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.