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Hardcover, Simon & Schuster, 2013, ISBN13 9781439150221, ISBN10 1439150222

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Mike Piazzas autobiographythe candid story of the greatest hitting catcher in the history of baseball, from his inauspicious draft selection to his Hall of Fame-worthy achievements and the unusual controversies that marked his career.

Mike Piazza was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 62nd round of the 1988 baseball draft as a courtesy pick. The Dodgers never expected him to play for themor anyone else. Mike had other ideas. Overcoming his detractors, he became the National League rookie of the year in 1993, broke the record for season batting average by a catcher, holds the record for career home runs at his position, and was selected as an All Star twelve times.

Mike was groomed for baseball success by his ambitious, self-made father in Pennsylvania, a classic father-son American-dream story. With the Dodgers, Piazza established himself as baseballs premier offensive catcher; but the team never seemed willing to recognize him as the franchise player he was. He joined the Mets and led them to the memorable 2000 World Series with their cross-town rivals, the Yankees. Mike tells the story behind his dramatic confrontation with Roger Clemens in that series. He addresses the steroid controversy that hovered around him and Major League Baseball during his time and provides valuable perspective on the subject. Mike also addresses the rumors of being gay and describes the thrill of his game-winning home run on September 21, 2001, the first baseball game played in New York after the 9/11 tragedy. Along the way, he tells terrific stories about teammates and rivals that baseball fans will devour.

Long Shot is written with insight, candor, humor, and charm. Its surprising and inspiring, one of the great sports autobiographies.

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Contributed by: Wheeler, Lonnie
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: Feb 12, 2013
ISBN-13: 9781439150221
ISBN-10: 1439150222
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 384
Written in: ENG
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.35
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 9.3 x 6.1 x 1.3
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I saw Mike Piazza play at his debut game at Dodger Stadium. It was easy to see that he was bound for MLB greatness, and so his journey began in the Major League. In this book, Piazza tells of the long hard path it was for him to become the MLB star that he was in the game, and those who influenced him. Piazza explains what it took to make it in big league baseball; the ups and downs, and the sacrifices he made to eventually become the best hitting catcher, ever. Since I have always been a fan of Mike Piazza, I was looking forward to a little more insight and information about what it took to become such an awesome player, and this book did not disappoint! An excellent book for any baseball fan! While not offensive to me, there is some 'colorful' 'PG-13' language...but hey, it's baseball. Piazza is most definitely worthy of the Hall of Fame. Read it, you will be glad you did!

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