<
>

Dodgers or Mets cap for Piazza? The case for each

Mike Piazza is best remembered for his performances with the Mets and Dodgers. USA TODAY Sports

Mike Piazza’s career was spent primarily, and nearly equally, with two teams: the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Mets. That produces the question: Which team’s cap will he select for his Hall of Fame induction?

Piazza has stated that he’d prefer a Mets hat, or else no hat at all.

The case for each team.

DODGERS

726 career games, 16th Dodgers player in Hall of Fame:

Piazza would be the 16th player to enter the Hall of Fame as a Dodger and the first since Don Sutton in 1998. Piazza played in 726 regular-season games for them in five full seasons in a Dodgers uniform, plus parts of the two seasons bookending those five.

Five straight All-Star Game appearances, five straight Silver Sluggers:

He hit .331 with 177 home runs and 563 RBIs as a member of the Dodgers. In that time, he made the All-Star team five straight years in a Dodgers uniform, from 1993 to 1997. In that same span, he won five straight Silver Slugger awards.

Career WAR of 31.9 with team:

He hit at least 24 home runs in each of his five full seasons with the team and posted a career 31.9 WAR as a Dodger. He also caught two no-hitters and played in the 1995 and 1996 National League Division Series with the team.

METS

972 career games, second Mets player in Hall of Fame:

Piazza would be the second player to enter the Hall of Fame with a Mets cap on his plaque, joining Tom Seaver, who was inducted in 1992 before Piazza made his major league debut. Piazza played in 972 regular-season games for the Mets, spending seven full seasons and more than half of another in the orange and blue.

All-Star in all but one season, 30-plus home runs in four straight seasons:

He hit .296 with 220 home runs and 655 RBIs for the Mets, making the All-Star team in all but one of his seasons with the team. He reached a double-digit home run total in each of his years in Flushing and hit 30 or more in four consecutive seasons, from 1999 to 2002.

Career WAR of 24.5 with team, seventh among non-pitchers:

His iconic home run on Sept. 21, 2001, etched an image of Piazza with “METS” stamped across his chest into New York lore. And his 24.5 WAR with the Mets ranks seventh among non-pitchers in franchise history. Piazza played in the 1999 NLDS and National League Championship Series with the Mets as well as all rounds of the postseason in 2000, including the Subway Series.