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New York City, N.Y., Jul 29, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Mike Piazza, the newest inductee of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, has given a shout-out to Pope Benedict XVI and his mother Veronica.

“She gave me the gift of my Catholic faith, which has had a profound impact on my career and has given me patience, compassion and hope,” Piazza said in his induction speech Sunday.

“Pope Benedict XVI said, ‘One who has hope, lives differently.’ Mom, you raised five boys, and you were always there for me.”

Piazza, 47, played catcher for the New York Mets and other teams. He hit 427 home runs in his professional career. He began his professional baseball career with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1992 and played with the Mets from 1998-2005. He was a 12-time All Star player and a 10-time Silver Slugger Award winner. He retired in 2007.

He is only the second Hall of Fame player to be inducted as a Met.

Piazza had attended 7:30 Mass at...

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Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza were voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame Wednesday.

It was Griffey’s first year on the ballot. The criteria for entry is appearance on 75% of ballots submitted by tenured members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA).

An official induction ceremony will take place July 24 in Cooperstown, New York, the remote town where the Hall of Fame museum is located.

Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Trevor Hoffman were the closest runners up to the 2016 inductees.

The Hall of Fame relies on a controversial voting process. Ballots are received by BBWAA writers after they have spent 10 years as BBWAA members. Each voter is allowed to vote for up to ten candidates. The 2016 ballot listed 22 retired players. Voters have recently pushed the Hall of Fame to consider expanding the voting allowance to twelve candidates per ballot.

Candidates appear five years post-retirement, and until 2014, could stay on the ballot for...

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A list of the

best baseball players

to get inducted into the Hall of Fame. Whether you're a young kid picking up a glove for the first time or a big league rookie learning the ropes, the ultimate goal and honor any baseball player could receive is seeing his face on a plaque in Cooperstown. Why would he want that? That means he has been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame; his achievements on the diamond will be celebrated forever.

The members of the Baseball Hall of Fame are some of the greatest players of all time and some of the true legends of the game. The Hall of Fame opened in 1939 in Cooperstown, NY, the site of the first ever baseball game. Since then, many icons have been enshrined into the Hall of Fame. Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Lou Gehrig, Tom Seaver, Willie Mays and Bob Gibson are just a few of the numerous legends who have been inducted and with good reason: they're the among the greatest baseball players ever.

In order to get inducted...

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After taking divergent paths, Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza arrived in the same place on Sunday: the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Griffey, who hit 630 home runs and spent the majority of his career with the Seattle Mariners, rose to stardom quickly as a No. 1 overall pick. He debuted in 1989 aged 19, on the same team as his father Ken Griffey Sr., and instantly became a baseball icon with his prolific power, dashing defense and signature backward hat.

Read: Do these MVP winners deserve to be snubbed by Hall of Fame?

Piazza, by contrast, was selected by the Dodgers in 1988 in the 62nd round. Yet he morphed into the greatest home-run hitting catcher of all time with the New York Mets.

Addressing Griffey in his speech in Cooperstown, N.Y., Piazza said: “About the only thing we have in common as ballplayers is two arms and two legs.”

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A.B. ‘HAPPY’ CHANDLER
AL BARLICK
AL KALINE
AL LOPEZ
BILL DICKEY*
BILL MAZEROSKI
BILL TERRY
BILLY HERMAN
BILLY WILLIAMS
BOB FELLER*
BOB GIBSON
BOB LEMON
BOBBY DOERR
BROOKS ROBINSON
BRUCE SUTTER
BUCK LEONARD
BUCKY HARRIS
BURLEIGH GRIMES
CAL RIPKEN
CARL HUBBELL
CARL YASTRZEMSKI
CARLTON FISK
CASEY STENGEL
CATFISH HUNTER
CHARLIE GEHRINGER*
CHICK HAFEY
COOL PAPA BELL
CY YOUNG*
DAVE BANCROFT
DAVE WINFIELD
DENNIS ECKERSLEY
DICK WILLIAMS
DIZZY DEAN
DON DRYSDALE
DON SUTTON
DOUG HARVEY
DUCKY MEDWICK DUKE SNIDER
EARL AVERILL
EARL WEAVER
EARLE COMBS
EARLY WYNN
EDD ROUSH*
EDDIE MATHEWS
EDDIE MURRAY
EDWARD STACK
ELMER FLICK
ENOS SLAUGHTER
ERNIE BANKS
FERGIE JENKINS
FORD FRICK
FRANK ROBINSON
FRANK, PEGGY,...
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This is the first time on the ballot for Julio Franco, who had a solid career that spanned a quater of a century. He holds the distinction of being the oldest player ever to hit a home run when he hit one at age 47 with the Mets. Unfortunately for Franco, his overall numbers appear to fall a little short of Cooperstown. However, I propose an alternative.

Rather than induct Franco into the Baseball Hall of Fame, induct his batting stance. Anyone who even casually followed baseball in the 1980s, 1990s, or 2000s would be able to recognize Franco's signature stance:

From the side, Franco's stance always made it look like he needed to use the bathroom immediately. How he managed a .298 lifetime average with this hitting approach is beyond me. It's the type of batting stance that would give Tom Emanski a heart attack....

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I would be interested in some of the following people: Ron Turcotte, Monk, Darrell Green, Martin Mayhew, Fred Stokes, Earnest Byner, Brad Edwards, The Chief, Don Bosseler, Gibbs, Clinton Portis, Chris Samuels, Don Warren, Joe Jacoby, Raphel Cherry, Clint Didier, Charles Mann, Jay Schroeder, Daryl Grant, Stephen Davis, Rusty Tillman, Mark Murphy, Bobby Mitchell, Vince Promuto, George Rogers, Barkley, Marino, Elway, John David Crow, Connie Hawkins, Koufax, Herschel Walker, Boomer Esiason, Randall Cunningham, Bednarik, Alworth, John MAdden, Steve Young, Troy Aikman, Swann, Adderley, Richard Dent, Jim Otto, Archie Manning, Randle-el, Henry Ellard, Chad Hennings, Fred Smoot, Bobby Bell, Art Shell, Joe Schmidt, Emmitt Smith, Shannon Sharpe, Forrest Gregg, Bruce Matthews, Kellen Winslow Sr., Ozzie Newsome, Willie Brown, Munoz, Dick LeBeau, Willie Davis, Mark May, Testeverde, Billy “White Shoes” Johnson, Ron Yary, and Eddie...

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