The fourth year on the National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot proved successful for former Major League Baseball (MLB) catcher and Legion Baseball alum Mike Piazza. Piazza, who spent the majority of his 16-year baseball career with the New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on July 24 in Cooperstown, N.Y.
Piazza played Legion Baseball in his hometown of Phoenixville, Pa., before being drafted by the Dodgers in the 62nd round of the 1988 draft as the 1,390th overall pick. He is now the 68th Legion Baseball alum inducted in the Hall of Fame. He is also the lowest drafted player inducted.
Besides the Dodgers and Mets, Piazza spent time with the Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres and Miami Marlins. The 12-time All-Star and 10-time Silver Slugger Award winner finished his career holding the MLB record for most home runs hit by a catcher with 427, along with a .308 batting average and 1,335 RBIs. Piazza also won the National League Rookie of the Year award in 1993 with the Dodgers.