Monday, January 11, 2016

Quick Hit: Mike Piazza vs. the Yankees

The newest members of the Hall of Fame according to the Baseball Writers Association of America are Seattle Mariners center fielder Ken Griffey Jr. and New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza. We have taken a disheartening look at how Griffey Jr. terrorized the Yankees during his career so it feels only right to do the same with Piazza. Piazza played his entire career in the National League with the Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers so the amount of times he saw the Yankees were limited but there was the Subway Series in Interleague play and the 2000 World Series matchup between the Yankees and Mets. Did Piazza make Yankees fans tremble before every interleague season?

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Roger Clemens sure didn’t fear Piazza, he threw a splintered bat “in his general direction” in the 2000 World Series but it did look like many of the Yankees pitchers were scared of him. Piazza finished his career against the Yankees with a .300 average with eight home runs and 26 RBI in just 41 games. Multiply that by four for roughly a full season total and you have 32 home runs and 108 RBI with 80 walks, 40 doubles and 184 hits. Ouch.

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