Mike Piazza Newsbeat
Saturday, August 13, 2016
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Monday, July 25, 2016
“They each took roads that not many have ever traveled,’’ said former Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Eric Karros, Piazza’s best friend in baseball. “Mike was the late-round draft pick with people doubting him along the way. Junior had the expectations of having a successful big-league dad. But they both did it on their own. There weren’t any shortcuts. I think that added a human quality to the display of emotion you saw here.’‘
Well, Piazza lasted two minutes before his voice started cracking, sniffing, and wiping away tears.
Griffey, who made the mistake of looking into the faces of his three children sitting in the front row, lasted all of 20 seconds.
“Nothing can prepare you,” Piazza said, “for how you feel, and the history sitting behind us on stage.”
Sunday, July 24, 2016
Today’s the day! Congratulations to Ken Griffey and Mike PIazza. Thanks for all the wonderful memories.
Saturday, July 23, 2016
“My career and my life is a miracle,’’ Piazza told The Post. “I always want to give thanks and appreciate what I feel has been a blessing for me.”
Thursday, June 09, 2016
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.
Thursday, May 19, 2016
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.”
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