Mike Piazza Celebrity Life and Background Check

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Mike Piazza Background Check, Mike Piazza Public Records

Mike Piazza Celebrity Life

Former professional baseball player, Michael Joseph Piazza played in the catcher position. Born on September 4, 1968, in Norristown, Pennsylvania, this athlete is an iconic figure. He played 16 seasons, from 1992 to 2007 in the Major League Baseball (MLB). Mike Piazza is popular for his time with the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets.

He also played for Florida Marlins, Oakland Athletics, and San Diego Padres.
He went home with the Silver Slugger Award 10 times in his career. Mike also featured in the All-Star game 12 times while playing professionally. He established himself as one of the best hitting catchers in the history of the game.
 

Early life

Mike Piazza grew up in the same neighborhood as Tommy Lasorda, who is a Hall of Fame manager. At the age of 12, he received advice from Ted Willians, another Hall of Famer. His father, Vince Piazza, also wanted to be a baseball player. However, he couldn’t follow through, as he had to leave school to help his family.

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After seeing the potential in his son, Mike Piazza, he decided to help him out as much as possible. Mike went to Phoenixville Area High School and graduated in 1986. He decided to join the Miami Hurricanes in South Florida. However, as he didn’t get any playtime, he moved to Miami-Dade North.

Professional career

His father requested Lasorda to do him a favor, which is to select his son. In the 1988 MLB amateur draft, his wish came true, as the Dodgers drafted him. Mike Piazza had to wait for 62 rounds so that a club would select him. As Lasorda wanted him to become an MLB player, he asked Mike to work on his catching skills. At the same time, he sent the baseball player to a training camp, so that the sportsperson can hone his skills.
 
On September 1, 1992, Mike Piazza made his first appearance for the Dodgers. He got his first home run against San Francisco Giants’ Steeve Reed on September 12, 1992. During this season, he only got to play 21 games. In 1993, after making an appearance in 149 days and hitting 35 home runs and maintaining a batting average of .318, he was the MLB Rookie of the Year.

Also, he got to play fin the All-Star game for the first time. He held the rookie record for most home runs for the Dodgers till 2015. 1996 was another excellent year, as his batting average was .336. He also hit 36 home runs, while coming second place in MVP voting. 1997 was the best season for Mike Piazza, as he hit 40 home runs and maintained .362 as batting average.

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For seven seasons he was with the Dodgers before the franchise traded the catcher to Florida Marlins in 1998. He played five games, after which he went to the New York Mets on a trade. In 1999 and 2000, he helped the Mets reach the playoffs. With a fielding percentage of .997, he was among the top catchers in the National League. The last game he played for the Mets was on October 2, 2005.

In the 2006 season, Mike Piazza joined San Diego Padres on a one-year contract. With 22 homers and a batting average of .283, he helped the Padres lift the division title. This was a great season, as he achieved the 2,000 career hit. On December 8, 2006, he joined Oakland Athletics as a free agent. He decided to retire on May 20, 2008, after an incredible career in MLB.

Although he has been an underdog, he rose to the challenge and became one of the best in the history of the league. Mike Piazza became a Hall of Famer in 2016.

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