Major League Baseball officially announced their choices for the Hall of Fame. Well, actually, they didn’t announce anyone this year. The big controversy is that baseball writers did not elect a single player for baseball’s highest honor. While I understand the dilemma they faced with names like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, there are others who were equally worthy that were passed over for suspicion of PED’s. Names like Curt Schilling, Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio and, of course, our beloved Mike Piazza.
The news isn’t all bad for Piazza however. He is coming out with a book soon that will deny his involvement with the steroid era. That, in and of itself could boost him over the top this time next year. Until then, the New York Mets have another option for Queens favorite catcher of the last decade. It seems that the Mets Hall of Fame Committee will be meeting before Spring Training to decide on any inductees into the Mets HOF honor. Piazza has a solid chance of making that cut and being honored this summer at Citi Field. Perhaps he will throw out the first pitch at the All Star game. Who knows?
The question that comes to mind, however, is simple. This committee’s decision has to be approved by Jeff Wilpon. His father, Fred, is BFF’s with MLB Commissioner Bud Selig. The same MLB that just denied Piazza a similar, but to a larger degree, type of honor. What would it say if the Mets, who everyone is fully aware is being run by a Bud Selig-planted Sandy Alderson, votes Mike Piazza into their hall despite MLB’s stand on him?
While the baseball writers are the ones that denied Piazza, it is MLB that approves who can and cannot vote and the system in which players are voted in. Therefore, MLB has earned a major black eye for the recent scandal of steroids and the new scandal of great players being denied the HOF. If the Mets, led by Fred and Jeff Wilpon and Sandy Alderson, approve of Mike Piazza being worthy of an honor when Selig’s system did not, it speaks volumes to what the Mets think of Bud Selig, MLB and their occupancy in the hierarchy of the Queens baseball franchise.
Despite how the Mets HOF Committee is set up, those thinking Fred Wilpon does not have the final say in it are just lying to themselves. It is doubtful that Jeff Wilpon will approve anything that would be offensive to his father or to the image that the Mets have tried so hard to rebuild. Especially after said image was torn down not so long ago by those same two individuals.
If the Mets decide to honor Piazza in this way, deserving or not, it will be their way of publicly extending a middle finger at Bud Selig. Whether they intend it that way or not, it will be the perception. As we all know: perception is reality.