OK, that addresses the rumor, but the article you just sent me denies that any of this is true:
Piazza and Wilpon denied Sunday's report.
""How do you answer something so far-fetched?" asked Piazza. "It makes no sense. I don't know where that came from."
"I've spoken to Mike [in the past]," Jeff Wilpon said. "If he has any of those feelings, he hasn't expressed them to us."
Or any feelings about not moving to first base.
"When he does that, it's up to him, Art [Howe], and the coaching staff," Wilpon said. "He hasn't said 'I'm not going to do this.' "
Wilpon also said pitcher Tom Glavine has not told him or his father that he doesn't want to pitch when Piazza is catching. A source cited in The Record story said Glavine, who signed a $35 million free agent contract with the Mets last off-season, approached team's ownership about that possibility.
"My reaction is that there's absolutely no basis to it," Glavine said of the story. "This is another reason why you can't get people to come play here."
With that, Glavine picked up his glove and headed to the field for his off-day throwing session. When Vance Wilson asked if he wanted him to catch him, Glavine cracked a smile.
"No, I want Mike to catch me," he said.
I wil note that this article cites the rumors to The Record (a New Jersey paper, which explains why I never read about any of this in the NY press). I used to live in Jersey though, and the Record is a reputable paper that is certainly more reliable than, let's say, the New York Post. Was it Bob Klapisch who wrote the article for the Record? If it was, then I would take it a little more seriously, since he is usually known for getting his facts right.
"One of the teams represents truth, justice, the American way, and underdogs everywhere. The other represents George Steinbrenner!" - U.S. News and World Reports columnist John Leo on the difference between the Mets and the Yankees.