Mike Piazza

Baseball Player
Born Sep 4, 1968

Michael Joseph "Mike" Piazza; born September 4, 1968) is an American former Major League Baseball catcher. He played in his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Florida Marlins, New York Mets, San Diego Padres and the Oakland Athletics. A 12-time All-Star, Piazza is often regarded as one of the best-hitting catchers of all time and holds the record for home runs hit by a catcher with 396, with a career total of 427.… Read More

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1968 Birth Born on September 4, 1968.


1986 17 Years Old He attended Phoenixville Area High School and graduated in 1986.
1988 19 Years Old After his father asked Lasorda to select Piazza as a favor, the Miami-Dade Community College student was drafted by the Dodgers in the 62nd round of the 1988 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft as the 1,390th player picked overall in the draft. … Read More


1992 23 Years Old 1 More Event
His major league debut came with the Dodgers on September 1, 1992, against the Chicago Cubs. … Read More
1993 24 Years Old He was also selected to the 1993 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, his first of 10 consecutive (and 12 total) All-Star appearances.
1996 27 Years Old In 1996, Piazza hit .336 with 36 home runs and 105 RBIs, finishing second in MVP voting, behind Ken Caminiti. … Read More
1998 29 Years Old Despite stellar numbers from Piazza, the Mets missed the 1998 postseason by one game.


Piazza helped the Mets to two consecutive playoff appearances in and 2000. … Read More
2004 35 Years Old On May 5, 2004, Piazza surpassed Carlton Fisk for most home runs by a catcher with his 352nd as a catcher.
2005 36 Years Old 1 More Event
On January 29, 2005, Piazza married Playboy Playmate Alicia Rickter at St. Jude's Catholic Church in Miami, Florida, before 120 guests, including his best friend Eric Karros, Brande Roderick, Lisa Dergan, Anjelica Bridges, Al Leiter, John Franco and Iván Rodríguez.
Prior to the start of the 2006 season Piazza represented Italy in the 2006 World Baseball Classic.
2007 38 Years Old On February 3, 2007, Piazza's wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a daughter. … Read More
2008 39 Years Old 1 More Event
After not being signed to any MLB team for the 2008 season, Piazza announced his retirement on May 20, 2008, saying, "After discussing my options with my wife, family and agent, I felt it is time to start a new chapter in my life. … Read More


2009 - 2011 3 More Events
On January 9, 2013, Piazza failed to be elected to Baseball Hall of Fame receiving only 57.8% of the votes falling short of the 75% qualifying votes. … Read More
2014 45 Years Old Piazza's autobiography, entitled Long Shot, was released in February 2014. … Read More
2015 46 Years Old 1 More Event
Until Joc Pederson passed him in 2015, Piazza's 18 home runs before the All Star break were a Dodgers rookie record.
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