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February 14, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
And now deep from the vaults at KTLA, comes that devastating video of Vin Scully interviewing Mike Piazza. You know, the one where the villainous Scully just crushed poor Piazza , managing to turn an entire city of Dodgers fans against him. Or maybe not. It is true, that dastardly Scully had the temerity to ask Piazza about the contract situation, what with it being only about the biggest story of that 1998 Dodgers spring....
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February 14, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Another day, and no news that Mike Piazza has blamed Jonas Salk for polio. Not a word that Jack Nicholson is the core problem for the Lakers, Sandy Koufax is the cause of Clayton Kershaw's hip problem, that Walter Cronkite was actually on the grassy knoll. Mother Teresa remains safe, but the day is early. He'd probably like to go after the pope for something but is not sure should whether to focus on the lame duck or await a new pontiff. Not sure what's the upside to taking on beloved icons, but Piazza is blazing his own trail.
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February 14, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
Mike Piazza would never exist today. He would have to be created by the Hollywood machine that once embraced him. He was taken in the 62nd round of the 1988 baseball draft. There are no longer 62 rounds in the draft. He was given a private tryout at a locked Dodger Stadium as a favor to his family friend and quasi uncle, Tom Lasorda. There are few managers remaining with the longevity and power to make such arrangements. After two minor league seasons, he was no better than an average Class-A catcher, yet he was promoted to a higher Class A the following spring.
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February 13, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
Mike Piazza has not set foot in Dodger Stadium since his retirement. When the Dodgers offered to honor him with a bobblehead night last season, Piazza declined. "He doesn't want to come back because he thinks the fans will boo ," former Dodgers Manager Tom Lasorda, the godfather to Piazza's brother, told The Times last month. Piazza did himself no favors on that score in his new book, "Long Shot. " In the book, he blames iconic Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully for turning fans against him during the contract stalemate that preceded his trade to the Florida Marlins in 1998.
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February 13, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
Mike Piazza has not set foot in Dodger Stadium since his retirement. When the Dodgers offered to honor him with a bobblehead night last season, Piazza declined. "He doesn't want to come back because he thinks the fans will boo," former Dodgers manager Tom Lasorda, the godfather to Piazza's brother, told The Times last month. Piazza did himself no favors on that score in his new book, "Long Shot. " In the book, he blames iconic Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully for turning fans against him during the contract stalemate that preceded his trade to the Florida Marlins in 1998.
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February 12, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
So Mike Piazza was planning to go all Ralph Macchio on Roger Clemens? And then when he had the opportunity, decided just maybe it wasn't his best idea? Hey, that's show business, or at least the autobiography business. Piazza's memoir “Long Shot” hits the stores Tuesday, and although it deals with the suspected topics -- did not do steroids, should be in the Hall of Fame, is not gay -- in expected fashion, there is one surprising element. Piazza said he was so upset over Roger Clemens' beaning him during a game while with the Mets in 2000, he took karate lessons to prepare for their next encounter.
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February 11, 2013 | Ed Stockly
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Feb. 10 - 16, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies       This Morning Donna Rosato; Kevin Cullen. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Josh Duhamel; Jackie Collins; Kate Upton; Jeff Probst. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC Live With Kelly and Michael Viola Davis. (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View Cissy Houston; Wendy Plump. (N) 10 a.m. KABC The Talk Julie Andrews. (N) 1 p.m. KCBS The Doctors Kid's sleep environments.
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February 9, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
The Hall of Fame election came and went without the release of Mike Piazza's long-awaited book. Piazza might have been the best-hitting catcher in baseball history, but he and everyone else in a star-studded field of candidates was rejected in an election that became a referendum on the steroid era. Barry Bonds? No. Roger Clemens? No. Sammy Sosa? No. Now that the Piazza book is about to go on sale, with the book tour about to start in New York, Piazza gave an interview to the New York Times.
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January 11, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Now, he's biased, OK? He has money at stake. And the reality is, he doesn't know with absolute certainty. But for what it's worth, the co-writer of Mike Piazza's upcoming biography says he believes the former Dodgers catcher did not use steroids . Actually, Lonnie Wheeler tried real hard not to say it, before naturally, saying just that in response to a question on whether Piazza denies taking performance enhancing drugs in the book....
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January 9, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
No players were elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame this year in a polarizing vote that reopened the wounds of the steroid era. Home run king Barry Bonds, owner of baseball's most cherished record, was resoundingly rejected. So was pitcher Roger Clemens, who risked prison time by challenging allegations that he used steroids and successfully defended himself against perjury charges. Craig Biggio came closest to election, getting 68.2% of the vote and falling 39 votes short.
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