Mike Piazza Retires After 19 Seasons

05/28/2008 05:12 am 05:12:01 | Updated May 25, 2011

Mike Piazza retires after 19 seasons in the major leagues, his legacy as one of the all time great hitting catchers cemented:

Mike Piazza is retiring from baseball following a 16-season career in which he became one of the top-hitting catchers in history.

"After discussing my options with my wife, family and agent, I felt it was time to start a new chapter in my life," he said in a statement released Tuesday by his agent, Dan Lozano. "It has been an amazing journey ... So today, I walk away with no regrets.

"I knew this day was coming and over the last two years. I started to make my peace with it. I gave it my all and left everything on the field."

The die-hard Mets fans who run Hotfootblog lament that Mike Piazza's retiring:

Piazza was drafted by the Dodgers on the 62nd round of the 1988 amateur draft. He was a 12-time All-Star, making the NL team 10 consecutive times starting in 1993.

He finished with a .308 career average, 427 home runs and 1,335 RBIs for the Dodgers (1992-98), Florida (1998), New York Mets (1998-05), San Diego (2006) and Oakland (2007).

One of the greatest Mets moments of all time will be when Mike hit his home run on the first game back from 9/11.

Mike's last appearance at Shea came as a Padre, when he smacked two homers and was received as a conquering hero.

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