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Mets to wear patch honoring late broadcaster Kiner during 2014 season


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The Mets will pay tribute to their longtime broadcaster Ralph Kiner, who recently passed away, by wearing a commemorative uniform patch on the right sleeve of their jerseys throughout the 2014 season, the team announced Sunday.

Kiner will also be honored during a pregame ceremony on Opening Day at Citi Field on March 31, the Mets said. The ceremony will include a video tribute and the unveiling of a commemorative logo on the left field wall. Kiner’s five children will participate in the event.

The Mets will additionally commemorate Kiner with a display at the Mets Hall of Fame and Museum chronicling his 52 years with the team. They will also place a Kiner logo on the grass behind home plate at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie, home to Mets spring training and the St. Lucie Mets Minor League team.

Kiner was a Mets broadcaster since the team’s inception in 1962, and called games for more than 40 seasons. Previously, he was a Hall of Fame player who spent most of his 10-year career with the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 40s and 50s.

He passed away on Feb. 6 at age 91.

-With additional reporting by Liam La Guerre

 

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Hall of fame player and Mets broadcaster Ralph Kiner dies at 91


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Hall of fame player and beloved Mets broadcaster Ralph Kiner died on Thursday.

He passed away from natural causes at his home in California.  He was 91.

“Ralph Kiner was one of the most beloved people in Mets history—an original Met and extraordinary gentleman,” Met CEO Fred Wilpon said. “After a hall of fame playing career, Ralph became a treasured broadcasting icon for more than half a century.  His knowledge of the game, wit, and charm entertained generations of Mets fans.  Like his stories, he was one of a kind.  We send our deepest condolences to Ralph’s five children and 12 grandchildren.  Our sport and society today lost one of the all-time greats.”

Kiner spent most of his 10-year playing career with the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 40s and 50s.

Kiner retired with a .279 batting average and 369 career home runs. Kiner led the league in homers in each of his first seven seasons and stopped playing due to a back injury.

He then went on to have a storied broadcasting career. He was a Mets broadcaster since the team’s inception in 1962, and called games for more than 40 seasons. Kiner was inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame in 1975 and is a member of the Mets Hall of Fame.

 

 

Mike Piazza to be inducted into Mets Hall of Fame


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Mike Piazza may have been snubbed by the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame committee this year, but he’ll always be special to the Mets.

In fact the team announced that it will induct Piazza into the Mets Hall of Fame on Fan Appreciation Day on September 29 at Citi Field.

“Mike Piazza reinvigorated our franchise when we acquired him in May, 1998,” said Jeff Wilpon, Mets COO . “Mike is one of the greatest players in our history and we are thrilled to induct him into the Mets Hall of Fame.”

The announcement came hours before Piazza helped his team win the Celebrity and Legends All-Star Softball Game at Citi Field on Sunday.

Piazza will become the 27th member of the Mets Hall of Fame during the induction ceremony prior to the afternoon game against the Milwaukee Brewers on that date.

Piazza played 972 games for the Mets, for eight of his 16-year career in MLB. He had a .308 batting average with 2,127 hits and is the MLB home run leader as a catcher with 427. He hit 220 home runs with the Mets, ranking second in franchise history, behind Darryl Strawberry (252). He ranks first in team history with a .542 slugging percentage and is third in RBI (655). Piazza was a seven-time All-Star with the Mets.

Piazza set a team-record with 124 RBI and hit 40 home runs in 1999 and then finished with 38 home runs and drove in 113 runs in 2000 to win the National League Division Championship and reached the World Series.

 

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