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    Mike Piazza announces retirement

    Piazza retires after 19 seasons

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Mike Piazza is retiring from baseball following a 19-season career in which he became one of the top-hitting catchers in history.

    "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."

    The 39-year-old Piazza was not on a team this season.

    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 starting in 1993.

    He finished with a .308 career average, 427 home runs and 1,335 RBIs for the Dodgers (1992-98), Florida (1998), New York Mets (1998-05), San Diego (2006) and Oakland (2007).

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    Re: Mike Piazza announces retirement

    Piazza was always one of my favorite hitters to watch. The power he had to the opposite field was amazing. I'll miss watching him play.

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    Is he a first-ballot hall of famer?
    Quote Originally Posted by Scrap Irony View Post
    Calipari is not, nor has he ever been accused or "caught", cheating. He himself turned in one of his players (Camby) for dealing with an agent to get one Final Four overturned. The other is all on the NCAA and Rose. (IF Rose cheated.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by WilyMoROCKS View Post
    Is he a first-ballot hall of famer?
    Absolutely.
    When all is said and done more is said than done.

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    Re: Mike Piazza announces retirement

    Quote Originally Posted by WilyMoROCKS View Post
    Is he a first-ballot hall of famer?
    He should be easily. One of the greatest catchers ever.
    Barry Larkin - HOF, 2012

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    If a player isn't a first ballot HOFer, should they be a HOFer?

    It's silly when "experts" say, "he'll get in the hall of fame, but not on the first ballot."


    You're either a HOFer or you're not.

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    Cool. I figured so.
    Quote Originally Posted by Scrap Irony View Post
    Calipari is not, nor has he ever been accused or "caught", cheating. He himself turned in one of his players (Camby) for dealing with an agent to get one Final Four overturned. The other is all on the NCAA and Rose. (IF Rose cheated.)
    "Cheering for Kentucky is like watching Star Wars and hoping Darth Vader chokes an ewok"


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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt700wlw View Post
    If a player isn't a first ballot HOFer, should they be a HOFer?

    It's silly when "experts" say, "he'll get in the hall of fame, but not on the first ballot."


    You're either a HOFer or you're not.
    It seems like it should be that way, doesn't it.
    Quote Originally Posted by Scrap Irony View Post
    Calipari is not, nor has he ever been accused or "caught", cheating. He himself turned in one of his players (Camby) for dealing with an agent to get one Final Four overturned. The other is all on the NCAA and Rose. (IF Rose cheated.)
    "Cheering for Kentucky is like watching Star Wars and hoping Darth Vader chokes an ewok"


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    Piazza was one of my favorite opposing players during his career. He is one of the few players that motivated me to go to a Reds game, other than to see the Reds. The way he would drive the ball to the right center gap was incredible to see in person. I remember that I would always have to make some absurd trade to get him on my Reds team in Triple Play every year.

    Best hitting catcher ever?

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    Does his awesome hitting outweigh his poor defense enough to be a HOFer?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chip R View Post
    Does his awesome hitting outweigh his poor defense enough to be a HOFer?
    Yes.
    What if this wasn't a rhetorical question?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MasonBuzz3 View Post
    Best hitting catcher ever?
    Most likely. Especially in the power categories. And to finish up with a .308 average, not too shabby. Definite no doubt HOFer.
    I'm just like everybody else. I have two arms, two legs and 4,000 hits."

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    Who was the better offensive catcher in his prime: Piazza or Bench?
    Quote Originally Posted by Scrap Irony View Post
    Calipari is not, nor has he ever been accused or "caught", cheating. He himself turned in one of his players (Camby) for dealing with an agent to get one Final Four overturned. The other is all on the NCAA and Rose. (IF Rose cheated.)
    "Cheering for Kentucky is like watching Star Wars and hoping Darth Vader chokes an ewok"


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    Re: Mike Piazza announces retirement

    Quote Originally Posted by WilyMoROCKS View Post
    Who was the better offensive catcher in his prime: Piazza or Bench?
    Just taking a quick glance at OPS+, I'd have to say Piazza.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chip R View Post
    Does his awesome hitting outweigh his poor defense enough to be a HOFer?
    absolutely...i actually thought that Piazza was underrated defensively, not throwing out runners, but as a receiver and handling pitchers


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