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    Piazza debuts on Hall of Fame ballot

    Mike Piazza is due to make his first appearance on the Hall of Fame ballot when it is released at noon ET Wednesday.

    Other retired players to appear for the first time are sure to include: Craig Biggio, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Curt Schilling and Sammy Sosa.

    It will be clear who else made the cut to appear on the ballot at noon, but other eligible players include Kenny Lofton, David Wells, Julio Franco, Shawn Green, Steve Finley, Roberto Hernandez, Jeff Cirillo, Jose Valentin, Reggie Sanders, Jeff Conine, Jose Mesa, Royce Clayton, Bob Wickman, Ryan Klesko, Aaron Sele, Woody Williams, Rondell White, Mike Lieberthal, Tony Batista, Mike Stanton, Sandy Alomar Jr., Damian Miller and Todd Walker, according to the Hall of Fame.

    A candidate must appear on 75 percent of submitted ballots in order to gain election.
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    Bonds, Clemens, and Sosa will be interesting to watch. Mike P should be a first ballot HOFer.
    "Mr. Martin Tanner, Baritone, of Dayton, Ohio made his Town Hall debut last night. He came well prepared, but unfortunately his presentation was not up to contemporary professional standards. His voice lacks the range of tonal color necessary to make it consistently interesting. Full time consideration of another endeavor might be in order."

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    There are folks who have suspicions about Piaza as well, but there is no evidence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by milominderbinde View Post
    There are folks who have suspicions about Piaza as well, but there is no evidence.
    No, Piazza was never implicated. For what it's worth, I've got suspicions of everyone who wears a uniform, including David Wright, RA Dickey, and Derek Jeter. But I'll reserve judgement until they're implicated.
    "Mr. Martin Tanner, Baritone, of Dayton, Ohio made his Town Hall debut last night. He came well prepared, but unfortunately his presentation was not up to contemporary professional standards. His voice lacks the range of tonal color necessary to make it consistently interesting. Full time consideration of another endeavor might be in order."

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    Quote Originally Posted by fanofclendennon View Post
    No, Piazza was never implicated. For what it's worth, I've got suspicions of everyone who wears a uniform, including David Wright, RA Dickey, and Derek Jeter. But I'll reserve judgement until they're implicated.
    The question is whether the voters will reserve judgement as the suspicions regarding Piazza are on a different level than a Dickey or Jeter. I think they will but its not a given.

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    Quote Originally Posted by milominderbinde View Post
    The question is whether the voters will reserve judgement as the suspicions regarding Piazza are on a different level than a Dickey or Jeter. I think they will but its not a given.
    The reports about Piazza were never looked into.

    It's a non issue for him.
    "Mr. Martin Tanner, Baritone, of Dayton, Ohio made his Town Hall debut last night. He came well prepared, but unfortunately his presentation was not up to contemporary professional standards. His voice lacks the range of tonal color necessary to make it consistently interesting. Full time consideration of another endeavor might be in order."

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    Piazza debuts on Hall of Fame ballot

    There have been a few reports in which people suspected Piazza specially the whole backne thing, but nothing more than that.

    He should be a first ballot HOF, but I will be very interested to see what Bonds gets. He was a HOF player even before he took HGH.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sick Of It All View Post
    There have been a few reports in which people suspected Piazza specially the whole backne thing, but nothing more than that.

    He should be a first ballot HOF, but I will be very interested to see what Bonds gets. He was a HOF player even before he took HGH.
    Definitely agree Piazza should be a first ballot.

    What would be interesting to see is "The List" of guys that Uncle Bud has privy to that have been known to use enhancements.

    One of my all-time favorite players to watch was Barry Bonds. I agree that he was a shoo-in first ballot HOFamer before he started cheating.

    When I lived in Denver, I always saw him play when the Giants came to town. Yeah, the guy is not the nicest person, but he had one sweet swing and one of the greatest pair of eyes since Ted Williams.

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    Piazza Is No Brainer

    First ballot HOF after him everyone of the guys are suspect.

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    One of the best classes in a long time. It would be a shame if Piazza doesn't get in first ballot.

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    question no is does he go in as a met?
    This is just the beginning. Let's keep it up. History is bound to repeat itself. Let's hope that this time it's for the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Santana4Prez'08 View Post
    question no is does he go in as a met?
    He should but Lasorda is his godfather and he might as a favor to him go in as a Dodger.

    I could be wrong but him being drafted as a Dodger was due to Lasordas influence with the Dodgers.

    But without question his most important years were in a Met uniform.

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    he better go in as a met haha
    This is just the beginning. Let's keep it up. History is bound to repeat itself. Let's hope that this time it's for the best.

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    He's said in the past that if given the choice he'd go as a Met, not a Dodger. Ill be disappointed if he doesn't go as a Met, that's where he had the most impact IMO.

    I'm interested to see what happens with Bonds and Clemens. I'm certain Sosa doesn't go, at least not this time
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    Quote Originally Posted by lvlheaded View Post
    He's said in the past that if given the choice he'd go as a Met, not a Dodger. Ill be disappointed if he doesn't go as a Met, that's where he had the most impact IMO.

    I'm interested to see what happens with Bonds and Clemens. I'm certain Sosa doesn't go, at least not this time
    Hall of Fame picks the team the player represents.

    The HoF will ask Piazza his preference. If they feel both options, Dodgers or Mets, are close, they may let his preference decide. If they feel that he must represent one or the other, his preference will not be given consideration.

    The policy was put in place when the HoF became concerned that teams would pay an incentive bonus to an inductee so that he would choose to wear their cap in the HoF.
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