Mike Piazza, former New York Met, has fallen short of the Hall of Fame once again. By far the greatest offensive catcher in MLB history received 62.2% of the votes (75% is required for entry).
His denial is not surprising as rumors of his involvement in PED’s continue to swirl. He did take a positive step as he receive more votes than he did in 2012, his first year of eligibility, so history shows that in the coming years he should get the call.
I think Piazza deserved the call. He has the most home runs by a catcher, finished with a career .308 batting average, made 12 All-Star teams and was awarded 10 Silver Slugger Awards. Not to mention the 1993 Rookie of the Year. Its sad that speculation and rumors have hindered his ability to take his place in history. I can’t say one way or the other, but I’m a guy who would want to see a positive test before passing judgement.
A pitcher who did spend some times as a Met was granted entry, Tom Glavine. He’ll enter as a Brave, as he spent most of his HOF career in Atlanta. Glavine will go in with another one of his Brave rotation battery mates, Greg Maddux.