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In honor of today’s Mike Piazza Mets Hall of Fame induction, the Mets compiled a list of some of his greatest moments with the team:
May 22, 1998: Acquired from the Marlins for Preston Wilson, Ed Yarnall and Geoff Goetz.
May 23, 1998: Goes 1-for-4 with an RBI double in his Mets debut, at Shea Stadium against the Brewers.
June 1, 1998: Homers for the first time as a Met, against Pittsburgh’s Jason Schmidt.
Sept. 14, 1998: Hits the longest estimated homer in Astrodome history, against Houston’s Jose Lima.
April 28, 1999: Takes Trevor Hoffman deep for his first walk-off homer as a Met.
Oct. 2, 1999: Hits his 40th homer of the season, against Pittsburgh’s Mike Williams.
Oct. 19, 1999: Belts two-run homer in Game 6 of the NLCS against John Smoltz to even the score at 6.
June 14-July 2, 2000: Sets a franchise record with RBIs in 15 straight games, the second-longest streak in MLB history.
June 30, 2000: Hits a three-run homer to cap a 10-run inning in a comeback win against Atlanta.
Sept. 21, 2001: Homers against Steve Karsay in the first game back in New York after 9/11 to uplift the city’s spirits.
May 17, 2002: Belts a grand slam against San Diego’s Jason Boyd to reach 1,000 career RBIs.
May 5, 2004: Hits career homer No. 352 as a catcher, passing Carlton Fisk for the all-time lead at that position.
June 18, 2004: Is joined by the four living Hall of Fame catchers — Yogi Berra, Carlton Fisk, Gary Carter and Johnny Bench — for Mike Piazza Night at Shea Stadium.
Sept. 29, 2005: Hits his final homer as a Met, his 220th with the ballclub, in an 11-0 win against Colorado.
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Six hits shy of matching Ed Kranepool’s all-time franchise hits record, David Wright spoke Wednesday about what it will mean to pass Kranepool:
“I hope I get there,” Wright said. “It’s been a grind lately. But it’s something I’m really, really proud about. I’m sure I’ll enjoy it much more when I’m done playing and can kind of look back. But as of now, it’s difficult to sit back and truly enjoy it or pat yourself on the back because of the position we’ve put ourselves in in the second half. But obviously it’s humbling and very exciting to be able to break some of these team records. I’m very proud of that.”
Asked about his relationship with Kranepool, Wright said: “He’s out here somewhat frequently so I get a chance to talk to him. It’s nice, some of these players that come back, including Ed, to get to know and understand the history of the organization. He always has really nice things to say to me. He’s always very encouraging. Obviously that’s nice when some of these former players come back and are as helpful and encouraging as Ed is.”
Here’s where Wright ranks all-time on several of the team’s major offensive lists:
1. Ed Kranepool, 1,418
2. David Wright, 1,4,12
1. Darryl Strawberry, 252
2. Mike Piazza, 220
3. David Wright, 200
1. David Wright, 806
2. Darryl Strawberry, 733
1. David Wright, 782
2. Jose Reyes, 735
1. David Wright, 321
2. Ed Kranepool, 225
1. Ed Kranepool, 5,436
2. David Wright, 4,690
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The Mets have released their bobblehead schedule for the 2012 season and it’s throwback-themed. As part of their 50th-anniversary celebration, the Mets will give away bobbleheads of some of the key figures in franchise history. Here’s the complete list:
April 22 vs. SF: Tom Seaver
May 26 vs. SD: Rusty Staub
June 17 vs. CIN: Keith Hernandez
July 21 vs. LAD: Edgardo Alfonzo
Aug. 25 vs. HOU: Mike Piazza
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In a recent interview with the New York Times, Mike Piazza said that if he is elected to the Hall of Fame, he would prefer to have a Mets cap on his plaque in Cooperstown.
“The bulk of my career was with the Mets,” Piazza told the Times, “and after going through the trade, then the drama of 9/11. I’ll never forget my Dodger days. But my time with the Mets is what I’ll remember most about my career.”
Piazza played seven full seasons in New York, more than anyplace else. Though his years there were not as dominant as his formative years with the Dodgers, Piazza did markedly raise his profile as a Met.
Per a recent rule change, Major League Baseball no longer allows players to choose their Hall of Fame caps. In Piazza’s case, there could easily be a split decision.
First, of course, he has to make it. Though widely considered the greatest offensive catcher of his generation, Piazza will — fairly or not — fall under suspicion and scrutiny for playing during the height of the steroid era. Still, he should be close to a lock to make the Hall when he is eligible in 2013, or shortly thereafter.
When Henry Blanco hit his first career walk-off home run on Saturday to lead the Mets over the Giants, he and Rod Barajas became the first catchers in Major League history to hit walk-off homers for their team on consecutive days. No franchise has had either a single catcher or multiple catchers accomplish the feat.
Some more walk-off factoids:
- Blanco’s hit marked the first time the Mets have hit walk-off homers in back-to-back games since Robin Ventura and Mike Piazza on July 28 and 29, 2001.
- It was the first time the Mets had consecutive walk-off wins since Sept. 20 and 21, 2005, when Mike Jacobs and Miguel Cairo each hit walk-off singles.
- Four of the Mets’ last five games have ended on walk-offs — two wins, two losses.
- The Mets have walked off 11 times against the Giants, their most against any team other than the Cubs (14) and Pirates (13).