Sandy Alderson and Johan Santana apparently didn’t give David Lennon of Newsday enough material to work with this weekend.

Mike Piazza's 2005 Donruss Diamond King baseball card from my collection

Mike Piazza’s 2005 Donruss Diamond King baseball card from my collection

Sunday night, Lennon speculated about Mike Piazza‘s chances of being honored in the Mets Hall of Fame and having his number retired.

Though Piazza’s hitting resume made him a no-brainer for Cooperstown, the cloud of PED suspicion apparently was enough to deter a large segment of BBWAA voters.

As for the Mets, the jury is still out. The committee for the franchise’s own Hall of Fame has yet to meet on any of this year’s candidates, including Piazza, but the Mets weren’t thrilled by some of the catcher’s comments about the club in “Long Shot.”

I’m not the biggest Mike Piazza fan, but it’s hard to argue that he wasn’t one of the best position players in Mets history. Of course, it’s all too easy to believe that won’t matter to Jeff Wilpon when he finally remembers to hold another meeting of the Mets’ Hall of Fame committee.

Bad enough that the Wilpon family hasn’t been willing or able to spend the money to field the best possible team for the past few years. Now it seems all too likely that they’ll let petty grudges spoil what passes for the team’s recent glory days.

Of course, it’s also likely that Lennon is just trying to manufacture a controversy to boost his page views.

Either way, I’m not feeling any warm & fuzzy thoughts about the New York Mets or any kind of Hall of Fame.

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14 responses

  1. I had fun rooting for the Orioles last season, if you’re looking for an alternative…

    Seriously though, the four newspapers and WFAN are just looking for excuses to grab people’s attention. “Mike Piazza doesn’t like pineapple, which is Fred Wilpon’s favorite fruit! Will THAT hurt his chances?”

    Don’t get me wrong, I understand where you’re at, and I get worn out by all the idiocy and dysfunction surrounding the team… but don’t let the local media get to you. Their job is to churn the waters, and in the case of the Mets, that just means highlighting the BS that goes along with a Wilpon-owned team.

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    • Paul says:

      I had briefly contemplated jumping ship in favor of the Washington Nationals if the Mets had decided to let David Wright play out the season without a contract extension.

      But the Extra Innings package DirecTV offers is not exactly cheap, and I’m not really ready to switch loyalties after all these years.

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  2. As a lifelong fan, I totally understand where you’re coming from. I used to worship this team more than anything else in the world. Then there was the 1994 strike, favorite players were traded away for stellar guys who proved to be anything but, the overpriced tickets, crappy owners…I could go on and on. I lost interest for a good chunk of time when I probably needed baseball more than it needed me. I learned that it will always be there, you know like a reliable item one reaches for when necessary. I have since begun to appreciate the game on all levels for this very reason. My team may suck, but we all can’t be winners all the time. Sure I would love to have reasons to cheer and clap more often, but life isn’t like that. You need to feel the disappointments in order to have a sense a balance. For me, it’s a reminder to keep on playing. And remembering underdogs eventually win, even if they break our hearts.

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  3. MJ says:

    Why would anyone think they’d retire Piazza’s number? They didn’t retire Gary Carter’s when he was dying. And I’d count Carter as important in Mets history as Piazza, give or take. The Mets don’t do the retiring numbers thing and never have. Maybe when David Wright’s in the Hall, they’ll think about it. Speaking of which, I don’t see them honoring Piazza with a night, even, until he gets in the Hall (which he will, eventually). Again, the Mets have always been very poor at acknowledging and celebrating their history. I have no idea why, but it definitely predates Wilpon. Now that’s a righteous complaint. But just because the Mets don’t celebrate their history doesn’t mean I can’t. Why this team reminds me more and more of the late 70s/early 80s Mets every day. ;-)

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    • Old traditions die hard as it is with this team. The only differences between this and the team from the 70s and 80s are: 1. a new stadium 2. overpriced seats no matter what section you’re sitting in. Oh how I miss those days!

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      • Paul says:

        For better or worse, I didn’t start following baseball until the late 80s. But I do remember the “Worst Team Money Could Buy” era. At least the players now are more likable, even if ownership and the GM aren’t.

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    • Paul says:

      I’m fine with not officially retiring Piazza’s number unless/until he gets into Cooperstown as a Met. But whether the number ever goes up on the outfield wall, Piazza earned his spot in the Mets Hall of Fame.

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  4. jimmy ianniello says:

    The Mets always have to be pushed or forced in doing the right thing. They have such a deep history of letting us fans down, and for what ever reason , we stay and hope for the next season. With all the great players we had they should be on our coaching staffs in the major and minor leagues. But the Mets dont do that .I have been at this for 45 years ( as a Mets Fan)and I guess I am use to it , but it doesn’t make it right. LETS GO METS

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    • Paul says:

      It should be a simple thing – the team’s slogan this year is “Great Place. Great Time. Great Memories.” So let’s do some remembering. Leaving aside Mike Piazza, where’s the 1973 40th anniversary celebration on the calendar? Sad to say, I don’t know how many of the players will be around if they’re waiting to do something for the 50th…

      Getting back to your point about the coaching staffs — I caught some of the SNY broadcast of today’s game with the Braves, and Kevin Burkhardt and Ron Darling talked about how the Braves do such a great job of bringing their former stars to spring training as short-term instructors. Not something that the Mets want to do, though…

      I don’t really get it,

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      • Oh great you just reminded me I am turning 40 this year . :It was also the year I no doubt watched the playoffs in my first few weeks of life as my mom is the one who got me into this team. Paul don’t give up just yet…or if you must let’s root for Toronto.

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        • Paul says:

          I’m too old to be switching baseball teams now, but that doesn’t mean I can’t root for the Blue Jays when they are playing the Yankees or if they get in the playoffs.

          I just wish it was more fun to root for the Mets, like it was when I was younger… before I had any clue about who owned the team or 95 percent of the off-field nonsense that happened.

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        • Perhaps a hiatus from the game is in order. Find something else to take its place and give yourself a chance to miss it or find some young kid to mentor and relive those experiences through their eyes. Not saying these techniques work for everybody, but they helped me fall in love with my team and game again.

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  5. Once the regular season games start, these manufactured episodes of drama and controversy won’t mean crap. Then, we’ll have real, game-related controversies to hash over. I’m looking forward to it.

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