Mike Piazza buys Italian soccer team

By Vincent Frank

Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame this past January, 12-time All-Star Mike Piazza simply isn’t sitting back ready for all those accolades to be thrown his way in Cooperstown.

No, he’s going across the pond for a pretty interesting business venture.

The 47-year-old Norristown, PA. native announced that he has purchased a majority share of A.C. Reggiana 1919, an Italian soccer team.

Piazza and Italy? Okay, that makes some sense.

Interestingly enough, Piazza made sure to note that it’s a majority share. Unlike other former stars, he’s not simply taking on a one or two percent interest in the club.

This is no small investment from Piazza, who fancies himself a fan of European soccer.

A.C. Reggiana 1919 is based in Reggio Emilia and plays in the Lega Pro football League. The club is said to be valued at 4.85 million Euros ($5.5 million in American currency).