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The Mets Walk-Offs Hall of Fame

If there were such a thing as a Mets Walk-Offs Hall of Fame (and you can consider this the creation point), I think a good number of the pickings would be quibble-free. Those in my inaugural class induction list (selected by unanimous, "one to zero" vote) are:

* Hobie Landrith
First walk-off RBI in Mets history.

* Benny Agbayani, J.C. Martin, Todd Pratt, Len Dykstra, Gary Carter, Robin Ventura
Mets Postseason walk-off heroes.

* Kevin Mitchell, Ray Knight, Mookie Wilson
Game 6 warrants separate billing.

* Kevin McReynolds and Rusty Staub
Your all-time leaders in Mets walk-off RBI with 8 and 7 respectively.

* Tommie Agee
The only Met with a walk-off steal of home.

* Darryl Strawberry
Three walk-off home runs, but more importantly, set stage for several key walk-off moments with non-walk-off shots.

* Mike Piazza
Four walk-off home runs ties Chris Jones, Cleon Jones, and Kevin McReynolds for most in team history. Earns bonus points for the majestic nature of his shots.

* Steve Henderson and Marv Throneberry

Stars in the dominant walk-off wins of their era, even if it was an era of mediocrity.

* Tom Seaver
Well, if you put the words "Mets" and "Hall of Fame" together, it's mandatory that Seaver (7 walk-off wins) be included.

* Bill Buckner
The only Mets opponent worthy of induction.

Since it's my creation, the Mets Walk-Offs Hall of Fame can have multiple wings of honor. One that we like a lot is our "Wing of Defensive Excellence."

* Al Weis
Said Bob Murphy of his game-saving play on June 4, 1969 "I've never seen a better one by an infielder." That's good enough for us.

* Cleon Jones, Wayne Garrett and Ron Hodges
For making "Ball on the Wall" what it is today.
(Jones also has the only walk-off triple in Mets history)

* Ron Swoboda
Diving catch in Game 4 of 1969 WS set up walk-off to come
(Swoboda is also the Mets all-time leader in walk-off walks)

* Rey Ordonez and Keith Hernandez
For all-around excellence in walk-off prevention

And since minutiae is our specialization, we must include an "Obscurity Wing." Those listed there are:

Kenny Greer
Earned a walk-off win in his MLB debut, a 1-0, 17-inning triumph over the Cardinals, but never won another game.

Ross Jones
His only Mets hit was a walk-off (a little voter bias here...I was at the game)

Rodney McCray
The only player to go 1-for-1 as a Met, whose only hit was a walk-off
For those who disagree or feel that there were significant omissions, feel free to record your comments. The good thing about The Mets Walk-Offs Hall of Fame is that we have a rolling admissions policy (ie: whenever I want to induct, I will) and the criteria for inclusion is simple (if I think the person should be in, they're in. If I don't, they're not).


Anonymous said…
Not a single unanimous Hall of Famer in Cooperstown, yet a wave of unanimii in the MWOHOF.


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