Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

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 09:22 PM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: book, mike piazza

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. SoSH U at work Posted: February 10, 2013 at 12:10 AM (#4366351)
I think that headline is trolling old Primer.

   2. Gonfalon B. Posted: February 10, 2013 at 12:35 AM (#4366353)
Where is the smoking zit? Murray Chass promised us a smoking zit!
   3. Repoz Posted: February 10, 2013 at 01:01 AM (#4366359)
Murray Chass is the "Pepper" Grossman of bombshells.
   4. The Yankee Clapper Posted: February 10, 2013 at 01:25 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 04:06 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 B. Posted: February 10, 2013 at 04:22 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. Mom makes botox doctors furious Posted: February 10, 2013 at 05:00 AM (#4366382)
Good read (the article); Piazza has had a charmed life, no doubt, and he expresses his appreciation, graciously. Good for him.
   8. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: February 10, 2013 at 06:26 AM (#4366387)
LONG SHOT
by Mike Piazza

CHAPTER 1

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

THE END

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
dirk
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogRB: Carlos Beltran: more of a center fielder than Mickey Mantle, Ty Cobb or Duke Snider. So what?
(34 - 4:54am, Apr 19)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogPirates Acquire Ike Davis From Mets
(22 - 4:37am, Apr 19)
Last: Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad)

NewsblogMinuteman News Center: Giandurco: This means WAR
(84 - 2:28am, Apr 19)
Last: Sunday silence

NewsblogMitchell: Now Playing First Base for the Yankees
(55 - 1:57am, Apr 19)
Last: Dan

NewsblogOT: The Soccer Thread March, 2014
(901 - 1:38am, Apr 19)
Last: Rob_Wood

NewsblogOMNICHATTER FOR APRIL 18, 2014
(150 - 1:29am, Apr 19)
Last: Sunday silence

NewsblogNY Daily News: Secret Service Threatened To Shoot Mr. Met
(15 - 1:16am, Apr 19)
Last: PreservedFish

NewsblogOrioles launch D.C. invasion with billboard near Nationals Park
(27 - 12:57am, Apr 19)
Last: Belfry Bob

NewsblogA's, Doolittle agree to 4-year extension
(3 - 12:47am, Apr 19)
Last: Joyful Calculus Instructor

NewsblogOT: NBA Monthly Thread - April 2014
(332 - 12:20am, Apr 19)
Last: Eric J can SABER all he wants to

NewsblogOTP April 2014: BurstNET Sued for Not Making Equipment Lease Payments
(1680 - 11:44pm, Apr 18)
Last: David Nieporent (now, with children)

NewsblogDoug Glanville: I Was Racially Profiled in My Own Driveway
(330 - 11:28pm, Apr 18)
Last: Select Storage Device

NewsblogEscape from Cuba: Yasiel Puig’s Untold Journey to the Dodgers
(24 - 10:41pm, Apr 18)
Last: base ball chick

NewsblogOT: The NHL is finally back thread, part 2
(143 - 10:25pm, Apr 18)
Last: PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth)

NewsblogFletcher: Foes have slowed Trout in one category so far - steals
(7 - 7:22pm, Apr 18)
Last: Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim

Demarini, Easton and TPX Baseball Bats

 

 

 

 

Page rendered in 0.2161 seconds
53 querie(s) executed