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Portrait of Mike Piazza

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
19 7745 .308 .377 .545 140 74.1
Birth Date9-4-1968
Height6' 3"
Weight200 lbs
Age50 years, 11 months, 18 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
1992 LAN 23 21 74 16 3 0 1 4 12 1 0 0 .232 .284 .319 77 -1.6 -0.4 0.0 0.1
1993 LAN 24 149 602 174 24 2 35 46 86 3 3 4 .318 .370 .561 146 36.3 -7.6 14.3 7.2
1994 LAN 25 107 441 129 18 0 24 33 65 1 1 3 .319 .370 .541 135 21.8 -2.9 -0.6 3.8
1995 LAN 26 112 475 150 17 0 32 39 80 1 1 0 .346 .400 .606 163 39.9 -1.9 2.8 6.2
1996 LAN 27 148 631 184 16 0 36 81 93 1 0 3 .336 .422 .563 157 50.7 -4.9 9.4 8.2
1997 LAN 28 152 633 201 32 1 40 69 77 3 5 1 .362 .431 .638 173 61.1 -3.8 10.2 9.3
1998 FLO 29 5 19 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .278 .263 .389 148 1.2 -0.7 -0.1 0.1
1998 LAN 29 37 161 42 5 0 9 11 27 0 0 0 .282 .329 .497 148 10.2 -1.1 0.0 1.6
1998 NYN 29 109 446 137 33 0 23 47 53 2 1 0 .348 .417 .607 147 27.6 0.3 1.7 4.8
1999 NYN 30 141 593 162 25 0 40 51 70 1 2 2 .303 .361 .575 142 36.1 -0.4 -2.0 5.7
2000 NYN 31 136 545 156 26 0 38 58 69 3 4 2 .324 .398 .614 154 43.7 -3.0 4.8 6.7
2001 NYN 32 141 573 151 29 0 36 67 87 2 0 2 .300 .384 .573 150 39.5 -3.2 6.9 6.9
2002 NYN 33 135 541 134 23 2 33 57 82 3 0 3 .280 .359 .544 140 29.0 -2.2 4.7 5.6
2003 NYN 34 68 273 67 13 0 11 35 40 1 0 0 .286 .377 .483 125 9.6 -1.7 -1.5 1.8
2004 NYN 35 129 528 121 21 0 20 68 78 2 0 0 .266 .362 .444 116 11.5 -3.0 -7.6 1.4
2005 NYN 36 113 442 100 23 0 19 41 67 3 0 0 .251 .326 .452 111 6.2 -2.6 0.0 2.3
2006 SDN 37 126 439 113 19 1 22 34 66 3 0 0 .283 .342 .501 115 10.8 -3.0 -4.1 2.3
2007 OAK 38 83 329 85 17 1 8 18 61 0 0 0 .275 .313 .414 91 -2.4 -0.6 0.0 0.1
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Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
1989 SLO A- NWN 57 214 .000 .000 .000 .324 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1990 VRO A+ FSL 88 285 .000 .000 .000 .313 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1991 BAK A+ CLF 117 506 .000 .000 .000 .283 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1992 LAN MLB NL 21 74 .257 .312 .384 .268 99 -1.6 1.9 1.1 77 18 0.0 -0.4 -1.6 0.1
1992 SAN AA TXS 31 127 .000 .000 .000 .404 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1992 ABQ AAA PCL 94 398 .000 .000 .000 .372 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 LAN MLB NL 149 602 .264 .322 .404 .322 98 41.6 17.3 10.4 146 10 14.3 -7.6 36.3 7.2
1994 LAN MLB NL 107 441 .268 .329 .418 .330 96 21.9 13.4 8 135 9 -0.6 -2.9 21.8 3.8
1995 LAN MLB NL 112 475 .265 .328 .412 .365 95 47.5 14.2 8.6 163 10 2.8 -1.9 39.9 6.2
1996 LAN MLB NL 148 631 .264 .327 .411 .352 92 52.9 19.5 11.8 157 11 9.4 -4.9 50.7 8.2
1997 LAN MLB NL 152 633 .267 .332 .420 .363 95 75.7 16.8 10.1 173 7 10.2 -3.8 61.1 9.3
1998 FLO MLB NL 5 19 .266 .328 .407 .263 96 -0.5 0.5 0.3 148 8 -0.1 -0.7 1.2 0.1
1998 LAN MLB NL 37 161 .271 .338 .427 .289 96 6.5 4.2 2.9 148 8 0.0 -1.1 10.2 1.6
1998 NYN MLB NL 109 446 .263 .330 .415 .355 95 41.6 11.6 7.3 147 8 1.7 0.3 27.6 4.8
1999 NYN MLB NL 141 593 .267 .337 .424 .283 97 30.7 16.1 11 142 10 -2.0 -0.4 36.1 5.7
2000 NYN MLB NL 136 545 .268 .339 .435 .313 103 34.9 17.2 9.5 154 8 4.8 -3.0 43.7 6.7
2001 NYN MLB NL 141 573 .262 .329 .420 .302 95 43.4 17.1 9.4 150 9 6.9 -3.2 39.5 6.9
2002 NYN MLB NL 135 541 .256 .323 .400 .276 96 23.1 15.6 8.4 140 5 4.7 -2.2 29.0 5.6
2003 NYN MLB NL 68 273 .257 .325 .414 .301 98 9.7 7.1 4.8 125 11 -1.5 -1.7 9.6 1.8
2003 NOR AAA INT 5 18 .000 .000 .000 .154 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 NYN MLB NL 129 528 .262 .327 .423 .281 92 12.8 15.7 -2.2 116 11 -7.6 -3.0 11.5 1.4
2004 SLU A+ FSL 2 8 .000 .000 .000 .500 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 NYN MLB NL 113 442 .267 .329 .421 .260 94 5.8 12.7 6.8 111 11 0.0 -2.6 6.2 2.3
2006 SDN MLB NL 126 439 .268 .333 .429 .290 86 18 13.2 6.4 115 13 -4.1 -3.0 10.8 2.3
2007 OAK MLB AL 83 329 .263 .330 .412 .318 93 -1 9.8 -6.1 91 14 0.0 -0.6 -2.4 0.1
2007 STO A+ CLF 3 11 .291 .350 .510 .250 102 2.3 0.3 -0.2 113 0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.0
2007 SAC AAA PCL 3 17 .304 .366 .469 .500 85 1.9 0.5 -0.3 108 0 0.0 0.1 0.2 0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
1989 SLO A- NWN 214 198 22 53 11 0 8 88 25 13 51 0 0 .268 .319 .444 .177 0 0
1990 VRO A+ FSL 285 272 27 68 20 0 6 106 45 11 68 0 1 .250 .282 .390 .140 0 0
1991 BAK A+ CLF 506 448 71 124 27 2 29 242 80 47 83 0 3 .277 .349 .540 .263 0 0
1992 SAN AA TXS 127 114 18 43 11 0 7 75 21 13 18 0 0 .377 .441 .658 .281 0 0
1992 LAN MLB NL 74 69 5 16 3 0 1 22 7 4 12 0 0 .232 .284 .319 .087 0 0
1992 ABQ AAA PCL 398 358 54 122 22 5 16 202 69 37 57 1 3 .341 .406 .564 .223 0 0
1993 LAN MLB NL 602 547 81 174 24 2 35 307 112 46 86 3 4 .318 .370 .561 .243 6 0
1994 LAN MLB NL 441 405 64 129 18 0 24 219 92 33 65 1 3 .319 .370 .541 .222 2 0
1995 LAN MLB NL 475 434 82 150 17 0 32 263 93 39 80 1 0 .346 .400 .606 .260 1 0
1996 LAN MLB NL 631 547 87 184 16 0 36 308 105 81 93 0 3 .336 .422 .563 .227 2 0
1997 LAN MLB NL 633 556 104 201 32 1 40 355 124 69 77 5 1 .362 .431 .638 .277 5 0
1998 FLO MLB NL 19 18 1 5 0 1 0 7 5 0 0 0 0 .278 .263 .389 .111 1 0
1998 LAN MLB NL 161 149 20 42 5 0 9 74 30 11 27 0 0 .282 .329 .497 .215 1 0
1998 NYN MLB NL 446 394 67 137 33 0 23 239 76 47 53 1 0 .348 .417 .607 .259 3 0
1999 NYN MLB NL 593 534 100 162 25 0 40 307 124 51 70 2 2 .303 .361 .575 .272 7 0
2000 NYN MLB NL 545 482 90 156 26 0 38 296 113 58 69 4 2 .324 .398 .614 .290 2 0
2001 NYN MLB NL 573 503 81 151 29 0 36 288 94 67 87 0 2 .300 .384 .573 .272 1 0
2002 NYN MLB NL 541 478 69 134 23 2 33 260 98 57 82 0 3 .280 .359 .544 .264 3 0
2003 NOR AAA INT 18 17 2 3 0 0 1 6 2 1 3 0 0 .176 .222 .353 .176 0 0
2003 NYN MLB NL 273 234 37 67 13 0 11 113 34 35 40 0 0 .286 .377 .483 .197 3 0
2004 SLU A+ FSL 8 6 0 3 1 0 0 4 2 1 0 0 0 .500 .571 .667 .167 0 0
2004 NYN MLB NL 528 455 47 121 21 0 20 202 54 68 78 0 0 .266 .362 .444 .178 3 0
2005 NYN MLB NL 442 398 41 100 23 0 19 180 62 41 67 0 0 .251 .326 .452 .201 0 0
2006 SDN MLB NL 439 399 39 113 19 1 22 200 68 34 66 0 0 .283 .342 .501 .218 3 0
2007 STO A+ CLF 11 9 2 3 0 0 2 9 4 2 3 0 0 .333 .455 1.000 .667 0 0
2007 SAC AAA PCL 17 17 1 7 2 0 0 9 1 0 3 0 0 .412 .412 .529 .118 0 0
2007 OAK MLB AL 329 309 33 85 17 1 8 128 44 18 61 0 0 .275 .313 .414 .139 2 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2007-05-03 2007-07-20 60-DL 78 68 Right Shoulder Separation AC Joint -
2005-08-17 2005-09-10 15-DL 24 23 Left Hand Fracture Hairline -
2004-08-07 2004-08-30 15-DL 23 21 Left Knee Swelling -
2003-05-17 2003-08-13 60-DL 88 76 Right Groin Strain Torn -
2000-07-09 2000-07-13 DTD 4 1 - Head Concussion HBP -
2000-06-01 2000-06-03 DTD 2 1 - Head Concussion Follow-through on Swing -
1999-04-10 1999-04-25 15-DL 15 13 Right Knee Sprain MCL - -
1995-05-11 1995-06-04 15-DL 24 22 Left Thumb Sprain - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2007 OAK $8,500,000
2006 SDN $1,250,000
2005 NYN $16,071,429
2004 NYN $16,071,429
2003 NYN $15,571,429
2002 NYN $10,571,429
2001 NYN $13,571,429
2000 NYN $12,071,429
1999 NYN $7,071,429
1998 LAN $8,000,000
1997 LAN $7,000,000
1996 LAN $2,700,000
1995 LAN $900,000
1994 LAN $600,000
1993 LAN $126,000
1992 LAN $
YearsDescriptionSalary
15 yrPrevious$120,076,003
15 yrTotal$120,076,003

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
15 y 34 dDan Lozano

Details
  • 1 year/$8.5M (2007). Signed by Oakland as a free agent 12/8/06.
  • 1 year/$2M (2006), plus 2007 option. Signed by San Diego as a free agent 2/3/06. 06:$1.25M, 07:$8M mutual option ($0.75M buyout). Performance bonus: $0.25M each for 85, 95 & 105 games started. Award bonus: $50,000 for Gold Glove award. San Diego declined 2007 option 10/06.
  • 7 years/$91M (1999-2005). Re-signed by NY Mets as a free agent 10/24/98. $7.5M signing bonus ($4M at signing, $3.5M paid 1/15/02). 99:$6M, 00:$11M, 01:$12.5M, 02:$9.5M, 03:$14.5M, 04:$15M, 05:$15M. $50,000 All Star award bonus. Luxury suite for Mets home games. Hotel suite on road. Limited no-trade clause allowing Piazza to select four clubs each season to which he would accept a trade (LA Angels, LA Dodgers, NY Yankees and one other team). Assignment bonus of $0.5M if traded. At signing, highest total value ($91M) and average annual value ($13M) in baseball history.
  • 2 years/$15M (1997-98). Signed extension with LA Dodgers 1/22/97 (avoided arbitration, $7.65M-$6.1M). 97:$7M, 98:$8M. (Request of $7.65M in arbitration was highest figure ever submitted by a player at the time.) Acquired by Florida in trade from LA Dodgers 5/14/98. Acquired by NY Mets in trade from Florida 5/22/98.
  • 3 years/$4.2M (1994-96). Signed extension with LA Dodgers 2/11/94. 94:$0.6M, 95:$0.9M, 96:$2.7M. At signing, the second-largest contract in history for a second-year player.
  • 1 year/$0.126M (1993). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 2/93.
  • 1 year (1992). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 2/22/92. Recalled 9/1/92.
  • Drafted by LA Dodgers 1988 (62-1,390) (Miami-Dade College). $15,000 signing bonus.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2009-05-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Uh, is "kidney procedure" the new slang for superdupersteroids, or did Joe Mauer just decide to stop messing around and become Mike Piazza?
(Dan Pawson from Boston, MA)
I traded him in Tout.

No, really it's just the normal small-sample variations you'll see in any two week period for almost any player. Juan Pierre is tearing it up in Manny Ramirez's absence, but it doesn't make him a great player. Mauer *is* a great player and he's on one of those runs that you just sit back and enjoy. (Will Carroll)
2008-07-21 15:00:00 (link to chat)Any change in opinion on Mauer? It seems as though his down year last year was due to his hernia and now that he's healthy again, he's the best catcher in baseball.
(Wendy from Madrid)
Really, Madrid?

My opinion on Mauer never changed. All that's standing between him and legendary status is staying reasonably healthy. You can be a catcher and good for a long time (Ivan Rodriguez, even Mike Piazza), but given the early career leg injuries, I don't think Mauer is going to have that durability. It's his bat that's valuable, so I'd find a catcher that could go three days a week, catch Mauer three days a week and DH him the rest. (Will Carroll)
2008-05-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Joe Torre has stated in the papers that he wants to give Russell Martin rest from catching but still keep him in the lineup at 3B. How will this affect Dewitt, LaRoche and Garciaparra?
(Dodger Fan from California)
Well, first thing, I think this is an indication that Torre is *way* more creative than he's generally given credit for. But my inclination is that I'd just rather give Martin the extra time off than find another place to play him. He has a very, very good bat, but not a Mike Piazza type of bat where you're really killing yourself when he's not in your lineup. (Nate Silver)
2008-05-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)How good is Tim Beckham, really? I know he's one of the best players in the draft, but is his ceiling really *that much* higher than Posey's? So much so as to offset the huge difference in their probability? Isn't a solid catcher (even if he's not Mike Piazza offensively) with a high probability extremely valuable?
(Peter from Boston)
It is. But the question is, is that REALLY want you want to take at 1:1? Posey has a far better chance of being a productive big leaguer, while Beckham has a better chance of being an impact player. That's the conundrum. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-05-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm stealing this question from Joe Posnanski, but who do you think is the best Mets position player of all time?
(Tommy from OPS,FL)
Willie Mays? Mike Piazza? Daryl Strawberry? That's one for Jay Jaffe. (Will Carroll)
2008-02-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat. My question to you is: how well do you think most major league teams do at recognizing advanced defensive metrics? There are some obvious examples of star-level hitters who have no business holding down their defensive position. Am I too focused on a handful of examples or is there a ways to go here in terms of adoption?
(Tim from Portland, OR)
Oh, I think most all teams understand and apply the advanced metrics (for example in the arbitration process).

But the question really is how in the larger picture does that player's defense effect the total value you're getting out of the position. Sometimes there may be an obvious way to hide that defender or mimimize their negative impact (moving Jeter to third and A-Rod to short) but often having a premium offensive player at a defensive position (Victor Martinez?, Mike Piazza) has a larger upside. (Dan Fox)


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Advanced Catching Metrics

Year lvl CSAA Framing Runs Blocking Chances EPAA Blocking Runs SB Attempts SRAA TRAA Throwing Runs FRAA Adj. FRAA
1992 mlb .002 0.3 695 .000 -0.1 12 .012 .001 -0.1 0.2 0.0
1993 mlb .006 8.9 5762 -.001 1.3 146 -.023 .001 2.1 12.3 14.3
1994 mlb .004 3.8 3775 -.001 0.7 90 .036 -.003 -2.1 2.7 -0.6
1995 mlb .006 6.8 4027 .001 -0.6 99 .014 -.004 -0.8 5.3 2.8
1996 mlb .010 14.3 5004 -.001 0.7 162 .049 .004 -5.6 8.4 9.4
1997 mlb .007 9.3 5096 -.001 2.0 137 .052 .001 -4.3 6.5 10.2
1998 mlb .000 0.5 5427 -.001 1.9 134 .015 .007 -1.2 1.2 1.6
1999 mlb .003 3.8 5680 .000 0.8 134 .046 .006 -4.3 0.4 -2.0
2000 mlb .007 10.7 5111 -.001 1.1 123 .062 .009 -5.1 6.7 4.8
2001 mlb .013 15.5 4956 .000 -0.2 133 .067 .013 -5.3 10.0 6.9
2002 mlb .007 8.4 4840 -.002 2.1 132 .067 .007 -5.5 5.0 4.7
2003 mlb -.002 -1.3 2778 .000 0.3 71 .013 .007 -0.6 -1.9 -1.5
2004 mlb -.004 -2.0 1832 .000 0.3 39 .018 .002 -0.4 -2.1 -7.6
2005 mlb .006 5.0 3734 .000 0.1 89 .109 .003 -6.1 -0.9 0.0
2006 mlb .004 3.2 3027 -.001 0.6 98 .125 .028 -7.9 -4.1 -4.1

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