"After discussing my options with my wife, family and agent, I felt it is time
to start a new chapter in my life," he said in a statement released by his
agent, Dan Lozano. "It has been an amazing journey."
Indeed it has. For as big a star as he became, I always felt like Piazza was out there representin' for the rest of us 62nd rounders.
See you in Cooperstown in five years, Mike.
UPDATE: The headline of the linked article calls Piazza "ONE of the best hitting catchers of all time." One of? Let's see, Piazza has a career OPS+ of 142. The other contenders:
Yogi Berra: 125
Mickey Cochrane: 128
Roy Campanella 124
Johnny Bench: 126
Bill Dickey 127
Ernie Lombardi: 126
Carlton Fisk: 117
I suppose I could go on and on, but the only one who even breaks 130 is Gene Tenace, and he didn't even catch 1000 games. Maybe the editor was being cautious and didn't want a flood of "what about Josh Gibson?!" emails, but I think you take that chance.
Piazza was the greatest hitting catcher of all time, and I don't think it's close.