Earlier today, the New York Mets announced two changes to their spring training complex. First Data Field will officially be named Clover Park starting this February, after Fiserv acquired First Data earlier this year. Anthony DiComo later shared the news that the team plans to change their spring training address to honor Mike Piazza.
The Mets’ spring training ballpark has held several names since it opened in 1988. Originally named Thomas J. White Stadium after the man who campaigned to bring the team to Port St. Lucie, the stadium eventually became known as Tradition Field in 2004, Digital Domain Park in 2012, Tradition Field again in 2012, and First Data Field in 2017 as part of a ten-year partnership. In addition to spring training home games, the St. Lucie Mets and the Gulf Coast Mets play there.
In addition to the name change, Piazza will have his name enshrined on the park’s address, which is currently listed as 525 NW Peacock Boulevard. Last summer, the team officially revealed Citi Field’s new address as 41 Seaver Way to honor Tom Seaver, so it is reasonable to expect a similar style for their new address in Port St. Lucie. Piazza will attend a ceremony this week in Florida to reveal the name change. Piazza and Seaver are the only two players to enter the baseball Hall of Fame wearing Mets caps and have both had their numbers retired by the club.
Mets’ pitchers and catchers report to spring training in 28 days.