HUFFINGTON POST
05/28/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Mike Piazza Retires After 19 Seasons

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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