All-Star Christian

Baseball slugger Mike Piazza on praying for home runs, forgiving opponents, and passing judgment on Barry Bonds.

Mike Piazza

After starting his career as the 1,390th player chosen in baseball's 1988 amateur draft, Mike Piazza has gone on to defy expectations and become one of the top major-league catchers of all time. Piazza won the 1993 Rookie of the Year Award, has been chosen for a dozen All-Star games, and holds the record for most home runs by a catcher. Piazza is also a devoted Catholic and appears in the documentary "

Champions of Faith

," which profiles Christian baseball players. Currently playing for the Oakland A's, Piazza spoke with Beliefnet about forgiving his opponents, praying (or not) for home-runs, and passing judgment on baseball's steroids scandal.

Listen to Mike Piazza:
» The Steroid Scandal
» 'Barry Bonds Is the Greatest Player'
» Why He Doesn't Pray for Victory
» Baseball As a Spiritual Sport
» Reciting the Hail Mary

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