Mike Piazza

Birthdate09/04/1968
Death Date
Debut Year1992
Year of Induction2016
Teams Athletics, Dodgers, Marlins, Mets, Padres
Positions Catcher, Designated Hitter

Mike Piazza caught the last pitch at NY’s Shea Stadium from pitcher Tom Seaver; the pair teamed up again for CiTi Field’s first pitch. 

 

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Scouting report on Mike Piazza before his MLB debut

Scouting report on Mike Piazza before his MLB debut

The Dodgers sent scout Gary Sutherland to watch Mike Piazza and assess his readiness for the Major Leagues. Sutherland liked what he saw, reporting, “Making great progress – will develop into a good ML hitter w/above average power”. Sutherland goes on to praise the catcher but ends
Piazza played his first seven years with the Dodgers

Piazza played his first seven years with the Dodgers

Only nine other players have ever had over 400 home runs with over a .300 lifetime average while never strikeout out more than 110 times in a season. Mike Piazza’s name is on that list next to the likes of Ted Williams, Stan Musial, Lou Gehrig, Mell Ott, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Vladimir Guerre
Signed limousine receipt for Mike Piazza in New York

Signed limousine receipt for Mike Piazza in New York

It must have been a nice way to spend a Sunday evening. On February 4, 2001 Mike Piazza spent five hours ten minutes starting a little after 6:00pm. Such was the life for the Mets catcher who just completed the 2000 season hitting .324 with 38 homers, and 113 runs batted in.

A Story about Mike Piazza

Judgment of Steroid Era comes every year at Hall of Fame

June 18th, 2014 Leave a comment

(Editors’ note: Mike Piazza was inducted into the Hall of Fame on July 24, 2016.) Can the game’s story be complete without a plaque of the baseball’s all-time home run leader? Doesn’t the man with the most Cy Young Awards deserve induction? How about the catcher with the most career homers? All have been on the ballot, yet none is enshrined. The allegations pointed toward Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are well-documented. The case for Mike Piazza remains less clear. Certainly his numbers are certainly Cooperstown-worthy. Amassed in any other era, his 427 homers and .308 lifetime average would be enough to garner the catcher a bronze plaque. Piazza’s six seasons with at least 100 runs batted in, 12 all-star appearances, and ten Silver Slugger awards certainly seem Cooperstown-worthy. In today’s Hall of Fame voting process, however, numbers aren’t enough. That’s where hypocrisy begins to creep in. During the steroid era, the Baseball Writers concerned themselves only with on-field performance. Seven times they voted prickly Barry Bonds the MVP; seven times they cast enough votes for Roger Clemens to receive the Cy Young Award. No one cared then that the players’ statistics might have been aided by performance enhancing drugs. When those same two players were on the Hall of Fame […]

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