Former Major League Baseball player Mike Piazza has found a new way to enjoy his retirement and spend time with his young daughter.
The 44-year-old will make his stage debut with the Miami City Ballet on May 3 in their new production of George Balanchine’s “Slaughter on Tenth Avenue,” according to reports.
Piazza’s connection to the production comes by way of his six-year-old daughter Nicoletta, who is a student at the company.
Known for his power hitting, Piazza will not be wearing tights or dancing, but will play the role of the “Gangster,” sporting a 1920s-era costume. He will say a few lines then sit on stage during the rest of the performance.
The 12-time All-Star catcher spent most of his 16-year career with the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets, capturing the all-time home run record for catchers before retiring in 2008. Piazza appeared in one World Series with the 2000 Mets squad that lost to the New York Yankees 4-1.
Earlier this year, Piazza published an autobiography entitled “Long Shot,” in which he detailed his feuds with Roger Clemens and denied ever using banned performance-enhancing drugs.
Piazza was also up for election to the Baseball Hall of Fame but didn't get in, garnering 57.8 of the minimum 75 percent of votes needed.