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Beating Cooperstown to the Punch

It's been over a year since we elected anyone to the Mets Walk-Offs Hall of Fame, and we're going to make an addition today. The choice may be deemed slightly controversial, but it's our Hall of Fame and what would a Hall be without controversy. For those unfamiliar, the following 30 people are members of the Mets Walk-Offs Hall of Fame. If you're wondering why any of them are in, do a search of their name within this blog and you should find your answers. Benny Agbayani, Tommie Agee, Bill Buckner, Gary Carter, Lenny Dykstra, Wayne Garrett, Kenny Greer, Steve Henderson, Keith Hernandez, Gil Hodges, Ron Hodges, Cleon Jones, Ross Jones, Ray Knight, Hobie Landrith, J.C. Martin, Rodney McCray, Kevin McReynolds,Kevin Mitchell, Rey Ordonez, Mike Piazza, Todd Pratt, Tom Seaver, Rusty Staub, Darryl Strawberry,, Ron Swoboda, Marv Throneberry, Robin Ventura, Al Weis, Mookie Wilson Our newest inductee is one who comes up on the Cooperstown ballot next year. He's unlikely to re

What's In A Name?

We haven't done any Mets home run breakdown analysis here since the conclusion of our Top 60 Most Metmorable Home Runs, so I thought I'd take a bit and look at a fun piece of trivia. Most Mets REGULAR SEASON home runs by opposing pitchers first name. Again, this information was compiled with the help of, from which I garnered a list of every Mets home run. #1 Mike (246) The total: The Mets have hit 246 home runs against pitchers named Mike. That doesn't count: The three they've hit against pitchers whose first name was Michael (close doesn't count). Name variety: Those Mikes encompass 57 different last names Who dat?: Among those Mikes who gave up one: Mike Davison, Mike DuPree, and Mike Roesler. Some of the best home runs vs a Mike : Del Unser hit a 17th-inning game-winning home run against Mike Wallace on April 19, 1976; Howard Johnson hit the Mets 3,000th home run against Mike Scott on May 5, 1990. The most victimized Mikes : Morgan 22,

Hawk Tailor

Tomorrow, they will announce the BBWAA inductees for the Hall of Fame class of 2010. One potential honoree holds a special place in Mets history, though it's probably one with which you're not familiar. Andre Dawson has batted into the final out of the game in more Mets wins than any other player. Dawson has made the walk-off out 17 times, three more than the man with the next-most, Jose Cruz Sr (14). This is a record that doesn't look like it will be broken any time soon. The leader among active players is Andruw Jones with 11, one more than Pat Burrell's 10. Yes, I actually took the time to figure that out, with great assistance from, because that's just the sort of thing we do here. In 10 of those 17 instances, Dawson represented either the tying or winning run, so these were some pressure-packed moments that the Mets pitchers survived. In fairness, he did get three walk-off hits against the Mets, including a pair of walk-off home runs, Th