As one of five men whose number is retired by the Mets, including Jackie Robinson's No. 42, Mike Piazza wouldn't mind seeing the recently retired David Wright's No. 5 joining the crew.
"There's room up there for him, I'm sure," Piazza said Tuesday. "I'm glad I don't make those decisions."
Along with Piazza's No. 31, the Mets have retired Gil Hodges' No. 14, Casey Stengel's No. 37 and Tom Seaver's No. 41.
Wright played his final game on Sept. 29. He retired with the franchise records in hits, runs, total bases, RBI, doubles and walks. In January, he joined the front office as a special adviser to COO Jeff Wilpon and new GM Brodie Van Wagenen.
Back, neck and shoulder problems kept Wright from being able to prepare and perform at the level required to continue to play.
"It's always frustrating to watch a bull go down, so to speak because he's such a great guy," Piazza said of Wright. "As a player when you go to hit the gas, the throttle, and it's not there it's a very difficult feeling."
Piazza knows what Wright is going through as he comes to terms with the end of his playing days.
"You have to go through that healing," Piazza said. "When your career's over it's like a small death. It's the only thing you've ever known your whole adult life and the next thing you know you're not playing anymore. It's something that you have to reconcile and deal with. David is such a high-character guy, I'm sure he'll be fine."