Michael Baron, Contributor
The Mets will not be retiring MIke Piazza’s number when he’s inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame on September 29.
This is disappointing. I was really hoping they would retire his number as part of the ceremony. His number belongs on the wall next to Tom Seaver, Casey Stengel, and Gil Hodges.
In the case of Piazza’s 31, it’s uncirculated in the clubhouse now and there wouldn’t be a better moment to get this done and celebrate his career and legacy for the New York Mets franchise. It’s a rare honor, and an argument can be made that more players should receive the honor, in addition to Piazza. But Piazza’s arrival to the Mets catapulted the franchise into one of the most successful eras in their history, he owns so many defining moments in New York sports history, and – like Tom Seaver in his day – Piazza alone had the ability to captivate the audience on a nightly basis.
Hopefully, someday, the Mets will hang up his number… I just wish it was coming this month.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
3:39 pm: They’ll retire it one day. It’s obvious they hold him in high regard, despite him saying a few unflattering things about them in his book this past summer. So, the question isn’t: Will they retire 31? I think the real question is: When? Is it after he’s in the MLB Hall of Fame, as a Met and not a Dodger? Are they waiting for media crusaders to stop using him as a scapegoat for the steroid era? Or, maybe it’s a ticket thing? You know, they get a big sell out this season by putting him in the local Hall of Fame, then get a second sell out down the road when retiring his number? I don’t know the answer, but it’ll happen… eventually.