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Piazza into Hall as a Met never a question

After the announcement that Mike Piazza was to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame the debate began: Mets or Dodgers? A Hall of Fame plaque features the players face and a hat of the team they're most associated with. For Piazza his numbers with both teams are fairly even. He hit 220 home runs with the Mets, 177 with the Dodgers; 655 RBI with the Mets, 563 with the Dodgers; a .296 average with the Mets, .331 with the Dodgers. His only World Series appearance came with the Mets but he was 1993 Rookie of the Year with the Dodgers.

It only took a few days for this debate to be settled as, at the Hall of Fame press conference, Piazza announced he would be going into the Hall as a New York Met. He will join Tom Seaver as the only two players to have a Mets cap on their Hall of Fame plaques.

Tuesday, Piazza toured the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown as a sort of orientation. He got a private look at the artifacts in the museum and the gallery seeing plaques of former teammates, opponents, his childhood heroes, and his close family friend Tommy Lasorda, and where his plaque will hang come July. When asked if his decision to wear a Mets cap on his plaque was in question he cited the treatment by the fans and the organization and his, at the time, hard feelings with the Dodgers as the deciding factors.

"I think when I first got [to New York] it wasn't the easiest introduction and there was a lot trepidation," Piazza said. "They didn't know if I was going to stay because I was a free agent. But once I decided to really become a Met and embrace the city, things changed for me and for the better. Even when I left, it was a mutual... I knew they were going in a different direction, there was no contention. I knew we both needed to turn the page a little, so maybe it was a maturity thing that came into it."

Piazza will be officially inducted to the Hall of Fame on July 24 along with Ken Griffey, Jr.