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    Dec 8, 2006 - Free agent C Mike Piazza signs with the Athletics.

    Apr 26, 2006 - The Diamondbacks edge the Padres, 3-2. Mike Piazza hits his 400th career HR in the 9th inning for SD.

    Jan 29, 2006 - The Padres sign 37-year-old C Mike Piazza to a one year contract. Piazza turned down an offer from the Phillies for a chance to catch regularly in San Diego.

    Aug 5, 2005 - Felix Fernandez‚ 19‚ gives up 4 hits in 7 innings as Seattle downs the A's‚ 2-0. Joe Blanton is the hard-luck loser. Blanton is helped by two unassisted double plays‚ one on a popped bunt to Eric Chavez and one by his batterymate. Jason Kendall. When Yorvit Torrealba strikes out in the 5th and then is called for interference as Kendall tried to throw out Yuniesky Betancourt stealing second. Kendall earned his other U-DP in 2001 while with the Pittsburgh Pirates. According to Retrosheet‚ Mike Piazza of the New York Mets leads all active backstops with four.

    Apr 19, 2005 - The Mets slug a team record 7 HRs in a 16-4 pasting of the Phillies. Jose Reyes and Victor Diaz each hit a pair of round-trippers and Mike PiazzaDoug Mientkiewicz‚ and David Wright also homer. Wright's blast is a grand slam.

    May 5, 2004 - The Mets defeat the Giants‚ 8-2‚ as Mike Piazza becomes baseball's all-time HR leader among catchers with number 352. It is the 363rd homer of his career all told.

    Apr 7, 2004 - The Braves overcome a 6-0 deficit and pound out 19 hits on their way to an 18-10 win over the Mets. Atlanta takes the lead for good by scoring 11 runs in the 4th inning. Mike Piazza goes 5-for-5 for NY‚ including a pair of HRs. He becomes the first catcher in modern ML history to hit 3 HRs in the first 2 games of the season. Rookie Adam LaRocheJohnny Estrada and Julio Franco combined for six hits and seven RBIs in the 4th inning. LaRoche is the first N.L. player to garner two hits in an inning in his big-league debut; the feat has been accomplished three times in the A.L.

    Nov 5, 2002 - The Silver Slugger Award-winners are announced. Barry Bonds and Mike Piazza win their 10th awards.

    Sep 2, 2002 - Braden Looper (1-5) in his 66th relief appearance of the year‚ extends the Mets home losing streak to 15 in the 12-inning first game of a doubleheader. Florida wins 3-2. Preston Wilson ties the game in the 9th with a HR‚ and Juan Encarnacion wins it with an RBI double. The Mets take the nightcap‚ 11-5‚ overcoming back-to-back home runs in the 2nd by Derrek Lee and Mike Lowell. Mike Piazza drills a pinch 3-run HR. The win snaps the Mets home loss streak at 15 games‚ a NL record set the 1911 Braves. They last won at home on July 31.

    May 17, 2002 - The Mets score 8 runs in the 7th inning‚ highlighted by Mike Piazza's grand slam‚ to defeat the Padres‚ 13-4.

    Apr 30, 2002 - Mike Piazza hits 2 HRs and drives home 6 as the Mets defeat the Diamondbacks‚ 10-1. Al Leiter gets the victory for NY and in doing so becomes the first pitcher to have defeated all 30 ML teams. Both Randy Johnson of the Diamondbacks and Kevin Brown of the Los Angeles Dodgers have beaten 29 teams‚ but Johnson needs a win against his own team‚ the D'Backs‚ for 30.

    Aug 26, 2001 - The Diamondbacks score in the 10th inning to defeat the Phillies‚ 4-3. Philadelphia rookie SS Jimmy Rollins is caught stealing in the 3rd inning‚ the first time in his career after a streak of 35 consecutive steals. Luis Gonzalez receives the ultimate compliment when the Phils give him an intentional walk with the bases empty. According to the Elias Sports Bureau‚ Gonzalez joins Manny Ramirez Jason GiambiMike Piazza‚ and Jim Thome as the only players to receive an intentional pass with the bases empty this season. Ramirez is the only one of the group to have been walked intentionally twice this year with no ducks on the pond.

    Jul 13, 2001 - Mets C Mike Piazza hits his 300th career HR in NY's 3-1 loss to Boston.

    Oct 25, 2000 - The Yankees defeat the Mets‚ 3-2‚ to take a commanding 3-games-to-1 lead in the Series. Derek Jeter homers off Bobby Jones on the 1st pitch of the game for the Bronx Bombers. The Yankee bullpen saves the game with 4 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Mike Piazza's 2-run homer accounts for all the Mets scoring.

    Oct 22, 2000 - The Yankees defeat the Mets‚ 6-5 behind Roger Clemens‚ to take a 2-games-to-none lead in the WS. The Mets score 5 runs in the 9th inning on HRs by Mike Piazza and Jay Payton to throw a scare into the Bombers. In a bizarre incident‚ Clemens throws a piece of a shattered bat at Piazza in the 1st inning‚ with both benches clearing. It is the first meeting between the two players since Clemens beaned Piazza during the regular season. On Tuesday‚ Clemens will be fined $50‚000 for his actions.

    Oct 15, 2000 - The Mets defeat the Cardinals‚ 10-6‚ to take a commanding 3-games-to-1 lead in the NLCS. NY strokes a record 5 doubles in the 1st inning‚ and Mike Piazza slams a HR for the Mets. Glendon Rusch gets the win with 3 scoreless innings in relief.

    Oct 12, 2000 - The Mets defeat the Cardinals‚ 6-5‚ to take a 2-games-to-none lead in the NLCS. Jay Payton drives home the winning run for NY‚ who wins in its last at bat for the 3rd time this postseason. Mike Piazza homers for the Mets.

    Jul 18, 2000 - The Mets outslug the Blue Jays‚ 11-7‚ as C Mike Piazza hits his 3rd grand slam of the season. Toronto OF Shannon Stewart gets a ML record-tying 4 doubles in the game. It is his second game this year with four extra base hits‚ also tying a ML record.

    Jul 8, 2000 - The Yankees whip the Mets by identical 4-2 scores in both ends of an unusual day-night doubleheader. With the 1st game played at Shea Stadium and the nightcap at Yankee Stadium‚ it is the 1st time since 1903 that 2 teams played 2 games in different stadiums on the same day. Dwight Gooden wins the first game with a 6 inning effort in his first start since returning to the Yankees. Roger Clemens wins the night cap and precipitate a near brawl when he drills Mike Piazza in the helmet with an inside fastball. Piazza suffers a concussion.

    Jul 3, 2000 - The Marlins defeat the Mets‚ 2-0 on Derrick Lee's 2-run homer in the 9th‚ off Turk Wendell. Jesse Sanchez‚ 0-6 versus NY‚ is the winner. The loss ends C Mike Piazza's streak of 15 consecutive games with an RBI‚ 2 short of the major league mark.

    Jun 30, 2000 - Trailing by a score of 8-1 in the bottom of the 8th inning‚ the Mets score a team-record tying 10 runs and defeat the Braves‚ 11-8. Mike Piazza's 3-run HR is the deciding blow as NY score 9 of the runs with 2 outs.

    Jun 29, 2000 - In a prescient move‚ the Yankees obtain OF David Justice from the Indians for OF Ricky Ledee and two players to be named. When Shane Spencer goes down in 10 days‚ Justice will take over LF. Justice‚ with 58 RBI‚ will knock in another 60 with the Yankees‚ the first player to collect 50 RBIs in a season with two teams. Mike Piazza in 1998 with LA-FLA-NY is the only player to have a 100-RBI season while playing with three teams. The trade occurs minutes before the start of the game against Detroit‚ an 8-0 Yankee win‚ and Ledee is scratched from the lineup. The Yanks tie a ML record with 3 sac flies in one inning.

    May 7, 2000 - The Marlins calcimine the Mets‚ 3-0‚ behind Ryan Dempster's 1-hitter. C Mike Piazza's 6th inning double is NY's only hit.

    Apr 14, 2000 - The Mets outlast the Pirates‚ 8-5‚ in 12 innings. C Mike Piazza gets 5 hits for NY‚ including a double and 2 HRs.

    Mar 29, 2000 - The Cubs open the major league season in the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo‚ Japan‚ by defeating the Mets‚ 5-3‚ in the first big league game ever played outside of North America. Jon Lieber gets the victory and new ace Mike Hampton takes the loss. Shane Andrews hits the first HR of the new millennium. Mark Grace and Mike Piazza also homer.

    Nov 9, 1999 - Kansas City Royals OF Carlos Beltran is named the AL Rookie of the Year. Beltran was the 1st rookie with 100+ RBI since Mike Piazza had 112 in 1993 and the 1st in the AL since Mark McGwire had 118 in 1987. He is the first rookie with 100 runs /100 RBI since Fred Lynn in 75.

    Oct 19, 1999 - The Braves defeat the Mets‚ 10-9 in 11 innings‚ to take the NLCS‚ 4-games-to-2. Atlanta blew leads of 5-0 and 7-3‚ as NY eventually tied the score on a HR by Mike Piazza. A bases loaded walk by Kenny Rogers with 1 out in the last half of the 11th brings home the winning run. Braves C Eddie Perez is voted MVP of the LCS.

    Oct 15, 1999 - Behind the pitching of Tom Glavine‚ the Braves defeat the Mets‚ 1-0 for their 3rd win in a row. Atlanta scores an unearned run in the 1st inning with the help of 2 NY errors. It is the 1st time all year the Mets make 2 errors in the same inning. With Gerald Williams on 2nd & Bret Boone on 1st‚ with one out‚ the Braves pulled off a double steal. Williams scores when Mets C Mike Piazza fires the ball into center field trying to throw out Boone.

    Oct 9, 1999 - The Mets defeat the Diamondbacks‚ 4-3‚ on backup catcher Todd Pratt's 10th inning HR. Pratt is in the game for starter Mike Piazza‚ who is unable to play because of a thumb injury. The win puts NY into the NLCS against the Braves. John Franco gets the victory in relief for the Mets.

    May 29, 1999 - Arizona's Byung-Hyun Kim. 20-year-old Korean‚ makes his ML debut against the Mets‚ Relieving in the 9th‚ he strikes out Mike Piazza to end the game and preserve the 8-7 win.

    May 15, 1999 - When SS Alex Arias of the Philadelphia Phillies snags Mike Piazza's line drive in the sixth inning he starts the Phillies' 30th franchise triple play and their 10th against a team from New York City. It was just the second triple play turned in Veterans Stadium and the 237th in the National League since 1901. Arias has participated in two triple plays for the Phils‚ he initiated one last season against the San Francisco Giants. The Mets still win‚ 9-7.

    Apr 28, 1999 - The Mets defeat the Padres‚ 4-3‚ on a 9th inning HR by C Mike Piazza. It is the 1st time that SD has lost a game it was leading after 8 innings since July 24‚ 1996. They were 181-0 in games in which they led after 8 in that time.

    Oct 26, 1998 - The Mets sign C Mike Piazza to a 7-year‚ $91 million contract‚ making him the highest-paid player in the game.

    May 22, 1998 - The Mets acquire C Mike Piazza from the Marlins in exchange for OF Preston Wilson‚ P Ed Yarnell and a player to be named. Piazza spent a week with Florida following the Dodger trade. Piazza will be the first player to have a 100-RBI season while playing with three teams.

    May 15, 1998 - In one of the biggest trades in recent years‚ the Dodgers send All-Star C Mike Piazza and 3B Todd Zeile to the Florida Marlins in exchange for outfielders Gary Sheffield and Jim Eisenreich‚ C Charles Johnson‚ 3B Bobby Bonilla‚ and P Manuel Barrios. Piazza's stay in Miami will be just a week.

    Apr 10, 1998 - The Dodgers Mike Piazza becomes the 5th NL player in history to hit grand slams in consecutive games by homering in the Dodgers 7-2 win over the Astros. Piazza also homered with the bags full‚ while driving in 6 runs‚ in last night's 7-2 win over Arizona. He'll hit another on April 24th to tie the ML record for slams in a month.

    Sep 13, 1997 - The Dodgers drop a 5-1 decision to the Astros as Tom Candiotti's knuckleball does all sorts of tricks in the 1st inning. Candiotti hit 3 Houston batters in the frame‚ and another to lead off the 2nd‚ to tie a major league mark. C Mike Piazza also records 2 passed balls in the inning as the Astros score 4 of their 5 runs.

    Aug 27, 1997 - The Dodgers best the Pirates‚ 9-5‚ with the help of 5 hits by OF Otis Nixon and 6 RBIs from C Mike Piazza. LA now leads the NL West by 1 1/2 games over the Giants.

    Jun 1, 1997 - Whoops. Rookie 2B Wilton Guerrero of the Dodgers is ejected from game in St. Louis for using a corked bat. Guerrero shatters his stick while grounding out to lead off the game. Umpire Steve Ripley sees that the bat has been altered and shows it to crew chief Bruce Froemming‚ who then ejects Guerrero. Guerrero will earn an 8-day suspension and a $1‚000 fine. The Dodgers end their eight-game road losing streak with a 6-1 win when Mike PiazzaEric Karros and Todd Zeile hit consecutive home runs in the 4th inning. Chan Ho Park (4-2) allows one run in 6 2/3 innings for the victory.

    Nov 1, 1996 - The major league All-Star team opens their 8-game series in Japan with a 6-5 loss to the Japan All-Stars. Players include Cal Ripken‚ Sammy SosaSteve FinleyBrady AndersonBarry BondsMike PiazzaHideo NomoGary SheffieldAlex Rodriguez‚ and Shane Reynolds.

    Aug 29, 1996 - In the battle of brothers‚ the Dodgers Ramon Martinez beats his brother Pedro of the Expos‚ 2-1. Mike Piazza and Eric Karros hit consecutive HRs in the 4th for all the scoring off Pedro‚ while the Expos manage just 3 hits. Padro strikes out 12 and goes the distance‚ while Ramon allows 3 hits in 8+ innings. The two had never faced each other before‚ and they are the 6th pair of brothers to face each other.

    Jul 9, 1996 - The NL defeats the AL‚ 6-0‚ in the All-Star Game. Ken Caminiti and Mike Piazza homer for the winners. The game is the first All-Star contest in which no walks are issued by either team. Cal Ripken Jr. starts the game‚ despite suffering a broken nose when he accidentally catches a forearm from Chicago P Roberto Hernandez. Hernandez slipped on the tarp during the AL team photo shoot.

    Jun 30, 1996 - Rockies 2B Eric Young steals 6 bases in Colorado's 16-15 win over the Dodgers to tie a major league record. Three steals come in the 3rd inning when he steals 2B‚ 3B‚ and home. The two teams score in 14 of their 18 turns at bat‚ tying another big league mark. There are 7 lead changes in the contest‚ which is marked by 38 hits‚ 10 home runs and 10 stolen bases-9 steals when Hideo Nomo is on the mound and 10 with Mike Piazza behind the plate. Three of the homers come on consecutive pitches as Piazza‚ Karros‚ and Mondesi homer off Mark Thompson. The 4-hour and 20-minute game is the longest 9-inning contest in NL history. Raul Mondesi drives home 6 runs for LA‚ while Dante Bichette gets 5 hits and 4 ribbies for Colorado.

    Jun 29, 1996 - The Dodgers defeat the Rockies‚ 13-10‚ after leading 13-0 going into the bottom of the 8th inning. Colorado scores 8 runs in the 8th‚ then adds 2 more in the 9th to fall 3 short. C Mike Piazza leads the way for LA with 3 home runs and 6 RBIs.

    Aug 27, 1995 - Catcher Mike Piazza collects 4 long hits-2 doubles and 2 HRs‚ including a grand slam-good for 7 ribbies‚ to lead the Dodgers to a 9-1 victory over Philadelphia. Piazza is now hitting .367‚ tied for the lead in the ML.

    Jul 11, 1995 - The NL defeats the AL in the All-Star Game‚ 3-2‚ on an 8th inning PH HR by Jeff Conine. Conine becomes the 10th player to homer in his 1st All-Star at bat‚ and is named the Game's MVP. Frank Thomas‚ Craig Biggio‚ and Mike Piazza also connect for HRs.

    Oct 19, 1994 - For the third year in a row‚ a Dodger is named Rookie of the Year. Raul Mondesi‚ like last year's pick‚ Mike Piazza‚ is a unanimous choice. The fleet Dominican OF hit .306 with 16 homers and 16 assists.

    Oct 23, 1993 - Mike Piazza is the unanimous choice for NL Rookie of the Year. Selected as a favor to a friend of LaSorda's on the 62nd round of the 1988 draft‚ Piazza is the first rookie since Walt Dropo in 1950 to hit .300‚ collect 30 homers‚ and 100 RBIs. No NL rookie has done that since Wally Berger in 1930.

    Sep 16, 1991 - It's a day for suspensions. Atlanta OF Otis Nixon is suspended for 60 days (the remainder of the season) for violating baseball's drug policy. Nixon‚ who had been arrested on charges of cocaine possession in 1987‚ is currently leading the NL with 72 SBs. He will miss the NL playoffs due to the suspension. Cincinnati P Norm Charlton is suspended for 7 days and fined an undisclosed amount for admitting he intentionally threw at Dodgers C Mike Piazza in a game played on September 9th.

    Nov 18, 1970 - Johnny Bench wins the NL MVP Award with 326 points‚ 108 more than the Cubs Billy Williams. Bench had 45 homers‚ 148 RBI‚ and a .293 average for the Reds. His 355 total bases is a record for a C‚ one that will be tied by Mike Piazza in 1997.

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