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Mike Piazza: 5 Reasons Why He Will Be a First Ballot Hall-of-Famer

Every year, the Baseball Hall of Fame chooses its newest members through the Baseball Writers Association of America. The writers place up to 10 votes on the ballots, and whoever garners 75 percent of the vote is elected. 

The 2013 ballot includes some big names. Among them include Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Curt Schilling and Mike Piazza

Out of all the candidates for election, Piazza looks to be the one with the best shot at election.

Having spent 15 years behind the plate—14 if you count the awful first base stint—hitting the most home runs by a catcher and earning numerous honors, both as a Met and a Dodger, there is almost no doubt that Piazza deserves to be a first ballot Hall-of-Fame elect. 

Here are five reasons why. 

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New York Mets: 6 Reasons Why Johan’s No-Hitter Was Extra Special

After 51 years, two months, and one day, the wait ended for the New York Mets. Johan Santana gave Mets fans what they so desperately craved: a no-hitter. 

Santana delivered a decent performance:a full nine innings, no runs, no hits, five walks and eight strikeouts. His cause was aided by a controversial call on a Carlos Beltran ball that touched the foul line, and a spectacular catch by Queens native Mike Baxter, who left with a bruised shoulder after crashing into the left field wall.

But there was more to this no-hitter than just the numbers. This no-hitter was special in a number of ways.

What ways, you may ask? Well, this slideshow will tell you. 

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New York Mets’ 10 Worst Free-Agent Signings in Team History

Since free agency began in 1976, the New York Mets have had some hits and misses. Some players, like Carlos Beltran, proved to be good, while others didn’t do as well.

Whether by statistical underperformance, ego problems or injury, whomever was GM at the time really screwed up when they tabbed these people. 

With the midpoint of the offseason upon us, here are the 10 worst free-agent signings in team history. Be wary, though, some moves will surprise you. 

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