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Exclusive: The Interview Piazza Says Turned Fans Against Him

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — There’s a war of words raging between Dodger icons.

Former superstar catcher Mike Piazza has a new book out, and in it he blames iconic broadcaster Vin Scully for turning the fans of Los Angeles against him.

Exclusively on KTLA, we have the interview that Piazza says hastened his exit from the city.

Prior to the interview in 1998, there had been a lot of press about Piazza and his apparent demands and threats to get a new contract.

Apparently, Piazza wasn’t happy about the interview with Scully.

In his book “Long Shot,” he writes that Scully turned fans against him by questioning him about the contract deadline and therefore, questioning his loyalty to the ball club.

“I stated that I would love to be a Dodger for my whole career, and I hope we can work things out,” Piazza says in the interview.

“Well, ultimatum is a heavy word,” Scully replies. “You know, that’s the kind of thing, if you don’t do this, we’ll bomb you,” he adds.

Piazza was traded later in the season to the Florida Marlins.

Scully tells the Los Angeles Times that he doesn’t remember the interview in question.

But, he maintains, he would never criticize a player about contractual negotiations.

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