Falling under the category – “It’s About Time” – the Mets announced this afternoon they will retire Mike Piazza‘s No. 31 as part of a ceremonial weekend, July 29-31. Piazza, of course, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown this summer.
The weekend includes:
Friday, July 29, 7:10 p.m.: All fans receive a Piazza replica jersey.
Saturday, July 30, 6:30 p.m.: On-field retirement ceremony.
Sunday, July 31,1:10 p.m.: First 15,000 fans receive Piazza bobblehead doll.
“It is such a tremendous honor to have my number retired alongside the great Tom Seaver,” Piazza said in a statement released by the team. “My time as a Met was truly special and I want to thank Fred (Wilpon), Saul (Katz) and Jeff (Wilpon) and the entire organization for this incredible gesture.”
During his parts of eight seasons in New York, Piazza hit .296, with 220 homers and 655 RBI. He twice led them to the NLCS and to the 2000 World Series.
Piazza will become the fourth Met to have his number retired, joining Seaver (41), Gil Hodges (14) and Casey Stengel (37). Jackie Robinson‘s No. 42 is retired by every team. No has worn No. 31 since Piazza left the club in 2005.