Mike Piazza, who received 57.9 percent of the vote in this year’s Hall of Fame, denied using steroids at any point during his career in his soon to be released autobiography, “Long Shot”, according to a report in the New York Times.
With steroids taking over the baseball world once again, after the latest allegations from the Biogenesis clinic in Miami , most wondered if a PED story was a reason behind him pushing the release of the book back a month after the Hall of Fame vote. Piazza had this to say in the book.
“Apparently, my career was a story that nobody cared to believe. Apparently, my success was the work of steroids. Had to be. those were the rumors.”
According to ESPN, Piazza did however admit to using androstenedione and experimented with amphetamines until Major League baseball banned them in 2006.
Piazza also admitted he was disappointed in the Hall of Fame ballot results saying:
“I won’t deny there is some disappointment, but I understand it’s a process,”
The former 62nd round pick in the 1988 draft also reveals his journey from being the 1,390th overall pick that year to becoming the greatest catchers the game has ever seen.
Over his career, Piazza posted a .308/.377/.545 slash line with 427 home runs in 1,912 games for the Dodgers, Mets, Padres and Atheltics.
“Long Shot” is due to be released on February 12th.