New York Mets: 5 Reasons Why Mike Piazza Will Have a Big Year in 2013

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New York Mets: 5 Reasons Why Mike Piazza Will Have a Big Year in 2013
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Legendary catcher Mike Piazza has not played a major league game since he played for the A's in 2007. He tried looking for a team to sign him in 2008, but no one made an offer. As a result, Piazza decided to retire and move on to the next phase of his life.

Piazza finished his career as arguably the greatest offensive catcher of all time, and by a good margin. Across 16 seasons, he had a .308 lifetime batting average, 1,048 runs scored, 2,127 hits, 427 home runs, 1,335 RBI, 759 walks, 3,768 total bases and a career .922 OPS. All of those rankings are in the top 10, if not the top among all catchers.

Since retiring, Piazza has more or less stepped away from the baseball scene. He coached for the same Italy team in the 2009 World Baseball Classic that he played for in 2006. He has also made a good number of appearances at Mets games, including Shea Stadium's final game and the first game in Citi Field's history.

However, Piazza has spent most of his time after retirement being a full-time father of two daughters. He married his wife, Alicia Rickter in 2005. His first daughter was born in 2007 and his second daughter in 2009.

It's possible that in the future, Piazza could get involved in baseball once again, at least after his daughters grow up. If anything, Piazza would mostly likely become a minor league manager or major league hitting coach, and most likely within the Mets organization.

Despite his current status as a full-time father, Piazza will have a big year in 2013 to look forward to. Here are five reasons why 2013 will be a special year for him.

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