Mike Piazza (“The Pizza Man”) is a famous American baseballer who played sixteen seasons in MLB. In 2016, he was elected to the Hall of Fame, having received over 80% of votes. His most famous phrase is “Never let your dreams go away”. Like many baseball players, Mike was under suspicion that he allegedly used anabolic steroids to improve his sports performance on the baseball field (which did not stop the athlete from being included in Cooperstown). Let’s try to find out whether this is true or not, that is, whether Mike Piazza used steroids pills throughout his sports career.
Biography of Mike Piazza and His Career in Sports
The future baseball player was born on September 4, 1968 in Norristown borough, Pennsylvania, the US. Mike’s father was a schoolmate of Tommy Lasorda (current Baseball’s Goodwill Ambassador) who managed the LA Dodgers from 1976-1996.
When the Dodgers moved to Philadelphia, his father talked to Lasorda, and he allowed the body to watch games from the dugout (a team’s bench area). This affected the boy’s consciousness and he “got infected” with this sports game. Piazza himself did a bit of baseball, preferring to play in the catcher’s position.
In the late eighties, the guy was chosen as the last draft of the Dodgers club draft. This may have been because the manager of the Dodgers, Lasorda, was the godfather of Mike’s brother. Therefore, it’s not astonishing that the future famous baseball player began to play in that team. For four years, the sportsman played in minor leagues, until in early 1990s the club managers decided that Mike was finally ready for the games at the highest league — MLB. The baseball player went on the baseball field as a catcher & hitter 21 times. Already in the next season, “The Pizza Man” got his first title – “Best Beginner of the Year in Major League Baseball”. Dodgers Piazza played in the Dodges for 6 seasons. In 1996, chosen second in the Most Valuable Player category (behind Ken Caminiti).
In 1998, the sportsman moved to the NY Mets. In that year, Piazza shone, but the “Mets” still did not get into the playoffs. Mike played for them until mid 2010s, and with his participation in 1999 for the 1st time in a long period the “Mets” reached the National League final, where they were vanquished by Atlanta. In 2005, the club refused to enter into a new agreement, and Piazza as a free player went to the San Diego Padres. In summer 2006, “The Pizza Man” beat his 2k hit in MLB.
After the season, the player leaved the team and moved to Auckland Athletics. In the summer of 2007, during a guest match with the LA Angels, a provincial rooter threw a bottle of water at Piazza. The police arrested the hooligan, he was imprisoned for 1 month with 3-year trial period.
On May 2008, the catcher ended his sports pathway. The athlete told “the fourth estate” he had discussed all possible options with his beloved one and his sports agent, deciding to finish his sports career. He thanked all his fans and said he always felt their support, regardless of where he played: LA, San Diego, Miami or Oakland. Baseball helped him earn enough funds to start business. Currently, Piazza owns a network of Honda car dealerships in Philadelphia.
Suspicions of the Use of Anabolic Steroid Drugs
In 2010, Jeff Pearlman released a book called “The Rocket That Fell to Earth”. In that book, there was an interview with one anonymous player who played against Mike. He said that it was obvious that Mike was taking steroids. He and his team watched Mike and noticed that for a while Piazza openly lost on the field, but one time everything changed dramatically and he increased his performance. When the player was asked to assess the probability of Mike Piazza’s using steroids on a scale of 1 to 10, he said: “12. Maybe 13.” Several well-known journalists and sportspeople defended Michael, calling the “evidence” unconvincing and false. According to the Sports Illustrated, he wasn’t named in the 2007 Mitchell Report.
Mike Piazza and Steroid Issue During Election to the Hall of Fame
In 2013 memoir, “Long Shot”, the illustrious sportsman denied using steroid drugs like Anavar & Andriol. In the summer of 2016, during elections to the Hall of Fame, journalists asked him whether he could comment on speculation concerning anabolics. He replied that he had been asked this many times. He said that Major League Baseball carried out the necessary investigation in this regard and it did not have any questions.
During Jim Rome (James Phillip Rome) interview, the interviewer asked Michael: “It was insinuated that you used [PEDs]. How much did that bother you?”, and the sportsman said he “tried to rectify it”.
The Positive Outcome for Mike
The 2016 Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held on July in Cooperstown, NYC, and several new plaques were added to the museum. Among these plagues there was one devoted to Piazza. Therefore, suspicions of the use of “juice” didn’t prevent him from being deservedly included in the Hall, which cannot be said about other baseball players like Gary Sheffield.
What about now? According to his Instagram (@mikepiazza31), the baseball veteran smokes cigars, drinks whisky, and spends time with his relatives. He had about 60k followers. One user wrote him: “Cherish the moments Mike”.