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‘Baseball as It Was’ Episode #43: Fred Claire

The former Dodgers general manager talks about how his background in journalism led to him starting out as a public relations executive, the critical moves that helped win the 1988 World Series, a trade he still regrets, and how the blockbuster deal that moved Mike Piazza out of Los Angeles in 1998 – a move made behind his back – led to dismissal after 30 years with the organization...
Via Baseball Essential
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The defining moments for Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza

There is no one standard path to the Hall of Fame. The two who were voted in on Wednesday are prime examples of that theory. Ken Griffey Jr. was preordained for stardom. The No. 1 overall draft pick by the Seattle Mariners in 1987 and the son of a renowned big leaguer, it seemed only natural that he would feel the daunting pressure of trying to live up to the hype. It didn’t...
Via The Sports Daily
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Piazza To Have Number Retired At Citi Field

A quick update to yesterday’s big news… According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Mets plan to retire Mike Piazza’s number this season in a ceremony at Citi Field. Rubin says no official date has been set as of yet, but that the Mets are talking to Piazza’s people to confirm a date and to make concrete plans. That’s going to be a fun and exciting day! Mike Piazza...
Via Mets Merized Online
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Piazza: “I’m Going In As A New York Met’”

As all of you on MMO already know, we first reported that Hall of Famer Mike Piazza will be representing the New York Mets when he is officially enshrined at Cooperstown later this year. On Thursday, Piazza and fellow nominee Ken Griffey Jr, were on hand for the official Baseball Hall of Fame press conference in New York. And then Mike made it official saying, “As much as I loved...
Via Mets Merized Online
January 07, 2016  |  Discuss

The Cheat Sheet: Griffey & Piazza elected to HOF, Lovie fired, & Megatron retiring?

Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza to Cooperstown? Not surprising. Lovie Smith fired and Calvin Johnson considering retirement? Very, very surprising. We’ll get to those topics and more (including a monkey walking a tightrope) here at Thursday’s Cheat Sheet… Ken Griffey Jr, Mike Piazza elected to Baseball Hall of Fame Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza were elected to The Baseball...
Via The Comeback
January 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Mike Piazza Humbled and Honored By Hall Of Fame Selection

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...
Via Mets Merized Online
January 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

The Baseball Hall of Fame will be adding two new members this summer, as Ken Griffey Jr and Mike Piazza were elected to the Hall on Tuesday. Griffey was voted in on his first year of eligibility, while Piazza earned induction on year number four. Griffey received votes on 437 of 440 ballots, earning a record 99.3% of the vote. Over his 22-year career with the Mariners, Reds,...
Via The Comeback
January 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Mike Piazza and the Return of Our National Pastime

The Mets. The Braves. Late September. This is what a pennant race is all about. It was the 148th game that season and the defending NL Champion Mets were surging. We’d cut the lead from 13 ½ to just 5 ½ and now the first place Braves were coming to town. At least, that’s what a pennant race should be about. But on this September night there was not the usual electricity in...
Via Mets Merized Online
January 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Cooperstown 2016: Mike Piazza

MIKE PIAZZA Fourth Year on Ballot (69.9% last year) PLAYING CAREER:  Los Angeles Dodgers (1992–1998), Florida Marlins (1998), New York Mets (1998–2005), San Diego Padres (2006) and Oakland Athletics (2007) ACHIEVEMENTS:   .308 career batting average (including in nine consecutive seasons, dating from 1993 to 2001) and 427 home runs. He hit more than 30 home runs in eight consecutive...
Via Hall of Very Good
December 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Bat shard Roger Clemens threw at Mike Piazza is up for auction

There are so many quirky parts of baseball history, and it's difficult for someone to get their hands on an item that's truly unique. But you now have a chance - the bat shard Roger Clemens threw at Mike Piazza during the 2000 World Series at Yankee Stadium is being auctioned off by Heritage Auctions. It was one of the most memorable moments in the last 15 years of baseball history...
Via The Outside Corner
January 28, 2014  |  Discuss

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