So you just got home from a long day at the office and you missed all the excitement as Mike Piazza finally got elected to the Hall of Fame earlier this evening? Well have no fear, we’ve got you covered.
The Baseball Writers Association of America punched Piazza’s ticket to Cooperstown after he received 83.0 percent of the vote in his fourth chance at Hall of Fame enshrinement. He will join Ken Griffey Jr. who set a new record with 99 percent of the vote.
One of the greatest offensive catchers of all time, Piazza set the MLB record of 396 home runs as a catcher while with the Mets. Over 16 seasons with the Dodgers, Marlins, Mets, Padres and A’s he finished with 427 homers, 1,335 RBI, and a .308 batting average.
A 12-time All-Star and 10-time Silver Slugger Award winner, he spent eight years with the Mets and helped take them to the postseason in 1999 and all the way to the World Series the following season.
Thanks to our friends at MLB Advanced Media, here is the complete phone interview with Mike Piazza, seconds after he was told the amazing news. It’s pretty awesome, so have a listen.