That Sports Illustrated cover says it all. In 2000 Mike Piazza was "The Man."
Piazza put up his usual numbers of .300-30-100, but there was something different about this season. The Mets made the playoffs in 1999 for the first time since 1988, and seemed ready to take the next step.
The second half saw the Mets become the hottest team in the game, and the hottest player was Piazza. On an offense that was decent but not great, Piazza carried the team to the postseason.
He wore down a bit in September, due to the rigors of catching everyday, but still finished third in the NL MVP voting.
Piazza would pick it back up in the NLCS against St. Louis, where he would bat over .400 with four RBI in five games. While the Mets offense struggled in the 2000 Subway Series, Piazza played well belting two home runs and driving in four.
Despite losing the Series to the Yankees, Mike Piazza's 2000 season is arguably the best by any Mets hitter ever.