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Piazza reflects on powerful moments during Hall visit

Mets great Mike Piazza will be officially inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown on July 24th. Tuesday he visited the Hall as part of his orientation tour getting a private look at all the Hall and the museum has to offer.

Piazza said that his last visit to the Hall of Fame was back in the early 1990s and commented that a lot has changed since his last trip. While touring the Hall of Fame gallery he stopped to admire the plaques of Mike Schmidt, whom he grew up watching as a Phillies fan from Norristown, PA; Tom Seaver, the only other player to have a Mets cap on their plaque; Johnny Bench, the previous record holder of most home runs by a catcher, broken by Piazza; Tommy Lasorda, a close family friend who was responsible for the Dodgers drafting him; The First Class of Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Christy Mathewson, Honus Wagner, and Walter Johnson; and of course, the place where his plaque will hang from July on. Upon entering the gallery, he was all smiles and even showed signs of awe, calling the entire experience "powerful."

"For lack of a better word it's a powerful experience," Piazza said. "The game has given me everything that I have today as far as a great career, great living, memories, things that will obviously live with me forever. So to see this Hall and to see the amount of dedication and artifacts that have been preserved is something very special."

Piazza will join Ken Griffey, Jr. on the stage in July for the induction ceremony as the only members of the Class of 2016.