Mike Piazza’s book titled “Long Shot” has been published by the New York Times and the former catcher openly talks about his major league career which spanned 16 seasons.
A 62nd round player rising to stardom, that was the career of Mike Piazza. Piazza rose though the Dodgers organization and seemed well on his way to Cooperstown by the time he ended up in New York. It did not work out quite that way though.
Piazza fell 98 votes short of making baseball’s Hall of Fame on his first ballot. Rumors circulated late in Piazza’s career that he was a rabid steroid user.
The former catcher denies using steroids but admits he tried androstenedione- the same drug Mark McGwire was linked to at one point in his career. Piazza also admits to experimenting with amphetamines before baseball banned them.
“I used Vioxx because it was an intense anti-inflammatory and it made me feel good,” he writes in the book, which is set to go on sale Tuesday.
“When I caught for 22 straight days and could hardly ...