While walking down Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, I noticed the greatest hitting catcher in baseball history entering the exclusive Barney’s New York clothing store. Despite being retired since 2007, 43-year-old Mike Piazza looked like he could lace up his cleats and take the field today. He has clearly made an effort to stay in good shape, in the four years since leaving the game.
The 12-time All-Star and 10-time Silver Slugger Award winner (best offensive player at each position) finished with a total of 427 homeruns, the most of any catcher to ever play Major League Baseball.
Piazza began his Big League career in Los Angeles, after being chosen in the final round of the 1988 draft, as a favor to former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, who is of course Piazza’s godfather. Piazza spent the first seven years of his career in LA, before being traded to the Marlins, who quickly dealt him to the New York Mets.
After earning more than $120 million during his 16-year career, Piazza can certainly afford to purchase whatever item he wants, whether it be at Barney’s or any of Beverly Hills’ other high end retailers.