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When the future Hall of Fame catcher was traded from the Marlins to the Mets on May 22, 1998, it signified hope and a new beginning for the beleaguered franchise.
Just one year later, the Mets advanced to the NL Championship series and, in 2000, made it to the World Series against the Yankees.
The team's revival commenced in 1998 when the burly backstop pounded 23 HR and drove in 76 runs in just 109 games with New York. He also fashioned a .348 batting average—one of the highest single-season batting averages in Mets history.
Piazza added 33 doubles and owned a .417 OBP. His arrival gave the Mets a real identity and a powerful, dangerous cleanup hitter. The Mets finished 88-74 that year, just one game out of the wildcard.
It was easily GM Steve Phillips' best trade ever.