Veteran scribe Lonnie Wheeler made it sound as if Piazza will continue to deny he ever used PEDs. That cloud of suspicion might have kept Piazza out of baseball’s Hall of Fame in voting announced Wednesday.
Wheeler said he didn’t want to upstage his publisher’s upcoming media tour by giving away too many details about “Long Shot,” which will be released Feb. 12. But asked if Piazza continues to deny PED use in the book, Wheeler said: “Anybody who’s looking for Mike’s answer to PED questions will find it there . . . I believe he’s clean.”
...Wheeler, in a telephone interview, said he spoke to Piazza Thursday and that the 44-year-old was “upbeat” despite the results.
“I was surprised,” Wheeler said. “He was fine. He was laughing about it. I think he understood that the whole situation was so murky and complicated, and with nobody getting elected, that it was just an unpredictable scenario that he got caught up in. Frankly, he knew it was coming.
“I think, like I did, that he felt that he deserved it and was optimistic that he would get in and saw no reason why he shouldn’t. But given the way the wind was blowing, he was prepared for that outcome.”
Media-watchers had wondered if the upcoming book will include any revelations from Piazza.
“Revelations, I guess, are in the eye of the beholder,” said Wheeler, a former sports columnist for the now-defunct Cincinnati Post and co-author of autobiographies of Hall of Famers Hank Aaron and Bob Gibson, among other works.
“I can’t get too specific about the nature of that discussion,” Wheeler said. “But he does tackle the question and discusses the PED scenario in length in three or four different sections of the book.”
Posted: January 11, 2013 at 05:44 AM | 54 comment(s)
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