Mike Piazza came up short in his first bid for Cooperstown immortality, but he will be entering the Mets Hall of Fame later this season.
Piazza will become the 27th inductee during a Sept. 29 ceremony at Citi Field, before the Mets face the Milwaukee Brewers.
"Mike Piazza reinvigorated our franchise when we acquired him in May, 1998,” Jeff Wilpon, who has final say on such honors, said in a statement. “Mike is one of the greatest players in our history and we are thrilled to induct him into the Mets Hall of Fame.”
Piazza is at Citi Field today for the celebrity softball game as part of All-Star festivities.
He will join:
Joan Payson (1981), Casey Stengel (1981), Gil Hodges (1982), George M. Weiss (1982), Johnny Murphy (1983), William A. Shea (1983), Ralph Kiner (1984), Bob Murphy (1984), Lindsey Nelson (1984), Bud Harrelson (1986), Rusty Staub (1986), Tom Seaver (1988), Jerry Koosman (1989), Ed Kranepool (1990), Cleon Jones (1991), Jerry Grote (1992), Tug McGraw (1993), Mookie Wilson (1996), Keith Hernandez (1997), Gary Carter (2001), Tommie Agee (2002), Frank Cashen (2010), Dwight Gooden (2010), Davey Johnson (2010), Darryl Strawberry (2010) and John Franco (2012).