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Thursday, June 09, 2016

Mike Piazza agrees to buy Italian soccer team

About six weeks before he enters the Baseball Hall of Fame, the former major league catcher announced Wednesday that he has agreed in principle to buy Italian soccer team A.C. Reggiana 1919.

Reggiana spent 2015-16 in Lega Pro A, the third tier of Italian soccer. The club had a brief run in top-flight Serie A in the 1990s.

Piazza has had an eye on owning an Italian club for some time. He told Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport in 2015 that he was interested in buying the more high-profile club Parma, which was bankrupt at the time and subsequently dissolved and re-formed for this season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 09, 2016 at 03:47 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mike piazza, soccer

Thursday, May 19, 2016

The two bad trades of Mike Piazza

According to then Dodgers general manager Fred Claire, the Piazza swap was negotiated by Fox television executives without his knowledge. Their intention was not to improve the Dodgers but to incentivize Marlins owner H. Wayne Huizenga to sell Fox a Florida regional sports network he owned. As Claire later pointed out, there was nothing typical about the trade. It happened in May, not at the trading deadline. Piazza didn’t go to a contender but to a team bent on losing 100 games. It wasn’t about baseball.

Now it was Marlins GM Dave Dombrowski’s turn to play pass the Piazza, and to make a deal that would spark the Marlins’ rebuild. Mets owner Fred Wilpon had publicly denied interest in Piazza, and GM Steve Phillips had cracked, “I’d have the best platoon catching tandem in the history of baseball,’’ with both Piazza and Hundley, “but I don’t see a fit for us.”

Nevertheless, on May 22, Piazza was headed to Shea Stadium.

“This town is ready and waiting for Mike,’’ Wilpon said, as if the whole thing was his idea. Piazza just sounded tired: “I have gone from a player who thought he would spend his whole career with one organization to a player who’s been with three organizations in a week,” he said. “I’ll be with three teams in a week. Isn’t that bizarre? It’s like rotisserie baseball.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 19, 2016 at 02:13 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, marlins, mets, mike piazza

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Piazza, Mike | Baseball Hall of Fame

It doesn’t look like Piazza will be going into the Hall as a Dodger.

Hat tip to MetsMerized.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 07, 2016 at 09:52 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, hall of fame, mets, mike piazza

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Junior and Piazza elected to Hall of Fame

The first pick of the 1990 draft and the 1390th pick of the 1988 draft are going to Cooperstown. Griffey Jr. is the first #1 overall pick to be selected and Piazza is the lowest round pick (62cnd) ever selected and they go into together.


Tuesday, January 05, 2016

538 / Ben Lindbergh: Mike Piazza Was More than Just a Big Bat

Next week, Baseball Prospectus will release its latest catcher defense ratings, derived from a mixed model that apportions credit for certain outcomes — called strikes, passed balls, stolen bases — to all the participants in a play, controlling for factors like count and batter/pitcher handedness. These stats will allow previously off-limits assessments to be mined from pre-PITCHf/x eras. BP’s new arm ratings, for example, go back to 1950, while estimated blocking and framing ratings, based on ball and called-strike rates, extend to the dawn of pitch-by-pitch record-keeping in 1988 — well before the advent of PITCHf/x data made the first wave of pitch-framing estimates possible. Piazza’s revamped ratings paint him as a net-positive fielder, despite his poor throwing and middling ability to field batted balls.

Infinite Yost (((Voxter))) Posted: January 05, 2016 at 12:53 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, hall of fame, mets, mike piazza

 

 

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