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Frank Thomas and Mike Mussina elected to ULB Hall of Fame!

The Class of 2015 is here, and for the first time we will have two players entering the ULB Hall of Fame. Both players were considered one of the greatest at their respective positions throughout the early decade and a half of the ULB.

player_9363Mike Mussina (Vancouver Canucks,1996-2003; St. Paul Saints, 2004, Las Vegas Vipers, 2004; New Mexico Suns, 2007)

Elected with 82.3% of Votes, Second Year on Ballot (62.5%, 2010)

Mussina was a dominant force in the early history of the ULB, helping the Vancouver Canucks to reach the Union Cup in 1996 and 1997. Mussina totaled 144 wins in the ULB and added 89 in the MLB for a total of 233 wins in both leagues. He led the ULB in wins in 1996, 1997 and 1998. He amassed 3 Nolan Ryan Trophies (1996, 1998 and 2002) and was elected to the All Star Game 7 times in his 10 years in the ULB.

Honors and Awards
Award Years Times Won
Nolan Ryan Award 1996, 1998, 2002 3
All-Star 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004 7
Pitcher of the Month 7/97, 9/97, 6/98, 4/00, 6/00, 5/02, 6/04 7

 

player_12902Frank Thomas (Boston Colonials, 1998-2004; Oklahoma City RedHawks, 2005; Phoenix Fire, 2008-2009)

Elected with 76.5% of Votes, First Year on Ballot

The Big Hurt came over to the ULB signing  a 5 year contract with the Colonials in the 1997-1998 offseason worth a then record $102,500,000 million. Gripes about him being overpaid were quickly quieted as he led the league in Home Runs and Runs Batted in his 1998 season. He would go on to hit 243 Home Runs with the Colonials and added 9 more in short seasons plagued by injuries with the Oklahoma City RedHawks and Phoenix Fire. Thomas added a Fielding Bible Award at 1B in 2000 and was elected to the All Star Team four times with the Colonials. Thomas would add another 248 Homers in his MLB career to reach a total of 500 home runs. In his combined ULB and MLB career he had a total of 2,233 hits, and was also an MVP in 1993 and 1994 in the MLB with the Chicago White Sox.

Former San Jose Jedi General Manager Mak Dolnick, now an executive assistant to White Sox Owner Joe Reinsdorf, commented on Thomas’ election.

“He’s the Big Hurt, what else needs to be said?”

Honors and Awards
Award Years Times Won
Fielding Bible Award Winners 2000 (1B) 1
All-Star 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 4

Of those not making the cut, Washington’s Larry Walker fell just short of getting ‘The Call’ in his 4th year of eligibility. He appeared on 58.8% of ballots this season. Walker has to be encouraged by the fact that his percentage climbed higher than in 2010, when he had 50% of the vote. Manno Wickey, the New Orleans Gold Sox poster boy for a decade, received 52.9% of the vote in his first year on the ballot, but will have to wait another year before hopefully receiving his call.

2011 ULB Hall of Fame Ballot Results
Pos Player Votes Vote%
SP Mike Mussina 14 82.3
1B Frank Thomas 13 76.5
LF Larry Walker 10 58.8
1B Manno Wickey 9 52.9
SP Roger Clemens 8 47.1
SP Pedro Luis Lazo 7 41.2
C Mike Piazza 7 41.2
DH Ryan Keith 5 29.4
SP Curt Schilling 5 29.4
SP Kevin Brown 4 23.5
C Tyler Houston 4 23.5
CF Andruw Jones 4 23.5
SS Enrique Aguilar 3 17.6
SP Ramiro Mendoza 3 17.6
RF Mark Merchant 3 17.6
SP Andy Pettitte 3 17.6
C Steve Coture 2 11.8
SP Tom Gordon 2 11.8
DH Mark McGwire 2 11.8
2B Roberto Alomar 1 5.9
LF Mark Anthony 1 5.9
LF Brian Apolskis 1 5.9
LF Darryl Brinkley 1 5.9
LF David Diaz 1 5.9
1B Darren Doucette 1 5.9
CF Christopher Garife 1 5.9
RP Daniel Ginder 1 5.9
3B Brian Heigle 1 5.9
SS Howard Hill 1 5.9
RF Tomoaki Kanemoto 1 5.9
SP Brett Lagerblade 1 5.9
C Ken Love 1 5.9
CF Vernon Maxwell 1 5.9
2B Warren Morris 1 5.9
3B Bill Mueller 1 5.9
SP Hideo Nomo 1 5.9
DH Curtis Parham 1 5.9
LF Roberto Singer 1 5.9
LF Dernell Stenson 1 5.9
CF Zack Watts 1 5.9

Orestes Kindelan Elected to ULB Hall of Fame

Kindelan was one of the biggest stars in the early years of the ULB.
Kindelan was one of the biggest stars in the early years of the ULB.

Orestes Kindelan has been elected to the ULB Hall of Fame in his 3rd year of eligibility. He was selected with 76.2% of the vote and named on 15 ballots.

Orestes Kindelán represented Cuba in two Olympic Games. In 1992, he hit .344 while playing left field. In the 1994 Baseball World Cup, Kindelan hit .412/.543/1.000 with 6 homers, 14 runs and 16 RBI in 10 games. When the ULB came into exsitence, Kindelan jumped at the chance to make his mark in the new league.

He was selected with the 1st overall pick of the inaugural ULB draft in 1995 by the Hollywood Stars and then General Manager Marlon Trigg Sr. “El Canon de Dos Rios” would make his mark on the early history of the league, hitting .368 with 44 HR and 117 RBI in 1995 for the Stars. He would lead the Stars to the Federal League Cup, but his Stars would fall victim to the New Jersey Giants. Kindelan would hit .235 in that series with just 4 hits, 2 doubles, a single and a home run in five games.

His 1995 season was honored with the Federal League 1995 MVP Award. Kindelan would go on to play in 810 games, all but 32 with the Hollywood/Los Angeles Stars. He was elected to 4 All Star Games, 3 times a Starter (1995, 1996 and 1998) Kindelan debuted in the ULB at the age of 30 and played only 9 seasons.  He tallied 218 home runs, 572 runs batted in and 949 hits in his career with the Stars and Phoenix Fire, and has a lifetime batting average of .309 in the ULB.

Kindelan was a ready made star for the fledgling ULB, and his immediate impact was shown early in the league. He was one of the biggest stars to come out of the inaugural draft, and while his career numbers will eventually be eclipsed as the league continues, his early impact on the history of the ULB will not be forgotten.

Trailing Kindelan were Larry Walker (52.4%) and Darryl Brinkley (42.9%).

Orestes Kindelan’s Career Statistics
G AB H D T HR RBI R BB HP SH SF K SB CS PA AVG OBP SLG OPS WOBA
Regular 810 3071 949 144 10 218 572 578 319 24 12 35 599 4 1 3461 .309 .375 .575 .950 .401
Postseason 5 17 4 2 0 1 3 3 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 22 .235 .409 .529 .939 .406