Baseball Hall of Famer Mike Piazza went to bat for California Republican Larry Elder on Tuesday, urging voters to oust the first-ever Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom in remembrance of the state election – but it didn’t work.
Newsom has overcome challenges from Elder and a field of other Republicans to stay in office to complete his term.
On Tuesday which was the day of the recall election decision, Piazza, 53, a former star along with New York Mets at Los angeles avoided, posted a 44-second video on Twitter endorsing Elder, a conservative talk radio host who is a Republican frontrunner.
“Come out and vote to remember Gavin Newsom and put Larry Elder in Sacramento,” Piazza said in the video. “When I came to LA, that’s all my friends were talking about moving to California. And now all the talk is leaving California. Larry Elder wants to change that. He’s a man who loves California so much. and bring back the California dream. Vote for Larry Elder. “
“Everybody’s talking about going out of California. Larry Elder wants to change that.”
Piazza, a noted supporter of former President Trump, added that, if Elder wins, Piazza will personally return to Dodger Stadium for the first time since ending his MLB career to thank “all the Dodgers fans who voted for him [Elder] and say hello to many friends I have not seen in a long time. “
However, his efforts seemed all to nothing, as Newsom was expected to remain governor of California and Elder accepted defeat on Tuesday.
Newsom, who was heavily elected governor in 2018 in the heavy blue state, has faced a recall that began last year mainly on accusations that he did not guide the state’s response to the coronavirus.
Voters were asked two questions on the Newsom recall ballots. The first question is whether the governor should be removed from position. If more than 50% supported Newsom’s removal, the second question offered a list of 46 candidates running to replace him.
Ballots were mailed last month to California’s estimated 22 million registered voters and must be postmarked or given by the time polls close, at exactly 8 pm PT.
Piazza, considered one of the greatest offensive catchers in baseball history, was a 62nd-round draft pick of Los Angeles in the 1988 MLB Draft. He played seven seasons with the Dodgers, before he was traded to the Florida Marlins, which eventually landed him with the Mets.
He helped New York reach the 2000 World Series, even as the Mets would end up losing five games in New York Yankees.
Paul Steinhauser of Fox News contributed to this report.