Will Leitch has an excerpt from Jeff Pearlman’s new Roger Clemens book, and it ain’t about Roger Clemens:
“There was nothing more obvious than Mike on steroids,” says another major league veteran who played against Piazza for years. “Everyone talked about it, everyone knew it. Guys on my team, guys on the Mets. A lot of us came up playing against Mike, so we knew what he looked like back in the day. Frankly, he sucked on the field. Just sucked. After his body changed, he was entirely different. ‘Power from nowhere,’ we called it.”
When asked, on a scale of 1 to 10, to grade the odds that Piazza had used performance enhancers, the player doesn’t pause.
“A 12,” he says. “Maybe a 13.”
According to another part of the excerpt, everyone knew it, including many reporters. Which should make the next round of the media’s faux outrage and lamentations of lost innocence all the richer.
Beyond that, Piazza recently announced that he’s writing his autobiography. When the news of that broke, I opined that there aren’t many superstars blander than Piazza, and that guys like him don’t really make for riveting reading. One has to wonder now whether the pitch to his publisher involved a promise to be the first megastar — non-Canseco division — to come completely clean on PEDs in print.