Mike Piazza, who will be inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame this weekend, is the subject of an advertisement placed by the Dodgers in the official magazine being distributed this weekend in Cooperstown, New York:
Piazza spent all or part of his first seven major league seasons in a Dodger uniform, winning the National League Rookie of the Year award in 1993. The Dodgers traded Piazza to the Florida Marlins in 1998 and he’s harbored hard feelings ever since.
Piazza hasn’t appeared in public at Dodger Stadium since he retired in 2008. In his 2013 memoir, Long Shot, Piazza was critical of how he was treated by the Dodgers’ front office from the time he was drafted in the 62nd round in 1988. He requested a New York Mets cap on his Hall of Fame plaque, which will be revealed Sunday.
This advertisement may or may not be a small step toward some kind of reconciliation. Either way, it’s a sign that there are no hard feelings on the Dodgers’ part now, almost two decades after the trade.
We’ll have more on Piazza’s induction in tomorrow’s editions.