Though Piazza’s hitting resume made him a no-brainer for Cooperstown, the cloud of PED suspicion apparently was enough to deter a large segment of BBWAA voters.
As for the Mets, the jury is still out. The committee for the franchise’s own Hall of Fame has yet to meet on any of this year’s candidates, including Piazza, but the Mets weren’t thrilled by some of the catcher’s comments about the club in “Long Shot.”
I’m not the biggest Mike Piazza fan, but it’s hard to argue that he wasn’t one of the best position players in Mets history. Of course, it’s all too easy to believe that won’t matter to Jeff Wilpon when he finally remembers to hold another meeting of the Mets’ Hall of Fame committee.
Bad enough that the Wilpon family hasn’t been willing or able to spend the money to field the best possible team for the past few years. Now it seems all too likely that they’ll let petty grudges spoil what passes for the team’s recent glory days.
Of course, it’s also likely that Lennon is just trying to manufacture a controversy to boost his page views.
Either way, I’m not feeling any warm & fuzzy thoughts about the New York Mets or any kind of Hall of Fame.
Tonight, the New York Mets will honor their all-time saves leader John Franco by inducting him into the team’s Hall of Fame. Franco appeared in more games (695) than any other Mets pitcher and is one of only three Mets players to be formally named team captain.
I’ll admit that he often made me want to reach for the antacids when he came in from the bullpen, but I hope there’s a nice crowd at Citi Field tonight to see him honored… with the game getting picked up to ESPN, I don’t know how much of the ceremony will be televised to fans at home.
Since then, I haven’t heard a thing about the Mets Hall of Fame Committee or plans for future inductions. Before the quartet of 1986 heroes were added in 2010, the last induction ceremony had been held in 2002 for Tommie Agee.
But the Mets aren’t really going to let their 50th anniversary go by without honoring any of the great players in the team’s history, are they?