2013 IBWAA Hall of Famer Mike Piazza has been in the news lately. From "Suspicious minds might keep Mike Piazza out of Hall of Fame" by Dylan Hernandez at the LA Times:
Although the decision is the Hall of Fame's, Piazza has said he would want his plaque to depict him wearing a Mets cap.
"He thought he was treated better when he was with the Mets," Lasorda said. "I can’t say anything to him because that's his feeling."
But Lasorda is trying to change Piazza's mind about something else. He wants him to return to Dodger Stadium, something he hasn’t done since retiring in 2008.
The Dodgers wanted to honor Piazza with a bobblehead night last season. Piazza declined the offer.
"He doesn't want to come back because he thinks the fans will boo," Lasorda said. "I've got to make him believe they will not boo."
Piazza received a standing ovation in his first game at Dodger Stadium as a Met, but was booed in subsequent visits.
Lasorda's goal is to get Piazza to work for the Dodgers in an official capacity. He said he introduced Piazza to Dodgers Chairman Mark Walter last year and that Walter took a liking to him.
"I will continue to try to get him here," Lasorda said.
The Mets cap in the Hall of Fame? Understandable — even Tommy won't argue that one. But getting booed as a returning favorite son? Man up and come home, Mike. You have nothing to be afraid of.