MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Former Major League Baseball player Mike Piazza will be under the glare of the spotlight again on May 3, but instead of on a baseball field it will be on a stage for the Miami City Ballet.

The dance company has selected Piazza, a longtime catcher who spent time with multiple teams including the Marlins, New York Mets, and Los Angeles Dodgers, to play the role of a gangster in the upcoming production of “Slaughter on Tenth Avenue.”

But don’t expect Piazza to be dancing across the stage in tights. Instead, he’ll wear a 1920’s-era gangster costume. Piazza is expected to have a few lines and then watch the rest of the show from a seat onstage.

So what made Piazza want to take a swing at the ballet? He said it’s a gift to his six-year-old daughter who is a student at Miami City Ballet.

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