Piazza Has Number Retired by Mets (VIDEO)
One week after entering the Professional Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, Mike Piazza was immortalized by the New York Mets: He had his No. 31 retired during Mike Piazza weekend at Citi Field. You can watch the ceremony below:
Piazza is the greatest hitting catcher of all-time, hitting 427 home runs. He also hit for average, compiling a .308 lifetime batting average and driving in 1335 runs.
While Piazza spent time with the Dodgers, Marlins (for a week), A's and Padres, it was the Mets that really gave Piazza his notoriety. Already an established player by the time he arrived in New York during the 1998 season, Piazza helped lead the Mets to the 2000 World Series against the Yankees, and hit maybe the most memorable home run in Mets history in 2001 when he homered against the Atlanta Braves in the first game back at Shea Stadium after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Piazza spent eight years with the Mets.