Via the New York Times –
[Mike Piazza] admits to using androstenedione as part of a supplement pack until the outcry over Mark McGwire’s use of it forced him to “phase it out.” Baseball later banned the substance.
He also writes that he briefly experimented with amphetamines until they were banned in 2006. And he describes hearing about human growth hormone, doing some research and asking the Mets’ former trainer, Fred Hina, if teams would start distributing it, unaware that it was a banned substance. According to the book, Hina said he would look into it and a day or two later told Piazza it was not a good idea.
As for his clashes with Clemens, Piazza reiterates in detail all the events surrounding their confrontations and concludes that there should have been a fight in the 2000 Subway Series after Clemens threw a broken bat in his direction just months after he had beaned him. But, Piazza writes, Clemens then confused the situation by simply asking the umpire for another ball, rather than being confrontational. “He screwed up the script,” Piazza writes. “He sabotaged my payback.”
Anyone interested in reading Piazza’s book? I’m on the fence and wonder if it will be a popular seller or not…