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Mike Piazza Equipped To Succeed
Playing behind the plate is among the toughest positions in baseball. Catchers like Mike Piazza could face triple-digit heaters, flying broken bats or collisions with baserunners. Chest protectors, knee pads and face masks are essential for backstops, along with batting helmets for their own offensive plate appearances.
( C ) New York Mets (photo by Heritage Werks)