MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Former Major League Baseball catcher Mike Piazza will be taking center stage with the Miami City Ballet.
The Miami Beach-based dance company has tapped Piazza to play the role of a gangster in the May 3 production of ``Slaughter on Tenth Avenue.''
Piazza won't be dancing in tights. He'll wear a 1920s-era gangster costume, say a few lines and then watch the rest of the performance from a seat onstage.
Piazza says his turn with the troupe is his gift to his 6-year-old daughter, a student at Miami City Ballet School.
The ballet features gangsters, strippers and an attempted murder plot. It originally appeared as part of the 1930s musical ``On Your Toes.''
Piazza had 427 career home runs and made 12 All-Star Game appearances.

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