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Monday, July 15, 2013

Mike Piazza to be inducted into Mets Hall of Fame on Sept. 29

Put that in your hypertrophyic case and shine it, Murray!

Mike Piazza may not have made Cooperstown on the first ballot, as many around baseball thought he might, but he did not have to wait long to enter the Mets Hall of Fame.

The team announced Sunday that it will induct Piazza into its Hall on Sept. 29, with a ceremony prior to that day’s 1:10 p.m. game against the Brewers. Piazza will become the 27th member of the Mets Hall of Fame, and the sixth inducted in the past four years.

“I’m extremely honored to be in the Mets Hall of Fame with the company there,” Piazza said. “I’ve said all along the Mets have always had some very colorful and outstanding ballplayers in their history. To be in that group is really great, a great honor, and I’m really looking forward to September.”

Piazza hit 220 of his 427 career home runs with the Mets, ranking second in franchise history. A six-time All-Star during his eight years as a Met, he is first in team history with a .542 slugging percentage and third with 655 RBIs.

“Mike Piazza reinvigorated our franchise when we acquired him in May 1998,” Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon said in a statement. “Mike is one of the greatest players in our history, and we are thrilled to induct him into the Mets Hall of Fame.”

...The five-member Mets Hall of Fame committee is comprised of front office staff and media members with long-standing connections to the club. The members are vice president of media relations Jay Horwitz, who is in his 34th season with the team; former Mets pitcher and original Met Al Jackson, a consultant in his sixth decade with the organization; Mets.com reporter Marty Noble, who has covered games since the 1970s; SNY play-by-play man Gary Cohen, who is in his 25th season of broadcasting Mets baseball; and WFAN broadcaster Howie Rose, who has covered the team since 1987.

Repoz Posted: July 15, 2013 at 06:20 AM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. catomi01 Posted: July 15, 2013 at 12:43 PM (#4494715)
Piazza will become the 27th member of the Mets Hall of Fame, and the sixth inducted in the past four years.


Not that Piazza doesn't deserve it...but 6 in four years seems like a lot for a team without a championship in the last two decades.
   2. Non-Youkilidian Geometry Posted: July 15, 2013 at 01:27 PM (#4494778)
From FTA, the other five are:

Frank Cashen ('10), Dwight Gooden ('10), Davey Johnson ('10), Darryl Strawberry ('10) and John Franco ('12).

So the six inductees include the GM and manager of the '86 championship team (Cashen and Johnson) and two of its star players (Doc and Straw).
   3. Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: July 15, 2013 at 01:35 PM (#4494790)
Not that Piazza doesn't deserve it...but 6 in four years seems like a lot for a team without a championship in the last two decades.


I'm more surprised by the 27 members for a team that as existed for 51 years. Team Halls of Fame are always pretty welcoming so I guess I shouldn't be but it usually seems like longevity more than anything is the key criteria and given their relatively short history I wouldn't expect a lot of longevity.

Just looking at the list in #2 that certainly looks like a group of guys I would expect to be in the Met HoF.
   4. catomi01 Posted: July 15, 2013 at 02:36 PM (#4494890)
Fair enough - the number just seemed high, but yes, the names above make sense. Franco being on the list too makes sense - fan favorite, good closer for a lengthy amount of time.
   5. Monty Posted: July 15, 2013 at 03:09 PM (#4494942)
By contrast, there are only eight people in the Padres Hall of Fame, and that includes an owner, a team president, a manager, and a broadcaster (who was also a manager for one year). Only four players, which seems about right for the Padres.

Strangely, Nate Colbert is in the Padre Hall of Fame but hasn't had his number retired. And Steve Garvey has had his number retired but isn't in the Padres Hall of Fame. This whole thing is weird and complicated.
   6. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: July 15, 2013 at 03:32 PM (#4494972)
Only four players, which seems about right for the Padres.
I'm guessing the other 3 are Winfield, Gwynn, and Randy Jones.
   7. Monty Posted: July 15, 2013 at 03:46 PM (#4494991)
I'm guessing the other 3 are Winfield, Gwynn, and Randy Jones.


Correct! Trevor Hoffman has his number retired, but I expect he'll be hall-of-famed before too long.
   8. just plain joe Posted: July 15, 2013 at 04:16 PM (#4495020)
And Steve Garvey has had his number retired but isn't in the Padres Hall of Fame


To be fair, no one else wanted to wear the same number as Garvey.
   9. Walt Davis Posted: July 15, 2013 at 06:45 PM (#4495144)
He's already in the bacne hall of fame!

Strangely, Nate Colbert is in the Padre Hall of Fame but hasn't had his number retired. And Steve Garvey has had his number retired but isn't in the Padres Hall of Fame. This whole thing is weird and complicated.

Probably timing. The number retirement may have come during or shortly after his final season. Then the stuff about 700 children probably came out before they got around to putting him in their HoF.

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