 300 times, I do hold the discretion to disallow the write-in. In other words, play fair...there are better things to do on the internet than write in the same name 300 times. Don't be lame. And by the way, Richard Hurtz, Michael Hunt, Philip McCracken, Joseph Mama, and Baba Booey are ineligible. Don't even try.

Here now your choices:

Pete Rose: Picked a fight with a man half his size because his team was getting it's Big Red Tails kicked in during the 1973 NLCS.

Eddie Murray: The first baseman of the worst team money could buy, the 1993 Mets. Is it really a compliment when you're the leader of misfits?

Mo Vaughn: Came in a pre-2002 trade with the Angels to play first base. Unfortunately many times, he also ate first base. Hit some monster home runs, but made just as many errors, and moved with the grace of a water buffalo.

Derek Jeter: Shortstop of the four time World Champion New York Yankees. Media treats him like the man who cured cancer, although he had plenty of help on those Yankee teams, that have won zero titles since Paul O'Neill left.

Tony Fernandez: Was successful at every major league stop he made, except Shea Stadium, where he had maybe three hits in half a season, and blamed gallstones.

Joe Randa: A late add, has killed the Mets with two different teams in 2005. Was a Met for six days in December of 1998, and he looks like Cesar Romero.

Richie Hebner: Wanted no part of the Mets, and played like it at third base. If I'm correct, he set the standard for giving baseball fans the finger.

Gene Walter: In the Kevin McReynolds trade, this left handed specialist was the deal breaker. Did nothing as a Met...nothing!

Anthony Young: Lost 2,587 games in a row in 1993.

Kenny Rogers: Ball four.

Doug Sisk: Was on his way to a decent career until he misplaced the strike zone sometime in 1985. Was nicknamed Doug Risk. Allegedly had his tires slashed and found used prophelactics in his car.

Alejandro Pena: A large contributor to the 1988 Dodgers, who broke the Mets hearts in the NLCS after going 1-11 against the Mets during the regular season. Then joins the Mets and becomes as useful as an umbrella in a hurricane.

Joe Torre: From "Clueless Joe" as a Met, to a hall of famer (and Roger Clemens apologist) as a Yankee.

Jeff Torborg: Managed the 1993 Mets, who exposed him as a managing fraud. (Also managed the 2003 World Champion Marlins, but only during the beginning of that season when they stunk.)

M. Donald Grant: Traded Tom Seaver.

Jim Duqette: Traded Scott Kazmir.

Dick Young: The New York Post columnist who basically ran Tom Seaver out of town.

Those are your choices. Remember, you have until 3PM on August 20th. Spread the word and tell your friends.

And I will consider a Met fan committee equivalent to the veterans committee at a later date if it is deemed necessary.


Anonymous said...

Bobby Bonilla

Robbie Alomar

John Rocker

Leo Mazzone

Metstradamus said...


The first three are already in the original incarnation in the hall. Click the link in the article.

Anonymous said...

Carlos Delgado

And in the Sportswriter/broadcaster wing of the hall -
Buster Olney and John Sterling

Metstradamus said...

The following is a list of current inductees:

Mike Scioscia
Jeff Kent
Robby Alomar
Rey Ordonez
Larry Jones
Bobby Bonilla
Vince Coleman
Ken Griffey Jr.
Roger Clemens
Mike Hampton
Mike Scott
John Tudor
David Wells
Armando Benitez
John Rocker
Donne Wall
Mike Stanton
Mike DeJean
Brian Jordan
Eddie Perez
Pat Burrell
Terry Pendleton
Jose Vizciano
Pedro Guerrero
Juan Gonzalez
Whitey Herzog
Art Howe
Dallas Green
Al Harazin
The 1993 Home Uniforms

Metstradamus said...

And remember, you may vote for multiple players on the list, but you may vote only once (per computer).

erik love said...

Hey Metstra, I'm too young to know this, but what the hell did Bonilla mean by "showing a reporter the bronx" Fill me in man. Plus, what was the guy's beef with the media?

This is easy
Mo Vaughn
Joe Randa
Joe Torre
Dick young I'll vote for both

Anonymous said...

Can non baseball players make it? I really hate Keyshawn Johnson...

Anonymous said...

Is it possible to put an entire organization on the HATE List ala the Atlanta Braves. If not how about adding John Schuerholz, please.

a2d said...

I've got to nominate Bobby Cox. I don't know if he's ever gone out of his way to do anything to the Mets, but I hate him with the passion of a thousand suns.

Tommy_Calzone said...

Braden Armando Effin Looper!

Anonymous said...

A true Hall of Hate needs to stand the test of time I would think, such that when someone reads their name they immediately have that fireball in the pit of their stomach strong enough to automatically will one's mouth to scream profanities and one's fists to clench and smash the nearest object(s). Having said that isn't it fitting to place Capt. Intangibles in this hallowed Hall for his MVP performance int he 2000 World Series?

Jaap said...

Kenny Rogers, hands down.

Jaap said...

Kenny Rogers, hands down.

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The statement regarded a run-in that he had with a local reporter who asked him a question about either his contract, his slump, or the fact that he wore earplugs to drown out the boos that rained down on him from the Shea crowd.

I believe that the statement was a euphemism for "I'm gonna kick your ass". But it was the first time I heard it so I think that he just made it up. Bonilla was never confused with someone who made much sense.

Bonilla, when he first joined the Mets, made the mistake of telling the media at his introductory press conference that there's no way the media could "knock this smile off my face". So of course, as Bonilla slumped, the media ran with that and did their best to knock the smile off his face...but Bonilla did enough on his own to make himself miserable...between wearing the earplugs, arguing with official scorers about errors he was charged with, and the infamous run-in with Art McFarland, a WABC reporter who was in his 50's, where he challenged him to a fight by saying "make your move". Bobby Bonilla challenging a old man to a fight in the middle of the lockerroom. That's fair. (If you ever see the footage, check out Kevin McReynolds deliberately standing in front of the WABC cameraman, blocking the picture with his back, then turning around and asking the cameraman "You getting a good picture?" Another winner.)