2013 Hall of Fame Ballot: Why Mike Piazza Is a New York Mets Hall of Famer

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2013 Hall of Fame Ballot: Why Mike Piazza Is a New York Mets Hall of Famer

To say he means a lot to the organization, prior generations of fans, and the history of the team is a "terrific" understatement to say the least.  Not only did he receive the highest ever percentage of votes in 1992 when he was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, but Tom Seaver is also the only player whose bronzed cap dons the Mets logo.

Hopefully that will change in 2013.

Because just like my mother passed down old pictures and stories of the great Tom Seaver to me, I am fully prepared to do that with my future children with photos and memories of Mike Piazza.

With the Hall of Fame ballots being released this week, Piazza became an official candidate to join Seaver in Cooperstown.  And while it's no question to anyone in Queens what team's cap he should be wearing, ultimately it is up to the hall itself.

Many Mets fans forget (or if they're like me they choose to ignore) that he won the NL Rookie of the Year with his original team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, who he was also a five time all-star with and won five silver sluggers with.

So while I fully believe that Piazza will not only be inducted into the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, I also believe that he will become the second member of the Mets to have his plaque in the gallery.

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Follow Laura Ludlum on Twitter: @BrownEyedNJGirl

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