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Mike Piazza

Mike Piazza

Mike Piazza

Position(s):
C, 1B, DH
Born:
September 4, 1968
Bats:
Right
Throws:
Right
Height:
6' 3"
Weight:
200 lbs
Major League Debut:
9-01-1992 with LAN
Allstar Selections:
1993 ROOK, 1993 SS, 1994 SS, 1995 SS, 1996 AsMVP, 1996 SS, 1997 SS, 1998 SS, 1999 SS, 2000 SS, 2001 SS, 2002 SS

Intro

In his "New Historical Baseball Abstract," author Bill James wrote "it is now clear that Mike Piazza is the greatest hitting catcher in history." Piazza's amazing offensive production, including nine seasons of 30 or more homers, earned that lofty praise. Defying the odds, Piazza was a low draft choice who made his way through the Dodger organization to become a 12-time All-Star. In spite of his mediocre defensive skills behind the plate, he's destined to rank among the top five catchers of all-time.

Quotes From

"When you're 25, you can eat hamburgers and pizza and drink beer and stay out all night and come out the next day and drink a couple cups of coffee and just play. If I did that today, my heart would stop and I'd need a stretcher and an IV. I started kind of noticing that in my early 30's, and now that I'm in my mid-to-late 30's, it's even that much more." � in 2005

Replaced By

The Dodgers replaced him with Charles Johnson, who was involved in the trade that sent him to the Marlins... The Marlins replaced him with Gregg Zaun... The Mets replaced him with Paul Lo Duca in 2006.

Best Season

Piazza enjoyed one of the greatest seasons ever by a backstop. He slugged 40 homers, drove in 124 runs, collected 201 hits, and hit .362 - an incredible figure for playing half his games in Dodger Stadium.

Factoid 1

Mike Piazza was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 62nd round of the 1988 draft, as a favor to his godfather, manager Tommy Lasorda. In all, 1,390 players were chosen before Piazza, who went on to become an All-Star catcher.

Factoid 2

In his first at-bat as a Padre, on Opening Day in 2006, April 3, Mike Piazza belted a home run.

Transition

June 1, 1988: Drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 62nd round of the 1988 amateur draft. May 14, 1998: Traded by the Los Angeles Dodgers with Todd Zeile to the Florida Marlins for Manuel Barrios, Bobby Bonilla, Jim Eisenreich, Charles Johnson, and Gary Sheffield. May 22, 1998: Traded by the Florida Marlins to the New York Mets for Preston Wilson, Ed Yarnall, and Geoff Goetz (minors). Prior to the 2006 season: Signed as a free agent with the San Diego Padres.

Strengths

Hitting for power.

Weaknesses

Throwing arm and defense behind the plate.

Milestones

On July 21, 2006, Piazza doubled for his 2,000th career hit.

Notes

In 10 games at Angel Stadium in 2007, his first season with Oakland, Piazza batted .512 (22-for-43) with five doubles, four homers, 10 RBI, and a .907 slugging percentage.

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2000 World Series, Los Angeles Dodgers, Mike Piazza, New York Mets, Rookie of the Year Award

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