July 29, 2021

The Baseball 100: No. 89, Mike Piazza (The Athletic)

Starting in December and ending on Opening Day, we at The Athletic will count down the 100 greatest baseball players by publishing an essay on a player every day for 100 days. In all, this project will contain roughly as many words as “Moby Dick.” Yes, we know it’s nutty. We hope you enjoy. 

You probably know Mike Piazza was taken very, very late in the baseball amateur draft. And if you’re into baseball trivia, you might even know he was taken by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 62nd round of the 1988 amateur draft. That’s pretty famous because Piazza was by far the lowest draft pick ever to make the Hall of Fame. He will remain the lowest forever because the draft doesn’t even go 62 rounds anymore.

Lowest draft picks to make the Hall of Fame:

Mike Piazza, 62nd round, 1,390th overall pick (1988)

John Smoltz, 22nd round, 574th overall pick (1985)

Ryne Sandberg, 20th round, 511th overall pick…

Read “The Baseball 100: No. 89, Mike Piazza” at The Athletic