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Mets COO Wilpon: Piazza “is a true Hall of Famer”

After Mike Piazza fell short in his Hall of Fame bid for the second straight year, Mets COO Jeff Wilpon released the following statement:

“On behalf of the organization and our fans, Mike is 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.”

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Here is the full tally of voting totals, with former Mets players highlighted:

Player (Years on ballot) Total Votes Percentage
Greg Maddux (1) 555 97.2
Tom Glavine (1) 525 91.9
Frank Thomas (1) 478 83.7
Craig Biggio (2) 427 74.8
Mike Piazza (2) 355 62.2
Jack Morris (15) 351 61.5
Jeff Bagwell (4) 310 54.3
Tim Raines (7) 263 46.1
Roger Clemens (2) 202 35.4
Barry Bonds (2) 198 34.7
Lee Smith (12) 171 29.9
Curt Schilling (2) 167 29.2
Edgar Martinez (5) 144 25.2
Alan Trammell (13) 119 20.8
Mike Mussina (1) 116 20.3
Jeff Kent (1) 87 15.2
Fred McGriff (8) 67 11.7
Mark McGwire (8) 63 11.0
Larry Walker (4) 58 10.2
Don Mattingly (14) 47 8.2
Sammy Sosa (2) 41 7.2
Rafael Palmeiro (4) 25 4.4
Moises Alou (1) 6 1.1
Hideo Nomo (1) 6 1.1
Luis Gonzalez (1) 5 0.9
Eric Gagne (1) 2 0.4
J.T. Snow (1) 2 0.4
Armando Benitez (1) 1 0.2
Jacque Jones (1) 1 0.2
Kenny Rogers (1) 1 0.2
Sean Casey (1) 0 0.0
Ray Durham (1) 0 0.0
Todd Jones (1) 0 0.0
Paul Lo Duca (1) 0 0.0
Richie Sexson (1) 0 0.0
Mike Timlin (1) 0 0.0

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Mike Piazza on the Hall of Fame bubble

Baseball Think Factory runs a terrific little feature examining all the Hall of Fame ballots that voters have released publicly here in the Twitter age. The site just updated its data about a half hour ago, and it shows Piazza listed on 71.9% of ballots — a few percentage points shy of the 75% needed for induction.

Piazza’s main problem this year is a surplus of big-name candidates on the ballot. First-timers Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas appear locks to make the cut, while second-year candidate Craig Biggio is also ahead of Piazza in Baseball Think Factory’s data.

Remember that these aren’t mere projections. Baseball Think Factory uses hard data from voters to show where each candidate stands leading up to the Jan. 8 Hall of Fame announcement. In this update, it’s 16.9% of the electorate reporting.

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Mike Piazza’s memorable Mets moments

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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Mike Piazza, ballerino?

Believe it. Check out these pictures released today by the AP.

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Wright closing in on franchise hits mark

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

Home runs
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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Mets nod to past with bobbleheads

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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Piazza wants to go into Hall as a Met

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.

mikepiazza.jpg“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.

Meet the Mets, walk-off wonders

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).