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Mets pay tribute to Kiner at Citi Field

NEW YORK -- The Mets honored late broadcaster Ralph Kiner with a pregame ceremony on Monday, unveiling a permanent Kiner microphone logo on the left-field wall and a temporary one on the grass behind home plate.

Kiner's children -- Michael, K.C., Tracee and Kimberlee -- participated in the ceremony, which included a video tribute to Kiner, an original member of the Mets' broadcast team and an SNY contributor through last season.

The ceremonies also included a ceremonial first pitch from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

"Very cool," team captain David Wright said. "You think of Ralph Kiner, you think of this great broadcaster. But he was a [great] player. It was incredible the numbers that he put up in an unfortunately short career. He was one of the best players to play the game, one of the best power hitters in history, so I thought it was a fitting tribute."

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo.
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