When it comes to being a New York Mets fan, there really isn’t too much to be proud of. Since becoming a franchise in 62′, the Mets have only won 2 World Series, one of which the Boston Red Sox let roll through their legs. With the lack of accomplishments, Mets fans cherish every moment of greatness they have more than most people normally would. I mean Mets fans still talk about making the 2000 World Series, in which they lost, more than Yankees fans talk about it and they won. Whenever the Mets have a player that is of the Hall of Fame caliber, they become an idol to every one of their fans. Mike Piazza is arguably the greatest Mets player of all time as well as the greatest hitting catcher in MLB history. Piazza’s latest snub from the Hall of Fame is a travesty that has every Mets fan in the world up in arms.
Let’s start with Piazza’s career stats. Mike was the 1,390th pick of the 1988 MLB draft and was originally a First Baseman. His first coach, Tommy Lasorda, told him to learn to play catcher if he planned on ever making it in the Big Leagues. It was a good choice as Mike went on to hit more Home Runs than any other catcher in the history of the game. On top of his HR’s, Piazza won the 1993 Rookie of the Year award and went on a 10 season run from his rookie year to 2002 where he was named to the All-Star team and won the Silver Slugger all 10 years. That alone should have been enough to put him in the HOF. He did make it to another 2 All-Star games giving him a total of 12 and he was named the MVP of it in 1996. Mike had a career batting average of .308, 427 Home Runs and 1,335 RBI’s. How the hell has he been overlooked for two straight years now.
In his first HOF eligible year, Piazza only received 57.8% of the votes and that number was raised this year when he got 62.2%. Unfortunately, you need 75% of the votes to make it into the Hall of Fame. Even though everyone and their mothers know that this overlook is bullshit, Piazza still played the roll of the bigger man when he gave props to the 3 people who did make it this year. After the announcement he tweeted, “Big Congrats to Mad Dog, Tommy and Big Hurt! Well deserved Guys!” He was referring to Greg Maddox, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas, all deserving might I add. Classy move from Mike but I’m sure he would have liked to tweet some other things to the voters who have their heads up their asses.
In a statement released by the Mets, COO Jeff Wilpon called Piazza “a true Hall of Famer…We proudly display his plaque in the Mets Hall of Fame, and we’re hopeful that he’ll soon have one hanging in Cooperstown.” All Mets fans agree Wilpon!
There is some speculation that the reason Piazza had so many people not vote for him was because of his supposed use of PED’s. This is what really pisses me off. Piazza has never tested positive for any illegal drug use and the fact that he has been accused because of the era he played in is complete horse shit. If that is in fact the case, shouldn’t Frank Thomas be given that exact same treatment? In Piazza’s book he even goes on to say that he never used any PED’s, so what are we basing these suspicions on?
Whatever the case may be, the 571 voters better get their shit together next year because the Hall of Fame will lose all credibility by letting obvious inductees like Piazza slip through the cracks.
Right now LA has some money and they seem to be willing to spend it all to bring a Championship back to a city that hasn’t won the World Series since 1988. The Dodgers season thus far has been quite an anomaly with their lineup not producing runs with all-star names and their starting pitching, basically filled with under-achieving veterans outside of Clayton Kershaw, completely dominating anyone they face. Currently, the Dodgers pitching staff is third in all of baseball with a team ERA of 3.37 and opponents BA of .237. LA has seemed to have struck gold with career years by Chris Capuano, Aaron Harang and Chad Billingsley. Now if you add a proven winner, Josh Beckett, to the mix you have one of the scariest starting rotations the game has to offer. I know a lot of people think that Beckett’s career is coming to an end but when you have that winning pedigree like he does you should never count him out. With Kenley Jensen making a name for himself as one of the more reliable closer’s in baseball, the Dodgers seem to be completely set when it comes to their pitching.
While the Dodger pitching has been stellar, their hitting has been abysmal. Last year, Matt Kemp had a season that most people thought should have ended with him winning the NL MVP. That honor went to Ryan Braun, but the deserving Kemp didn’t let that get him down and he came out of the gates this season like Katniss Everdeen…on fire. Through the first month and half to two months, Kemp was once again the front-runner for the MVP award but he suffered a couple of injuries that set him back. His right hand man, Andre Ethier helped to carry the load for a while, but the truth of the matter is that these two great hitters were not near enough to make the Dodgers a formidable team. Before the trade deadline rolled around this season, the Dodgers knew they had to fix their lineup and put some pieces both in front and behind Kemp and Ethier. The acquisitions of the scrappy and fast gold glove center fielder, Shane Victorino, and the power hitting but currently struggling, Hanley Ramirez, were two steps in the right direction. While 4 quality bats in the lineup is better than 2, it still wasn’t enough to separate the Dodgers from the rest of the pack.
At the beginning of this week, the Dodgers had a pivotal 3 game series against their rivals, the San Francisco Giants. These two teams have been neck and neck for majority of the season, fighting for that coveted NL West title. The Giants ended up sweeping the Dodgers and now hold a 3 games lead over their rivals. Some consider their rivalry the best in baseball while other’s, including NYBobby (https://sports-debaters.com/2012/08/15/second-best-rivalry-in-baseball-heats-up/), find it behind the rivalry of the Yanks and Sox. With the Giants pulling away in the West and the Dodgers trailing the Cardinals for the final wildcard slot, LA had to make some moves. Well Dodger fans, the moves have been made and now it looks like your team is the best in baseball…on paper. With Adrian Gonzalez at first and Carl Crawford as a utility outfielder, the Dodgers now have a lineup that looks more like the Yankees and Rangers.
While they look like the best team on paper, will that translate to them being the best team in baseball? I honestly think so. I can see the Dodgers making a strong push towards the end of this season which will either lead to them winning the West or getting them one of the two wildcard spots. Either way, if this team makes the playoffs with their current roster healthy, they will be the most feared team in the playoffs. While my man Donny Baseball never won that coveted ring when playing for the Yankees, it sure looks like he is poised to win one now as the Dodgers head coach.