Piazza Stout Stats

Piazza only received 57.8% of the vote, but the stats from Stout are still astounding…

 


 

MIKE PIAZZA could become the 14th catcher to be elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame on Tuesday.

14th catcher; ever.

 

PIAZZA hit 427 career homers; 38 more than Johnny Bench.

(396 of his home runs came as a catcher; 69 more than Bench at that position…and 45 more than HOF’er Carlton Fisk).

 

HE WAS A 62ND ROUND PICK OF THE DODGERS, IN 1988, AS A FAVOR TO FRIEND OF THE FAMILY TOMMY LASORDA.

PIAZZA was called up on September 1st of 1992 by the Dodgers.

TOMMY LASORDA was his first manager.

The Dodgers went 63-99 that season.

PIAZZA has a number of connections to the ROCKIES; a team that went 64-98 in 2012.

 

PIAZZA’S 1st HR came off of SFG pitcher STEVE REED…on 9/12/92.

REED would be the 60th pick of the expansion draft about 2 months later; by, the Rockies, on 11/17/92.

 

STEVE REED, who lives in Golden, CO, is the Rockies all time leader in games pitched @ 461.

REED allowed 107 home runs in his 14 year/833 game career as a MLB reliever.

The MOST, 4, to MIKE PIAZZA.

 

PIAZZA hit 34 homers against the Rockies; 17 at Coors Field (2nd most at an opposing stadium…19 @ Montreal)

 

His only 3 home run game came at Coors Field on 6/29/96.

He hit 2 off of starter BRYAN REKAR and 1 off of reliever LANCE PAINTER.

 

MIKE hit 14 career grand slams, 3 against the Rockies (2 at Coors Field).

His 2nd was off of KENT BOTTENFELD

(Yes, the man that started the first game EVER at Mile High Stadium AGAINST the Rockies while with MTL in ’93, and gave up the memorable HR to ERIC YOUNG…)

(Bottenfeld was traded to the Rockies on 7/16/93 for Butch Henry…FYI).

His 3rd was off of BILL SWIFT of the Rockies on 5/7/95.

His 5th was off of BRYAN REKAR on 6/29/96…in his only 3 HR game as previously mentioned (3/5 with 6 rbi’s on 14 pitches on 6/29/96).

 

PIAZZA also is credited with the longest HR ever hit at COORS FIELD – on 9/26/97…off of DARREN HOLMES…496 feet…1st pitch to left/center.

Call it coincidental or ironic, but:

PIAZZA hit 3rd in that top of the 6th inning for the LAD on 9/26/97.

The Dodger’s lead off hitter was OTIS NIXON, who popped out on a bunt attempt.

TODAY, 1/9, is OTIS NIXON’S 54TH BIRTHDAY.

The 2nd LAD hitter that inning, who singled and scored on PIAZZA’S HR , was none other than Rockies legend ERIC YOUNG.

 


You can watch the results live, Today at 12:00 PM on the MLB Network.

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jaredean
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jaredean
7 years ago

Personally I really like Piazza and think he’s got a great shot at going in…it would be classic if he wore a Padres hat when he did – that would really burn Dodger/Mets fans!!!

Bob K.
Bob K.
7 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

Piazza has already said that if elected he will go in as a Met.

Jaredean
Jaredean
7 years ago
Reply to  Bob K.

I know. That is why I think it would be funny…after he says that he shows up as a Padre.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago
Reply to  Bob K.

Wow. Thats pretty much an insult to LA.

Doc
Doc
7 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

I think it was meant to be.

Rocky Mountain High
Rocky Mountain High
7 years ago

Yes it was an insult, but the ultimate insult is to Pete Rose. Cowboy and I tweeted back n forth briefly. He said it was a moot point as Rose was not on the ballot. True, but he never was on the ballot because he was blacklisted. Cowboy also added that the guys on the ballot never gambled, but I say Rose never took PED. Regardless of how much weight you put on character when voting for on the HOF… Read more »

Jaredean
Jaredean
7 years ago

I couldn’t agree more. I’ve been saying this all along- I’d much rather see Rose than Bonds. What rose did didn’t create a “what if” situation like PED’s (what would he play like if he was clean). That means Rose was what he was on the field and he was amazing!

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago

I’m sort of confused by the demand for Rose to get in. A HOF election is viewed as validation for the accomplishments in the game. For the player that is denied election, such as Don Mattingly or Fred McGriff or Jack Morris, the vote can be a disappointment to the player and his fan’s because basically the writers are saying “no, he wasn’t as good as you thought he was.” So in that context, no writer has ever denied him… Read more »

Bill
Bill
7 years ago

I guess I’m in the anti-Rose camp. From what I understand every clubhouse has one rule posted in every locker room. “You can’t bet on baseball”. It doesn’t say you if you bet on baseball you have to bet on your own team. What’s so hard to understand? Pete Rose and Shoeless Joe Jackson are Hall of Famers except for betting on baseball. But that’s a big except. As for the Steriod users, if you listen to the guys who… Read more »

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago

Dave and Dave have covered this pretty well the last couple of days. Krieger has maintained no one gets in this season.

Rocky Mountain High
Rocky Mountain High
7 years ago

” From what I understand every clubhouse has one rule posted in every locker room. “You can’t bet on baseball”. ” There was one rule posted in every locker room. “Don’t take PEDs.” Can’t have double standards. How about if I am a felon convict, but reformed myself while in prison. I come out and become an outstanding citizen and very beneficial to the community. Gambling – what does that have to do with baseball? (unless he threw the games… Read more »

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago

RMH, the difference is that Bart Giamatti had balls and standards while Bud Selig did not. The failure of Selig to appropriately react in the cases of PEDs is not a good reason to say that Giamatti overreacted, IMO. Also, in regards to Rose only betting to “win”, what about the games he declined to bet on? I just don’t think that (unproven) assertion even really matters. What if he had a wager on say a June 15th game but… Read more »

Rocky Mountain High
Rocky Mountain High
7 years ago

You’re right that Bart Giamatti had the balls but Selig didn’t to deal with during their leadership. What I am merely pointing out is that there are different players in different eras. I just saying that the field should be flat for all players in history, meaning how did they perform without being physically altered. In his era, Rose was the ultimate player of his era with 4,300 hits. Did he pump up his body or “computerize” his body to… Read more »

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago

RMH, I hope the PED users never get in. That said, here’s a question: What’s worse and more humiliating? 1)Being prohibited by executive order from ever being on the ballot, therefore precluding an official vote, like Pete Rose. Or. 2)Being on the ballot and having a democracy vote you down, like the PED users. I have to say, I think option 2 is a MUCH bigger slap in the face. (And again, Rose has never been denied his “greatness”, far… Read more »

GARY
GARY
7 years ago

One of the greatest strenghts of our society is the tenet of innocent untill proven guilty.If a prospective HOFer is but suspected of using PED’s than I say eventually fairness calls for him to get the benefit of the doubt and be judged on his numbers.Just because someone is accused or even called out in the media,it does not mean they are guilty and they should be presumed innocent.If,as some players have stated,50% of players were “juicing”during this era,and MLB… Read more »

sabrchip
sabrchip
7 years ago

The character clause is a sham. If that should be one of the criteria for getting into the Hall of Fame then how did Ty Cobb and Rogers Hornsby get in? Obviously, their performance outweighed their character. Hmmm. And what about the lifetime ban of Joe Jackson? The guy’s been dead for over 60 years yet deserves to be in the Hall based on his numbers. Commissioner Landis is known for two decisions, Joe Jackson/Black Sox and his vehement denial… Read more »

GARY
GARY
7 years ago
Reply to  sabrchip

and for being named for a famous Georgia landmark[Kenesaw Mt.].

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