What is Mike Piazza’s net worth?
Former professional baseball catcher Mike Piazza has a net worth of $70 million. From 1992 to 2007, Mike Piazza participated in 16 MLB seasons. He played briefly for the San Diego Padres, Florida Marlins, and Oakland Athletics. Piazza was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2016 as one of the greatest offensive catchers in history.
Throughout his career, Mike Piazza earned $120 million in salary alone. He earned tens of millions of dollars more from endorsements. Mike earned $16 million from the Mets in 2005, his highest single-season salary. After adjusting for inflation, this equates to approximately $22 million in current dollars.
Early Development and Education
Mike Piazza was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania on September 4, 1968 to Veronica and Vince. Vince Jr., Dan, Tony, and Tom are his four brothers. The children attended Phoenixville Area High School as they grew up in Phoenixville. When the Los Angeles Dodgers, managed by his father’s friend Tommy Lasorda, visited Philadelphia, Piazza served as a bat boy in the dugout. At the age of 12, Piazza received private instruction from Hall of Famer Ted Williams in his backyard batting cage. He continued to practise nightly with his father. After graduating from high school in 1986, Piazza moved to Florida to attend the University of Miami; however, he received no playing time with the Hurricanes baseball team and ultimately transferred to Miami-Dade Community College.
The Los Angeles Dodgers
Piazza was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1988 MLB amateur draught after his father asked Lasorda to do so as a favour. Lasorda subsequently assisted Piazza in enrolling in a special training camp in the Dominican Republic, where he intended for him to hone his skills in order to reach the major leagues. In 1992, Piazza made his Major League Baseball debut with the Dodgers. In just 21 games that season, he posted a batting average of.232. The following season, he played in 149 games, batted.318 and hit 35 home runs. As a result, Piazza won the NL Rookie of the Year Award and was selected for his first of 10 consecutive MLB All-Star Game appearances. 1997 was his best year with the Dodgers, as he batted.362, hit 40 home runs, and drove in 124 runs.
Miami Marlins and New York Mets
After seven seasons with the Dodgers, Piazza was traded to the Florida Marlins in May of 1998. However, he only played in five games before being traded to the New York Mets. In 1999 and 2000, Piazza contributed to New York’s two consecutive postseason appearances. In 2000, he helped lead the Mets to the National League championship and the World Series. In the second game of the World Series, Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens threw a pitch that broke Piazza’s bat and sent shrapnel directly toward the mound. When Clemens realised the ball had not returned, he threw the fragments toward the Yankees’ dugout. Clemens and Piazza exchanged glares and harsh words, but refrained from engaging in a physical altercation. The Yankees ultimately won the championship in five games.
On September 21, Piazza participated with the Mets in the first professional baseball game in New York following the September 11 attacks. In the eighth inning, he hit a game-winning home run that represented a moment of therapy and hope for many people across the nation. The jersey Piazza wore during that game was later purchased for $365,000, the highest price ever paid for a modern jersey. As a member of the Mets, Piazza caught two no-hitters against the Dodgers. With 352 home runs in 2004, he surpassed Carlton Fisk as the catcher with the most home runs.
Final Years of Play
In 2005, following his final season with the Mets, Piazza signed a one-year contract with the San Diego Padres. In 2006, he contributed to the Padres’ division championship with a.283 batting average and 22 home runs. In July, he recorded his 2,000th career hit in Major League Baseball. The following season, Piazza signed as a free agent with the Oakland Athletics. Early in the season, he hit his final home run in the major leagues, the 427th of his career.
Piazza announced his retirement in 2008 after not being signed by any MLB team. In September, he returned to Shea Stadium and received the final pitch in the stadium’s history.
Piazza announced in 2019 that he would manage the Italian national baseball team for the 2020 European Baseball Championship and 2021 World Baseball Classic. The former, however, was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Previously, Piazza was the hitting coach for the Italian National Baseball Team and an instructor for the Italian Baseball Academy when it won back-to-back European Baseball Championships.
In addition to baseball, Piazza owned a majority stake in the Italian soccer club A.C. Reggiana. Piazza put the team up for sale after two seasons and the controversial departure of Robur Siena. In 2018, the club was forced to close due to rising expenses and a lack of buyers.
In 2005, Piazza married Playboy Playmate Alicia Rickter. Together, they have three children: daughters Nicoletta and Paulina and a son named Marco.
Piazza, a fan of heavy metal music, appears on the Black Label Society album “Stronger Than Death.” He has also cohosted “Friday Night Rocks” on the New York City radio station WAXQ and appeared as a guest on the talk show “That Metal Show.” Piazza is a drummer who has performed with various groups.