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Mets Morning News: Piazza into Hall of Fame as a Met, Alderson makes an appearance

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Your Friday morning dose of New York Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

After being elected into the Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Mike Piazza announced yesterday that he will be immortalized as a member of the Mets. His plaque will join Tom Seaver's as the only two in Cooperstown wearing Mets hats.

Piazza took some time to reflect on his most meaningful home run.

The Mets are going to follow up and retire Piazza's No. 31 later this year.

Sandy Alderson made an appearance at the Hall of Fame press conference and said that his cancer treatments are going well. He also commented on the notion that the club is unwilling to expand payroll.

Jerry Seinfeld had some fun with a random Mets fan at a recent stand-up performance.

Around the National League East

The Nationals held an introductory press conference for their new second baseman, Daniel Murphy.

The Good Phight did a good job celebrating National Bobblehead Day.

If the Marlins decide to trade Marcell Ozuna, Christian Yelich would shift to center field and Derek Dietrich would be part of a platoon in left.

Atlanta has invited some of its most talented prospects to spring training.

Around the majors

The Giants signed Denard Span to a three-year deal, ensuring that the center fielder will not play for the Mets in 2016.

As expected, Ken Griffey Jr. will go into the Hall of Fame wearing a Mariners cap. The real question involves which direction that cap will be facing.

Curtis Pride, who has appeared in more major league games than any other deaf player, was named the newest Ambassador for Inclusion by commissioner Rob Manfred.

During his formal introduction with the Dodgers, Japanese pitcher Kenta Maeda explained his team-friendly contract by saying that there were irregularities in his physical.

Yesterday at Amazin' Avenue

Chris Gaine said it's time for the Mets to retire Piazza's number, and it sounds like the team is going to do just that.

Here are some of Piazza's most memorable Mets moments.

Yours truly reviewed the 2015 campaign of Lucas Duda.

This date in Mets history

Another famous Mets catcher was voted into the Hall of Fame.