Twelve years removed from his 16-season playing career, Mike Piazza is back in the game.
The 1998-2005 New York Mets catcher and 2016 National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee will manage the Italian national baseball team, he announced Wednesday on Twitter.
Piazza, 51, is set to lead Italy into the 2020 European Baseball Championship and the 2021 World Baseball Classic.
The 12-time All-Star selection, including four with the Mets, starred at catcher and first base as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers (1992-98), Florida Marlins (1998), Mets, San Diego Padres (2006) and Oakland Athletics (2007) on the diamond.
Over 1,912 career regular-season games, he slashed .308/.377/.545 with 427 home runs and 1,335 runs batted in. Piazza hit 396 of those homers as a catcher and 31 elsewhere.
The Norristown, Penn. native is an Italian with prior experience coaching the national team. He was the hitting coach for Italy at the WBC in 2009 and 2013, and his involvement with the country's sports scene included Piazza's 2016 majority ownership of the soccer franchise AC Reggiana, which folded after its 2017-18 season.