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Long Shot

3.35 of 5 stars 3.35  ·  rating details  ·  327 ratings  ·  58 reviews
Mike Piazza's autobiography—the candid story of the greatest hitting catcher in the history of baseball, from his inauspicious draft selection to his Hall of Fame-worthy achievements and the unusual controversies that marked his career.

Mike Piazza was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 62nd round of the 1988 baseball draft as a "courtesy pick." The Dodgers never ex
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ebook, 384 pages
Published February 12th 2013 by Simon & Schuster
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Jason Shatkin
In who is my favorite ball player of all time, I found this book very insightful but not necessarily in a good way. While Piazza was coming through the Dodger organization he was frequently whiny and self gratifying. His father frequently intervened in his professional life and I'd have been better off not knowing some of that.

Still....who can forget him standing on the first base line, with tears welling in his eyes, for fallen heroes when baseball returned to NY after 9/11. Then he brought us
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Andrew
One of my all time favorite players had an interesting career & some great stories to tell, but could have had some help writing them down better. Neat to learn about how he overcame some obstacles in the beginning, but the end just felt like a list of all his home runs. The editor could have also helped Piazza rewrite parts so that he would sound less whiney & egotistical. Overall about as disappointing as Mike not punching Roger Clemens in the face.
James
Let's call this a 2.5, dead in the center of the scale. It's got its interesting points, specifically Piazza's signing and climb through the minors. In the end it goes on a bit long, sort of like a catcher trying to hang on beyond his prime.

The dust jacket, in typical fashion, promises thrills and spills: "With resolute honesty Piazza addresses the issues that swirled about him during his career: the rumor that he was gay, the infamous bat-throwing incident with Roger Clemens during the 2000 Wor
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Mark Sinnott
Well, I certainly don't remember Piazza being as much of a whiny, narcissistic brat as he came off as in this book. I knew he was moody and quiet, but I didn't know it was because he was actually fuming most of the time about not being recognized by everyone for how good he was. Yikes, Mike!

I know he probably didn't actually write most of what was in this book word for word, but even so, I'm surprised he let some of his accounts of situations during his career be published in the way that they w
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Kevin McAllister
Mike Piazza's bio is for the most part an enjoyable read . He spends a surprising amount of time discussing his childhood and his difficult journey to the major leagues. When he finally does hit the big time each year of his career is given its own chapter and baseball fans are treated to richly detailed accounts of on the field and off the field events. While definitely not a tell all expose; a lot of juicy bits of gossip are revealed. Also enjoyable are all the non baseball people Piazza spent ...more
Rob
Rob To say I'm disappointed is an understatement...

I idolized this man. He put numbers in the books that are certainly Hall of Fame caliber...
However, in reading his memoir (and listening TO HIS OWN WORDS) Mike is clearly not a nice man.
The most self-centered, egotistical, aloof, arrogant, moody, selfish bastard on the planet. He had utter contempt for the fans (in LA AND NY), the media, his team mates..you name it. And he makes no bones about explaining it! Like a true sociopath, he discusses a
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Steve
Full disclosure. When he was playing Major League Baseball for Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Diego and Oakland, I was pretty much unaware of Mike Piazza. In fact, when I picked up this autobiography, I was totally unaware Piazza had played for any other team than the Dodgers. In fact, it was kind of a shock to learn how many teams he had payed for since Los Angeles.

That said, I came away from Long Shot with the overall impression, none of us would've ever heard of Piazza had it not been for
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Joe Healy
I'm generally not the type of pre-order books before they are released or even buy them when they first hit the shelves. I'm usually reading something else at the time, so I always figure I can pick up the newly-released book some other time.

Because Mike Piazza was one of my favorite baseball players growing up, I made the exception for his book Long Shot.

I'm given it three stars, but I have to admit that if I weren't a huge fan of his growing up, I would have given it fewer.

The best autobiog
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Kate
I'm sort of sorry I read this book. A lifelong Met fan, I was skeptical when he came to play for my team, but his unflappability, work ethic, and humility won me over, and I was outraged when he was denied a place in the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. However, in "his" memoir (the syntax is laughably not Piazza's own), he comes off as a complainer and grudge-bearer -- ironically, a great deal less likeable than he was portrayed in the media he gripes so much about here.

(Full dis
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Pasquale
Mike Piazza is my favorite baseball player of all-time. This was an interesting and revealing look at the life of a ballplayer from his beginnings through post-retirement. Piazza is simultaneously arrogant and humble at the same time, which is pretty difficult to do. Not the best autobiography I've read, but a decent read. Absolute crime that he was denied admission to the Hall of Fame by the idiot baseball writers.
Bob
Mike Piazza was a catcher for sixteen seasons, mostly with the Dodgers and the Mets. In that role his lifetime batting average was .308 and he leads all catchers including Johnny Bench and Carlton Fisk in home runs with 427. Piazza became eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2013 and in some ways, this book reads as a campaign piece to justify his selection. And this seems in character with the Mike Piazza who emerges in this book.

Piazza grew up in a Philadelphia suburb with a father who pl
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Jim
During Mike Piazza’s years with the Mets (1998-2005), I loved the guy. I was a HUGE Piazza fan, so much so that at one point, I was seriously considering getting a tattoo of his uniform number, 31. The beanball that Roger Clemens threw at him in 2000, which cost Piazza an appearance in the All-Star Game that year, and the Subway Series that year—during which Clemens inexplicably threw a bat shard at Piazza, claiming he thought it was the ball—roused my indignation. I still believe that Clemens i ...more
Ann Marie
I loved the book. I think it answered many questions regarding how he carried himself. Being in his company away from the field he was very open and was respectful of everyone. I think the people who are saying he is whiny are dodger fans who are disappointed that LA meant less to him than most believed. It's great to read a book that wasn't kissing everyone's butt.
JC
I am not a huge baseball fan but received this book and had obviously heard of Mike Piazza. This book would be best for those who are in a situation like mine or who know more about baseball.

I felt like there was a lot of defending and case making going on here which was fine by me. I felt like piazza did a good job of defining what he brought and what he accomplished.

The discussion of steroids was interesting and I would side with Piazza on this that things changed a lot from when he started pl
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Andrew
Transparency: I think Mike Piazza belongs in the Hall of Fame. The case for him is strong and the one against him (question of steroid use) is doubtful. But there may be an underlying reason, other than steroids,for his not getting the votes: his adversarial relationship with most everybody he associated with, particularly the baseball writers who vote. I also enjoyed watching him play and cheered for him.

When a great athlete writes a memoir, the question is: why? Not likely the money, as they a
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Kerry Kushetsky
Mike was my favorite player from the Mets. I still fondly remember when he hit a 3 run homerun to help the Mets comeback against the braves and of course his now legendary homerun during the first game back after 9/11. I did enjoy this book for the baseball stories he shares. It's clear he used the negative things said about him as motivation while he played. He wanted to prove everyone wrong. Towards the ending he does come off a bit whiny. He also gives some insight in regards to how front off ...more
Lance
Rating:
4 of 5 stars (very good)

Review:
Baseball fans have heard the story: 62nd round draft pick, who was chosen by a well-known major league manager as a favor to the player’s father. Worked his way up to the big leagues where he became one of the best hitting catchers in the game. Mike Piazza shares his thoughts on these topics and a lot more in this memoir of his life and career that was fun to read, and at the same time it evoked a lot of reaction for his comments and viewpoints on many issu
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Brent Lady
Summary
Mike tells stories about his entire baseball career every stepping stone he toke to get there. He never was supposed to amount to anything as he was picked in the 62nd round of the MLB draft by a team who gave up on him. But the Mets toke a chance on him. Before anyone even knew who he was he emerged as one of the best catchers in the game. In his career he was a 12-time all-star, word series champion, and MLB record holding for batting average. He likes going deep in detail about the mom
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Kay
Okay baseball season is gone and a total disaster with my very favorite team and a fantastic season with my 2nd favorite so it's time to read about the subject. [since the 2012 season was a disaster for my 2 favorite teams I neglected the subject!]. This book was sitting on the library shelf so I grabbed it [not that I was a Piazza, Dodger or Met fan]

Piazza was the 62nd draft pick of the Dodgers and that was only a courtesy pick because his father was a friend of Tommy Lasorda. Even with that co
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Alex
In the autobiography Long Shot by Mike Piazza, Piazza describes his struggle to get to, and in the major leagues. I would definitely recommend the book to someone else. I liked his very detailed descriptions on ever step in his journey. I also enjoyed Piazza's use of foreshadowing. He foreshadowed that if he made the majors, it would likely be with the Dodgers, since he talked a lot about his dad being friends with Tommy Lasorda, the Dodgers manager at the time.

Piazza also often used suspense to
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Jen Quintanilla
In the epilogue, Piazza writes that he played with a chip on his shoulder and wrote this book with one too. Truer words have never been spoken. I enjoyed this book because, in part, it was a walk down memory lane. As a lifelong Mets fan, I have a lot of really great memories of when Piazza came to NY and his career there. He was one of my favorite players. This book allowed me to a revisit a lot of really great baseball moments and it taught me lot of things I did not know about 90s/00s baseball ...more
Tiffany
Meh. I'm not exactly enjoying this book. It's not horrible, but it's just not good, either. Mech. Not just an indifferent "meh," but a gagging "mech." I used to love Mike Piazza: awesome catcher, good hitter, seemed like a nice enough guy. This book, though, is actually changing completely changed my opinion of him. To me, at least, he comes across as much more of an entitled brat than I ever thought he was, which is ironic, since that's the impression he's actually trying to shoot down. But I t ...more
Kenneth Flusche
An interesting biography, seems defensivce trying to reply to all the accusations over his years in baseball yet build a following to get in the hall of fame. My favorite parts od course are personal remembering some od my favorite Tidewater Tides Benny Agbayani (#50 Big Hawaian big hitter) Ty Wigginton (Broken Nose playing 3rd E-6 playing short glad he made it to the bigs at 3rd) Jose Reyes (good SS best leadoff player I've ever seen in AAA ball) The book was good just wish Mike didn't take cri ...more
Stacey Eisenlohr
Honest summary of a well-known athlete

Good read, engaging, enjoyed play with teammates, fans and general though not overt dislike of media.
Glad he addressed the gay rumors because I remember that about him, even though I was not a Mets or Dodgers fan,
but a baseball fan.
And I liked his relationship with Tommy LaSorda.
Stephen
What a heartbreaker of a book. Mike Piazza is my favorite ball player of all time, and I was really excited to read his autobiography. But this book was so poorly written that I didn't even finish it. Moreover, (and maybe this is just a fan boy complaint) it doesn't seem to pay attention to a lot of the things I would have thought deserved greater attention. The coverage of the 2000 playoffs and World Series occurs in a matter of pages. It's almost over before it began, and it felt like it was j ...more
Arcelia
I read it knowing that I would end up really disliking Mike when the book was over, and I was right! One star for Mike and his personality, 4-5 stars for the story because it was interesting when I wasn't annoyed with his ego. I loved Mike when he was with the Dodgers as a rookie, I followed his career until he was released and traded. I read this book to find out if he was as much of a jerk as the media made him out to be during that contract negotiation period before he left LA, and yup he was ...more
Donna
I would recommend this book to those who are specifically fans of the New York Mets and Mike Piazza. Be prepared to read a lot of details about at bats and statistics along with the personal anecdotes. The author is honest about his apparently well deserved reputation as being moody and somewhat aloof and attempts to address the controversies that arose during his career. There were times while reading this memoir that I wasn't sure that I would still admire him by the end of the book. In the en ...more
becky
Well what did I expect trying to read baseball nonfiction?! Piazza was on Jon Stewart one night, and Jon said...go read this book! And I always do what Jon tells me to do. I was hesitant about this though, not really my thing, but I found Piazza to be quite charming on the show so I thought why not. Welllll I made it about halfway and some of it was definitely interesting. But I found myself thinking he's not so charming, and I'm really not interested in the rest of the story. And when you have ...more
Chris Woodcock
Interesting read. As great a ball player as he was, though, you get the distinct feeling Piazza is a class A paranoid xenophobic ultra-conservative hypocritical asshole.
Lane
the book turned out ok and actually interesting for a ball player who i did not like or enjoy when he played. after reading this, i can see why he did not appeal to me when he was playing. he was truthful in his reporting.
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Michael Joseph Piazza is an American former Major League Baseball catcher. He played in his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Florida Marlins, New York Mets, San Diego Padres and the Oakland Athletics.

A 12-time All-Star, Piazza is often regarded as one of the best-hitting catchers of all time and holds the record for home runs hit by a catcher, with a career total of 427. He had at least one RB
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