Mike Piazza played his last game for the Mets in 2005, completing a nearly eight-season stay with the club during which the importance of developing a catcher from within the organization was minimalized.
The Mets had the Hall of Famer Piazza, after all, and even after he departed could add a veteran such as Paul Lo Duca or Brian Schneider to bridge the gap until the answer arrived through the draft or international signing.
They are still waiting.
Todd Hundley, who emerged behind the plate for the Mets in the early 1990s, could be considered the last frontline catcher developed by the Mets to play for them. Piazza arrived in a trade with the Marlins on May 22, 1998, (happy anniversary) and later signed on for seven additional seasons, before the Mets began their ongoing search at the position.