It’s not often you see a former 62nd round draft pick on a Hall of Fame ballot. But most 62nd round draft picks couldn’t hit like Mike Piazza.
Unfortunately for Piazza, he will have to wait another year. Piazza fell 28 votes shy when the Baseball Writers’ Association of America made their Cooperstown inductees known Tuesday. He appeared on 69.9 percent of the ballots, but a player needs 75 percent of the vote to be elected to the Hall.
Piazza’s career spanned 16 seasons and 5 teams (Dodgers, Marlins, Mets, Padres and Athletics). The catcher is best-known for his time with Los Angeles and New York.
Here’s all you need to know about Piazza’s credentials:
Mike Piazza’s Career Stats
Position: Catcher (1,630 games), Designated Hitter (122 games), First Base (70 games)
Seasons Played: 16
Games Played: 1,912
Batting Average: .308 (120th in MLB history)
Hits: 2,127 (217th)
On-Base Percentage: .377 (199th)
Runs Scored: 1,048
Home Runs: 427 (47th)
At-Bats Per Home Runs: 16.2 (32nd)
RBIs: 1,335 (94th)
Slugging Percentage: .545 (29th)
OPS: .922 (46th)
Strikeouts: 1,113 (206th)
Fielding Percentage: .989 – .989 at C, .985 at 1B
Postseason Numbers: 32 games, 29-for-120 (.242) with 6 HRs and 15 RBIs
Mike Piazza’s Bio
Piazza, 47, grew up in Pennsylvania and his father, Vince, was a lifelong friend of Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda. Vince Piazza had asked Lasorda to draft Mike, who was a student at Miami-Dade Community College, as a favor. Lasorda obliged and the Dodgers took Mike Piazza in the 62nd round (1,390th overall) of the 1988 draft.
Piazza made the switch from first base to catcher and spent 4 seasons in the minors before getting the call to the big leagues on Sept. 1, 1992, walking in his first plate appearance and doubling in his first official at-bat.
He married former Playboy Playmate Alicia Rickter in January 2005. The couple has 2 daughters, Nicoletta (7) and Paulina (5).
Piazza’s autobiography, Long Shot, was released last year.
He made over $120 million in his career, peaking annually at $16,071,429 in 2004 and 2005.
Ten days after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Piazza homered in the first professional sporting event in New York City after the attacks.
Mike Piazza’s Highlights & Accomplishments
12-Time All-Star (1993-2002, 2004, 2005)
All-Star Game MVP (1996)
10-Time Silver Slugger Award (1993-2002)
NL Rookie of the Year (1993)
N.Y. Mets Hall of Fame (inducted 2013)
ESPY for Breakthrough Athlete (1994)
Most Career Home Runs for a Catcher (427)
Highest Career Slugging Percentage and OPS for a Catcher
9 Seasons with 30 HRs (1993, 1995-2002)
All-Star Game Voting Leader (1996, 1997, 2000)