Arguably (or perhaps not) the best hitting catcher in the history of the game, Piazza helped revitalize a New York Mets franchise that was absolutely struggling going into the new millennium.
When Piazza was traded to the Mets from the Florida Marlins in 1998, Mets fans (all seven of them) were salivating. And rightfully so.
During this past decade, Piazza had a number of significant milestones and memories. In 2000, he capped off a 10-run eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves by hitting a three-run home run off Terry Mulholland which broke an 8-8 tie.
The Mets wound up winning that game by a final of 11-8, a game in which they were down 8-1 going into the bottom of the eighth.
He hit a home run in the first game played in New York after the tragic attacks on 9/11 (also against the Braves).
In 2003, he blasted his 352nd career home run, making him the all-time leader in home runs by a catcher.
Piazza finished his legendary career in 2007 after two disappointing seasons in San Diego and Oakland. For the decade, he hit .285 with 187 big flies and 567 RBI. He made the All-Star team five times, and finished third in the MVP voting in 2000.