Long Shot

By Mike Piazza, Lonnie Wheeler

During this New York Times bestselling autobiography, baseball legend Mike Piazza takes readers into his remarkable and storied career—from the rumors and controversies to his proudest achievements.

In this remarkably candid autobiography, star Mike Piazza takes readers inside of his lifestyles and profession to teach what it takes to make it to the most important leagues and to stick on top.

Piazza was once drafted within the sixty-second around of the 1988 MLB draft, a courtesy decide due to a relations connection to l. a. Dodgers supervisor Tommy Lasorda. not anyone anticipated Mike Piazza to play within the significant leagues other than Mike and his dad—not even the Dodgers. yet with expertise, choice, and a powerful paintings ethic, lengthy shot Piazza discovered the not easy place of catcher and never purely made it to the majors, he turned one of many nice avid gamers within the background of the game.

With resolute honesty Piazza addresses the problems that swirled approximately him in the course of his profession: the rumor that he used to be homosexual, the notorious bat-throwing incident with Roger Clemens, and the accusations of steroid use that plagued approximately each strength hitter of his period. yet particularly, Long Shot is the tale of a megastar who rose to the pinnacle via his expertise and his deep force to prevail.

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