The 2014 inductees to the National Baseball Hall of Fame will be announced on Wednesday, January 8.
Mike Piazza appeared on the ballot for the second time this year. He received 57.8 percent of the vote last winter – 75 percent is required to gain election into the Hall of Fame.
As of Tuesday morning, Piazza appears on 74.4 percent of publicly available Hall of Fame ballots.
Piazza’s 396 home runs as a catcher 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 in 16 seasons between 1992 and 2007.
In 872 games with the Mets between 1998 – 2005, Piazza hit .296 with a .373 OBP and .542 SLG, 220 home runs and 655 RBI in 3941 plate appearances.
Michael Baron, Contributor
The numbers speak for themselves: Mike Piazza is a Hall of Famer. I was upset he didn’t get in last year. Piazza dominated at his position throughout the nineties and most of the first half of last decade. In general, there are too many “very good” players getting in these days, which is diluting the significance of the honor. But, Piazza wasn’t just very good, he was great and an iconic player in the sport during his era. He put his stamp on a franchise, and a city, and stands alone in so many defining moments for the franchise during that time period. That is the very definition of what a Hall of Famer is.
I hope this is the year for Piazza, and others who deserved the honor last year but didn’t get in…