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Saturday, February 09, 2013

NY Times: “A Big Hitter’s Baseball Life, Without the Bombshells”

In the end, there were no such bombshells in [Mike] Piazza’s book, “Long Shot” (Simon & Schuster), which was written by Lonnie Wheeler and was scheduled to be released this week. But there are a good number of intriguing disclosures as he recounts his improbable rise to stardom, pushed every step of the way by the support and insistence of his father, Vince.

Piazza writes that he was a brat at times during his baseball career, selfish, moody and immature. He says that he was occasionally a poor teammate, aloof and entirely too consumed by what was going on in his world. He says that when he received his biggest payday - a seven-year, $91 million deal with the Mets - he was frightened to the point of paralysis. [...]

“It shouldn’t be assumed that every big hitter of the generation used steroids,” Piazza says in the book. “I didn’t.” [...]

Of drugs, he writes: “Apparently, my career was a story that nobody cared to believe. Apparently, my success was the work of steroids. Had to be. Those were the rumors.“He admits to using androstenedione as part of a supplement pack until the outcry over Mark McGwire’s use of it forced him to “phase it out.” Baseball later banned the substance.

He also writes that he briefly experimented with amphetamines until they were banned in 2006. And he describes hearing about human growth hormone, doing some research and asking the Mets’ former trainer, Fred Hina, if teams would start distributing it, unaware that it was a banned substance. According to the book, Hina said he would look into it and a day or two later told Piazza it was not a good idea.

bobm Posted: February 09, 2013 at 08:22 PM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: book, mike piazza

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   1. SoSH U at work Posted: February 09, 2013 at 11:10 PM (#4366351)
I think that headline is trolling old Primer.

   2. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: February 09, 2013 at 11:35 PM (#4366353)
Where is the smoking zit? Murray Chass promised us a smoking zit!
   3. Repoz Posted: February 10, 2013 at 12:01 AM (#4366359)
Murray Chass is the "Pepper" Grossman of bombshells.
   4. The Yankee Clapper Posted: February 10, 2013 at 12:25 AM (#4366366)
Smoking Gun evidence of PED use:
He now leads a relatively quiet life in Miami . . .

This is interesting, too:
There were his frustrations over his relationship with his first team, the Los Angeles Dodgers; his rivalry with the Martinez brothers, Pedro and Ramon; his paranoia that Latin players were against him.
   5. Walt Davis Posted: February 10, 2013 at 03:06 AM (#4366377)
He now leads a relatively quiet life in Miami

Surely this is also evidence of that other rumor.

Actually kind of hilarious he would end up there -- he must have really loved his time with the Marlins.
   6. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: February 10, 2013 at 03:22 AM (#4366380)
The '98 Marlins were a .200 team during the Piazza era, which lasted from Saturday to Thursday. So, by default, this tack-on 2-RBI triple is the day Mike Piazza became a True Marlin.
   7. Lest we forget Posted: February 10, 2013 at 04:00 AM (#4366382)
Good read (the article); Piazza has had a charmed life, no doubt, and he expresses his appreciation, graciously. Good for him.
   8. You're a clown, RMc! I'm tired of it! Posted: February 10, 2013 at 05:26 AM (#4366387)
LONG SHOT
by Mike Piazza

CHAPTER 1

I'm totally gay and took lotsa steroids. So there.

THE END

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