Former major league baseball player Mike Piazza has found a new way to enjoy his retirement and spend time with his young daughter.
The 44-year-old will make his stage debut with the Miami City Ballet on May 3 in their new production of George Balanchine’s “Slaughter on Tenth Avenue”, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Piazza’s connection to the production comes by way of his six-year-old daughter Nicoletta, who is a student at the company.
Known for his power hitting, Piazza will not be wearing tights or dancing, but will play the role of the “Gangster”, sporting a 1920s-era costume. He will say a few lines then sit on stage during the rest of the performance.
The 12-time All-Star catcher spent most of his 16-year career with the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets, capturing the all-time home run record for catchers before retiring in 2008. Piazza appeared in one World Series with the 2000 Mets squad that lost to the New York Yankees 4-1.
Earlier this year, Piazza published an autobiography entitled “Long Shot”, in which he detailed his feuds with Roger Clemens and denied ever using banned performance-enhancing drugs.
Piazza was also up for election to the Baseball Hall Of Fame but was kept out like everyone else up for induction in Cooperstown this year, garnering 57.8 of the minimum 75 percent of votes needed.
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