After being elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Mike Piazza announced today that he will enter Cooperstown as New York Met. The announcement was made at the official Hall of Fame press conference at the New York Athletic Club in Manhattan. After spending significant portions of his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets, speculation arose about which team would be displayed on the cap of Piazza’s plaque, with the option of no team available as well. Piazza will be the second player to enter the Hall of Fame as a New York Met, joining Tom Seaver in that highly exclusive club.
Piazza cited his special relationship with the New York fans as a key factor in his decision:
"But, fortunately for me, I eventually ended [up] in New York. Some way, shape or form I became a New York Met, and truly have a special relationship here with the fans of the Mets. ... It's tough. For me, as much as I enjoyed my time there [in Los Angeles], I ended up in New York. And I feel like the fans here truly brought me into their family. Every time I've come back I've been so incredibly honored from the response. Unfortunately we do have to choose one. And, for me, I always sort of enjoyed reconnecting here in New York."
Jeff Wilpon, Sandy Alderson, and John Ricco attended the announcement representing the Mets organization.
"I'm going in as a New York Met." #PiazzaHOF #Mets pic.twitter.com/c1IwWKYiqU— New York Mets (@Mets) January 7, 2016