The one good thing about Carlos Beltran joining the Yankees instead of the Kansas City Royals is that there is now little chance that Beltran would wear a Royals cap instead of a Mets cap on his Hall of Fame plaque if he were to make it.
Although if you heard the Yankees propaganda machine tell it, they would tell a story of how Carlos Beltran's Yankee years changed the face of baseball. Case in point, their press release regarding Joe Torre's induction into the Hall of Fame. The hilarity starts with the title:
Former Yankees Manager Joe Torre elected to Baseball Hall of Fame via Expansion Era Ballot along with former Yankees Third Baseman and First Base Coach Bobby Cox
That's right. That was the title. The Yankees would like to recognize former Yankees third baseman and first base coach Bobby Cox. They would not like to recognize the accomplishments with other organizations that got Bobby Cox into the Hall of Fame.
Here's the Yankees' summation of Cox's career, which came one graph after Torre's summary:
Additionally, Bobby Cox, who spent his only two Major League playing seasons with the Yankees (1968-69) and was the club's first base coach in their 1977 World Championship season under manager Billy Martin, was also elected to the Hall of Fame via the same balloting process. Cox played in 220 career games with the club, batting .225 (141-for-628) with 50 runs, 22 doubles, two triples, nine home runs and 58 runs batted in.
Yup, Hall of Fame numbers. But does it make him a "True Yankee"? Well, apparently so according to this press release which contained not one line mentioning Cox's accomplishments as a Braves manager. In fact, here's your only hint that Cox existed outside the Yankees:
Among all Cooperstown inductees, Torre and Cox are members of a group of 21 Hall of Famers whose "greatest contributions" have come as a manager. They are the first managers to be inducted since Whitey Herzog was enshrined in 2010.
They even had to put the words "greatest contributions" in quotes. I bet they started as condescending "air quotes".
Oh wait, here are some Mets press releases I found in my imagination:
Former Mets scout Whitey Herzog inducted into Baseball's Hall of Fame
Mets second baseman Roberto Alomar batted .265 and hit thirteen home runs in a year and a half as a New York Met. There are no records that he played anywhere else.
Spahn Makes Baseball Debut At Age 44, Makes Hall Of Fame
Nolan Ryan, who left the Mets in 1970 after blisters forced him out of baseball, was elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame. He now owns a pickle brine company.
Former Mets Attitude Coach Bob Gibson Enshrined in Cooperstown
It was Red Ruffing's role as pitching coach for the 1962 Mets that gave him that final push into the Hall of Fame. The 1962 Mets had a 5.02 ERA.