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Mike Piazza not elected to Hall of Fame

Mike Piazza was not elected to the Baseball Hall of fame on Tuesday.

Piazza earned 69.9 percent of votes. To get in to the Hall of Fame, a candidate must appear on 75 percent of the 571 ballots from Baseball Writers Association of America. Piazza got 62.2 percent last year, up from his debut year (57.8 percent).

He fell 28 votes shy.

“We are confident that in the not too distant future, Mike Piazza, the top offensive catcher in the history of baseball, will take his rightful place in the halls of Cooperstown,” Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said in a statement. “We look forward to celebrating that day with him, his family and our fans, when it happens.”

Piazza’s 396 home runs are the most by a catcher in baseball history. He was a career .308 hitter with a .377 OBP and .922 OPS with 427 home runs during his 16-year career.


cerroneMatthew Cerrone: For me this is simple, I was a huge Piazza fan. He provided me with a lot of fun memories and I hope he eventually gets in, because he seems to really want to be get in.

Piazza will get in next year. He’s gaining votes every year and the path is clear for next January, since Ken Griffey Jr. is the only other no-brainer.

However, personally, as a baseball fan, I stopped caring about the Hall of Fame (as a museum) a long, long time ago. I don’t get a vote and I don’t really respect the voting process, so it’s difficult for me to respect the results or assign meaning to them (good or bad) in the context of my experience as a baseball fan. I will love the game and be a Mets fan regardless of who a bunch of privileged sports writers tell me are better-than-average players. I mean, the place is currently absent of the greatest hitting catcher of all time, the guy with the most ever hits and most ever home runs. It has basically become a Hall of Good Players museum. And, in the end, who is there and who isn’t doesn’t really dictate my love for the Mets and their quest for success.


Former Mets Carlos Delgado, Cliff Floyd, Tony Clark, Jeff Kent and Gary Sheffield also failed to be elected.


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