Mojo Rising Bracket: (1) Mike Piazza vs. (8) Rick Reed
(1) Mike Piazza – greatest offensive catcher in Major League history who decided to wear a Mets cap on his Hall of Fame plaque. Second player to have his number retired by the Mets. Hit a number of big homers for the franchise including one capping off the 10 run inning against the Braves and the one post 9/11. Mets all-time leader in slugging and second in OPS. All over the single season and career top 10 offensive categories. Took those late 90s Mets teams over the top. Caught final pitch at Shea Stadium and first pitch at Citi Field.
(8) Rick Reed – Replacement player who pitched to help pay for his mother’s medical bills. Once had a chilly reception only to win people over with his pitching. His emergence in 1997 helped the Mets become an 88 win team. Was a two time All-Star. Was 1-1 with a 3.81 ERA in five postseason starts. Started last World Series game Mets won in Shea Stadium.