On May 22nd,1998 the New York Mets made one of the biggest trades in franchise history. The club traded away Preston Wilson, Ed Yarnall, and Geoff Goetz for all-star catcher Mike Piazza. Piazza brought a powerful bat to the lineup for a team that was fighting for a postseason berth.
The 1998 season ended with the Mets missing the postseason by one game but Piazza helped lead the team to consecutive postseason appearances the following two years. That was just one of many cheers that he brought to the Mets fans throughout his career.
Throughout his career, Piazza added to his impressive resume whether it was breaking records and making history or even moments fans will just never forget. When it was all said and done the baseball world would recognize Piazza as a great.
Mike Piazza became the second player in Mets history inducted into Cooperstown
Piazza got his overdue achievement when he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2016 with 82.95% of votes. It was a day that we all knew he would reach but it definitely should have happened sooner.
Piazza joined the great Tom Seaver as the only two Mets in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The two greats close out Shea Stadium in 2008 when Seaver threw the last pitch to Piazza in a post-game ceremony following the last game of the regular season.
Piazza will forever be seen as one of the best players in baseball and one of the greatest Mets of all-time. He not only brought the Mets back to the postseason in 1999 for the first time since 1988, but he brought many memories that we Mets fans will never ever forget so let us dive into this a little deeper.