Archive: July 11th, 2011

Piazza Enjoying Retirement

Mike Piazza managed the U.S team to a 6-4 victory over the World Team in the annual Futures Game at Chase Field on Sunday.

When asked about the Roger Clemens steroids trial Piazza replied with a smile:

“I really don’t want to say anything on that, I just want to enjoy the day. It’s about the kids today.”

Having landed the coaching gig a few days prior — Piazza was already headed there to participate in the Celebrity Softball Game — Piazza’s responsibilities included pre-game and post-game interviews, waving at the crowd when his name was announced and offering pointers to players.

Piazza’s work also includes being the batting coach for Team Italy. He worked with the team during Spring Training and will travel to Panama in late September for the Word Championship.

The beloved Met catcher sporting a Mets cap during the game said that he “loves the game but doesn’t want to work every day and is discussing options with people, nothing real concrete.”

As a Mets catcher for 8 seasons, Piazza seems the next most likely player to be inducted to the Hall of Fame as a New York Met.