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Piazza Drives Wedge Deeper With Dodgers

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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...

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