Mike Piazza, who since retiring after 2007 has focused on his family life aside from a few stints coaching Team Italy in the World Baseball Classic, will be at Mets camp this week as a special instructor.
Sep 29, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets former catcher Mike Piazza speaks during his induction into the Mets Hall of Fame prior to the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Piazza, who was inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame last season, was invited by Mets COO Jeff Wilpon to join the team in spring training and accepted. Said Piazza:
"For me, it is very rewarding to come and help a bit. I’m excited."
Piazza will be sharing his knowledge this week, and working with the catchers in camp – especially Travis d’Arnaud.
Aside from being the greatest hitting catcher in the history of the game, Piazza was revered as a Met – a player who provided countless special moments and who was beloved by the fanbase.
After only appearing sporadically since his retirement, it’s great to see Piazza become a more regular presence around the Mets.
Piazza has stated repeatedly that it’s his preference to enter the Hall of Fame with a Mets cap. When the voters finally do their jobs and vote him in, Piazza should get his wish.