June 19, 2004


Hall of Fame Catchers Honor Piazza (HAL BOCK, June 18, 2004, AP)

In a convention of Hall of Fame catchers, Carlton Fisk, Johnny Bench, Gary Carter and Yogi Berra gathered Friday night to honor Mike Piazza, who earlier this season broke the home run record for catchers.

Piazza snapped Fisk's mark of 351 homers on May 5 and entered play Friday with 355 while playing the position. Now, he is primarily a first baseman. [...]

Bench is third on the catchers' home run list with 327 followed by Berra (306), Lance Parrish (299), Carter (298), Roy Campanella (239) and Ivan Rodriguez (234).

Parrish, now the Tigers bullpen coach, and Rodriguez, now catching for Detroit, joined the ceremonies along with Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda, Piazza's first manager, and Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner -- a longtime Mets broadcaster.

Our local paper has an even better wire photo, one that includes Rodriguez, who is the best of the bunch.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 19, 2004 8:38 AM
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