Mets Hall Of Fame Inductees 2023
Mets 2023 Hall of Fame induction consist of Howard Johnson, Gary Cohen, Al Leiter, and Howie Rose.
The team inducted these players and broadcasters into their prestigious Hall of Fame with a ceremony at Citi Field on 3 June. Owner Cohen felt honored to be a part of this historical moment to celebrate the career of these four new members.
Howard Johnson is a former Mets outfielder who won the 1986 World Series with the team.
Initially making his MLB debut for the Detroit Tigers in 1982, Johnson joined the Mets franchise in 1985. The following year, Metsies won the WS title, beating the Red Sox 4-3. Howard played 88 games for the team and contributed 10 dingers.
However, Johnson had a fiery form post-1986 season, especially 1987, 1989, and 1991 seasons. In 1987, Howard scored 36 home runs and 22 doubles from 554 at-bats while maintaining a .265 batting average and a .868 OPS. He got voted 10th in the NL MVP award that season.
1989 witnessed Johnson making the NL-high 104 runs and getting the All-Star recognition and Silver Slugger for the first time in his career. Howard scored 36 homers, 41 doubles, and 41 stolen bases from 655 plate appearances.
Similarly, in the 1991 season, Howard registered the NL highs with 38 home runs and 117 RBI. This year too, Howard gained the All-Star and Silver Slugger awards. He bagged 192 dingers and a .801 OPS from his 9-year Metropolitan career.
Gary Cohen is a play-by-play announcer for the Mets franchise and has been involved since 2006.
Before working for the SNY, Gary called games in the minor League for various teams like the Durham Bulls in 1986 and the Pawtucket Red Sox in 1987. Along with the broadcaster's career with SNY, Cohen has a deal with WPIX to announce 25 games for them.
Cohen also did baseball broadcasting duties for the Mets' WFAN radio station for more than 17 years. Similarly, he has also worked on other networks like ESPN radio and CBS to call baseball games. Gary is also involved in college broadcasts, providing his voice for Seton Hall University.
A 1981 graduate of Columbia University, Cohen studied Political Science but soon developed an interest in the broadcast sector. Soon after his graduation, the WKCR Sports network hired him for reporting on men's sports. As of 2023, Cohen is also an active contributor to the SNY website.
Gary also recalled his Mets life, stating how he spent hundreds of nights on the upper deck of the club's stadium. He has been the team's fan since he was six years old.
Al Leiter is a former pitcher who spent 7 years for the New York Mets from 1998 to 2004.
Leiter initially made his MLB debut for the Yankees, but then moved to Toronto Blue Jays and ultimately landed with the Mets. In his first year, Leiter pitched 193 innings and contributed 17 wins, a 2.47 ERA, and 174 strikeouts. Al got voted sixth in the Cy Young Award for his pitching efforts.
In 2000, Leiter also received an All-Star for his performance of 16 wins, 200 strikeouts, and 3.20 ERA from 208 innings pitched. Al was also a great pitcher in the 2000 World Series making 142 pitches, even though the Metropolitan lost to the Yankees eventually.
In seven years, Al registered 95 wins, a 3.42 ERA, and 1106 strikeouts from 1360 innings pitched. He also allowed only 574 runs and 7 shutouts and has participated in 10 complete games. He also received the 2000 Robert Clemente Award for excellent sportsmanship.
Howie Rose started broadcasting for the New York Mets in the 1995 season.
Rose has more than a decade of play-by-play announcing for both radio and television in the Mets organization. Moreover, Howie co-hosted the pre-game and post-game shows for the team called "Mets Extra."
Likewise, Howie also worked for the WFAN radio alongside another 2023 Hall of Famer, Gary Cohen. Moreover, Gary has also announced baseball matches for WCBS and WOR and has a part in the MLB Network with its MLB Now program.
Due to his long service to the Metropolitans, it is undeniable why Rose got decorated with this honor. Moreover, Rose participates as the Master of Ceremonies in various Metsies events like the Opening Day and Mike Piazza's jersey retirement event.