A Mets Icon: Mike Piazza Calls It A Career!
It’s with some sadness and also great joy to report that Mike Piazza has announced his retirement today.
In a statement released by his agent, Mike said the following…
“After discussing my options with my wife, family and agent, I felt it was time to start a new chapter in my life. It has been an amazing journey, so today, I walk away with no regrets. I knew this day was coming and over the last two years. I started to make my peace with it. I gave it my all and left everything on the field.”
Mike Piazza had nothing but praise and adoration for our beloved city and Mets fans in general.
“I have to say that my time with the Mets wouldn’t have been the same without the greatest fans in the world. One of the hardest moments of my career, was walking off the field at Shea Stadium and saying goodbye. My relationship with you made my time in New York the happiest of my career and for that, I will always be grateful.”
Piazza finished his remarkable 16 year career with a .308 career average, 427 home runs and 1,335 RBI’s. He set the all-time homerun mark for catchers with 396 homeruns, surpassing Hall of Famer’s Johnny Bench, Roy Campanella and Yogi Berra. He is one of only eight catchers in baseball history to have a .300 – 30 HR - 100 RBI season. He accomplished the feat an amazing six times ecipsing Campanella who did it three times.
As a Met, he helped lead the franchise to it’s only consecutive post season appearances (1999, 2000) in the team history. Remarkably, they missed going to the play-offs in 1998 by one game. However, his most shining moment as a Met came in the aftermath of the September 11th tragedy.
When baseball finally resumed again after ten days of mourning, Mike Piazza became an icon of hope for millions when he belted a dramatic two-run home run in the eighth inning to beat the Braves 3-2 in an emotional thriller. There wasn’t a dry eye in the stadium, and it was certainly one of the greatest moments in not only Mets history, but New York sports history as well.
His first ballot entrance into the hallowed halls of Cooperstown will resonate with all Mets fans, as he becomes the first Hall of Fame hitter to wear a Mets uniform. On that day, it will be an emotionally charged occasion not only for the greatest hitting catcher that has ever lived, but also for the throngs of adoring fans for whom he always showed the utmost respect and admiration.
He is without question the greatest hitter the Mets have ever had.
Congratulations Mike, we will never forget you!
About the Author: Joe DeCaro
I'm a lifelong Mets fan who loves writing and talking about the Amazins' 24/7. From the Miracle in 1969 to the magic of 1986, and even the near misses in '73 and '00, I've experienced it all - the highs and the lows. I started Mets Merized Online in 2005 to feed my addiction. Follow me on Twitter @metsmerized.
- Just Some Internet Guy You Dont Know: on Thoughts On The Improbable Gardner For Murphy Swap: Can't wait for this stupid and unlikely...
- Brandon Young: on Thoughts On The Improbable Gardner For Murphy Swap: Imagine Murphs #'s in Yankee stadium, with...
- Joey Vito: on Featured Post: Don’t Give Up On Ike Davis: "Davis will be back to his good...
- the mad met: on Alderson Clarifies Earlier Statement On $85 Million Payroll: How about tradeing florez and montero for...
- the mad met: on Thoughts On The Improbable Gardner For Murphy Swap: Omg stop trading murphy !!! Its madness....
Write For Metsmerized Online
Mets Merized Online is reloading and looking for new writers to help cover the Hot Stove Season. We're also looking for passionate writers who would like to contribute new and original features.
Contact us now at GetMetsmerized@aol.com for more info and join the #1 Mets Fansite on the web!
Check Out These Great MLB Links!
Mets Autograph Signings
Mets Fan Apparel
Mets Autographed Baseballs
Baseball Card Supplies
For the best seats and lowest MLB ticket prices, go to PurchaseSeats.com. Get your Mets Tickets now and follow them on the road with Yankees Tickets, Phillies Tickets, Nationals Tickets and Braves Tickets!