Griffey to wear Mariners cap; Piazza Mets: Scenes from HOF presser

Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza were elected as Hall of Famers Wednesday evening by the BBWAA. Thursday in New York, they had their Hall of Fame press conference.

The biggest tidbit of information from the presser was that Griffey would be wearing a Seattle Mariners hat on his Hall of Fame plaque while Mike Piazza would be wearing a New York Mets hat.

The Hall of Fame makes the decision on which cap players will wear, but takes input from the players. In Griffey's case it was obvious. In Piazza's, he was actually a much better hitter on a rate basis with the Dodgers for seven years, but played 246 games more with the Mets, plus 26 of his 32 career postseason games for them as well. Past that, Piazza's relationship with the Dodgers has been sour for a while and he loves the Mets. So it was easy enough for the Hall, in all likelihood.

These selections are pretty significant for each franchise. Griffey is the first-ever Mariner rep in the Hall while Piazza is the first-ever Mets position player (Tom Seaver has a Mets cap).

As for the rest, here are some team/photo/video highlights of the presser. Click with impunity.

Finally, I generally ignore Jose Canseco, but he comes strong with a The Simpsons reference here:

Junior turned his hat around for a signature moment Thursday.
Junior turned his hat around for a signature moment Thursday. (MLB.com screen-grab)
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Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered the last five World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University... Full Bio

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