Happy Birthday Mike Piazza!!!
Mike Piazza turns 45 years old today.
Piazza was a solid offensive contributor for the teams he played for during his 16-year career. One of the game’s greatest slugging catchers of all-time, Piazza was an offensive machine. During his career he piled up some very impressive numbers: a lifetime .308 batting average along with 2,127 hits, 427 home runs, 1,335 RBI, 1.048 runs scored, and 344 doubles. A true power hitter with a good ‘batter’s eye’, Piazza shined brightly when the spotlight was on him.
And during that 16-year career, Piazza picked up a nice handful of individual awards. He was the 1993 Rookie of the Year, he was a 12-time All-star, and he won 10 Silver Slugger awards.
For his birthday I would like to give Mike Piazza two more years. 2 more years in the big leagues with a few statistical milestones within reach. Most notably would be 2,500 career hits. While I don’t think he was talented enough to join the elite 3,000 hits club I do think that he was solid enough of a hitter to be just 1 notch behind them!!
Happy Birthday Mike. High Five!!!