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9 moments from 2013: Probably not the Hall of Fame day he was hoping for

During the final nine days of 2013, I’m going to revisit nine memorable baseball moments from the year.

Mike Piazza acknowledges the cheering crowd on Sept. 29, 2013 (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)
Mike Piazza acknowledges the cheering crowd on Sept. 29, 2013 (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

On September 29th, the catcher with the most home runs in Major League Baseball history was celebrated at a Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

It was two months later and 200 miles south of the celebration he had probably been hoping for at the beginning of the year, but Mike Piazza was gracious as he was inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame.

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Reason #31 why I’m falling out of love with the New York Mets

Sandy Alderson and Johan Santana apparently didn’t give David Lennon of Newsday enough material to work with this weekend.

Mike Piazza's 2005 Donruss Diamond King baseball card from my collection
Mike Piazza’s 2005 Donruss Diamond King baseball card from my collection

Sunday night, Lennon speculated about Mike Piazza‘s chances of being honored in the Mets Hall of Fame and having his number retired.

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.

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Congratulations, John Franco, the newest member of the Mets Hall of Fame

John Franco poses for a photo with me at a Brooklyn Cyclones event in 2009.

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.

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Congratulations To New Mets Hall of Famer John Franco!/Mets/status/162550633176637440

Autographed John Franco photo from my collection

John Franco didn’t get the call from Cooperstown, but he will see his face on a plaque destined for the New York Mets Hall of Fame this summer.

The team’s last official captain, Franco saved 276 games for the Mets and finished 484 games during 14 years. Over his 21 year major league career, Franco earned 424 saves.

The full list of Mets Hall of Fame members is posted on the team’s website.

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Is anybody else wondering when we’ll see some more Mets Hall of Fame inductions?

In November 2009, the New York Mets formed a seven-member Mets Hall of Fame Committee. Its members were:

  • Mets Executive Vice President, Business Operations Dave Howard
  • Mets Vice President, Media Relations Jay Horwitz
  • Mets  Senior Director, Marketing Tina Mannix
  • former Mets pitcher Al Jackson, who was still serving as a pitching consultant
  • beat writer Marty Noble
  • SNY broadcaster Gary Cohen
  • WFAN broadcaster Howie Rose

In January 2010, the team announced that the committee had selected Darryl Strawberry, Dwight Gooden, Davey Johnson and Frank Cashen for induction that August.

It was a beautiful ceremony, followed by an ugly game that was attended by 35,014.

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?

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