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"Piazza applies the single-minded drive he showed at the plate to making the case for his legacy. . . . [He] is forthright and often quite funny. . . . Mets fans will find insights, if not solace, in Piazza's account of the team's woes." (Ada Calhoun The New York Times Book Review)

"Mr. Piazza has had one of the stranger and more inspiring careers in baseball history. . . . [Long Shot] explain[s] how this non-prospect blossomed into a legendary hitter." (Tim Marchman The Wall Street Journal)

"Beloved Mets catcher Mike Piazza comes out swinging in a new memoir—confronting rumors about being gay and taking steroids, detailing his romantic home runs and finally setting the score with his hated rival, Roger Clemens." (Michael Gartland and Cynthia R. Fagen The New York Post)

About the Author

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), Bob Gibson (Stranger to the Game), Mike Piazza (Long Shot), a baseball dialogue between Gibson and Reggie Jackson (Sixty Feet, Six Inches), and reflections on a summer at Wrigley Field (Bleachers). The author of Intangiball: The Subtle Things That Win Baseball Games, he lives in New Richmond, Ohio.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1St Edition edition (February 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439150222
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439150221
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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To say Mike Piazza's professional baseball career seemed destined for obscurity is an understatement. After all, he wasn't even selected until the 62nd round of MLB's amatuer draft in 1988, and he may have never been selected at all if his dad wasn't a good friend of Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda. Five years after Lasorda graciously "threw away" that late-round pick for the young catcher from Pennsylvania, the "long shot" Piazza emerged as the NL Rookie of the Year, displaying a remarkable hitting prowess that defined his entire career. A twelve-time All-Star, Piazza was a slugger who specialized in hitting "long shots", retiring with more career home runs (396) than any other catcher in the history of the game.

Defensively, Piazza was below average, rarely throwing anybody out trying to steal a base; however, playing his career during the notorious "Steroids Era", hardly anybody was running anyway. After all, a guy on first base was already in "scoring position" with so many home runs being hit. Piazza addresses the performance enhancing drug issue by flatly denying he ever juiced, and I tend to believe him. After all, his throws from home to second base never seemed to gain any velocity; not a scientific evaluation, but what worked for pitchers should've worked for rag-armed catchers, as well.

Piazza also refutes the "gay rumors", that were circulating during his playing days with the New York Mets; proving that playing in the Big Apple was a challenging endeavor, to say the least. Perhaps his biggest challenge in New York was staying out of harm's way whenever Roger Clemens was on the mound.
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Others have already summarized the book in their reviews, so I'm just going to give my honest opinions and impression about the book.

I came into it as a huge baseball fan and a huge Mets fan, with a slightly positive attitude towards Piazza and what he did in his career and what he was for the NY Mets. I finished the book, and I actually think I loathe the man now. He came across as a selfish, self-absorbed, jerk. He whined and whined over and over in this autobiography. The tone of the book was also very angry. I found myself skipping entire paragraphs when the whining started, or when he was being an angry conceited jerk. It just got to be too much. At times it was annoying to read, and at other times, it was just so disappointing.

He told some interesting stories in this book, for sure, but they were surrounded by his ego and his complaining about everything that didn't go his way. I'm glad I read the book because I love baseball knowledge and history, and I got some from it. But I'm also upset I read this book, because I can't stand Piazza now. For that reason, I'm not sure if a diehard Piazza fan should read this or avoid it. You might like hearing how he got where he got, but you also might end up thinking a little (or a lot) less of him because of how selfish, angry, conceited, and whiny he comes across. Read at your own risk, I guess. I, personally, will never re-read this book.
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First off I would like to mention that as a New Yorker and Mets fan I remember a lot of the recounted stories from this autobiography due to following the career of Mike Piazza. In Long Shot, Piazza recounts his baseball-obsessed childhood and unlikely rise to dominance in the MLB. His socially-awkward side and media reticence come out in spades during the telling of stories and that was interesting, particularly for someone who remembers how the stories actually played out in the media. The career highlights were particularly enjoyable to read about. My wife (then girlfriend) and I were at the Mets/Braves game right after 9/11/01 and it was amazing!...I still get chills thinking about it, so hearing Piazza proudly recount that moment was a highlight of the book for me.
Unfortunately, the somewhat whiny side of Piazza comes through at times as well. Recounts of how he felt targeted by the media and shunned by coaches and MLB's MVP voters usually ended up in Piazza explaining how he would complain to his wealthy, powerful father in an effort to intervene and rectify the situation. That perspective though, while juvenile, did galvanize just how much his obsessive practicing of baseball cost him socially. There seems to be a lot of kid-like emotions still in him that he never lost, seemingly due to his failure to be out and about like a real kid while he was one; guess that can sometimes be the price of training for a Hall of Fame career. Piazza also speaks about his after MLB life with a wife and kids. Those parts show the happy, grounded, family-man side of him, which was nice.
Overall, I enjoyed this quick-reading book and got some interesting perspective but the storytelling could have been better.
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This is the autobiography of Mike Piazza former 12-time Major League Baseball All Star who currently holds the all-time record for most homeruns hit by a catcher in a career (396). The first thing worth pointing out to potential readers is that this book is not a typical run-of-the-mill baseball biography with big printed letters with wide spaces between the sentences and large blank margins to increase the number of pages in a book without increasing the intellectual content. The 347 pages of the story are easily equal to probably 425 or more pages in most books of this type. The writing style comes across as if Mike is talking directly to you with no phony re-interpretation of his thoughts and feelings to make his personal experiences come across more digestible for the everyday fan. In this vein... it is first a little surprising... and I mean pleasantly surprising... that when he discusses his childhood he does not camouflage his childlike exuberance for anything, whether it's his favorite snacks... favorite music... or his love of baseball... and his family.

His Father, Vince played an unbelievable roll in Mike's love for and growth within the magical world that is baseball. And here's where even an old-school-baseball-fanatic like myself... learned more about Mike's Dad than I had learned over all the years that Mike has been in the countries spotlight. Being that I was a Mike Piazza fan from the time he was a rookie on the Dodgers... I of course knew that his Dad (Vince) was old friends with Dodger manager and Hall Of Famer, Tommy Lasorda... and that if it wasn't for Tommy, Mike would not have even been drafted in 1988. It's part of the legend that Tommy pushed through a complimentary throw away 62nd round pick on Piazza.
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