First off I would like to congratulate both Bert Blyleven and Roberto Alomar on their upcoming inductions into te Baseball Hall of Fame. I might have detested Alomar in his two seasons as a Met , but there is no denying that in his pre Mets career that he was one of the premier second basemen in the game.
In two short years one of the most important Mets ever, Mike Piazza, will be eligible to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. In most fans and sportswriters opinions he is a shoo in to be a first ballot Hall of Famer. But what hat will he be wearing upon his induction – that of a Los Angeles Dodger or of a New York Met ?
Unfortunately because of teams like the Tampa Bay Rays “bribing” players such as Wade Boggs to be enshrined with their cap on a Hall of Fame committee now chooses what team the player should be inducted as a player of. If you remember we got screwed with Gary Carter because even though he helped propel the Mets to at winning two pennants and a World Series, he was arguably still better known as a Expo.
But back to Mike Piazza .
Here are his stats for both the Mets and the Dodgers
|NYM (8 yrs)||972||3941||3478||532||1028||193||2||220||655||7||9||424||546||.296||.373||.542||.915||136||1885||132||17||0||22||82|
|LAD (7 yrs)||726||3017||2707||443||896||115||3||177||563||10||11||283||440||.331||.394||.572||.966||159||1548||75||10||0||17||62|
Piazza played one year more with the Mets than the Dodgers and his stats seem to be pretty consistent . He did win the MVP award during his days in Los Angeles , but you can make the argument that he was robbed of the award back in ’00.
I also think that when you mention Piazza’s name , most people will associate him with the Mets rather than the Dodgers. He will always be remembered for that heart stopping home run against the Braves 10 days after 9/11 or that epic comeback where he hit that mammoth homer back in ’99.
I am just keeping my fingers crossed that he will become the first player since Seaver to wear a Mets cap when being inducted into immortality.
Your thoughts or opinions ?
And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Mets alumni celebrating birthdays today include:
Middle reliever from ’63-’64 ,Ed Bauta is 76 (1935) .
Reserve third baseman from ’75-’77, Roy Staiger is 61 (1950) .
Mets premier pinch hitter from ’06-’09, Marlon Anderson is 36 (1974) . Marlon I believe was a strong clubhouse force during his tenure with the Mets. It doesn’t surprise me that after he was released in the first week of the ’09 season the Mets started their downward spiral.
Middle reliever from the ’09 season, Casey Fossum, is 33 (1978) . I still don’t understand why Omar released him so early in the season. He was pitching well, and I feel he was a quality arm for a shaky bullpen.
New York Mets signed free agent reliever, Braden Looper of the Florida Marlins on January 6, 2004. In retrospect I feel that Looper was given a raw deal by most Mets fans. He might not have been lights out as a closer, but he did play through a bad shoulder injury in his last season as a Met , and never used it as a excuse for his ineffectiveness.
New York Mets traded catcher/first baseman, Vance Wilson to the Detroit Tigers for Anderson Hernandez on January 6, 2005. Hernandez proved to be a decent back up infielder his first time around, but when he was re-obtained by the Mets in ’09 his defensive range has woefully eroded.
Tampa Bay Rays signed back up catcher, Mike DiFelice of the New York Mets as a free agent on January 6, 2008.
And if you are still venting that John Franco didn’t garner enough votes to be elected into the Hall of Fame , just remember that there are just 85 days until the Mets open the 2011 season against the Florida Marlins in Miami and 92 days until the Mets 2011 home opener against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field.
Mo Vaughn is elated that he has been elected to the Thorton Mellon Big and Tall Man’s Hall of Fame !!