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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) Login to Bookmark
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   1. . . . . . . Posted: November 14, 2019 at 09:57 AM (#5901061)
Why would you use “nothing short of disaster” instead of “disastrous”?
   2. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: November 14, 2019 at 10:12 AM (#5901065)
And after he finishes that off, he's going to sink his fangs into the Italian ice hockey program.
   3. RoyalFlush Posted: November 14, 2019 at 12:00 PM (#5901113)
Why would you use “nothing short of disaster” instead of “disastrous”?

I feel like the author REALLY wanted to use the phrase "fell nothing short of"... not sure why.

For my taste, I'm going to say "an endeavor that failed disastrously". I feel like fail/endeavor go better than fell/endeavor.
   4. "RMc", the superbatsman Posted: November 14, 2019 at 04:55 PM (#5901209)
According to this article:

“Who the f— ever heard of Reggio Emilia?” (Piazza's wife Alicia) asked. “It’s not Venice. It’s not Rome. My girlfriend said, and you can quote this—and this really depressed me. She said, ‘Honey, you bought into Pittsburgh.’ Like, it wasn’t the New York Yankees. It wasn’t the Mets. It wasn’t the Dodgers. You bought Pittsburgh!”

In their Miami living room, Mike tried to interject but she stopped him.

“And imagine what that feels like, after spending 10 million euros. You bought Pittsburgh!”


Piazza then stepped away from the team’s front office and handed control to the wife who never even wanted the soccer team, who slashed costs by, among other things, making professional players wash their own uniforms. She also verbally abused staff and began to go to war with some of the team’s creditors, including the owner of the Reggiana’s stadium.

Charming woman.
   5. It's regretful that PASTE was able to get out Posted: November 14, 2019 at 06:08 PM (#5901223)
If anything that was an undersell: comparing prestige within Italian soccer to that within American baseball, Reggio would be more analogous to Altoona than Pittsburgh.

Basically every team in Serie C is insolvent; the whole league is in serious jeopardy of folding as a professional entity in the near future. Reggiana’s status was not exceptional.

Oh, and it should be noted he didn’t exactly pay L.A. money for his Altoona team. Any long-career major league athlete can buy a low-level soccer team for couch change. “Why?” is a very pertinent question to ask, though.
   6. Zach Posted: November 14, 2019 at 07:02 PM (#5901233)
Primer Mike Piazza Posted: November 14, 2019 at 04:55 PM (#5901209)

Charming woman.

Cherchez la femme.

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