March 7, 2016 By Michael Florio
State Sen. Jose Peralta will host a ceremony in Albany on Wednesday to pay tribute to a New York baseball hero.
The ceremony will celebrate New York Met Mike Piazza for his induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and celebrate his career accomplishments.
Peralta also introduced a resolution honoring Piazza for his Hall of Fame status, which was adopted by the State Senate in January. He will present the resolution to Piazza at Wednesday’s event.
Piazza, who was voted into the Hall of Fame in January, will be officially inducted on July 24. He will enter the Hall of Fame as a New York Met.
“I want to congratulate our very own Met great Mike Piazza on his election to the Hall of Fame. He is truly an inspiration to thousands of fans who dream of becoming professional ballplayers,” said Peralta, who is a Mets fan.
The resolution lists several of Piazza’s accomplishments, including his 1993 Rookie of the Year award as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Piazza, who was a member of the Mets from 1998 until 2005, helped lead the team to the 2000 World Series against the New York Yankees. During the 2000 season, Piazza had at least one run-batted-in (RBI) in 15 consecutive games, the second longest RBI streak in history, according to the resolution.
The resolution notes some of Piazza’s memorable moments in New York, including receiving a standing ovation in his final game as a Met and his home run in the first game after the attacks on the World Trade Center.
“A hero to many New Yorkers, Mike Piazza will be long remembered for his towering and inspirational home run which was hit following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001,” the resolution reads.
Piazza, who was drafted in the 62nd round of the 1988 draft, ended his career with a .308 batting average, 427 home runs and 1,335 RBIs.
“Mike Piazza defended the New York Mets jersey with passion from 1998 until 2005,” Peralta said. “It is truly an honor and a privilege to have the possibility of presenting him with a New York State resolution on this momentous occasion on behalf of my colleagues, my constituents and the State of New York.”