Mike Piazza has become the symbol of big league underdogs.
A 62nd-round draft choice of the Los Angeles Dodgers -- thanks to the pleading of longtime Piazza family friend Tommy Lasorda -- Piazza put together a Hall of Fame-caliber career that included 12 All-Star selections, the 1993 National League Rookie of the Year award, 10 Silver Slugger awards and seven top-10 finishes in NL MVP voting.
He also is most often brought up by those wishing to preach about baseball's annual draft being more luck than skill.
Piazza was too good a player to be exploited to pump life into a faulty argument.
Baseball's annual draft will be held next week, and despite what naysayers may believe, there's more than luck involved in selecting the players.
Take the All-Star lineup minus the DH candidates (the projected starting eight that each team submitted before spring training) and the 73 pitchers who have an ERA lower than 4.25, and it is hard to dispute the fact that the overlooked player is rare...