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Clemens-Piazza bat up for auction

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jan 28 2014 11:32:03 AM CST
Updated On: Jan 28 2014 02:35:49 PM CST
Mike Piazza, Roger Clemens, 2000 World Series

Reuters

The broken bat that Roger Clemens threw at Mike Piazza during Game 2 of the 2000 World Series is up for auction.

Clemens, then of the New York Yankees, hit former New York Met Mike Piazza in the head during the regular season and a feud developed by the World Series.

When Piazza's bat broke after hitting a Clemens pitch, the barrel sailed at Clemens. As Piazza ran up the first-base line, Clemens picked up the broken barrel and threw it toward Piazza. At the time, Clemens claimed he initially thought the piece of the bat was the ball and threw it toward the dugout before realizing his mistake.

The barrel of that bat is up for auction at Heritage Auctions. It includes a certificate of authenticity. It was listed at $4,000. Internet bidding ends Feb. 22.

The bat was consigned by former Yankees strength and conditioning coach Jeff Mangold. He kept the bat for more than a decade.

"I've had this for 13 years," Mangold told ESPN. "It was just sitting in my office and very few people knew about it. But I think this is an article of sports memorabilia that has some substance to it."

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