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New York Mets: Ten players fans will always be in love with

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 25: Mr. Met entertains the crowd between innings of a game between the New York Mets and the San Diego Padres at Citi Field on May 25, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 25: Mr. Met entertains the crowd between innings of a game between the New York Mets and the San Diego Padres at Citi Field on May 25, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK – AUGUST 3: Catcher Mike Piazza #31 of the New York Mets makes a throw against the Milwaukee Brewers during their game on August 3, 2005 at Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York. The Brewers defeated the Mets 6-4. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) /

Mike Piazza

There are two players who are in the baseball Hall of Fame and have a Mets cap on their plaque. One as mentioned earlier was Seaver. The other is a player who was drafted in the 62nd round of the 1988 draft, Mike Piazza.

Piazza who many predicted would never make the big leagues shined bright in his years with the Los Angeles Dodgers, and eventually, the Mets would make a trade to acquire the 1993 Rookie of the Year in 1998. Piazza would go on to have back to back seasons of 100 RBI or more in 1999 and 2000 and represent the Mets in the All-star game 6 times.

Piazza was a team leader and arguably the face of the franchise during the year 2000 period, as they would take on their cross-town rival New York Yankees in the Subway Series World Series. Although Piazza’s numbers were not great in the series and the Mets did go on to lose that series, Piazza was a huge reason why they got them.

Piazza had a very good NLCS in 2000, in 5 games he batted for a .412 average. He would hit 2 home runs and drive in 4 runs as the Mets beat St. Louis to advance to the World Series. Piazza did have an intense stare down with Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens that I’m sure lots of Mets fans were happy they weren’t going to take a punch from the Yankees laying down.

Of course, one huge moment that Piazza will always be known for is his home run in the Mets first home game back since the tragedy of 9/11. A home run that seemed to lift the cities spirits back up in tough times even if it was only for a couple seconds as he trotted the bases.

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