Don’t Retire Piazza’s #31

Dodgers Hall of Famer Mike Piazza should not have his number retired by the Mets.

Are you going to put a statue of him outside Citi Field?

Are you going to retire 31 without retiring 17?

If you retire those why not 16?

What about Ron Darling (pick a number of his).

While we’re looking at fan favorites how about Buddy’s 3?

A great player yes

Hall of famer yes

An iconic ‘Met?’ No.

(Perhaps he can take Lee Mazzilli’s spot on SNY when Lee takes his rightful place in the Mets dugout as manager.)

Lee Mazzilli, next manager of the Mets

Dear Fred and Omar,

You have a manager that isn’t going to make it. You have a cranky fanbase you need to appease so you can sell tickets at the fancy new ballpark (and how much will those cost by the way).

Time to find a fan favorite who has managerial experience. He already works for you and Fred you’ll like this, he’s from Brooklyn.

The Hire Wally Backman Blog has this to say:

Lee Mazzilli is a possibility. On his post-game analysis for SNY after the Vargas fiasco, Maz made what I perceived as some veiled and valid criticisms of the Mets’ manager, which already makes him preferable to Randolph in my book. I have no idea how good Maz was in Baltimore, since I don’t really follow AL baseball. Some say he got a raw deal, that he’s a good manager. He’s got to be a step up from Randolph. A Big Mouth Billy Bass would be a step up from Randolph.

Th rest is of that article is here:

And here’s some more folks who agree:

Willie Watch: Willie’s Comments On The Comments

I must be in a good mood. I kinda want to let this drop and get back to wins and losses (and heading for two losses as I write, always a long week when Maine loses) – but I don’t know why this was brought up at all. The fans just want to win, that’s it. I don’t think this is going to go away, and will be the beginning of the end. With no heir apparent, ownership may turn to a fan favorite to shut us all up – and I may just get my Lee Mazzilli wish.

Here’s Willie in his own words from today:

“I wasn’t trying to bring race into it.” “Obviously, I should have thought more about what I was trying to say.”

“This really boils back down to wins and losses, it really does. When you’re in an environment like this, where expectations are high, and we don’t play up to our capabilities, there’s going to be a lot of talk.

“It does seem like it’s piling on after a bit. But, I understand it. I think I mentioned feeling `almost racial.’ That was a tongue-in-cheek kind of reaction to what I’ve been feeling. Not that this is racial. The Wilpons hired me not because I am black, but because they feel I can do a good job for them. They trusted me and hired me because I can do a job and not the color of my skin.”

“Maybe I didn’t say it right, the way I was feeling. But I didn’t call anyone a racist.”

A Good Thought For George

With a tornado delay in Atlanta, I switched over to YES. 10-0 Orioles. This follows a sweep by the Mets, and losing three of four to Tampa, hometown of The Boss.

I know Hank is in charge now, but the silence from George is deafening.

George, I hope you’re OK out there and as Andy Sipowicz used to say, “I’ll keep a good thought.”

So Long Mikey

Mike Piazza announced his retirement from baseball this afternoon.

Now let the debate begin – was Mike a Dodger or a Met and what cap should he wear when he is inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Piazza came up through the Dodger system and established himself as the best offensive catcher in the game while in Los Angeles. However, he played more games and accumulated more numbers in his years with the Mets.

In his statement, Piazza was clear as to how he thinks of himself:

“Last but certainly not least, I can’t say goodbye without thanking the fans,” Piazza said. “I can’t recall a time in my career where I didn’t feel embraced by all of you. Los Angeles, San Diego, Oakland and Miami—whether it was at home or on the road, you were all so supportive over the years.

“But I have to say that my time with the Mets wouldn’t have been the same without the greatest fans in the world. One of the hardest moments of my career, was walking off the field at Shea Stadium and saying goodbye. My relationship with you made my time in New York the happiest of my career and for that, I will always be grateful.”

Yes Gary Carter felt the same way – and still identifies himslef more with the Mets than with the Expos, but Carter only played a few years with New York while Piazza played the bulk of his career here. Personally, he is a Met and should go into the HOF wearing a Mets cap.