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Phoenixville'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 Phoenixville High School graduate, 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.

carol January 13, 2013 at 12:56 PM
Why should everyone be punished for the fools who took drugz. He earners this spot so give it'll ti him!!
PhxFinest! January 13, 2013 at 02:13 PM
Hes a loser and he couldnt even back his hometown where he came from!!!!
Grace Smith January 14, 2013 at 12:07 AM
The reason everyone should be punished is because they knew the cheating was going on and did nothing about it. If a person at one of our military academies is aware of cheating and do not report it they are just as guilty as the cheaters.
looney January 15, 2013 at 12:33 AM
But he was good!!
George Hughes January 29, 2013 at 11:49 AM
Get over it ! The only reason you say he's good is because he is from phoenixville . He's wasn't that good . And tell me something , why when he is intoerviewed by the media he never says he's from phoenixville ? Allways says he's from norristown .
Robert Baker January 29, 2013 at 04:24 PM
Glad he didn't make it. Just once I'd like to hear him say he's from Phoenixville and played for Phoenixville High School.

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