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PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2015 12:12 am 
PHX/YS HOF - the Phoenix-YellowSprings Hall of Fame

The first two inductees to the Phyxysnhof (aka the PHX/YS Hall of Fame) are:

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1. John John (aka John F. 'John John' Kennedy, Jr.) [old player page]

John John played his entire career (1984-95) with Phoenix. In 1987 he led the league in OBP (.452). His career OBP is .394, which is 25th all time in the MBBA. In that same year, he hit .341 and had an 8.4 WAR. Both marks are 2nd best for a season in franchise history. He had 1917 career hits; this figure and all his figures seem to be wanting due to his sudden end-of-career in 1995, which was the year of the reboot. He was only 34. He was an all star in 1987, 92 and 93. In 1986 he scored 121 runs, second highest for PHX/YS. In that same year he hit .375 in the postseason for Phoenix; he also played in the postseason in 1993. He retired with a career .303 batting average (2nd for PHX/YS) He is first in franchise history in the following categories: OBP (.394), WAR (56.0), Games (1732), At Bats (6325), Runs (1042), Hits (1917), Singles (1361), Triples (112), SB (307), HBP (185), and I guess his 7336 PA is also first. He is 3rd in TB (2743), 2nd in Doubles (365), 3rd in RBIs (732), and 2nd in Walks (789). His General Manager from 1987 to 1994 was Ryan Scott, aka Cliche.


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2. Marcellus Conley [new player page].

(See the complete player spotlight, which highlights his career and records.)

Note that his player page incorrectly lists his sophomore year (1974) as with Seattle. In reality, he was traded to Phoenix before the 74 campaign and he went to the All Star Game and the playoffs with the 74 Phoenix Talons. His 21 wins that year is still the single season best for the franchise. (Consult the old franchise records page.)

Conley still holds the single season Wins mark (21) and the single season ERA mark for PHX/YSN pitchers at 2.22, which he did in 1979. The season before that he recorded a 2.28 ERA, which is second all time. The new record book shows the team's IP - Single Season leader as León Magdayao. But Conley's 1974 total of 292 is the actual franchise record. He is also the career leader in ERA (3.06 in 1942 IP) and he is #3 in wins for the franchise with 121. His corrected total of 75 CGs (see old record book) is one shy of David Klopp. He is also 4th in GS (258); 1st in SHO (24), 3rd in IP (1942), and 3rd in KO (1905). These stats are this franchise only, and they count the 1974 season.

He was an all star selection, for Phoenix, in 1974 and 1975 (with five teammates, both years). In addition, Conley pitched in 3 postseasons for PHX (74, 76, 79, missing 80 due to injury).


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3. Vicente Vásquez [ Player Page ]
Inducted: January 2027
See Formal Press Announcement





Vicente Vásquez spent most of eleven seasons (2003-2013) with the club when they were resident in Phoenix. He was a hard-thumping left-handed bat, shown by the fact that the 297 homers he hit as a Talon is good for second in franchise history. His .345 batting average in 2004 stands as the best season in team history.

He played on an array of pretty mediocre teams at his prime or he would have been a more household name. That said, he had a blue-collar approach to the game, showing up every day and steadily finding himself on the league's leader boards (six-time top-10 slugger, 5-time top-10 run creator and OPSer). One of those guys you just penciled in for 35 homers and 110 RBI, then left him alone.

Played until age 36, whereupon he was traded to Louisville and suffered an understandable morale drop that caused him to be out of baseball shortly thereafter.


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4. Joe Belinda [ Player Page ]
Inducted: June 2031
See Formal Press Announcement





Joe Belinda hit home runs. 503 of them to be precise, including 64 in 1996. Two other seasons he hit the 50 mark. His career spanned 13 seasons, 12 of them with the Phoenix Talons before the club moved to Yellow Springs and that other franchise appropriated the Talon name. That 64 homers season was accompanied by 180 RBI. “It was probably the greatest offensive season any hitter has ever had in this team’s uniform,” said one club insider.

At the time of his induction, he holds four of the top five home run season in the club’s history. He is the top HR hitter in the franchise’s history (449), leads in career RBI (1,229), and total bases (6,397). He is second in games played for the club, behind only John F. Kennedy, another team HoF inductee.

Belinda retired from baseball in 1999 at age 37, and has lived the rest of his life quietly in the Pacific Northwest.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2015 9:35 am 
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bumped for historical update.


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Bump for induction of Joe Belinda.


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PostPosted: Sun May 21, 2017 12:28 pm 
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It's nice to see some of my old players mentioned...as everyone knows...I led Phoenix from 1995 to 2001.

I chased John John away, and made a star out of Belinda

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