Michael Joseph Piazza (born September 4, 1968) is an American former professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball as a catcher, most notably for the Los Angeles Dodgers, with whom he was named the National League Rookie of the Year, and the New York Mets. He also played for the Florida Marlins, San Diego Padres, and Oakland Athletics.
A 12-time All-Star, Piazza has been described as the best offensive catcher of all time, and holds the career record for home runs hit by a catcher, with a total of 427. Piazza has a career slash line of .308/.377/.545, for a wRC+ of 140; and started 1606 games at catcher. He had at least one RBI in 15 consecutive games for the New York Mets in 2000, the second-longest RBI streak ever (Ray Grimes of the Chicago Cubs had 17 consecutive games.)
Piazza was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania, grew up in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, and attended Phoenixville High School. He is of Italian and Slovakian ancestry, he is the second-oldest son of Vince and Veronica, with brothers Vince, Jr., Danny, Tony, and Tommy...
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