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