Piazza Said He Used Steroids

By / March 24, 2009 / Uncategorized

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.

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NYRNYM4Life

I like Jeff Pearlman’s work. He’s the guy who wrote The bad guys won..about the 86 Mets…i will read the Clemens book..i’m hoping that this is not true. Piazza is one of my all time Mets. I lost count of the many bombs i’ve seen him hit. Piazza has been a class act on and off the field. Until 1000 % proof is presented i do not want to hear Piazza is a Roid boy…like our fave Yankee 3rd baseman.

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dyhrdmet

saying “Sure, I use,…But in limited doses, and not all that often.” is like saying that I only tried drugs in college a few times and didn’t like it. but you still did it!!! and ask Michael Phelps, a photo of the event could be BAD.

but i actually don’t think Piazza actually did steroids. i was one of the first to be critical of him and his late-season performance over his years with the mets, and I think PEDs would have helped him perform better. and this is coming from a Todd Hundley fan (ironic now, i know) who felt very burned by the trade for Piazza.

and he has been a class act and I would hate to see it be true because it would be a bit of a stain on the Mets.

but if you’re writing a book about Clemens, why take the attention off him with this?

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dyhrdmet

saying “Sure, I use,…But in limited doses, and not all that often.” is like saying that I only tried drugs in college a few times and didn’t like it. but you still did it!!! and ask Michael Phelps, a photo of the event could be BAD.

but i actually don’t think Piazza actually did steroids. i was one of the first to be critical of him and his late-season performance over his years with the mets, and I think PEDs would have helped him perform better. and this is coming from a Todd Hundley fan (ironic now, i know) who felt very burned by the trade for Piazza.

and he has been a class act and I would hate to see it be true because it would be a bit of a stain on the Mets.

but if you’re writing a book about Clemens, why take the attention off him with this?
BTW I love your blog!

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Tanya Mercado

Hey dyhrdmet. Thanks. Haven’t heard from you in awhile. Glad you’re back.

I don’t think he actually did them. If he tried it, it’s one thing. But to say that he did them is saying that he did it regularly. That I don’t think he did. I actually pulled up his stats throughout his career and his numbers are steady. No sharp increases or decreases. He started to break down at around the same period any catcher does.

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dyhrdmet

I probably comment on other’s blogs as much as i’m writing in my own. This month (before my trip), it wasn’t much. I do stay on top of the posts though.

Like I said, I was a Tood Hundley fan who found reasons to be critical of Piazza with regards to his numbers. even if i had to tweak some things to prove a point. but he didn’t do PEDs (and the other irony in me being a Hundley fan was that Hundley was named on the Mitchell Report, I think around the time he was coming back when the Mets got Piazza).

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