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Norristown's Mike Piazza Snubbed by Baseball Hall of Fame Vote

Piazza's inaugural bid for the Hall of Fame falls short as the Baseball Writers' Association of America fail to elect anyone on the 2013 ballot.

Long regarded as one of the best hitting catchers of all time, Mike Piazza, a Norristown native, has failed in his inaugural bid for enshrinement at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

In his first year on the ballot, Piazza received 57.8 percent of the vote, which is 98 votes shy of the 75 percent requirement for election, according to the New York Times. Piazza wasn't alone, though, as voters with the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) failed to elect anyone on the 2013 ballot, which featured other big names including Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and Jeff Bagwell.

The vote sent a clear message against the use of performance-enhancing drugs, and showed that even players like Piazza, who were never tied to the use of steroids, are not above the suspicion of use.

“I think based on what happened in baseball in the recent past, we are allowed to assume guilt before innocence,” said Tony Massarotti of The Boston Globe, in an interview with the New York Times. “I think you would be naïve to think that anyone in baseball wasn’t doing something during that time.”

For his career, Piazza put up a .308 batting average with 427 home runs, 1335 runs batted in and an OPS of .922. He also won the Rookie of the Year award in 1993, and was named as an All-Star 12 times throughout his career.

His 427 home runs – 396 of which came while behind the plate – would lead all of the current Hall of Fame catchers, and his career batting average would best other well-known names such as Carlton Fisk and Johnny Bench.

Despite failing to become a first-ballot inductee, Piazza should be able to secure the required voters for enshrinement in the upcoming years. Until then, he'll remain an innocent casualty of the steriod-era of baseball.

Mary Ellen Digregorio January 11, 2013 at 09:50 PM
National Baseball Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio (ERROR) National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY
miller.tom January 11, 2013 at 11:51 PM
'“I think based on what happened in baseball in the recent past, we are allowed to assume guilt before innocence,” said Tony Massarotti of The Boston Globe, in an interview with the New York Times.' Why let these self-important A holes (sports writers) have the power to decide who goes into the Hall of Fame?
Keith Heffintrayer (Editor) January 11, 2013 at 11:56 PM
Mary Ellen: Thanks for the heads up! No idea why I mixed it up with the location of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but I've updated the article to reflect the change. Thanks again!
Keith Heffintrayer (Editor) January 12, 2013 at 12:03 AM
Ironically, Massarotti voted for both Clemens AND Bonds, saying that he believed both to be HoF worthy prior to their alleged steroid use. His argument against Piazza was that he was drafted in the 62nd round, so he "must have" used steroids to have any kind of substantial achievements.
big jon January 12, 2013 at 01:44 AM
Did he go to norristown high school? I heard he went to methacton and lived in lower providence????
Keith Heffintrayer (Editor) January 12, 2013 at 01:54 AM
Big Jon: He was born in Norristown, but later attended Phoenixville HS.
big jon January 12, 2013 at 05:33 AM
Hmmm... any clue what his address was in norristown?
Mailmam January 13, 2013 at 12:03 AM
He never went to Methacton,only Phoenixville schools. His Parents were from Norristown and "Uncle Tommy"

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