Mike Piazza says he used androstenedione, but not steroids in upcoming book

Mike Piazza 1 polaroidIn a must read report for the New York Times, David Waldstein says Mike Piazza admits to using androstenedione, but not steroids in his upcoming memoir.

According to Waldstein, Piazza also admits to using amphetamines before they were banned in 2006, and looked into the possibility of using Human Growth Hormone with the Mets, unaware it was a banned substance.

Waldstein says Fred Hina, a former Mets trainer, advised Piazza not to use HGH.

“It shouldn’t be assumed that every big hitter of the generation used steroids,” Piazza says in the book, according to Waldstein. “I didn’t.”

Piazza expressed disappointment to Waldstein he wasn’t elected to the Hall of Fame this year.

“I won’t deny there is some disappointment, but I understand it’s a process,” Piazza told Waldstein. “All things considered, I got over 50 percent, and a lot of people were very supportive. I mean, there’s what, almost 600 voters? That’s a lot.”

Piazza appeared on 57.8 percent of the Hall of Fame ballots – he needed to appear on 75 percent of the ballot to get elected.

Michael Baron, Contributor

I’m really looking forward to Piazza’s book. He was always a very guarded, quiet, and private personality, and I am curious to learn more about a player I idolized for nearly a decade in Flushing.

As far as PED’s are concerned, I’m sick of hearing people speculate and condemn players like Piazza over the possibility they used steroids, banned substances, and so on. The debate should be whether or not Piazza’s talent combined with production warrant election to the Hall of Fame, and if there’s evidence of PED use, that can (and should) be taken into account. Suspicion and belief shouldn’t be enough to impact a decision to vote for a player or not, and in Piazza’s case, that’s all it is: suspicion. No matter what he says in the book, the speculation will always be there, and that really isn’t fair. Hopefully he at least has momentum working in his favor so to get elected to the Hall of Fame soon. He is the very definition of a Hall of Famer, and he deserves to be enshrined in Cooperstown.

Piazza’s book, titled, “Long Shot,” will be available starting February 12.




22 comments
brick_hausler
brick_hausler

@jacob__meyer especially before they started testing these guys for this stuff, if they wanted them no taking it then they shoulda tested em

jacob__meyer
jacob__meyer

@brick_hausler you can't test for hgh & that's the players fault, not the MLB. If I had a ballot I wouldn't vote in the roiders, which means

jacob__meyer
jacob__meyer

@brick_hausler I have more than just suspicion (bonds McGwire piazza Sosa clemens). You're not wrong if you vote for em, but it has 2 b all

brick_hausler
brick_hausler

@jacob__meyer I swear to God it's ridicolous, before they were strict players wanted to gain an edge, people told them this is how,

brick_hausler
brick_hausler

@jacob__meyer they did it it worked they felt good and Played well, if they were stricter they wouldn't have done it, the mlb blew it

brick_hausler
brick_hausler

@jacob__meyer it was the players livelihood and they are told to go win games and that helped, I think they should be in

jacob__meyer
jacob__meyer

@brick_hausler agreed. Also the players blew it. I'm not rewarding people who cheated and cheated to a greater extent they did.

jacob__meyer
jacob__meyer

@brick_hausler so cheating and breaking the law is okay? They're not children. They're grown men who knew the consequences of their actions.

brick_hausler
brick_hausler

@jacob__meyer what about the guys in the 50's and 60's in speed what about all the athletes that smoke pot illegally? That's illegal too...

jacob__meyer
jacob__meyer

@brick_hausler greenies are a lot different than hgh but that's fair. Again you're not wrong. But all or none. I say none. You say all.

brick_hausler
brick_hausler

@jacob__meyer I'm not saying it's right an I don't think steroids are right..now.. But where the line is drawn is tough for me

brick_hausler
brick_hausler

@jacob__meyer I still think these guys should be in, talent is talent, U can't enhance hand eye coordination with injections