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01/09/2013 2:33 PM ET

Mets statement on Mike Piazza

"We hope in the not too distant future that Mike Piazza will take his rightful place in the Baseball Hall of Fame," said Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon.  "The statistics he compiled during his career as a catcher were unmatched by anyone in the history of the game.  We are optimistic one day soon Mike's plaque, with a Mets cap, will be hanging in Cooperstown where it truly belongs."

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