Mike Piazza, ex-catcher, to star in ballet

Former baseball player Mike Piazza will take the stage with Miami City Ballet next month. Piazza will walk on stage and say a few lines in the company's May 3 production of the ballet George Balanchine choreographed as part of the 1930s musical "On Your Toes."

Former MLB baseball player Mike Piazza poses for a photograph with Miami City ballet principal dancer Patricia Delgado before a rehearsal of "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" at the Miami City Ballet, Tuesday, April 16, 2013, in Miami Beach, Fla. Piazza will play a gangster in the ballet on May 3. He will say a few lines and then watch the rest of the performance from a seat onstage. Piazza says his turn with the troupe is his gift to his 6-year-old daughter, a student at Miami City Ballet School. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Former MLB baseball player Mike Piazza poses for a photograph with Miami City ballet principal dancer Patricia Delgado before a rehearsal of "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" at the Miami City Ballet, Tuesday, April 16, 2013, in Miami Beach, Fla. Piazza will play a gangster in the ballet on May 3. He will say a few lines and then watch the rest of the performance from a seat onstage. Piazza says his turn with the troupe is his gift to his 6-year-old daughter, a student at Miami City Ballet School. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Former MLB baseball player Mike Piazza poses for a photograph with Miami City ballet principal dancer Patricia Delgado before a rehearsal of "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" at the Miami City Ballet, Tuesday, April 16, 2013, in Miami Beach, Fla. Piazza will play a gangster in the ballet on May 3. He will say a few lines and then watch the rest of the performance from a seat onstage. Piazza says his turn with the troupe is his gift to his 6-year-old daughter, a student at Miami City Ballet School. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Former MLB baseball player Mike Piazza is fitted for his costume by Maria Morales for his role in "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" at the Miami City Ballet, as costume designer Haydee Morales, looks on at left, Tuesday, April 16, 2013, in Miami Beach, Fla. Piazza will play a gangster in the ballet on May 3. He will say a few lines and then watch the rest of the performance from a seat onstage. Piazza says his turn with the troupe is his gift to his 6-year-old daughter, a student at Miami City Ballet School. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Former MLB baseball player Mike Piazza is fitted for his costume by Maria Morales for his role in "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" at the Miami City Ballet, as costume designer Haydee Morales, looks on at left, Tuesday, April 16, 2013, in Miami Beach, Fla. Piazza will play a gangster in the ballet on May 3. He will say a few lines and then watch the rest of the performance from a seat onstage. Piazza says his turn with the troupe is his gift to his 6-year-old daughter, a student at Miami City Ballet School. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Former MLB baseball player Mike Piazza is fitted for his costume by Maria Morales for his role in "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" at the Miami City Ballet, as costume designer Haydee Morales, looks on at left, Tuesday, April 16, 2013, in Miami Beach, Fla. Piazza will play a gangster in the ballet on May 3. He will say a few lines and then watch the rest of the performance from a seat onstage. Piazza says his turn with the troupe is his gift to his 6-year-old daughter, a student at Miami City Ballet School. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Mike Piazza, former MLB baseball player, strikes a pose as he is fitted for his costume for his role in "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" at the Miami City Ballet, Tuesday, April 16, 2013, in Miami Beach, Fla. Piazza will play a gangster in the ballet on May 3. He will say a few lines and then watch the rest of the performance from a seat onstage. Piazza says his turn with the troupe is his gift to his 6-year-old daughter, a student at Miami City Ballet School. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Mike Piazza, former MLB baseball player, strikes a pose as he is fitted for his costume for his role in "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" at the Miami City Ballet, Tuesday, April 16, 2013, in Miami Beach, Fla. Piazza will play a gangster in the ballet on May 3. He will say a few lines and then watch the rest of the performance from a seat onstage. Piazza says his turn with the troupe is his gift to his 6-year-old daughter, a student at Miami City Ballet School. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Mike Piazza, former MLB baseball player, strikes a pose as he is fitted for his costume for his role in "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" at the Miami City Ballet, Tuesday, April 16, 2013, in Miami Beach, Fla. Piazza will play a gangster in the ballet on May 3. He will say a few lines and then watch the rest of the performance from a seat onstage. Piazza says his turn with the troupe is his gift to his 6-year-old daughter, a student at Miami City Ballet School. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
A flyer advertising a costume fitting for Mike Piazza, former MLB baseball player, is shown with an assortment of hats, while Piazza is fitted for his costume for his role in "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" at the Miami City Ballet, Tuesday, April 16, 2013, in Miami Beach, Fla. Piazza plays a gangster in the ballet. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
A flyer advertising a costume fitting for Mike Piazza, former MLB baseball player, is shown with an assortment of hats, while Piazza is fitted for his costume for his role in "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" at the Miami City Ballet, Tuesday, April 16, 2013, in Miami Beach, Fla. Piazza plays a gangster in the ballet. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
A flyer advertising a costume fitting for Mike Piazza, former MLB baseball player, is shown with an assortment of hats, while Piazza is fitted for his costume for his role in "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" at the Miami City Ballet, Tuesday, April 16, 2013, in Miami Beach, Fla. Piazza plays a gangster in the ballet. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
FILE - In this March 6, 2013 file photo, Italy hitting coach and former Major League Baseball catcher Mike Piazza adjusts his hat during an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Tempe, Ariz. Piazza will be taking center stage with the Miami City Ballet. The Miami Beach-based dance company has tapped Piazza to play the role of a gangster in the May 3 production of "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue." (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)
FILE - In this March 6, 2013 file photo, Italy hitting coach and former Major League Baseball catcher Mike Piazza adjusts his hat during an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Tempe, Ariz. Piazza will be taking center stage with the Miami City Ballet. The Miami Beach-based dance company has tapped Piazza to play the role of a gangster in the May 3 production of "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue." (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)
FILE - In this March 6, 2013 file photo, Italy hitting coach and former Major League Baseball catcher Mike Piazza adjusts his hat during an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Tempe, Ariz. Piazza will be taking center stage with the Miami City Ballet. The Miami Beach-based dance company has tapped Piazza to play the role of a gangster in the May 3 production of "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue." (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)
PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 09: Coach Mike Piazza of Team Italy looks on against Team USA during the World Baseball Classic First Round Group D game at Chase Field on March 9, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
World Baseball Classic - Pool D - United States v Italy
PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 09: Coach Mike Piazza of Team Italy looks on against Team USA during the World Baseball Classic First Round Group D game at Chase Field on March 9, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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