Ex-catcher Piazza will make ballet debut in Miami

Ex-catcher Piazza will make ballet debut in Miami

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WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 23: Mike Piazza attends The National Italian American Foundation's 35th Anniversary Awards Gala at Washington Hilton on October 23, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on April 3, 2013 at 8:29 AM

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Former Major League Baseball catcher Mike Piazza will be taking center stage with the Miami City Ballet.

The Miami Beach-based dance company has tapped Piazza to play the role of a gangster in the May 3 production of “Slaughter on Tenth Avenue.”

Piazza won’t be dancing in tights. He’ll wear a 1920s-era gangster costume, say a few lines and then watch the rest of the performance from a seat onstage.

Piazza says his turn with the troupe is his gift to his 6-year-old daughter, a student at Miami City Ballet School.

The ballet features gangsters, strippers and an attempted murder plot. It originally appeared as part of the 1930s musical “On Your Toes.”

Piazza had 427 career home runs and made 12 All-Star Game appearances.

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