THE UNIQUENESS ofKendall's likeness had fans lined up outside Oakland's McAfee Coliseum 12 hoursbefore game time last July 31, when 15,000 were given away. Collectors considerthe stubble-faced statuette a masterpiece of bobblehead art--it has a removablecatcher's mask--but Kendall's son, Kuyper, 2, doesn't exactly treasure his."My kid's gone through four," says Kendall. "One time I saw my headrolling on the ground. [He] was throwing it, and the head broke off."
KENDALL'S RATING *
Mets Starting Pitcher
AFTER TRACHSELwon 16 games in 2003, then teammate Al Leiter decided he deserved somebobblehead love. The Mets agreed--to a point. Rather than honor him with abobblehead night the team commissioned limited-edition Trachsel dolls and gavethem to a row of fans during each of his home starts in '04. "In the first[version], I think I was holding a bat," groused Trachsel, a career .167hitter. He's more pleased with the final product, though he notes, "Thesmile is wrong. I have more of a smirk."
TRACHSEL'S RATING [2 1/2]*
WILSON'SBOBBLEHEAD day last June 4 came at a strange time. He hadn't played in nearly amonth because of a hand injury, and he'd just shorn his trademark blond locks."They made the hair medium length, and it was short [in real life],"Wilson says. "And I was wearing a cast on my wrist, and they didn't havethat." Wilson isn't fond of his ceramic doppelg√§nger. "I think it'sstill in the garage. In the box too. I'm an ugly dude, and they didn't doanything to make me look better."
WILSON'S RATING *
*Players ratedtheir bobbleheads on a 1-to-4 scale with 4 being the best
GINA HOUSEMAN (3, ALL BOBBLEHEADS)
JOHN BIEVER (KENDALL)
RONALD MARTINEZ/GETTY IMAGES (TRACHSEL)
DAVID DUROCHIK/SPORTPICS (WILSON)