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Saturday, November 30, 2019

Mike Piazza taking cues from Tommy Lasorda for Italy’s team

ROME (AP) — When Mike Piazza was hired to manage Italy’s national baseball team, one of the first people he shared the news with was Tommy Lasorda.

Now 92, the former Los Angeles Dodgers manager had persuaded Piazza to switch from first base to catcher at the start of what would be a Hall of Fame career.

“His style may be a little dated for lack of a better term, but he was very inspiring and the way he ran the team was he inspired you to achieve more than you thought you were capable of achieving,” Piazza said of his mentor, a fellow Italian-American. “So that’s the one thing I want to bring in.”

The 51-year-old Piazza, who was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania, holds dual American and Italian citizenship. While the contract for Piazza’s first managing job expires at the end of next year, Piazza is expected to remain with Italy at least through the 2021 World Baseball Classic.

If Tommy Lasorda is dumber than ten dogs, how dumb does that make Piazza?

 

QLE Posted: November 30, 2019 at 09:44 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: managing, mike piazza, tommy lasorda

Thursday, November 14, 2019

After failed soccer endeavor, Mike Piazza set to manage Italian National Baseball Team

Mike Piazza is getting back into the Italian sports scene, a year removed from an endeavor that fell nothing short of disaster.

The MLB Hall of Famer announced Wednesday that he will manage the Italian National Baseball Team for next year’s European Baseball Championship and for 2021’s World Baseball Classic.

Piazza, a 12-time All-Star, retired in 2007 after spending most of his playing career with the New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers. He has shown little interest in getting involved with baseball since then, and in June 2016, made a fateful purchase of a low-tier Italian soccer team: Serie C’s A.C. Reggiana 1919.

Braver man than I am, given those circumstances…..

 

 

QLE Posted: November 14, 2019 at 12:16 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: italy, mike piazza

 

 

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