New book alleges Piazza used 'roids
Mike Piazza when he played for the Mets. AP Photo
In a baseball off-season once again dominated by talk of steroids, a new book alleges that former Mets superstar Mike Piazza took steroids.
The book, The Rocket that Fell to Earth by Jeff Pearlman, is about former Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens, but in a section about a feud between the two, Pearlman quotes two former players saying Piazza was juiced.
There was nothing more obvious than Mike on steroids, an unnamed former player says. Everyone talked about it, everyone knew it.Another former player, Reggie Jefferson, concurs.
Its amazing how all these names, like Roger Clemens, are brought up, yet Mike Piazza goes untouched, Jefferson is quoted as saying.
Perhaps even more damning, Pearlman writes that Piazza admitted to reporters that he used, but only off the record, and that none printed the confessions.
The book notes that Piazza has denied using performance-enhancing drugs. A message left Wednesday with Piazzas agent was not returned.
The allegations in the book, which went on sale Tuesday, come on the heels of an online column earlier this month by former New York Times reporter Murray Chass that raised questions about the former slugger.
Chass described seeing acne on Piazzas back, which, he writes, can be a sign of steroid use.
Piazza, who has retired from baseball, played for the Mets from 1998 to 2005 and holds the record for most career home runs by a catcher.