The Mets introduced their 2023 Hall of Fame class Wednesday afternoon, naming infielder Howard Johnson, left-hander Al Leiter and broadcasters Gary Cohen and Howie Rose to the membership’s Hall of Fame. In addition, longtime former PR director and present staff historian Jay Horwitz will obtain the Mets Hall of Fame achievement award.
The 4 will likely be enshrined in Queens throughout a June 3 ceremony at Citi Field.
“It was an honor informing each of the four new members that they were going to be inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame,” proprietor Steve Cohen stated in a press release. “Howard Johnson was the classic combination of speed and power, with three seasons of 30-homers and 30-stolen bases. Al Leiter, who grew up in New Jersey rooting for the Mets, ranks in the top 10 in team history in wins and strikeouts.”
Johnson was a member of the 1986 Mets staff that received the World Series and later scouted and coached for the Mets. He was the primary switch-hitter to affix the 30-30 membership — his three seasons with 30 or extra residence runs and 30 or extra stolen bases are nonetheless probably the most in staff historical past.
Leiter began and ended his profession with the Yankees however spent seven years with the Mets, incomes an All-Star nod in 2000 and serving to the Amazins’ attain the World Series the identical yr. His son Jack was drafted second total by the Texas Rangers within the 2021 draft.
But as beloved as Johnson and Leiter are, Rose and Gary Cohen maintain a unique place in Mets historical past. The two longtime broadcasters are two figures who followers have seemed to throughout among the membership’s worst seasons.
Rose has been with the Mets for the reason that Eighties and have become the staff’s radio voice in 2004. A Queens native who grew up in Bayside, Rose was the radio voice of the Rangers throughout their 1994 Stanley Cup run and labored alongside Butch Goring on Islanders telecasts.
Rose has a knack for signature calls and catchphrases. Hockey followers may keep in mind his “Matteau! Matteau! Matteau!” name and Mets followers know him for saying, “Put it in the books” after wins.
Cohen, a part of one of the revered cubicles in baseball, works alongside Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling calling video games on SNY. He has endeared himself to Mets followers with the way in which he deftly manages the 2 personalities within the sales space, his deep information of Mets historical past and his brutal honesty.
“Mets fans are privileged to have two of the very best in all of baseball describing the action with years of institutional Mets knowledge,” Steve Cohen stated. “Gary Cohen is set to start his 35th year of calling Mets games and Howie Rose has been covering the team since 1987. In addition, we are honoring Jay Horwitz, who has passionately worked for this organization for over 40 years, with the Hall of Fame Achievement Award. I’m looking forward to celebrating more Mets history on June 3.”
Few folks love the Mets like Horwitz. He was recognized to be honest with media members and revered by many previous Mets greats.
The latest members will carry the Mets Hall of Fame complete to 34.