UPDATED, May 3, 11:55 a.m.: More than three years after listing his Miami Beach mansion, baseball Hall of Famer Mike Piazza caught a winning pitch for the waterfront property.
Piazza, who is considered one of baseball’s best offensive catchers, played for the New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers, as well as briefly for the then-Florida Marlins. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2016 as a Met.
He and his wife, Alicia, listed their waterfront home at 1401 West 27th Street on the Sunset Islands for $18.5 million in late 2017. It sold for $15 million.
The couple sold the property to Major Food Group co-founder and co-owner Jeffrey Zalaznick and his wife, Alison, who were renting the mansion prior to closing on it in mid-April, records show. The Zalaznicks declared the home their domicile in October, marking their official relocation from New York.
Major Food Group has expanded rapidly since inking its first South Florida lease last year. It opened Carbone in South Beach and ZZ’s Sushi Bar in the Miami Design District.
The 9,600-square-foot mansion on Sunset Island II has eight bedrooms, nine bathrooms and one half-bath on a 20,000-square-foot lot. The property features a guesthouse, 100 feet of deep water frontage with a dock and boat lift, a pool and wet bar.
Jill Hertzberg of Coldwell Banker’s The Jills Zeder Group represented the Piazzas, and Danny Hertzberg of the same team brought the buyer, according to Realtor.com.
Property records show the Piazzas paid $10 million for the Tuscan-style home in 2008. It was built in 2001 and has a library, home office and a master suite with a private balcony.
Piazza and his wife also own a unit at the Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach, which they acquired in 2019 for $5.6 million, according to property records.