Mike Piazza Not Elected to Hall of Fame
It was the news every Mets fan dreaded — Mike Piazza was not elected to the Hall of Fame. Certainly this is unfair, but there is good news in the voting for Piazza.
Piazza received 57% of the vote compared to 37% for Roger Clemens and 36% for Barry Bonds. This means while some voters are lumping in Piazza with the steroid guys, the majority of them did not. I think many writers wanted to make a statement and punish Piazza for his alleged PED use by not allowing him the honor of being a first-ballot Hall of Famer. But since there is no real evidence that he used steroids, they cannot justify keeping him out forever. I think Piazza will get in next year.
It really is a shame for Mike Piazza and Mets fans. Piazza will likely go into the Hall as Met. Tom Seaveris the only player wearing a Mets hat on his Hall of Fame plaque. Fans can’t wait for another player to wear one. Now we’ll have to wait at least one more year.
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Date: January 9, 2013