It’s WSBGMs Hall of Fame time. As a reminder, here is how it works. Each year, Carson and I will nominate a few people (players, coaches, ballgirlz, etc.) that have had an impact on the blog. We'll put the nominations up for vote. If the person receives a certain percentage of the vote (which we will arbitrarily change every year to suit our needs), then he will be officially enshrined in the Hall of Fame, which will be less of a hall and more of a widget in the sidebar. As for the rules: 1) a person can only be nominated three times 2) a person cannot be currently playing/coaching/working for Phils to be nominated 3) a reader can vote for more than one person but we ask that you only vote once and 4) I reserve the right to make up more rules later.
In the inaugural vote, Pat Burrell was elected, Steve Jeltz, Abe Nunez and David Bell remained on the ballot, but Rick Schu only received a few votes so he is no longer eligible.
So without further adieu, here are this year's nominations, in alphabetical order.
Bea Arthur - A long shot to get elected, Bea can smile in Heaven at being the first non-baseball person nominated. She and the rest of the “Golden Girls” helped the Phils to an extended winning streak early in the 2009 season. She made such an impact on the team and this blog that she was given a place next to Bowa and Wade in the banner image. Props to Bea.
David Bell - Oh God, did we hate David Bell. Most of the first year of this blog was spent pointing out all the negative aspects of David Bell's game. Our hate was complete...and completely out of proportion to his play. He wasn't that bad and suffered from injuries that hurt his numbers, but we weren't about to give him the benefit of the doubt or let facts get in the way of some good complaining. Carson once wrote, "If you like David Bell, then you might like Coldplay and gerbling." That pretty much sums it up.
Eric Bruntlett - Is there any other place on the internet that celebrates failure that way we do? We spend at least half of our time complaining about the worst players on the team and in the last two years, that player was Eric Bruntlett. Besides scoring the winning run in the World Series and turning and unassisted triple play, he didn't do anything noteworthy. He didn't get arrested. He didn't cause problems for the team with a poor attitude. He didn't say crazy things to the media. It seems he just went about his business like a professional ballplayer should. He just sucked at actually playing baseball and I'm estimating we got at least 50 blog posts dedicated to that fact alone. So, thanks for that Eric Bruntlett, here's your nomination. Oh yeah, and he had a pretty cool beard that made it into our title banner.
Adam Eaton -The Phillies drafted Eaton 11th overall in 1996. I wish their association with his failures ended there, but sadly he returned to the Phillies in 2007. The Phillies paid Eaton about $24 million and in turn he posted a 14-18 record with a 6.10 ERA. He became the most hated pitcher on this blog (I think Carson even fantasized about beating him up in a parking garage...) and forever will be the standard bearer for disappointing pitching performances. Of course, it also didn't help Eaton's case here that he often didn't think he was pitching that bad, denying his supreme shittyness to the end. When he mercifully left Philadelphia he had this to say, "Granted, there were a lot of horrible games in there, but there were some good ones, too." No, Adam, there weren't, that's why you're getting a HoF nomination.
Steve Jeltz - Jeltz is not just another jheri-curled, light-hitting middle infielder, he is the embodiment of the Phillies that Carson and I grew up watching. Sure, Mike Schmidt was the face of the franchise, but Mike Schmidt was good. Hell, he was great. The Phillies were not, however. They sucked. But we loved them anyway. So when I think of the Phils of the late 80's and early 90's, I think of Juan Samuel's unorthodox throws to first, Von Hayes' batter's box spanning stance, and Rich Schu's mustache. I think of Steve Jeltz's jheri curl. So, when we decided to create an outlet for our 25 years of Phillies frustration, naturally the first player pictured was Steve Jeltz. And ever since, he's been our go-to guy.
Brett Myers – Here is a rough timeline of Brett’s career with the Phillies - #1 draft pick who was a good starter, then he became a reliever, he got kind of fat, then he asked somebody how to spell “retard,” then he beat his wife in Boston, at some point he pitched the last inning of a playoff clinching game, then he became a starter again, he became less fat, also at some point he got a horrible tattoo on his wrist, then he hurt is hip and finally he became a free agent. I don’t know about you, but that seems pretty HoF worthy to me.
Abraham Nunez - When we weren't complaining about David Bell, we were complaining about Abe "No-hit" Nunez. The argument against Nunez was simple: he was never any good, the Phils gave him too much money, he was the worst hitter in all of baseball, and yet he continued to get playing time. I'm getting angry just reminiscing about Nunez.
Ed Wade – Wade, along with fellow incompetent Keystone state GM Cam Bonifay, was the primary inspiration for starting this blog. Due to his epic failings, and despite his absence, he continues to be a frequent topic. He remains the model of GM ineptitude that WSBGMs strives to rage against. An inspiration. A failure. A WSBGMs HoF nominee.
The poll is located on the right sidebar towards the top. Remember, you can vote for more than one player. Winners will be announced later, whenever I decide enough votes are in, the hanging chads are pulled, and I get time to make the sidebar widget for the winner.
Thanks for voting.