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Two of Mike Piazza's biggest milestones came during his season with the Padres

San Diego Padres catcher Mike Piazza smiles in the dugout before the spring training exhibition baseball against the Texas Rangers in Surprise, Ariz., Wednesday, March 29, 2006. (AP Photo/LM Otero) (LM OTERO/AP)

Eleven years ago, Mike Piazza agreed to a one-year deal with the Padres, with the hope of catching (nearly) a whole season. Seeing Piazza as a Padre is a little weird, like "The Office" without Steve Carrell or a certain CGI Grand Moff. But while his season with the Padres may have been a blip in his journey to the Hall of Fame (though not quite the same blip as his five games with the Marlins in 1998), it featured two of the biggest milestones of his career.
Piazza mashed 397 home runs with the Dodgers and Mets, already the most by a catcher in MLB history. He didn't slow down, though, homering on Opening Day and again against his former team a few weeks later. Then, on April 26, 2006, he launched a dinger into the upper deck at Petco Park and became the first catcher to join the 400 club:

Two months later, Piazza knocked a double against the Giants for his 2,000th career hit:

Piazza finished the season batting .283/.342/.501 with 22 homers, second on the team behind Adrián González. Piazza would spend one more year in the big leagues with the A's in 2007 before finishing his career with 2,127 hits and 427 home runs. And while even some of Piazza's biggest fans might forget about his year in San Diego, Piazza certainly doesn't: