Showing posts with label Mike Piazza. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mike Piazza. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Video: Mike Piazza's Bat Thrown by Roger Clemens is up for auction

Heritage Auctions' Chris Ivy discusses the bat barrel piece thrown by Roger Clemens at Mike Piazza in the 2000 World Series that his company has up for auction.

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

MLB News: Mike Piazza Falls Short Again - Maddux, Glavine, Thomas Get Elected to 2014 Hall

MLB News:

A player needs to appear on 75 percent of ballots cast in order to be elected. Only three got in and one was NOT Mike Piazza.

Greg Maddux (97.2 percent), Tom Glavine (91.9) and Frank Thomas (83.7) all were elected in to the 2014 class.

Maddux failed to unseat Tom Seaver (98.8 percent in 1992) for the highest percentage received in gaining election.

Mike Piazza improved his percentage in his second year on the ballot, but fell short again of election to Cooperstown.

Piazza appeared on 62.2 percent of ballots cast by eligible Baseball Writers' Association of America voters, an increase from 57.8 percent in his inaugural season of eligibility.

The remainder of the voting > 5% who will remain on the ballot next year:

Craig Biggio (74.8 percent -- two votes shy among 571 votes cast)
Piazza 62.2
Jack Morris 61.5
Jeff Bagwell 54.3
Tim Raines 46.1
Roger Clemens 35.4
Barry Bonds 34.7
Lee Smith 29.9
Curt Schilling 29.2
Edgar Martinez 25.2
Alan Trammell 20.8
Mike Mussina 20.3
Jeff Kent 15.2
Fred McGriff 11.7
Mark McGwire 11.0
Larry Walker 10.2
Don Mattingly 8.2
Sammy Sosa 7.2

They have to receive at least 5% to stay on but Jack Morris falls off the ballot after appearing for 15 years. He will be eligible for selection by a veterans committee every three years, beginning for the 2016 class.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Must Read: Making a case for Mike Piazza entering the Hall of Fame

I just read a interesting article about the case for Mike Piazza entering the Hall of Fame from SABR.

This article details Mike Piazza's accomplishments and compares them to other Hall of Famers who have been inducted in already.

Mike clearly makes his mark amongst catchers and their should be no reason why the man should not go into Cooperstown this summer.

Please read this article here and please comment if you like....

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Remembering Piazza's Greatest Moments: (Video) Post 9-11 Home Run

Video: Mike Piazza Tribute...Last Game at Shea

Don't Forget Sunday September 29th is Mike Piazza Day.... The New York Mets will be inducting him into the Mets Hall of Fame.

Preview: Game 162 - Brewers at Mets - Estrada vs Niese - Final Game of 2013 - Mike Piazza Day

Milwaukee Brewers (74-87) at New York Mets (73-88) 1:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
M. Estrada (R) 20 7-4 4.025.25-22.179/23@ATLW7.0201-020.21.74
J. Niese (L) 23 8-8 3.745.23-52.689/24@CINW7.0822-120.13.10


The Brewers try to cap the season with a four-game sweep of the Mets on Sunday at Citi Field. The Mets will also celebrate Mike Piazza going into the Mets Hall of Fame.

Milwaukee (74-87) won Saturday 4-2 in 10 innings to pick up its 12th win in 17 games, a far departure from its 2-8 start to the season. Carlos Gomez snapped out of a 3-for-25 slump with four hits, including the go-ahead single.

The Mets (73-88) have lost three straight and will finish with a losing record for a fifth straight year, but Collins is close to an agreement to remain manager as the club attempts to build a winner.

Fielding an inexperienced lineup depleted by injuries and trades, Collins has kept the Mets competitive down the stretch without most of his top players.

One thing Collins has been unable to do is find a way to beat Milwaukee at Citi Field.

The Brewers have won 10 of 11 at the Mets' ballpark.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Mets News: Mike Piazza will become the 27th Inductee in The Mets Hall of Fame

Mets News:

The Mets weekend highlight comes Sunday September 29th, when Mike Piazza becomes the 27th inductee into the Mets Hall of Fame.

The pregame ceremony begins approximately 12:55 p.m.

Piazza will join:

1981: Joan Payson and Casey Stengel

1982: Gil Hodges and George Weiss

1983: Bill Shea and Johnny Murphy

1984: Lindsey Nelson, Bob Murphy and Ralph Kiner

1986: Bud Harrelson and Rusty Staub

1988: Tom Seaver

1989: Jerry Koosman

1990: Ed Kranepool

1991: Cleon Jones

1992: Jerry Grote

1993: Tug McGraw

1996: Mookie Wilson

1997: Keith Hernandez

2001: Gary Carter

2002: Tommie Agee

2010: Frank Cashen, Davey Johnson, Dwight Gooden, Darryl Strawberry

2012: John Franco

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Mets News: Mike Piazza to be inducted in Mets Hall of Fame

Mets News:

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).

Friday, February 15, 2013

Audio: WFAN's Mike Francesa Talks to Mets Great Mike Piazza about his new book Longshot

Friday, November 30, 2012

Former Mets Great Mike Piazza Eligible for 2013 Hall of Fame Induction

Former New York Mets’ legend Mike Piazza heads a prestigious class of 24 first-time Baseball Hall of Fame eligible.

Piazza, Craig Biggio, and Curt Schilling are among first-time eligibles. Jack Morris, Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines are the top holdover candidates.

Biggio topped the 3,000-hit mark — which always has been considered an automatic credential for Cooperstown — and spent his entire career with the Houston Astros.

Schilling was 216-146 and won three World Series championships, including his “bloody sock” performance for the Boston Red Sox in 2004.

Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa are listed on the baseball Hall of Fame ballot for the first time, setting up an election sure to become a referendum on the Steroids Era.

The 37-player ballot was announced Wednesday.

More than 600 longtime members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America will vote through next month. Candidates need 75 percent for induction, and the results will be announced Jan. 9.

Complete List of Eligible Candidates

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Hall of Fame released ballot for 2012, Mike Piazza on List

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY, The Hall of Fame released its ballot for next summer's induction eligibility, and Bernie Williams probably is the player with the best credentials on the underwhelming list, which also includes ex-Met Jeromy Burnitz.

Things get far more interesting a year from now, when players who last appeared in the majors in 2007 are eligible.

That group includes Mike Piazza, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa, Curt Schilling and Craig Biggio.

Friday, September 09, 2011

Pic of the Day: John Franco, Mike Piazza, and David Wright visit firefighters at Ladder 3 in Manhattan

John Franco, Mike Piazza; David Wright visit with firefighters at Ladder 3 in Manhattan as part of  9/11 outreach ...on  Twitpic

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Mike Piazza , other players will participate in pregame ceremonies at Citi Field on Sept. 11

The Mets announced Tuesday that former Mets players Mike Piazza, Todd Zeile, Robin Ventura, John Franco and manager Bobby Valentine will participate in pregame ceremonies at Citi Field on Sept. 11, the 10th anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks in Manhattan.

All five were members of the 2001 Mets team that played in the first Major League game in New York City following the attacks, with Piazza hitting a dramatic go-ahead home run in the eighth inning.

The Mets also plan to commemorate Sept. 11 by visiting firehouses throughout the city for a 10th straight year, as well as continuing their partnership with Tuesday's Children, a non-profit organization providing an array of support programs and services to the Sept. 11 community, including the families of victims and first responders.

Saturday, March 05, 2011

No Immediate ownership plans for Piazza, offers sympathy for Wilpons

Mike Piazza, in Port St. Lucie as hitting coach for Team Italy, says he has considered buying into the ownership of a baseball team, and said he has been approached by groups of investors.

"Would I be interested in possibly getting involved in a group to buy a team? Probably," Piazza said. "I've been thinking about it. I think that would be something that would probably suit my desire, at least, to get into the game. I don't really see myself on the field all the time, or in the board room all the time. But I feel like maybe I can bring certain intangibles to both. And having the credibility of being on the field and also getting to know some of the administrative aspects of the sport would be something I'd be interested in."

"I never say never. You see Nolan Ryan getting involved. And I've heard of other players, in the future, wanting to get involved in ownership. I just think everything is a timing thing. It's an interesting time in the game, and there's a lot of change going on. You just don't know what situation will pop up. As far as anything on the forefront? Nothing. Down the line? We'll see."

Read More : ESPN NY

Update 7:52PM :

Piazza played for the Mets from 1998 to 2005. He offered sympathy for the Wilpon family.

“I’m definitely in their corner, hoping that this thing gets ironed out,” Piazza said. “At the end of the day, I still think the fans hopefully concentrate on baseball.”

Piazza said he could neither “confirm or deny” if he had been approached by people assembling ownership bids. He earned more than $120 million in his playing career. But he laughed off the notion that something was imminent for him.

“As far as anything on the forefront?” he said. “Nothing. Down the line? We’ll see.”


Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Filling the Shoes of Mike Piazza

The Mets are looking at Ronny Paulino to back-up Josh Thole which would form the catching tandem for the 2011 season. I know this post might be a little off topic with all the Hot Stove murmurings going on, but I felt that it would be a good time in lieu of the Mets possibly signing a catcher to remember the career of Mike Piazza. Piazza burst onto to the scene with Los Angeles Dodgers and won the NL Rookie of the Year award in 1993. He put up big numbers for the Dodgers through five full seasons. Then on May 22, 1998, the improbable yet remarkable happened for Met fans. The Mets sent Preston Wilson, Ed Yarnall and Geoff Goetz to the Florida Marlins in exchange for Piazza, who had been traded to the Marlins only a week earlier. Todd Hundley had gone down with an injury so the Mets desperately needed a catcher. Piazza arrived with a bang and immediately became a fan favorite. The Mets locked him up to a seven-year, $91 million contract in 1999, which was a huge contract at the time. In eight years with the Mets, Piazza hit .296 and clubbed 220 home runs, second on the all-time Mets list to Darryl Strawberry. He was a hero to so many Mets fans, young and old. He wasn't exactly a defensive wizard, especially throwing out runners, but he more than made up for that with his potent bat.
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