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‘Long Shot’: 8 observations shared in Mike Piazza’s autobiography

Check out some of Piazza's thoughts on baseball from his autobiography 'Long Shot.'

- Ross AtkinStaff writer

Barry Bonds

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3. Respect for Barry Bonds

Despite the drug suspicions that have hung over Barry Bonds, Piazza says Bonds was the very best at the “essence of hitting – waiting for the pitch and getting his bat head to the baseball.”

Piazza says Bonds was nearly impossible to pitch to because he had no weaknesses at the plate and could hit the same pitch out of the park that he didn’t seem to care for when it was previously thrown. “Barry Bonds was the most dominant player I ever played against, and the most complete I’ve ever seen,” Piazza writes. “If I could have swapped uniforms and been somebody else for a day or two, he’s the guy I would have wanted to be.”

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