Michael Joseph Piazza is an American former professional baseball catcher who played 16 seasons in Major League Baseball, from 1992 to 2007, and currently the manager of the Italy national baseball team. In 2022, Mike Piazza's net worth is estimated to be $80 million dollars.
March 29, 2022
Words by Matthew Taylor
Est. Range $62M - $98M
Piazza also managed Team Italy in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
Michael Joseph Piazza is an American former professional baseball catcher who played 16 seasons in Major League Baseball, from 1992 to 2007, and is currently the manager of the Italy national baseball team. Piazza was drafted by the Dodgers in the 1988 MLB draft as a favor from Tommy Lasorda to Piazza's father. He was the last player selected and signed in his draft class to play in the Major Leagues. Piazza immediately impressed with his ability to hit for power and average, and his best year as a Dodger came in 1997 when he batted .362, hit 40 home runs, and had 124 RBI, leading to a runner-up finish in voting for the NL Most Valuable Player Award. In 1998, he was traded to the Marlins and then a week later to the Mets, with whom he spent most of the remainder of his career. He helped the Mets reach the 2000 World Series, the only World Series appearance of his career. Piazza is regarded as one of the best offensive catchers in baseball history and in 2016, Piazza was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, receiving 82.95% of the vote.
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