By Mr. Met
Staff Writer NFL PRO ZACH
On January 9, 2013 Mets fans will find out if Mike Piazza who led our beloved Mets to the 2000 NL Pennant will be the first Mets position player to enter Cooperstown and be considered one of MLB’s immortal players. The argument with Piazza who is the all-time leader in MLB history for homers by a catcher has always been not whether or not he will make the hall but will he make it on his first try and whether or not he will go in wearing the hat of a Met or a Dodger the team he broke into the big leagues with. Well here are the number Piazza played 726 games with the dodgers over 7 years and batted .331 while belting 177 of his 427 career homeruns while driving in 563 runs. With the Mets Piazza played 972 games while driving in 655 runs and parking 220 “Piazza deliveries” (for those of you who remember the score board at Shea flashing) into the stands. Although, Piazza hit for a better average as a Dodger he certainly played more and hit the majority of his homers as a Met. More importantly he means more to the Met’s franchise and I believe his time in New York defined him as an immortal in baseball history.
Although, Piazza played during the steroid era there have not been many if any at all credible reports linking him to steroids. More importantly if you look at his numbers they peak at the average age of a player for his prime years and start declining with injuries at the average time of players. With all that being said I believe and hope Mike Piazza on January 9th will be announced as a first ballot hall of famer. I also believe on that plaque that will be enshrined in Cooperstown he will be in the Orange and Blue of the New York Mets. At this point Piazza will become only the second Met’s player and first position player to have his number retired from the franchise! I for one cannot wait to be at Citi Field for those moments which will hopefully becoming in the near future!