Skip to main content

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.


Popular posts from this blog

Minutiae Break: Worst Mets Relievers

It occurs to me after 79 straight walk-off related posts and some fatigue still remaining from Saturday's finish that I did promise to bring Metspective on other issues related to the Flushing 9, so I offer this posting up as a "Minutiae Break." This came about after several discussions related to the offhand Dick Tidrow/Danny Graves remark the other day , the conclusion of which indicated that it would be fun to create a list of the worst Mets relievers of all-time. I don't want to step on the territory of other bloggers, like " Faith and Fear in Flushing ," Mets Guy in Michigan " and " Metstradamus ," so I'll tread carefully here, aided by their influence. Should any friends, family members, or fans of these pitchers visit this site, I mean no harm. I'm just here to have a little fun with this topic. The ground rules are as follows: The pitcher must have had a Mets stint as long as Dick Tidrow's (11 games, 15 2/3 innings), for

The 'Duca of Earl (and walk-offs)

If I told you that the Mets had just obtained a guy who is a career .316 hitter with runners in scoring position? How about if I told you that the Mets just traded for a hitter who has consistently ranked among the toughest in baseball to strike out? Or if I mentioned that the Mets just dealt for a player who was selected to the NL All-Star team the last three seasons, with the last honor coming via a vote by his peers? So, although he's on the down side age wise, his throwing arm isn't as good as it used to be, and he doesn't provide much power, there are a lot of good things that Paul Lo Duca brings to the New York Mets. For example: He'll sacrifice his body for the good of the team The Dodgers and Braves squared off on August 23, 2002 and Lo Duca made an impact both on the start and finish of this game. Three pitches after being dusted by Greg Maddux, Lo Duca made him pay with a first-inning home run. The Braves rallied to tie the game, 3-3 in the ninth, but thei

Walk-Offs in Movies, TV, and Other Places

Note: I'm leaving this post up through the end of the week, a) because I don't have time to pump out something new and b)because I was hoping to build a really good list of entertainment industry if you're looking for something new, check back on Monday or so... Of course, if there's a major trade or move, I'll adjust and try to post something... In the meantime, click on the "Table of Contents" link as well. It has been updated. SPOILER ALERT: Read at your own risk Caught the ending of "A League of Their Own" on one of the movie channels the other day and it got me to thinking that it would be fun to compile a list of walk-offs from movies, television, and other forms of entertainment. Here's the start, and only the start, as I spent about 30 minutes or so thinking it over Help me fill in the blanks by filling out the comments section. "A League of Their Own"-- Racine beats Rockford for the All-American Girls