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Commemorating Kiner

New York Mets broadcaster Ralph Kiner passed away on Feburary 6th, severing one of the last links to the beginning of the team’s history.

Ralph Kiner takes the microphone from Howie Rose as he prepares to introduce the Mets' starting lineup on Opening Day, 2012 (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)
Ralph Kiner (right) shakes hands with Howie Rose as he prepares to introduce the Mets’ starting lineup on Opening Day, 2012 (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

While Kiner’s role had been limited by his age and health in recent years, he had been involved in every Mets season from 1962 through 2013. Though he is no longer present, the Mets are doing several things to remember him this season.

Some fans are hoping for a more permanent reminder of Kiner’s legacy. As we learned after Gary Carter‘s death, outfield logos only stay up for one season, and the Mets Museum displays get refreshed every year.

The New York Post reports that Mets fan Ed Solomon has launched a Twitter campaign to petition “for renaming Citi Field Sections 132-134 as Kiner’s Korner, commemorating the 52-year Mets career of Ralph Kiner.” More than a thousand people (including me) have followed the @MetKinersKorner account, “signing” the electronic petition.

I think it would be nice to have fans sitting in “Kiner’s Korner” at Citi Field, but I’m not hung up on the details. I just want to see a visible, permanent tribute to a Mets legend.

(And while we’re at it, let’s have some permanent, visible recognition for other Mets legends lost to the past, such as Bob Murphy and Carter.)

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3 thoughts on “Commemorating Kiner

  1. I like the idea of having a Kiner’s Korner at CitiField. Hope ownership takes notice of this, and does something to show the fans that their voices do matter.


  2. I like Mr. Solomon’s idea. All of the Mets original broadcast team should have their own permanent display in Citi Field.


    1. I’d like to see a few statues at Citi Field: the original broadcast trio, Gil Hodges, Tug McGraw and Gary Carter would make a good start.


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