Mike Piazza

American baseball player Mike Piazza

Michael Joseph Piazza 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 a career total of 427.
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Baseball's Mike Piazza Lists His Home for $18.5 Million
Wall Street Journal - 2 months
The Hall of Famer and his wife Alicia decided to sell their longtime residence because they are spending more time in Italy.
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Mike Piazza Learns How to Be an Owner. Of a Soccer Team. In Italy.
NYTimes - 12 months
The Hall of Famer has bought a small soccer club in Italy, where locals may not know his baseball career, but they “firmly believe in the Mike Piazza project.”
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Vin Scully's Retirement Leaves Gaping Hole For Dodgers In SoCal
Huffington Post - over 1 year
By: Leigh Steinberg ORIGINAL POST on Forbes.com The most universally loved, trusted, and respected person in Southern California is not a political, religious, or entertainment figure. The most dominant, unifying individual in this vast geographical and population region is Broadcaster Vin Scully, who is retiring next weekend after 67 years with the Dodgers. He is by far the chief asset of the Dodgers organization. The most personal link that fans in greater Los Angeles have with the beloved Dodgers, is their esteemed broadcaster. To maintain market dominance, the Dodgers organization will have to work zealously. Vin Scully is irreplaceable--if his replacement is a typical play by play broadcaster, Dodgers popularity and revenue will suffer. When the Dodgers left Brooklyn to move to Los Angeles in 1958, it was Vin Scully's voice which introduced the new team to Southern California. As a boy, I listened to him day after day, often falling asleep with my transistor radio on the...
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The Mets Welcome Mike Piazza Home and Give His Jersey a Spot in History
NYTimes - over 1 year
Before Saturday’s game against the Rockies, the Mets honored the former catcher Mike Piazza, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame last week, with a jersey retirement ceremony.
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Mets Messing With Left Field…at the Stadium
Wall Street Journal - over 1 year
With the Mets set to retire Mike Piazza’s number next weekend, the team is moving its current display of retired numbers to the upper deck from behind the left-field fence to make it more visible to fans.
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Roundup: Former Catcher Mike Piazza Admires the Mets’ Pitching
NYTimes - almost 2 years
Piazza, who is working with the Mets’ catchers, said the team would have to deal with the challenges of high expectations and would not surprise other teams anymore.
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Mets to Retire Mike Piazza's Number
Wall Street Journal - about 2 years
The Mets will retire Mike PIazza’s No. 31 on Saturday, July 30, one week after the legendary catcher’s enshrinement into baseball’s Hall of Fame.
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The next four numbers Mets must retire after Piazza - New York Post
Google News - about 2 years
New York Post The next four numbers Mets must retire after Piazza New York Post Mike Piazza and Tom Seaver, together for the opening of Citi Field in 2009, will have their retired numbers together on the ballpark's wall. Photo: AP. MORE FROM: Mike Vaccaro. Mike Vaccaro. Panthers quietly are entering the best ever discussion ... Mets will retire Mike Piazza's No. 31 this seasonCBSSports.com Mets to retire Mike Piazza's No. 31 on July 30ESPN (blog) Mets to Retire Mike Piazza's No. 31 in JulyNew York Times NJ.com -FOXSports.com -USA TODAY all 82 news articles »
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Let's Preview The NFL Playoffs!
Huffington Post - about 2 years
Another NFL regular season has come to a close, which means it's time to talk playoffs. Playoffs? Yes, playoffs. On this week's episode of "The Second Half," Huffington Post sports reporter Travis Waldron and former NFL wide receiver Dontè Stallworth preview the weekend's Wild Card playoff matchups. The playoffs, however, aren't the only story affecting the NFL. As its postseason begins, the league is weighing proposals from three teams that want to relocate to Los Angeles, and Vice sports reporter Aaron Gordon joins the show to talk about the latest news in that ongoing saga (that starts at the 22:00 mark). Plus, Travis and Dontè discuss the election of Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza to the Baseball Hall of Fame, and the potential retirement of Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson. This podcast was produced, edited and engineered by Peter James Callahan and Adriana Usero, with assistance from Christine Conetta. Also on HuffPost: -- This feed and its c...
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Piazza: Road to Cooperstown is American Dream
Yahoo News - about 2 years
Mike Piazza has paved a long road to baseball's ultimate stop in Cooperstown. From the 62nd round of the Major League Baseball draft all the way to the Hall of Fame's class of 2016, the star catcher is living the American Dream.
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How Mike Piazza Helped Me Come To Terms With Being A Mets Fan
Huffington Post - about 2 years
It was June 30, 2000, a Friday, and the New York Mets were playing the Atlanta Braves on Channel 11, New York's WPIX. At the time, being able to watch any Mets game was a rarity. I was only 9 years old at the time, and my parents couldn't afford cable, so I was only able to watch Mets games on weekends, when they aired on channels that could be viewed with an antenna. But this one was special. In typical Mets fashion, the team was down 8-1 headed into the bottom of the eighth against their dreaded rivals. As usual, it appeared they were going to be bested by Atlanta.  Then, New York put together a string of hits and the Braves' pitchers started walking player after player. Before fans knew it, the Mets had tied the game 8-8. Finally, our catcher, Mike Piazza, walked to the plate. With runners on first and second, he belted a three-run home run that landed just inside the left field line, sealing the win. Shea Stadium went berserk that night, and I went berserk in my smal...
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On Baseball: A Star Who Gave the Mets a Jolt, and Not Just at the Plate
New York Times - about 2 years
At times during his years in New York, Mike Piazza was perhaps baseball’s best player; at other times, he struggled to get the ball out of the infield. But in terms of pizazz, he never disappointed.
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Mike Piazza has made it hard for Dodgers fans to share his happiness
LATimes - about 2 years
So Mike Piazza is officially a Hall of Famer. Certainly, there was never any doubt statistically he deserved the honor. He is generally recognized as the greatest hitting catcher of all-time, with a position-most 427 homers and a lifetime .308 batting average. Yet I find it difficult to be happy...
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Timeline
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    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 47
    The New York Mets retired his uniform number, 31, in a ceremony on July 30, 2016 prior to the Mets' game against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field.
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    On January 6, 2016, Piazza was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, receiving 83% of the vote.
    In 2016, Piazza was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame as a Met, receiving 83% of the vote.
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  • 2014
    Age 45
    Piazza's autobiography, entitled Long Shot, was released in February 2014.
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  • 2013
    Age 44
    Piazza was inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame on September 29, 2013.
    On May 3, 2013, Piazza debuted with the Miami City Ballet, saying a few lines in the role of a hit man in the troupe's production of Slaughter on Tenth Avenue.
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    On January 9, 2013, Piazza failed to be elected to Baseball Hall of Fame, receiving only 57.8% of the votes and falling short of the 75% qualifying votes.
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  • 2011
    Age 42
    Piazza managed the USA team in the 2011 futures game wearing a Mets cap to the event.
  • 2010
    Age 41
    Mets teammate Tom Glavine called Piazza a "first-ballot Hall of Famer, certainly the best hitting catcher of our era and arguably the best hitting catcher of all time". On May 8, 2010, while receiving an award, Piazza said to reporters that if he got into the Hall of Fame, he would like to be inducted as a Met, for whom he played seven-plus seasons.
  • 2009
    Age 40
    On April 13, 2009, Piazza received the first pitch in Citi Field history from Seaver before the Mets opening game against the Padres.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2008
    Age 39
    Piazza made a return to Shea Stadium during the "Shea Goodbye" closing ceremony on September 28, 2008, where he received the final pitch in the history of the stadium from Hall of Famer Tom Seaver.
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    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.
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  • 2007
    Age 38
    On February 3, 2007, Piazza's wife gave birth to the couple's first child.
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  • 2006
    Age 37
    Piazza signed as a free agent with the Oakland Athletics on December 8, 2006.
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    On August 8, 2006, Piazza played his first game at Shea Stadium since leaving the Mets.
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    On July 21, 2006, Mike Piazza collected his 2,000th career hit in the major leagues.
    Serving as the Padres' starting catcher and clean-up hitter, Piazza experienced somewhat of a rejuvenation in 2006, batting .283 with 22 homers and helping the Padres to a division title.
    Prior to the start of the 2006 season, Piazza represented Italy in the 2006 World Baseball Classic.
  • 2005
    Age 36
    On October 2, 2005, Piazza played his final game in a Mets uniform, as it was well-reported that the All-Star catcher and the team would part ways following the season, as Piazza's seven-year Mets contract expired.
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    On January 29, 2005, Piazza married Playboy Playmate Alicia Rickter at St. Jude's Catholic Church in Miami, Florida, before 120 guests, including Brande Roderick, Lisa Dergan, Anjelica Bridges, Al Leiter, John Franco, Iván Rodríguez, Eddie Trunk, and his best friend Eric Karros.
    Following the 2005 season, Piazza filed for free agency and he signed a one-year contract with the San Diego Padres on January 29, 2006.
  • 2004
    Age 35
    On May 5, 2004, Piazza surpassed Carlton Fisk for most home runs by a catcher with his 352nd.
    To ease the stress on his deteriorating knees, Piazza began to split his time between catching and playing first base during the 2004 season, an experiment which was abandoned before the end of the season because of Piazza's defensive deficiencies.
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    Piazza later caught for Clemens when both were on the NL team in the 2004 All-Star Game.
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  • 2000
    Age 31
    Piazza suffered a concussion and was forced to miss the 2000 MLB All-Star Game.
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    Piazza was involved in a bizarre incident during the 2000 World Series.
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    He became known as the Monster after coach John Stearns was caught on tape during the 2000 National League Championship Series after a Piazza hit saying "The Monster is out of the Cage".
  • 1999
    Age 30
    Piazza helped the Mets to two consecutive playoff appearances in 1999 and 2000.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1998
    Age 29
    Despite stellar numbers from Piazza, the Mets missed the 1998 postseason by one game.
    He played seven seasons for the Dodgers until he was traded to the Florida Marlins on May 15, 1998.
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  • 1997
    Age 28
    Piazza's best season with the Dodgers was 1997, when he hit .362, with 40 home runs, 124 RBIs, an on-base percentage of .431, and a slugging percentage of .638.
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  • 1996
    Age 27
    In 1996, Piazza hit .336 with 36 home runs and 105 RBIs, finishing second in MVP voting, behind Ken Caminiti.
  • 1993
    Age 24
    He was also selected to the 1993 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, his first of 10 consecutive (and 12 total) All-Star appearances.
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    He won the NL MLB Rookie of the Year Award in 1993 after appearing in 149 games, hitting .318, slugging 35 home runs, and driving in 112 RBIs.
  • 1992
    Age 23
    He hit his first home run on September 12, 1992, against Steve Reed of the San Francisco Giants.
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    His MLB debut came with the Dodgers on September 1, 1992, against the Chicago Cubs.
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    He made his major league debut in 1992 and the following year was named the National League (NL) Rookie of the Year and was an All-Star for the first of 10 consecutive seasons.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1988
    Age 19
    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 MLB amateur draft as the 1,390th player picked overall.
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  • 1986
    Age 17
    He attended Phoenixville Area High School and graduated in 1986.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1968
    Born
    Born on September 4, 1968.
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