Although he did not get enough votes to be enshrined into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown this summer, the Mets' brass felt former catcher Mike Piazza was at least deserving of being inducted into the Mets' Hall of Fame.
Piazza will be inducted during the Mets' final game of the season against the Milwaukee Brewers on Sept. 29. It is a long-deserving achievement in Piazza's storied career, and one that was going to occur in a matter of time.
He will become the 27th member of the Mets' Hall of Fame, following former teammate John Franco's induction in 2012. It is unknown whether his No. 31 jersey will be retired the same day as well.
Piazza could be considered one of the best hitters in Mets history. During his time with the Mets from 1998-05, Piazza batted .296 with 220 home runs, 655 RBI, a .373 OBP and a .542 slugging percentage.
Piazza gave the Mets an identity when they acquired him in 1998, and he led New York to consecutive postseason appearances in 1999 and 2000, plus a trip to the World Series in 2000.
But with Piazza now getting inducted into the Mets' Hall of Fame later this season, the next question is who will be next? In no particular order, here are the four most likely former Mets to be inducted into the Mets' Hall of Fame after Piazza.
Former Mets that are not currently playing in the 2013 season were the only players considered here. The careers of current baseball players that are former Mets, such as Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes, could be far from over.
Thus, the proper eventual Mets' Hall of Fame inductions for them may not happen for a good number of years by default.