Opinion: Keith's No. 17, and other News to Come

In a post to Mets Merized Online, Ed Leyro argues that the Mets should retire No. 17, in honor of Keith Hernandez.

…it’s a tough call… he was on the Mets for six seasons, and they traded for him… so, in terms of ‘great Mets,’ i can understand the argument against him… but, i would do it… i would retire keith’s 17 and Mike Piazza’s 31, if for no other reason than it acknowledges the significance of two players from the generation i grew up watching… is each player a no brainer… i don’t know, maybe, maybe not… but, what’s the difference… they’ve earned it in terms of stature, significance and how they each helped to re-shape the franchise and, more important, they are remembered as being ‘great,’ and ‘influential,’ and since perception is often reality, i don’t really care about service time and stats when it comes to this specific subject…

…speaking of honoring people, from what i can tell, having talked with people connected to the team today, the Mets are getting very, very close to announcing some sort of news about this type of off-field stuff, though i doubt it has anything to do with retiring numbers…

…in fact, i wouldn’t be surprised if we hear an announcement todayso, stay tuned

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