The Los Angeles Dodgers are sending four players to the 2014 All-Star Game and while it will be a first for Dee Gordon and Yasiel Puig, it’s difficult to fathom it being the same experience Mike Piazza had in 1996.
It was Piazza’s fourth All-Star selection and he was one of two Dodgers who participated in the 1996 game. However, it carried a little more special meaning for the Dodger catcher as it was played in his hometown of Philadelphia.
Piazza provided plenty of fireworks early with a towering home run in the second inning and he finished the game 2-for-3 with the home run and RBI double en route to being named the game’s MVP.
Piazza became just the fifth player in franchise history to be named the All-Star MVP and he’s the last to do so. Reliever Todd Worrell joined Piazza in representing the Dodgers and he threw one scoreless inning of relief as the National League won the game 6-0.
Appearing in 148 games during the 1996 season, Piazza hit .336 with 36 home runs, 105 RBIs and finished second in the NL MVP race.
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