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.