Monday, January 30, 2012

WSBGMs Hall of Fame Nominations 2012

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/she 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.

In 2010, Eric Bruntlett was elected. Bea Arthur, Adam Eaton, Steve Jeltz and Brett Myers got enough votes to stay on the next year’s ballot. Unfortunately, David Bell, Abe Nunez and Ed Wade will have to hope for a Veterans Committee selection.

Last year, Brett Myers booked his place in the Hall. Bea, Jayson and Adam Eaton got just enough votes to keep hope alive. Steve Jeltz missed out again and will not be on the ballot any longer.

So without further adieu, here are this year's nominees.

Bea Arthur (30% of votes in 2010, 3rd nomination) - A longshot to get elected in 2010 and 2011, the first non-baseball person nominated is back for her final go-round after two near misses. She and the rest of the “Golden Girls” helped the Phils to an extended winning streak early in the 2009 season and has been mentioned repeatedly, especially when the Phils are struggling. 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.

Adam Eaton (12% in 2010. 3rd nomination) - 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 still on the ballot.

Jayson Werth (13% in 2011, 2nd nomination) – Four years with the Phillies resulted in four playoff appearances. He made one All-Star game and was top 20 in the MVP balloting twice. He may or may not have destroyed the sanctity of a teammate's marriage. But more importantly, he once grew a beard that was very enjoyable to look at/write about/photoshop. Remember, Werth beard picshereand here.For this, and possibly this alone, he gets the nomination.

Danys Baez (1st nomination) - Every good story needs an antagonist and Baez played the part admirably over the last two season. While the collective Phillies were successful, in their midst existed Danys Baez. Somehow, Baez got into 80 games and posted a 5.81 ERA and 1.60 WHIP before getting released. Baez sucked. And at WSBGMs, we never missed an opportunity to point that out. Simply. Repeatedly. Ad nauseum. And for that, Baez gets a nomination.

11 comments:

GM-Carson said...

Baez sucks vs. Adam Eaton. Toughy. I go with Baez Sucks, although Adam Eaton did get a beatdown from me.

Bob D said...

Worst relief pitcher vs worst starter? hmmmm decisions decisions. JC Romero would have been an interesting selection as the best and worst relief pitcher.

With all that said my vote goes to: Bea Arthur since Dany's Baez never wielded a machette in a 3rd World Country

GM-Carson said...

JC Romero was an intergral part of the 2008 WFC, and for this is respected.

Corey said...

romero could still get a nomination next year...

Randy said...

Baez Sucks, but only if he goes into the Hall as "Baez Sucks"....and I look forward to the day when we can celebrate Mini-Mart's induction.

GM-Carson said...

Pat Burrell retired. You're my boy Burrell, you're my boy.

SirAlden said...

I vote Bea...

And Steve Jeltz for the Veterans Committeeeee.

22alUC said...

when you look on the rumors page of espn you will see the phils working out D. Young. Why would the phils do this?

Aaron said...

I vote for Bea Arthur

GM-Carson said...

D-Meat Hook is awesome!

Preserve Jon said...

Can I write in the Goat?