A National Baseball Hall of Famer, Mike Piazza is known as the best-hitting catcher of all time with the most home runs as a catcher in MLB history. Having played most notably for the New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers, with whom he was named the 1993 National League Rookie of the Year, Piazza was named an MLB All-Star 12 times during his career and won 10 Silver Slugger awards. Since retiring, Piazza became a New York Times bestselling author and is a highly sought public speaker.
Piazza, spent eight years with the Mets from 1998 -2005 and ranks first in team history in slugging percentage (.542), second in homers (220) and OPS (.915) and third in RBI (655). His iconic home run in the first game back from 9/11 attacks helped lift the spirts of the city. Piazza represented the Mets at the All-Star Game seven times. Overall, the Hall of Famer hit .308 with 427 home runs and 1,335 RBI during his 16-year player career. He was selected to the All-Star team 12 times in his career, was twice the runner up in the National League MVP voting and earned NL Rookie of the Year honors in 1993.
The Mets previously honored Piazza by retiring his uniform number, 31, in 2016 and inducting him into the team’s Hall of Fame in 2013. He was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2016. His 396 home runs as a catcher remains a major league record.
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