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Now that he will be inducted into the Hall of Fame, the Mets set a date to retire Mike Piazza’s No. 31.
On Saturday July 30, before the Mets take on the Colorado Rockies, the Mets will have an induction ceremony at 6:30 pm.
“We are truly thrilled to honor Mike by retiring his number during a weekend-long celebration recognizing his incredible career,” said Mets COO Jeff Wilpon in a statement. “His offensive prowess, ability to deliver in the clutch, and tireless work ethic helped him become one of the great catchers of all-time.”
“It is such a tremendous honor to have my number retired alongside the great Tom Seaver,” Piazza said in a statement. “My time as a Met was truly special and I want to thank Fred, Saul, Jeff and the entire organization for this incredible gesture.”
No. 31 joins Seaver’s No. 41 (retired in 1988), Gil Hodges No. 14, (1973) and Casey Stengel’s No. 37 (1965) on the outfield wall as the only uniformed members of the Mets with their number retired.
The Mets plan the whole weekend series against the Rockies to salute Piazza with a No. 31 jersey night on Friday the 29th and a Piazza bobblehead night on Saturday the 31st.
The Mets have not retired Keith Hernandez’s No. 17, Gary Carter’s No. 8, and Willie Mays’s No 24, but they remain out of circulation for future players.