NEW YORK -- The official tally will be released at 6 p.m. ET on Wednesday, but Mike Piazza appears ticketed for Cooperstown.
Piazza needs to appear on 75 percent of ballots to be elected to the Hall of Fame. In ballots made public ahead of time, Piazza stands at 86.2 percent, according to a tally from @NotMrTibbs. That tally includes 181 ballots -- roughly 40 percent of the total that will be cast.
Piazza, 47, likely would become the second player ever to appear with a Mets cap in his Hall of Fame plaque, joining 1992 inductee Tom Seaver. Piazza expressly stated his desire to represent the Mets over the Los Angeles Dodgers in his 2013 autobiography, writing: "If the Hall came to me and said, 'We want you to go in as a Dodger,' I'd say, 'Well, then I'll go in as nothing.' I just wouldn't feel comfortable with 'LA' stamped on my head for all of eternity."
Piazza played 972 games with the Mets, 726 with the Dodgers, 126 with the Padres, 83 with the Athletics and five with the Marlins during his 16-year career.
He is making his fourth appearance on the ballot. He appeared on 57.8 percent of ballots in his first turn, followed by 62.2 percent in his second year, and then 69.9 percent a year ago.
Among players who appeared in at least 50 percent of their games at catcher, Piazza ranks first in homers, fourth in RBIs, sixth in hits and sixth in WAR, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
In fact, Piazza is currently the only eligible player who had a career .300 average and 400 homers to not be in the Hall of Fame. The others: Hank Aaron, Jimmie Foxx, Lou Gehrig, Willie Mays, Stan Musial, Mel Ott, Babe Ruth, Frank Thomas and Ted Williams.