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Piazza just misses in third shot at Hall

NEW YORK -- Next year may be Mike Piazza's year.

In his third appearance on the Hall of Fame ballot, Piazza fell just shy of the required 75 percent threshold needed for election. He garnered 69.9 percent, receiving votes on 384 of the 549 ballots cast by eligible Baseball Writers' Association of America members. Piazza felt shy by 28 votes.

Piazza appeared on 57.8 percent of ballots in 2013 and 62.2 percent last year.

"We are confident that in the not too distant future Mike Piazza, the top offensive catcher in the history of baseball, will take his rightful place in the halls of Cooperstown," Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon said in a statement. "We look forward to celebrating that day with him, his family and our fans when it happens.”

Voters elected Randy Johnson (97.3 percent), ex-Met Pedro Martinez (91.1), John Smoltz (82.9) and Craig Biggio (82.7).

Martinez becomes the 14th player who appeared in a Mets uniform to earn selection to Cooperstown. He joins Roberto Alomar, Richie Ashburn, Yogi Berra, Gary Carter, Tom Glavine, Rickey Henderson, Willie Mays, Eddie Murray, Nolan Ryan, Tom Seaver, Duke Snider, Warren Spahn and Joe Torre. Only Seaver has a Mets cap on his plaque.