Long Shot by Mike Piazza

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Mike Piazza isn't gay and didn't use steroids...to have revealed either of them would have certainly made his memoir, "Long Shot," more interesting.
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Mike Piazza was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 62nd round of the 1988 baseball draft as a “courtesy pick.” The Dodgers never expected him to play for them—or anyone else. Mike had other ideas. Overcoming his detractors, he became the National League rookie of the year in 1993, broke the record for season batting average by a catcher, holds the record for career home runs at his position, and was selected as an All Star twelve times.

Mike was groomed for baseball success by his ambitious, self-made father in Pennsylvania, a classic father-son American-dream story. With the Dodgers, Piazza established himself as baseball’s premier offensive catcher; but the team never seemed willing to recognize him as the franchise player he was. He joined the Mets and led them to the memorable 2000 World Series with their cross-town rivals, the Yankees. Mike tells the story behind his dramatic confrontation with Roger Clemens in that series. He addresses the steroid controversy that hovered around him and Major League Baseball during his time and provides valuable perspective on the subject. Mike also addresses the rumors of being gay and describes the thrill of his game-winning home run on September 21, 2001, the first baseball game played in New York after the 9/11 tragedy. Along the way, he tells terrific stories about teammates and rivals that baseball fans will devour.

Long Shot is written with insight, candor, humor, and charm. It’s surprising and inspiring, one of the great sports autobiographies.

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Mike Piazza grew up in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, and was chosen by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the sixty-second round of the 1988 Major League Baseball amateur draft. He was National League Rookie of the Year in 1993 and was a twelve-time All-Star selection. He holds the record for most home runs by a catcher (396) and held the record for highest batting average in a season by a catcher (.362) until it was recently broken. He lives with his family in Miami Beach, Florida.Lonnie Wheeler’s numerous books include collaborations on the autobiographies of Hank Aaron (I Had a Hammer) and Bob Gibson (Stranger to the Game), and a baseball dialogue between Gibson and Reggie Jackson (Sixty Feet, Six Inches). He lives in New Richmond, Ohio.
Published February 12, 2013 by Simon & Schuster. 386 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction
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on Mar 16 2013

...Piazza appears to understand how his self-centeredness needlessly alienated many, but his apologies can barely be heard over the loud and constant rehashing of grievances.

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Reviewed by Ada Calhoun on Apr 05 2013

Toward the end of the book...Piazza goes somewhat off the rails.

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Reviewed by Tim Marchman on Feb 11 2013

Mike Piazza isn't gay and didn't use steroids...to have revealed either of them would have certainly made his memoir, "Long Shot," more interesting.

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Reviewed by Ron Kaplan on Mar 08 2013

The book was timed to hit the bookstores after the results of the Hall of Fame voting...there seems to have been nothing in LONG SHOT that would have swayed anyone’s decision.

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Reviewed by Budd Bailey on Mar 12 2013

Piazza seems to feel the need to settle some scores here and talk about himself. That's all well and good - it's his book - It's honest, but most people won't enjoy spending this much time with a miserable personality.

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Reviewed by Bill Jordan on Mar 26 2013

...the book certainly has its entertaining and insightful moments, but there were clearly a few different agendas that could have had less of a focus.

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