Mike Piazza Returning to the Dugout as Italian National Team Manager

The hall of famer hopes to turn the national team into a winning ball club.

All-star catcher Mike Piazza, who spent 16 seasons in the MLB, is returning to the baseball diamond—this time, as a manager.

In a statement on his Twitter account, Piazza broke the news that he will manage the Italian national team for two tournaments in the near future.

The hall of famer and former New York Mets slugger will manage Italy in the 2020 European Baseball Championship and the 2021 World Baseball Classic, according to CBS Sports.

Italy has never advanced to the second round of the WBC, so the former slugger may have his hands full.

Previously, Piazza was the hitting coach for Italy in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

The Hall of Famer hit .308 to go along with 427 home runs and 1,335 RBIs in his 16 seasons. Piazza also had seven seasons in which he hit 30 or more home runs.


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