Vince Piazza Mulls Marlin Sale

<i> Times Wire Services</i>

Maybe the Florida Marlins can keep catcher Mike Piazza if Vince Piazza resumes his son’s allowance.

Vince Piazza, who has made four entreaties into baseball club ownership, said in Thursday’s Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel that he is considering joining a group trying to buy the Marlins from Wayne Huizenga.

The group is headed by Marlin President Don Smiley.

“I’ve had some thought about it,” Piazza said. “We don’t know what we’re going to do yet. I’ll look at that when [Smiley] has all his pieces in place.”


Mike Piazza is not expected to be in Florida very long because of his salary demands and the team’s desire to reduce payroll.


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