Mike Piazza, coaching Italy during the 2013 World Baseball Classic
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.