Say it ain’t so!! IF this turns out to be true, I will be the first one to renounce Mike Piazza as my favorite New York Mets player.
Jeff Pearlman has written a book entitled The Rocket That Fell To Earth. It’s a book that is supposed to be about Roger Clemens. Of course, what would a Clemens book be without mention of Piazza.
Yet this book attempts to tarnish the legacy that Piazza has. Pearlman is quoting Piazza as saying that he used steroids and other players who have played with him know that he has as well. Here is the quote I got from Deadspin.com:
As the hundreds of major league ballplayers who turned to performance-enhancing drugs throughout the 1990s did their absolute best to keep the media at arm’s length, Piazza took the opposite approach. According to several sources, when the subject of performance enhancing was broached with reporters he especially trusted, Piazza fessed up. “Sure, I use,” he told one. “But in limited doses, and not all that often.” (Piazza has denied using performance-enhancing drugs, but there has always been speculation.) Whether or not it was Piazza’s intent, the tactic was brilliant: By letting the media know, of the record, Piazza made the information that much harder to report. Writers saw his bulging muscles, his acne-covered back. They certainly heard the under-the-breath comments from other major league players, some who considered Piazza’s success to be 100 percent chemically delivered. “He’s a guy who did it, and everybody knows it,” says Reggie Jefferson, the longtime major league first baseman. “It’s amazing how all these names, like Roger Clemens, are brought up, yet Mike Piazza goes untouched.”
“There was nothing more obvious than Mike on steroids,” says another major league veteran who played against Piazza for years. “Everyone talked about it, everyone knew it. Guys on my team, guys on the Mets. A lot of us came up playing against Mike, so we knew what he looked like back in the day. Frankly, he sucked on the field. Just sucked. After his body changed, he was entirely different. ‘Power from nowhere,’ we called it.”
When asked, on a scale of 1 to 10, to grade the odds that Piazza had used performance enhancers, the player doesn’t pause.
“A 12,” he says. “Maybe a 13.”
They are using acne that they saw on Piazza’s back as part of the proof he was using. Wow! Where did he get his degree? I have acne. Does that automatically make me a steroids user? What about the thousands of teenagers who have acne.
Hey Pearlman, iIf you want to rip Piazza and throw accusation about his steroids use because he had acne on his back, I have a better idea. Why don’t you write an apology note to Piazza and send him some Proactive? That would be a better use of your time.
Piazza’s numbers have always been steady. He has never had a sudden increase or decrease in batting averages or slugging. I would need more proof than a so-called reporter stating Piazza admitted to it. That would not be the smartest thing to do, whether it is on or off the record.