Wow. I never thought the idea of bringing Mike Piazza back to the Mets would cause such an uproar amongst Mets nation. I've posted twice on the topic and both times people have commented in opposition. Some are against it because they don't think the Mets need him. Others comment that it would be disgraceful to Piazza to relegate him as a bench player.
Here are a few of the comments:
"First, Mike DiFelice couldn't be any worse a hitter than Paul Lo Duca is right now. Second, Mike Piazza's catching days are over. The idea that the Mets would acquire Piazza and what remains on his $10 mil. contract for the purpose of catching is silly. He would be a pinch hitter, and little else."
"I'm glad you're okay with him being just a pinch hitter. Ever stop to consider HE may not be? He can still play everyday and that's what he should have the opportunity to do. To reduce him to a bit player on a team he OWNED is a slap in the face and does nothing except serve misguided romantic notions some fans have."
Okay, so there are some good points, but there's also some ludicrous ones here as well. Anyone who tries to convince themselves that DiFelice or Alomar, Jr. are decent bench players if Castro & Lo Duca are out for an extended time, needs to get their heads checked. Piazza is at least ten times better than those replacements, and both of them are closer to retirement than Ralph Kiner.
Second, the idea that Piazza's return to the Mets would demote him or ruin our memory or be a "slap in the face" in my opinion is not an issue. There's no way Omar would get Piazza if Piazza didn't want to be on the team. Piazza would know what his role would be and he'd either accept it or say he didn't want to join the Mets. Minaya is a good enough GM to talk with Piazza first before just forcing him into a role he doesn't want to be in.
If Piazza wants to be a Met, I say we go out and get him. He's a DH right now, so it's no like he's really "playing" everyday. We know Piazza loves to catch and having a veteran, experienced playoff bat would be an asset to this team.
Plus it gives me a chance to wear my Mets #31 jersey.