The Mike Piazza story may just be too Hollywood for Hollywood. While true, it doesn’t sound true, but cliched.
Mike Piazza was inducted into the Hall Hall of Fame on Sunday.
In the days and weeks leading up to the ceremony, a lot was written about Piazza’s career. But nothing quite compares to the scouting report authored by Brad Kohler in April 1986. The MLB scout wrote, “above average power potential … doesn’t get cheated on his cuts … worth selection [based on] bat and power.”
Piazza was drafted — in the 62nd round — by the Los Angeles Dodgers. And the rest is history.
Tom Seaver was traded to Cincinnati for Pat Zachry, Steve Henderson, Doug Flynn and Dan Norman on June 15, 1977. At a press conference in Atlanta, Seaver sat in suit and tie and cried. The next day the Seaver trade ruled the back page headlines led by the New York Daily News reporting of the “Midnight Massacre.”
Murray Chass claims he knows Mike Piazza used steroids. Wait, before you start mumbling expletives at Chass under your breath, keep reading. The former New York Times reporter is not alone. Joel Sherman, a columnist for the New York Post, also raised suspicion about the Mets former catcher.