Originally written on Awful Announcing  |  Last updated 2/14/13
In Mike Piazza's new autobiography Long Shot, the former Dodgers catcher has done the unthinkable: he's taken legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully to task. Piazza blames Scully for turning fans against him heading into the 1998 season, his final contracted year with the Dodgers before hitting free agency. Piazza wanted a seven year, $105 million contract from Los Angeles, while the team countered with six years and $76 million, which would have made him the highest paid player in baseball. Fans weren't pleased with Piazza declining the offer, and he believes they took a cue from Scully. "The way the whole contract drama looked to them -- many of whom were taking their cue from Scully -- was that, by setting a deadline and insisting on so much money, I was demonstrating a conspicuous lack of loyalty to the ball club," Piazza wrote. "I understood that." Those are some pretty strong words, but as you'd expect, Scully denied it all when the LA Times got in touch with him on Wednesday. "That's not true at all," Scully told The Times in a telephone interview Wednesday. Scully said he could not recall the interview in which Piazza said the contract deadline was discussed. However, Scully said, he never would criticize a player about contractual negotiations. "As God is my judge, I don't get involved in these things," Scully said. "I can't imagine I would ever put my toe in the water as far as a player and his negotiations. "I have no idea where he is coming from. I really have no idea. I can't imagine saying something about a player and his contract. I just don't do that, ever. I'm really flabbergasted by that reference." Who really knows if Piazza is telling the truth, or embellishing things to create a buzz around his book. But if Piazza is trying to ingratiate himself to the Dodger faithful, going after Scully is a really poor way to go about that. For as great as Piazza's career in Los Angeles was, he hasn't really been embraced by the franchise as an all-time great, likely due to his acrimonious departure. His #31 was reissued in 2005 to Brad Penny, and has been worn by James McDonald, Jay Gibbons, Tim Federowicz, and Brandon League since. For a guy that won a Rookie of the Year award and finished in the top ten in MVP voting during each one of his seasons with the Dodgers, that's a major snub. But at the same time, the Dodgers haven't retired a number since Tommy Lasorda's #2, and the team really lacked an identity after Piazza was traded in 1998 until the emergence of Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw in recent years. At any rate, going after an institution like Scully is a bad move from Piazza. But if the goal was to get us to talk about his book aside from mentioning PEDs, then he succeeded in achieving that goal. I just don't think this is going to help Piazza's image with Dodgers fans. [LA Times]
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Reports: Jerry DiPoto likely out as Angels GM

Report: Mike Richards incident involved oxycodone

Report: Spurs, Leonard working on max deal

Ex-Cowboy indicted on sexual assault charges

Report: Kevin Love to meet with Lakers

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Carli Lloyd sends USWNT to World Cup final

Auburn, Oregon to open 2019 season at AT&T Stadium

Butler can’t sign one-year contract unless it’s with Bulls

DeAndre Jordan wants 4-year deal, bigger offensive role

Kings reportedly looking into viability of firing Karl

Jim Brown: I ‘encourage and support’ Johnny Manziel

Report: Pelicans sign Davis to five-year, $145M extension

Rex Ryan more excited about Taylor than Cassel?

Jose Aldo out of UFC 189, replaced by Chad Mendes

Landon Donovan takes shot at Jurgen Klinsmann

Hope Solo admits to using stalling tactics on penalty kick

Scottie Pippen: ‘I was LeBron James before LeBron James’

Feud between Scioscia and Dipoto makes Angels fascinating case study

WATCH: Jim Harbaugh throws out first pitch at Tigers game

MLB’s All-Star roster will now announced be over two days

Blackhawks trade Brandon Saad to the Blue Jackets

Blatter won’t attend World Cup final due to ‘personal reasons’

Sharks have found their starting goalie by acquiring Jones

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Lloyd sends USWNT to World Cup final

Selecting the 2015 AL All-Stars

NBA Draft grades: Eastern Conference

Under the radar NBA free agents

Michael Sam, boyfriend broke up?

Mickelson linked to money laundering?

Reminiscing on 'Love & Basketball' 15 years later

Selecting the 2015 NL All-Stars

The Sixers' latest horde

Projected landing spots for NBA's top free agents

MLB changes format for Home Run Derby

Revis to work out with Patriots DBs

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.