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January 19, 2010

Cashen, Johnson headed for Mets HOF

Former Orioles executive Frank Cashen and former Orioles manager Davey Johnson will join Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry in the this year's class of inductees for the New York Mets Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place on Aug. 1 at Citi Field.

Old-time O's fans remember Cashen fondly as one of the architects of the great Orioles teams of the late 1960s, and lots of current fans wax nostalgic for Johnson's brief tenure in Baltimore (1996-97), which featured the Orioles' only two playoff appearances since 1983.

Frank's son, Brian, forwarded me a copy of today's announcement, but you can take a look at it on the Mets' Web site right here.

Posted by Peter Schmuck at 1:02 PM | | Comments (6)
Categories: Just baseball


Johnson's managing career with the Orioles may have been short, but he also played 8 seasons and on 4 World Series teams in Baltimore, including 1969 against the Mets.

Davey Johnson should be headed to Baltimore to manage!! Why the F did we bring back Trembo again?Fans are mad AM thinks even low level free agents are expensive.. 3 rookies in the rotation… worst corner infielders in baseball. Price increase after a 98 loss season and 11 bad seasons before This team sucks!! They deserve to fail for this BS!

Can someone explain to me how Gooden and Strawberry are not already in the Mets HOF?!

Gooden's been retired for 9 years now. He went 157-85 with a 3.10 ERA for the Mets. How does that not merit getting in the season he retired?!

Strawberry's been retired even longer (10 years). He averaged over 30 HR per season for 8 years with the Mets. Have there been so many players that were better that deserved to get in in the past 5 years?!

They did drugs

At least one of 'em did time too.

I was in a Bennigan's in Orlando, Florida a couple of years ago with some golfing buddies. I turned to them and said I have a trivia question for you guys. Who was the on deck hitter when Hank Aaron and Sadaharu Oh each broke Babe Ruth's career home run record? The answer, the guy sitting across the bar from us. At which point, Davey Johnson bought us a round of beers, and said "Not too many people know that"

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