New Hall of Fame Inductees Visited Binghamton
Binghamton baseball fans reminisced over the weekend as they watched either in Cooperstown or on television as six new members entered the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Fans who attended Binghamton Mets games in the 1990's may recall watching Jim Thome and Vladimir Guerrero play for visiting teams coming in to play B-Mets teams.
From 1992 until the start of the 2001 season NYSEG Stadium was called Binghamton Municipal Stadium. Thome, who went on to play 22 seasons in the Major Leagues and 12 with the Cleveland Indians played for Canton-Akron (Cleveland's Double-A affiliate) in 1992, the first season of the Binghamton Mets. He played 30 games for Canton-Akron before moving up the ladder. He started out as a third baseman and hit .336 with one home run that season.
Vladimir Guerrero played in 118 games with Harrisburg during the 1996 season. He was working his way up to a storied Major league career. He hit .360 with 19 home runs and 78 RBI's. He played 16 seasons in the Big leagues including eight with the Montreal Expos. He was earned MVP honors with Anaheim in the 2004 season after 206 hits and 39 home runs.