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Eric Davis saw Mike Piazza’s potential as a rookie

Mike Piazza of the Los Angeles Dodgers stands

Mike Piazza of the Los Angeles Dodgers stands at the plate during a game in 1992. Credit: Getty Images / Stephen Dunn

COOPERSTOWN — Eric Davis was among the Major League alumni who appeared in front of shops on Main Street here Friday, signing autographs.

He is not a Hall of Famer, but he was an All-Star, who played with many top players. Included on that list is Mike Piazza, who will be inducted into the Hall on Sunday.

“I was there when he was a rookie,” Davis said, referring to the 1992 Dodgers. “He had a different sound in his bat from the time he came aboard. You saw a special player right there. I’m not surprised that he’s here.”

As a member of the Reds in the late 1980s, Davis played in the outfield alongside Ken Griffey, father of the other 2016 inductee, Ken Griffey Jr.

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