Fans react to Mike Piazza not being elected to the Hall of Fame

For the second year in a row, Mike Piazza was not elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame…

Here is a collection of tweets from Mets and baseball fans reacting to the news…




83 comments
Frank Accardi
Frank Accardi

mike ,,should be in the hall,,, he was the player where you didn't want to miss a at bat and would rise to the occasion,,how many  clutch    and home runs  and hits did he have

duras23
duras23

@JustinRocke-  I'm huge Piazza fan who agrees that he should be in the HOF. Will always be "greatest hitting catcher ever" but as long as a guy named Johnny Bench exists, will never be "Arguably the best catcher ever".

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the large majority of people outraged are mets fans. you can;t look to met fans for a subjective opinion here so these comments are largely meaningless. the rest of the country has their speculations. i as a met fan know in my heart that piazza used. if bonds is out, piazza should be too. you don't need a smoking gun to have an opinion or to be right.

Now that the precedent has been established in MLB as to who gets in regarding their alleged steroid use, or somehow being  linked to them.  I hope all the  Baseball writers keep that in mind when it's Derek Jeter's turn for enshrinement to the Hall. He played with more admitted users than Piazza ever did. And whether he used them or not there's the same guilt by association. 

Olerud42
Olerud42

Frank Thomas was a great baseball player, no problem with him getting in, but they should have elected Mike as well. 

ponzies86
ponzies86

The big slob got in but no Piazza? WOW sad time in Baseball

Brandon Lee
Brandon Lee

Honestly, I'd be embarrassed to be a voter for the Hall of Fame. 

cmetsfan
cmetsfan

If my career warranted hall of fame induction, and I DIDN"T do steroids, I'd be bitching in the media about getting passed over, in all likelihood. That's not happening here, and I'm not buying it's just about class, sorry.


He's got his money, fame, and plenty of acknowledgement from mets/metsfans. More celebration doesn't feel necessary here.

nymets6
nymets6

Piazza will get in, hopefully sooner rather than later. The writers will give in after realizing they can't keep the best offensive catcher out of the hall for long. All-time catcher homerun record with 427, slugging percentage catcher record with .545, 10x silver slugger recipient (catchers record)...seeing the pattern. Not to mention a 12 time all star, Rookie of the Year, .308 career average, over 2,000 career hits, and finished in the top ten for MVP voting on five different occasions. He may not have been the best defensively, but his career accolades speak for themself.

MMIAA
MMIAA

the only reason it is speculation is because they didn't test all he had to do was pee in a cup once a year his entire career. pretty simple.

MMIAA
MMIAA

so everyone says McGuire, clemsn, sosa, palmiero shouldn't get in but let me ask what if Mike had to go in front of congress. Then was investigated............

Cliff Olander
Cliff Olander

The voting process is a complete joke! These writers are full of themselves...

rico
rico

The guy has a great life, had a great career, so he has to wait another year?


big whoop.


meanwhile Bonds should have been in..though can you imagine his acceptance speech? Neither can I 



Jeff Lubatkin
Jeff Lubatkin

So I guess having a case of back acne prevents induction into the Hall of Fame.  This "cloud" over Piazza is ridiculous.  The best offensive catcher in the history of the game is not in the Hall of Fame is a travesty. 

1345rmw
1345rmw

You can deny Glavine and Maddox,Piazza will make it someday

hankincolo
hankincolo

No Piazza in the HOF? The voting system need an overhaul.

Tom Gallagher
Tom Gallagher

I'm really hoping Kanye West interrupts someone's HOF acceptance speech to tell us Piazza belongs in the Hall.  

mets2891
mets2891

I just love how writers don't want to vote in Piazza because he may have taken steroids, yet they vote in Frank Thomas, who looks like he can lift a car over his head.

strake
strake

The voting system is a joke. Some fool actually voted for JT Snow. Really?

steve333
steve333

Piazza should have been elected last time, to snub him again is criminal

drewmcg
drewmcg

Piazza played his whole career pretty much in LA and New York. The two biggest media markets and not one report of him doing steroids. He didn't have career years after he turned 35 either. Simply put, to put hall of fame worthy mike piazza in with other users of the era is wrong

strake
strake

Piazza is the best hitting catcher ever. Period. It's a crime he isn't in yet. There were never any roids speculation during his career. To assume just because he played during the era is unfair.

Ralph Carlson Jr
Ralph Carlson Jr

The hall of fame is no longer for the fans or for the players. They need to rename it 'The old Newspaper writers hall of fame'

Metsochist
Metsochist

@cmetsfan  Unless proof comes out that he unequivocally did steroids, Piazza will be elected in the next few years -- even with the upcoming crowded class of eligibles.  His numbers trended upward and they are not far off from the threshhold.  


Piazza has already said he didn't do steroids.  What good is restating it at this juncture?  Why should he risk pissing off the writers (who are the media) and alienating anyone, even if the process and most of the sanctimonious writers are a joke?



Coq de Pierre
Coq de Pierre

@cmetsfan  Maybe because he has money, fame, and plenty of acknowledgment he's better able to handle this than some emotionally damaged nobody spouting steroid conspiracies on the internet.


Just guessing, tho.

dgtloutlaw
dgtloutlaw

@dlight71 @metsblog you get this when the uneducated are given an avenue for communication. Children should be seen and not heard.

fhc1224
fhc1224

@MMIAA The reason Mike never had to go in front of Congress or anyone else was because there was nothing to tie him to peds.  He never failed a test, he was never named in any players accusations as a user, he did not appear in the Mitchell report.  I have no idea if he did or did not use but there is absolutely nothing factual to say he did which can not be said by anyone you mentioned. 

Olerud42
Olerud42

@MMIAA Who knows? This is counterfactual. We'll never know. 

MMIAA
MMIAA

@Cliff Olander yeh really youre right its a joke hasn't made sense for 100 years.

MMIAA
MMIAA

@Jeff Lubatkin yeh the fact he went from 60th round to where he ended up during the steroid era wouldn't lead anyone to suspicion. SMH

Cliff Olander
Cliff Olander

Couldn't agree with you more. It's an absolute disgrace. The hall is so tanted by these writers its such a shame.

Olerud42
Olerud42

@mets2891 Agreed. Nobody from that era is above suspicion. Not Thomas. Not Jeter. Not Mariano. 

Joseph Morgan
Joseph Morgan

@mets2891 Frank Thomas has been one of the most outspoken individuals on steroids his entire career. He was one of the Chicago White Sox back in 2003 that didn't want to take the test with the entire team which would have created mandatory testing for all major leaguers.

MMIAA
MMIAA

@drewmcg because they started testing when he was 35 if they had started testing when he was 25 he would have been out of the league by the time he was 26. the guy was barely an athlete.

Mike DeRosa
Mike DeRosa

@drewmcg as per every radio jockey for the past two years: "But no one ever said he DIDNT do it either!1!11!! I AM GOD FOR MY WORDS ARE ALWAYS THE TRUTH."


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I think it's ridiculous too. Though, I would like to know, has Piazza ever said he was clean? You'd think he'd have come out with that statement by now... :\

cmetsfan
cmetsfan

@Metsochist This is real simple. If you didn't do steroids, and had Piazza's #'s, you'd be saying unequivocally in the media, you've been robbed. So would Piazza. It's easy stuff.

cmetsfan
cmetsfan

@Coq de Pierre @cmetsfan That's a personal attack for literally no reason, yet I'm the one "emotionally damaged." Learn a psychology term called "projection,"  before dabbling in psychology to belittle anyone.


As far as Piazza goes, nope, the guy's action say it all. He doesn't want to be looked into, so he's not adamant he deserves the HOF.


Coq de pierre and whoever agrees with you.

Olerud42
Olerud42

@MMIAA @drewmcg I doubt very much that steroids turned him from "barely an athlete" into "the greatest hitting catcher of all time" even if he did use. 

dgtloutlaw
dgtloutlaw

@dlight71 lack of ability to keep one's mouth shut and a propensity to want the last word are signs of diminished intelligence