Mike Piazza may still be waiting for his entrance to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, but the famous catcher is definitely in the Mets Hall of Fame. Although he played for other teams including stints with the Marlins, Dodgers, Padres and Athletics, Piazza would like to enter the Hall of Fame as a New York Met, where Piazza played from 1998 to 2006 and established himself as the catcher with the best batting average in history.
“Mike Piazza reinvigorated our franchise when we acquired him in May 1998,” said Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon. “Mike is one of the greatest players in our history and we are thrilled to induct him into the Mets Hall of Fame.”
“It was without a doubt the most exciting time of my life,” Piazza said, referring to his seven-plus years with the Mets. “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.”
The former star, who is getting ready to welcome his third child and first son into the world, is patient about getting in to Cooperstown, “Sometimes you have to respect the (Hall of Fame) process and understand this is the way it’s always been done. There are some great players in history who have (had to wait).”