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If Mike Piazza is inducted into the Hall of Fame, he will face a tough decision as to which hat he will wear (namely, Dodgers or Mets). No one will talk about his days as a Florida Marlin (and I literally mean days).
But this week some deluded Marlins staffer saw the name “Mike Piazza” on the list of former Florida players and thought, “Gee, that guy was really great for other teams including one of our division rivals. Why don’t we invite him to participate in the closing of Sun Life Stadium?”
Great idea, especially since Piazza only played five games in 1998 as a Florida Marlin and only two in the home park. His name was probably still written in Sharpie above his locker when he was shipped off to the New York Mets.
Piazza was not a part of either of the two World Series teams and barely made a dent in the Florida legacy. Please, Florida front office, rely on the fact that Gary Sheffield, Ivan Rodriguez and Mike Lowell are all more than adequate names to represent your ball club. They brought the Commissioner’s Trophy twice to the under-attended Miami ballpark. Even bring in Jeff Conine or Brad Penny! Don’t let Piazza’s stardom steal the show on September 28.