MLB: Retired NY Mets Catcher Mike Piazza to be in Team HOF

Retired former New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza is set to be enshrined in the team's Hall of Fame on September 29.

Jul 15 2013, 1:26am CDT | by

MLB: Retired NY Mets Catcher Mike Piazza to be in Team HOF
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Retired catcher Mike Piazza will be enshrined in the New York Mets' Hall of Fame on September 29. 

Piazza, who was snubbed by Baseball Hall of Fame voters last winter, will be recognized as one of the Mets' all-time best, writes the New York Daily News' Chris Dell. The induction will coincide with the Mets' Fan Appreciation Day.

Major League Baseball's official website confirms the venue of the Mets Induction Ceremony will be at the Mets' home field, Citi Field and will commence prior to the 1:10 p.m. game against the Milwaukee Brewers. 

Needless to say, Piazza felt honored and even went on to say his stint with the Mets was the most exciting time of his life.  

"It was without a doubt the most exciting time of my life. I'm extremely honored to be in the Mets Hall of Fame. There's good company there. I've said it all along, the Mets have always had some very colorful and outstanding ball players come through here and I'm just glad to be one of them."

Mets COO Jeff Wilpon emphasized the prized catcher reinvigorated the Mets once he came on board.

"Mike Piazza reinvigorated our franchise when we acquired him in May 1998. Mike is one of the greatest players in our history and we are thrilled to induct him into the Mets Hall of Fame."

Piazza was in the running for Cooperstown in January when he received 329 of 569 votes, coming up 98 votes short of the required 75 percent. He also recalled the tough times which made his selection as one of the Mets' best all the more meaningful. 

"Sometimes the tough times really define you when you're going through the good times. When you have that sort of roller-coaster history and some adversity - well, a little bit more than some."

ESPN New York's Mike Mazzeo recalls Piazza never winning a title with the Mets (although he did play in the 2000 World Series against their cross-town rivals, the Yankees). However, he did belt a home run - the first in New York City after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks - which will go down in history. 

He played 16 seasons in the majors from 1992-2007 for the Los Angeles Dodgers, the then-Florida Marlins, New York Mets, San Diego Padres and Oakland Athletics. He holds the record for most home runs hit by a catcher with 427. 

Piazza concluded his career with 2,127 hits, 1,335 RBIs on a .308 average with a .377 OBP, per MLB.com stats. 



 
 
 


Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.

 

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