Mike Piazza to have his No. 31 retired by New York Mets

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The New York Mets will hold a pregame ceremony at 6:30 p.m. before the scheduled 7:10 game vs. the Colorado Rockies on July 30th to honor Mike Piazza and his induction into the MLB Hall of Fame. This ceremony is part of a weekend long celebration called "Mike Piazza Weekend" where the Mets give fans every reason in the world to come out to Citi Field.

On Friday, all fans will receive a Mike Piazza replica jersey. On Saturday, the ceremony will take place and then on Sunday, the first 15,000 fans will receive Mike Piazza bobble-heads.

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Piazza will join Tom Seaver (41), Gil Hodges (14) and Casey Stengel (37) as the only Mets to have their numbers retired. New York made the announcement fresh after Piazza was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame after receiving 83 percent of the vote in his fourth year on the ballot.

Piazza is by far the greatest hitting catcher of all time. He spent eight years with the Mets and helped them reach the 2000 World Series. He slugged 427 home runs overall in a 16-year career that also included stints with with the Dodgers, who picked him in the 1988 draft, a brief stint with the Marlins, the Mets and one year each with the Padres and A's.

It will be an emotion filled weekend for everyone involved, as Piazza is one of the most iconic Mets in recent history. It will be an experience and something to remember for anyone who is lucky enough to attend the game in late July.

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: Former New York Mets Mike Piazza waves before throwing out the first pitch prior to Game Three of the 2015 World Series between the New York Mets and the Kansas City Royals at Citi Field on October 30, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
24 Jul 1993: Catcher Mike Piazza of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on during a game against the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. Mandatory Credit: Jed Jacobsohn /Allsport
Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Mike Piazza rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the fifth inning of their game against the San Francisco Giants, June 28, 1994, in Los Angeles. Dodgers won, 7-4. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Dodgers' Mike Piazza, right, celebrates with a bottle of champagne after the Dodgers clinched the National League West Saturday Sept. 30, 1995 in San Diego. Los Angeles, in first place when the strike ended last season, hadn't been in the playoffs since 1988. That year, they also clinched the division title in San Diego and went on to beat Oakland in the World Series. (AP Photo/Sandy Huffaker)
Los Angeles Dodgers' catcher Mike Piazza fires a throw to first after stepping on homeplate for a force out and then completing a double play as San Diego Padres' Scott Livingstone slides in during the first inning of the Dodgers game against the San Diego Padres Wednesday July 3, 1996 in San Diego. Piazza had fielded a swinging bunt with the bases loaded and completed the double play to end a Padres' threat. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
Former Los Angeles Dodgers' manager and Baseball Hall of Fame member Tommy Lasorda shares a moment with his godson, Mike Piazza, prior to a ceremony to retire his jersey Friday, Aug. 15, 1997, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza, center, smiles with Mets owners Nelson Doubleday, left, and Fred Wilpon, after the press conference about Piazza's record seven-year $91 million dollar contract with the Mets at New York's Shea Stadium on Monday, Oct 26, 1996. Piazza signed the most lucrative player-contract in the history of major league baseball. (AP Photo/Adam Nadel)
New York Mets' Mike Piazza, right, is congratulated by Rickey Henderson (24) after hitting a three-run home run off New York Yankees' Ramiro Mendoza in the seventh inning of their interleague game Saturday, July 10, 1999 at Shea Stadium in New York. The blast was Piazza's second three-run homer in two days. The Mets went on to defeat the Yankees 9-8 and are up two games to none in the three game series. (AP Photo/John Dunn)
New York Mets' catcher Mike Piazza smiles during team batting practice at Boston's Fenway Park, Thursday, July 13, 2000. Piazza is to play against the Boston Red Sox Thursday in his first game since being hit in the head on a pitch by New York Yankees Roger Clemens. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza looks at the ball after a late throw to home allowing to runs to score off Chicago Cubs' Gary Matthews Jr. two-run double in the seventh inning Tuesday June 26, 2001 in Chicago. The Cubs defeated the Mets 4-2.(AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
New York Mets' Mike Piazza points to cheering Mets fans at Wrigley Field after the Mets beat the Chicago Cubs 3-2 Wednesday, April 10, 2002 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza sits dejectedly on the bench after the Mets gave up four runs to the Colorado Rockies in the third inning in Coors Field in Denver on Friday, Aug. 23, 2002. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza signs autographs prior to the game against Montreal Expos, Monday, April 14, 2003 at the Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)
New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza is greeted with high fives by teammates after scoring on a Tony Clark single in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Pacific Bell Park, Thursday May 15, 2003, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/George Nikitin)
New York Mets' Mike Piazza reacts after Milwaukee Bruins Scott Podsednik scored in the seventh inning at New York's Shea Stadium Friday, May 7, 2004. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Hall of Fame catchers Gary Carter, far left, Johnny Bench, second from left, Carlton Fiskthird from left, and Yogi Berra, second from right, pose with New York Mets' Mike Piazza (31) Friday, June 18, 2004, at Shea Stadium in New York. Piazza was honored in a pre-game ceremony for breaking the all-time home run mark by catchers. Detroit Tigers' catcher Ivan Rodriguez is at right. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza sights the ball during spring training practice in Port St. Lucie, Fla., Friday, Feb. 18, 2005, on the first day of pitchers and catchers workouts. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
New York Mets' Mike Piazza reacts after being told that he did not score after crossing home against the Seattle Mariners in the second inning, Saturday, June 18, 2005, in Seattle. Piazza, who walked earlier in the inning, failed to get to home before teammate David Wright was thrown out while trying to advance to third base for the final out. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza acknowledges fans during the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies at Shea Stadium in New York, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2005. (AP Photo/Ed Betz)
San Diego Padres catcher Mike Piazza tosses a ball at baseball spring training for pitchers and catchers, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006, in Peoria, Ariz. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
San Diego Padres catcher Mike Piazza smiles in the dugout before the spring training exhibition baseball against the Texas Rangers in Surprise, Ariz., Wednesday, March 29, 2006. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
San Diego Padres catcher Mike Piazza, left, reaches out to put the tag on Colorado Rockies' Yorvit Torrealba as he tried to score on a ground ball by Cory Sullivan in the fourth inning of the Rockies' 9-8 victory in 10 innings in a baseball game in Denver on Thursday, July 27, 2006. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
San Diego Padres catcher Mike Piazza tips his hat before a baseball game against his former team, the New York Mets, Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2006 at Shea Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Ed Betz)
Oakland Athletics' designated hitter Mike Piazza, second from right, during the national anthem before their baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007.(AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Italy hitting coach Mike Piazza adjusts his hat during an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Wednesday, March 6, 2013, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Former New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza gestures as he says the fans were "number one" in supporting him during his career, as he speaks during a Mets Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2015, file photo, former New York Mets' Mike Piazza throws out the first pitch before Game 3 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Kansas City Royals, in New York. Ken Griffey Jr. seems assured of election to the Baseball hall of Fame on the first try Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, possibly with a record vote of close to 100 percent. Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines also were strong candidates to gain the 75 percent needed for baseball's highest honor. (AP Photo/Brad Penner, Pool via AP, File)
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