“To go in the Mets Hall of Fame is a special day for Mike," Collins explained. “He’s certainly well-deserving.He’s the greatest offensive catcher the game has ever seen, so it’ll be fun to see him.I like Mike a lot, so it’ll be fun to say hi to him.’’
Collins has known Piazza since he was drafted by the Dodgers in the 62nd round of the 1988 amateur draft - Terry was managing their Pacific Coast League affiliate in Albuquerque that season.
Meanwhile, David Wright - who played with Piazza in 2004 and 2005 - intends to be on the field when Piazza is inducted into the team's Hall of Fame.
“I’m definitely going to make sure I’m out there to enjoy it and celebrate Mike’s career," Wright told reporters on Saturday. "I care deeply about this organization and Mike is a big part of the history of this organization, and also he was a teammate. It’ll be nice to celebrate Mike.’’