January 8, 2016 |
Mike Piazza's election to baseball's Hall of Fame Wednesday completes a curiously connected trinity of locally born Dodgers. He now joins Roy Campanella and Tommy Lasorda as the last link in a chain that began more than a half-century ago in Brooklyn. Like Piazza, the manager who had a brief mid-'50s career as a pitcher was born in Norristown. One of his closest friends was Vince Piazza, his future catcher's father and another Norristown native. It's that Norristown connection, as much as anything, that Piazza can credit for his big-league career, not to mention his Hall of Fame selection.
February 12, 2013 |
IF THE EXCERPTS are any indication, Mike Piazza's memoir, "Long Shot," could be a hit. In snippets published Sunday by the New York Times , the former major league catcher gives insight into a number of issues concerning his career. On rumors that he is gay, Piazza - who is married to former Playboy Playmate Alicia Rickter - writes, "If I was gay, I'd be gay all the way. " Piazza denies he used steroids, writing, "It shouldn't be assumed that every big hitter of the generation used steroids.
February 15, 2013 |
MIKE PIAZZA has not set foot in Dodger Stadium since his retirement. When the Los Angeles Dodgers offered to honor him with a bobblehead night last season, Piazza declined. "He doesn't want to come back because he thinks the fans will boo," former Dodgers manager Tom Lasorda, the godfather to Piazza's brother, told the Los Angeles Times . Piazza did himself no favors on that score in his new book, "Long Shot. " In the book, he blames iconic Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully for turning fans against him during the contract stalemate that preceded his trade to the Florida Marlins in 1998.
November 10, 2012 |
Mike Piazza, a former 62d-round draft pick who turned into the greatest hitting catcher in major-league history, never played for the Phillies, but he said he came home Thursday night as one of the inductees into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame. "Obviously, being from the area, this is something I'm really proud of," said Piazza, 44, a graduate of Phoenixville High. "A huge part of forming my appreciation for sports - and watching the great teams of Philadelphia as a kid - allowed me to get the attitude of the city and helped me with my career as well.
December 27, 1992 |
Mike Piazza and his father, Vince, began dreaming about the majors years ago. Mike's goal was to make it as a ballplayer, as a catcher with a lively bat. The father - who grew up poor and hard in Norristown, the only son of Italian immigrants - shared this dream with his son, but also had one of his own. He wanted to reach the big leagues as an owner. On Sept. 1, Mike Piazza arrived. After a phenomenal season in the minors, he was called up by the Los Angeles Dodgers, the team managed by his godfather, Tom Lasorda, Norristown's most famous native son. Nine days later, Vince Piazza, one of the richest men in the Philadelphia area, received the most stunning rejection of his life.
July 26, 1997 |
The Dodgers will go anywhere to find a great pitcher. Sandy Koufax came out of Brooklyn. Fernando Valenzuela was found in Mexico. Hideo Nomo hails from Japan. The latest international sensation for the Dodgers may be 24-year-old Chan Ho Park. The righthander from Kong Ju City, Korea, turned in one of the finest starts of his career last night in leading his club to an 8-1 conquest of the Phillies at Dodger Stadium. Park (9-5) held the Phils to just four hits and one run over eight innings.
November 1, 2000 |
Roger Clemens has decided to appeal a $50,000 fine for throwing the jagged barrel of Mike Piazza's bat toward the New York Mets catcher during Game 2 of the World Series. Yesterday was the deadline for the New York Yankees pitcher to let the players' association know whether it should file an appeal with the commissioner's office. The amount of the fine suggests that Major League Baseball believes "he intended to hit Piazza, when Roger knows he did not," Randy Hendricks, Clemens' agent, said.
November 8, 2012
It quickly became clear that the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame was never going to have an issue with qualified candidates. When Class IX, which will be inducted Thursday night at the Sheraton Society Hill, includes names such as Doug Collins, Eric Lindros, Harold Johnson, Mike Piazza and Maxie Baughan, you wonder how it took until now for them to get in. Then, you look at the first eight classes and you get it. Pat Williams, the perfect master...
May 21, 2008 |
Mike Piazza, who has been out of baseball this season, has decided to start "a new chapter" in his life. Piazza, a graduate of Phoenixville High School who was drafted in the 62d round by the Los Angeles Dodgers, is retiring from baseball after a 19-season career in which he became one of the top-hitting catchers in history. The 39-year-old Piazza, who was born in Norristown, became a free agent at the end of last season after batting .275 with eight home runs and 44 RBIs for the Oakland Athletics, but he did not sign with any team this season.
July 27, 2007 |
Mike Piazza said he would press charges against a fan who allegedly threw a half-full water bottle at him during Wednesday afternoon's Oakland Athletics-Los Angeles Angels game, hitting him in the back of the head. Piazza was standing in the on-deck circle when he was hit from behind. The game was interrupted as Piazza used his bat to point out the fan he thought was responsible. The suspect, identified as Ronald Flores, 22, of La Puente, Calif., was detained and later booked by Anaheim police on assault and battery charges.