Mike Piazza has not been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Piazza received 62.2 percent of votes this year. Seventy-five percent is required to gain election into the Hall of Fame.
Piazza received 57.8 percent of the vote in 2013, his first year on the ballot.
“I was a little disappointed, I can’t lie about that,” Piazza said after last year’s vote. “To keep it in historical perspective as well, there were a lot of great players that didn’t get [in] on the first ballot. … I’m very proud of my career. If you look at my entire body of work, I’d put it up against any catcher that’s played the position.”
Greg Maddux (97.2%), Tom Glavine (91.9%) and Frank Thomas (83.7%) were all elected this year. Craig Biggio received 74.8 percent, and did not make the cut.
“On behalf of the organization and our fans, Mike is a true Hall of Famer,” Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said in a statment. “We proudly display his plaque in the Mets Hall of Fame, and we’re hopeful that he’ll soon have one hanging in Cooperstown.”
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, from 1998–2005, Piazza hit .296 with a .373 OBP and .542 SLG, 220 home runs and 655 RBI in 3,941 plate appearances.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
For me this is simple, I was a huge Piazza fan. He seems like a nice guy. He provided me with a lot of fun memories and I hope he gets in. 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 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. It has become a Hall of Good Players museum, which is nice and probably a fun trip to upstate New York. But, in the end, who is there and who isn’t doesn’t really dictate my love for the Mets and their quest for success.
By the way, no, I don’t think I should be allowed to vote. I’d be fine with other bloggers having the opportunity to weigh in. As a die-hard Mets fan, I could never cast a vote for Greg Maddux. He was awesome, I get it. I totally understand why someone would write his name on a ballot, and they probably should, given his dominance. But, for those exact reasons, and given how pissed off he made me on so many occasions, I just couldn’t physically get my hand to write his name. This is why I should never be allowed to vote on what is intended to be an impartial voting system.