Inbox: Mets should hang on to Syndergaard

Beat reporter Anthony DiComo answers questions from fans

Inbox: Mets should hang on to Syndergaard

All remains quiet as we head into the final three weeks of winter. With each passing day, it appears more and more likely that the Mets' current roster is the one they will bring to Florida next month -- perhaps just with the subtraction of a starting pitcher. Given all that, for the first time this winter, this week's batch of emails focuses largely on the players already in place:

I know almost every major trade rumor seems to be centered around Noah Syndergaard. Do you think the Mets will regret not trading him if he turns out to be a bust? Do you think they should have dealt him for a guy like Ian Desmond or even Troy Tulowitzki if the talks were ever that serious?
-- Tone R., Queens, N.Y.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Herrera No. 4 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 2B Prospects list

Braves' Peraza heads list, followed by White Sox's Johnson, Rockies' Wall

Herrera No. 4 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 2B Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com's 2015 Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled on Friday on MLB.com, with the Top 50 revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to that, MLBPipeline.com takes a look at the Top 10 prospects at each position.

Graduations to the Major Leagues have taken a heavy toll on this list in the past year. Six of the second basemen on last year's preseason Top 10, including the top four, have lost their rookie eligibility, creating room for several newcomers.

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Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets aim to corner market with Duda, Wright

First, third base should be in good shape for 2015 season

Mets aim to corner market with Duda, Wright

With pitchers and catchers scheduled to report to Port St. Lucie, Fla., by Feb. 19, it's time to continue dissecting the Mets' 2015 roster. This is the third of a six-part Around the Horn series taking a position-by-position look at the projected starters and backups heading into the season. Next up: corner infielders.

NEW YORK -- Think back a year to the Mets' corner-infield situation. Third baseman David Wright was essentially a sure thing, coming off an injury-shortened season, but still one of his best ever. First base was a mess, with Ike Davis the favorite for a job that ultimately went to Lucas Duda.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cuddyer: Don't count out Mets in NL East

Cuddyer: Don't count out Mets in NL East

NEW YORK -- Depending on the source, the Nationals' signing of Max Scherzer makes them either extreme or prohibitive favorites to win the National League East. Yet count new Mets outfielder Michael Cuddyer among those unwilling to crown the Nats just yet.

"I don't see why we couldn't," Cuddyer said Thursday when asked if the Mets can compete with the Nationals. "Obviously, they're going to have a great staff, there's no question about it. They've got All-Stars on the staff. They've got ERA champions on the staff, strikeout champions on the staff. But at the same time, we've got guys that can compete with that as well. I think the 'Baseball Almanac' would be written a lot differently if you donned a champion in February every year."

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jonathan Mayo

Smith No. 4 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 1B Prospects list

Bucs' Bell leads list, followed by A's Olson, Yanks' Bird

Smith No. 4 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 1B Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com's 2015 Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled on Friday, Jan. 30, on MLB.com, with the Top 50 revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to that, MLBPipeline.com takes a look at baseball's Top 10 prospects at each position.

As has become an annual occurrence, the list of top first basemen lacks a bit in the elite prospect department. But there is good news: There are two players on this list on this year's Top 100: Josh Bell of the Pirates and Matt Olson of the A's. That doubles the total from the 2014 preseason list.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: deGrom primed for more dominance?

Beat reporter Anthony DiComo answers questions from Mets' fans

Inbox: deGrom primed for more dominance?

We're less than a month away from the sun of Florida, the start of Spring Training and all that it entails. The big news over the holiday weekend was the Nationals agreeing to terms Max Scherzer on a seven-year deal, and much of your Twitter chatter has understandably revolved around him. In this week's Inbox, we take a look at Scherzer and the Nats, as well as an analysis of Jacob deGrom -- plus a look at who could follow in his footsteps.

Why should we not expect a sophomore slump from deGrom?
-- Bryan S., Middle Island, N.Y.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Callis

Plawecki No. 6 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 C Prospects list

Red Sox's Swihart sits atop list, followed by Rangers' Alfaro and Cubs' Schwarber

Plawecki No. 6 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 C Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com's 2015 Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled on Friday, Jan. 30, on MLB.com, with the Top 50 revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to that, MLBPipeline.com takes a look at baseball's Top 10 prospects at each position.

Though only one catcher (Blake Swihart of the Red Sox) fits in the top 40 spots on MLBPipeline.com's upcoming 2015 Top 100 Prospects list, talent behind the plate actually runs deep. The Minors are teeming with backstops who have the tools to contribute offensively and defensively in the big leagues in the near future. This list could see a lot of turnover a year from now, as Christian Bethancourt figures to be the Braves' starter and Swihart, Kevin Plawecki (Mets) and J.T. Realmuto (Marlins) could be playing regularly in the Majors by season's end.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cuddyer isn't just an OF, he's also a magician

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Cuddyer isn't just an OF, he's also a magician

According to James K. Skipper's Baseball Nicknames: A Dictionary of Origins and Meanings (truly the most important book to ever be published), there have only been two players with a "magic" nickname in Major League history: 

- Joe "The Magician" Abreu, a member of the Society of American Magicians and third baseman for nine games with the Reds in 1942

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Matz No. 8 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 LHP Prospects list

Dodgers' 18-year-old Urias leads list, followed by White Sox's Rodon, Jays' Norris

Matz No. 8 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 LHP Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com's 2015 Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled on Friday, Jan. 30, on MLB.com, with the Top 50 revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to that, MLBPipeline.com takes a look at baseball's Top 10 prospects at each position.

Though all of the left-handers who ranked on last year's preseason Top 10 are still eligible to be considered for inclusion this year, there are still several new faces on this list. Julio Urias, Henry Owens and Andrew Heaney are the holdovers, albeit with their order reversed from last year.

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Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets ink Gee, Tejada, Murphy to one-year deals

Trio avoids salary arbitration; Mejia, Duda remain unsigned

Mets ink Gee, Tejada, Murphy to one-year deals

NEW YORK -- The Mets' 2015 payroll took on a clearer picture Friday, when the team settled on contracts with two of its arbitration-eligible players and exchanged salary figures with three others.

The Mets settled on an $8 million contract with second baseman Daniel Murphy, a $5.3 million deal with starting pitcher Dillon Gee and a $1.88 million contract with infielder Ruben Tejada, according to a source. They exchanged figures with first baseman Lucas Duda and closer Jenrry Mejia. Those two will go to arbitration hearings if they do not agree to new deals, though it is rare for the process to reach that point.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jonathan Mayo

Syndergaard No. 2 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 RHP Prospects list

Nats' Giolito leads list, followed by Mets' Syndergaard, Pirates' Glasnow

Syndergaard No. 2 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 RHP Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com's 2015 Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled on Friday, Jan. 30, on MLB.com, with the Top 50 revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to that, MLBPipeline.com takes a look at baseball's Top 10 prospects at each position.

There are always a ton of right-handed pitchers on our Top 100 list. The 2015 version is no different. All 10 on the list below are in the Top 100, and then some.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets Minor Leaguer Welch gets 50-game suspension

NEW YORK -- Mets pitching prospect Brandon Welch has been suspended 50 games without pay, following a second positive test for a drug of abuse in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, Major League Baseball announced Friday.

Welch, 23, posted a 5.18 ERA over 14 appearances (three starts) last year for Class A Brooklyn. He was the Mets' fifth-round selection in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets' speedy, powerful outfield poised to thrive

Lagares, Granderson, Cuddyer key to New York's success in 2015

Mets' speedy, powerful outfield poised to thrive

With pitchers and catchers scheduled to report to Port St. Lucie, Fla., by Feb. 19, it's time to continue dissecting the Mets' 2015 roster. This is the second of a six-part Around the Horn series taking a position-by-position look at the projected starters and backups heading into the season. Next up: Outfielders.

NEW YORK -- Last winter, the Mets signed Curtis Granderson to add legitimacy to the middle of their lineup. It didn't work. This year, they are counting on both Granderson and Michael Cuddyer to do the trick.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gee wonders where he'll end up in 2015

Mets righty has been subject of trade rumors all offseason

Gee wonders where he'll end up in 2015

NEW YORK -- Amid baseball's annual flow of trade rumors, it's sometimes easy to forget that the names swirling around are those of real people, with real homes and real goals.

Dillon Gee is one of them. Well aware that the Mets have dangled him for trade all winter, Gee understands he may be reporting to camp next month somewhere other than Port St. Lucie, Fla.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pain-free Wright building up strength in left shoulder

Mets third baseman expects to be 'ready to go' for 2015 season

Pain-free Wright building up strength in left shoulder

After dealing with left shoulder issues during a disappointing 2014, Mets third baseman David Wright said he's physically prepared for the '15 season.

"I feel really good. I'm 100 percent confident that I will be physically ready to go," Wright told the New York Post. "Now it's just a matter of me trying to get my left shoulder on a par with my right shoulder, just strength-wise.

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Several prospects among Mets' 17 non-roster invitees

Former top picks Nimmo, Cecchini will be at big league camp

Several prospects among Mets' 17 non-roster invitees

NEW YORK -- Former first-round Draft picks Brandon Nimmo and Gavin Cecchini are among 17 non-roster players the Mets have invited to big league Spring Training, the team announced Wednesday.

Nimmo, the Mets' third-ranked prospect by MLB.com, and Cecchini, their 10th-ranked prospect, will join second-ranked Kevin Plawecki and 19th-ranked Matt Reynolds in camp. Because top-ranked Noah Syndergaard is already on the Mets' 40-man roster, he did not need an official invite. Nor did sixth-ranked Rafael Montero, eighth-ranked Dilson Herrera or ninth-ranked Steven Matz; in all, the Mets will have seven of their top 10 prospects -- and 11 of their top 20 -- in big league camp.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Monfort tells NY paper Tulo deal 'not happening'

Monfort tells NY paper Tulo deal 'not happening'

DENVER -- The notion of the Rockies trading shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to the Mets, which all winter has been more rumors and reports than action, was doused with cold water Thursday at the MLB owners meeting in Paradise Valley, Ariz.

The New York Post reported that Rockies owner/general partner Charlie Monfort answered a direct question with a smile and a simple statement: "It's not happening."

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Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page, Thomas Harding and Friends at www.Rockies.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Anthony Castrovince

Lack of big trade shows Mets wisely playing long game

Lack of big trade shows Mets wisely playing long game

It's officially mid-January, and, unless you firmly believe in the ability of Wilmer Flores, the Mets still don't have a shortstop. Maybe this is surprising, maybe not, because the Mets, despite an obvious need, left the position untouched in the Hot Stove season a year ago, too. But the status-quo shortstop situation is a source of angst for some, a source of shrugs for others. It all depends on what you think of the Mets' competitive chances in 2015.

Earlier this week, it was reported by FOX Sports that the Mets walked away from a potential three-way trade with the Rays and Nationals that would have brought Ian Desmond to Citi Field. The reason they did so was that the Rays, who would have been sending Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar (who ended up in Oakland) to the Nats, wanted two from a list of three top prospects in return from the Mets -- and that list, according to the FOX Sports report, included Noah Syndergaard.

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Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: Trade winds ready to start picking up?

Beat reporter Anthony DiComo answers questions from fans

Inbox: Trade winds ready to start picking up?

Another week down and the Mets continued to remain quiet. But trade talks are brewing, with the team looking to deal a starting pitcher soon. That is how we will open this week's Inbox:

Why is it such a necessity that the Mets trade away a starting pitcher? Nearly every year, every team has a starting pitcher who misses extended time due to some kind of injury. If that were to happen with the Mets, they can then plug Dillon Gee into the rotation. In the meantime, he could be a good bullpen guy to have, especially for long-relief appearances.
-- Matt H., Tully, N.Y.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets banking on d'Arnaud to keep making strides

Catching depth an asset behind projected long-term starting backstop

Mets banking on d'Arnaud to keep making strides

With pitchers and catchers scheduled to report to Port St. Lucie, Fla., by Feb. 19, it's time to begin dissecting the Mets' 2015 roster. This is the first of a multipart Around the Horn series taking a position-by-position look at the projected starters and backups heading into the season. First up: catchers.

NEW YORK -- If things break their way, the Mets will head into Opening Day set at catcher for at least the next half-decade. In Travis d'Arnaud, the club believes it has a star-in-the-making who took enormous strides last season, and who still possesses All-Star upside. In Kevin Plawecki, it believes it boasts one of the game's top catching prospects -- and a nearly big league-ready one at that.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets' Flynn elected to Groundskeepers HOF

Mets' Flynn elected to Groundskeepers HOF

NEW YORK -- Major League Baseball's groundskeepers have elected longtime Mets employee Pete Flynn to the MLB Groundskeepers Hall of Fame, the team announced on Friday. Late Orioles groundskeeper Pat Santarone will also enter the hall.

An original Mets employee who began working during the team's inaugural season at the Polo Grounds in 1962, Flynn became head groundskeeper for the Mets in 1974, holding that position until 2001.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets groundskeeper had water fights and drove Beatles

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Mets groundskeeper had water fights and drove Beatles

When you think about attending a Major League game, what's one of the first things that comes to mind? That's right: the smell of the fresh cut, brilliant green grass. 

But the field doesn't just grow in like that. It takes a lot of hard work from the grounds crew at each stadium to make sure that the field can handle the rain, sun and cleats tearing up the turf for 81 home games. 

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Jonathan Mayo

Mayo: Which Mets pitching prospect has most potential?

Jonathan Mayo responds to fans' questions about baseball's top prospects

Mayo: Which Mets pitching prospect has most potential?

The calendar has officially flipped to 2015. We're always future-looking here at MLBPipeline.com, so we're more than happy to look ahead to the 2015 season and beyond. With that in mind, this week's Pipeline Inbox includes discussions on a number of players who could be coming to a big league ballpark near you soon.

Which Minor League Mets pitcher, outside of Noah Syndergaard, do you think has the most potential: Steven Matz? Rafael Montero? Marcos Molina?
-- John F., Long Island, N.Y.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets, Parnell avoid arbitration with one-year deal

Mets, Parnell avoid arbitration with one-year deal

NEW YORK -- Relief pitcher Bobby Parnell and the Mets have agreed on a one-year deal to avoid arbitration, the team announced Wednesday. Parnell will make $3.7 million, according to a source, the same salary he made in his second year of arbitration last season.

Parnell, 30, threw a single inning on Opening Day 2014 before succumbing to Tommy John surgery. He missed the entire season after working his way back from a neck operation the previous winter. Prior to that, Parnell had established himself as the Mets' unquestioned closer in 2013, saving 22 games in 26 chances with a 2.16 ERA.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Alderson: Flores the shortstop; starter could be dealt

Mets GM hints at potential trade, with Gee still the likely candidate

Alderson: Flores the shortstop; starter could be dealt

NEW YORK -- First in October, then in November, then again in December, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said that Wilmer Flores is the team's most likely option at shortstop.

Now it's January, and nothing has changed.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Spring workout dates announced for all clubs

Spring workout dates announced for all clubs

Spring is officially on the horizon.

Major League Baseball announced the first Spring Training workout dates for all 30 of its clubs on Thursday. Pitchers and catchers for the reigning World Series champion Giants -- along with the Phillies, Pirates and Reds -- will be the first to work out, with a Feb. 19 start date. Thirteen other clubs will work out pitchers and catchers for the first time the following day.

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AJ Cassavell is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Day after vote, 'old goats' talk Hall of Fame, honor

Day after vote, 'old goats' talk Hall of Fame, honor

NEW YORK -- For the Class of 2015, the next stop is Cooperstown, N.Y.

Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio were officially introduced by the National Baseball Hall of Fame as the latest inductees during a Wednesday news conference at the Waldorf Astoria.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pedro's HOF career included solid stint with Mets

First-ballot electee was a two-time All-Star over four seasons in New York

Pedro's HOF career included solid stint with Mets

NEW YORK -- In retrospect, Pedro Martinez was already on the decline when he arrived in Flushing after the 2004 season. He gave the Mets one elite season, in '05, though it was several shades less dominant than what he had accomplished in Boston. Injuries undermined Martinez after that and he never quite recovered.

Still, Martinez was a Met, and he always will be one, even with a Red Sox cap going on his Cooperstown plaque. When the Baseball Writers' Association of America overwhelmingly sent Martinez to the Hall of Fame on Tuesday, giving him 91.1 percent of the vote in his first year on the ballot, they elected a player whose biography includes a significant detour into Queens. Martinez became the 14th player to wear a Mets uniform and make it to Cooperstown.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Piazza gains in voting, still falls short of Hall of Fame

Mets great receives 69.9 percent of votes; Martinez enters in first year on ballot

Piazza gains in voting, still falls short of Hall of Fame

NEW YORK -- These days, Mike Piazza refers to himself as an artist, noting that his job is not to critique his own work. Others have labeled him the greatest offensive catcher in history. But to date, even that superlative has not swayed enough writers with Hall of Fame votes.

For another year, Piazza's wait will continue. In his third appearance on the ballot, according to totals released Tuesday by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Piazza received 69.9 percent of the vote -- 28 votes shy of the 75 percent needed for induction. And so for the third summer in a row, he will watch the Hall of Fame induction ceremony from afar, this time as Randy Johnson (97.3 percent), Pedro Martinez (91.1 percent), John Smoltz (82.9 percent) and Craig Biggio (82.7 percent) take their places in Cooperstown.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.