Tuesday, May 20, 2008

After Weighing Options (None), Pizza Man Calls it Quits

Mike Piazza, the all-time home run hitting catcher in MLB history, has finally called it a career after nearly 16 seasons in baseball with the Dodgers, Marlins, Mets, Padres and Athletics. Taken by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 62nd round of the 1988 amateur draft, Piazza became a 12-time All-Star, making the NL team 10 consecutive times from 1993-2002. He finished with a .308 career average, 427 home runs and 1,335 RBIs. Piazza released the following statement through his agent, Dan Lozano: "After discussing my options with my wife, family and agent, I felt it is time to start a new chapter in my life. It has been an amazing journey ... So today, I walk away with no regrets." Piazza discussed his "options" but what exactly were those options considering no major league team had any interest in signing the bearded wonder in 2008?!? Bear in mind Piazza still wanted to catch and did not consider himself strictly a DH, even going into the '08 season. Apparently these options he speaks of include skinny dipping with his hot ex-Baywatch star wife, making phony phone calls to the Clemens estate in Houston, and adamantly denying any homosexual involvement with ABC Weatherman Sam Champion (pictured above). Considering these options, retirement was the correct move for Mikey P. who should be enshrined in Cooperstown when his time comes in five years.

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