Mets To Honor Mike Piazza With Address Change At Spring Training Home

By WFAN Sports Radio 101.9 FM/66AM New York

Mike Piazza is being honored at the Mets’ spring home in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

In July, the franchise honored legendary pitcher Tom Seaver by changing the address of Citi Field to 41 Seaver Way. The exact new address at the team's spring training facility down in Florida hasn’t been announced yet, but the Mets will apparently honor Piazza the same way, according to multiple reports.  

Piazza, of course, is a certified Mets legend. The power-hitting catcher spent eight years in Queens, making six All-Star appearances during that time. He was a huge part of the magical Mets’ run in 2000 that ended with a loss to the Yankees in the World Series. He also hit an especially emotional home run at Shea Stadium in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. 

Piazza's bust at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown is proudly sporting a Mets cap, despite the fact that he also played for the Dodgers for six seasons. He has truly embraced being a Mets legend. 

Mike Piazza waves to the fans before his number retirement ceremony before the start of a game between the Colorado Rockies and Mets at Citi Field on July 30, 2016.Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images

Other than Jackie Robinson, only four Mets players have ever had their number retired. Piazza became the most recent addition when his No. 31 was given that honor in 2016. Jerry Koosman’s No. 36 will be retired by the team during a ceremony next season.

Piazza has been active since his retirement. He had an unsuccessful spell owning a small Italian soccer club, and now he is set to manage the Italian team at the World Baseball Classic in 2021.

The other bit of news is that the team’s stadium in Port St. Lucie will be renamed Clover Park, as part of the partnership with Fiserv. The stadium, which had previously been known as First Data Field, was in the news over the summer when it caught on fire on the Fourth of July, but damage was limited.

The Mets should have an announcement on the specifics of this ceremony sometime relatively soon.