Ex-catcher Mike Piazza ready for ballet cameo in Miami

8:36 AM, May 3, 2013   |    comments
Mike Piazza, coaching Italy during the 2013 World Baseball Classic
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MIAMI BEACH, Florida (AP) - Former Major League Baseball catcher Mike Piazza is ready for his cameo with Miami City Ballet.

Piazza will play the role of a gangster in the ballet's Friday night performance of "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue."

It's not a dancing role, and Piazza's not wearing tights. He'll walk onstage in a taupe houndstooth suit and say a few lines as a hit man hired to kill a jealous dancer's rival.

Piazza had 427 career home runs and made 12 All-Star Game appearances. His daughter is a student at Miami City Ballet School. Piazza says he wants to help boost ballet's image among sports fans.

At a rehearsal last month in the ballet's Miami Beach studios, dancers praised Piazza for his acting skills and for the attention he brought to their performance.

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