Among Mike Piazza's stories about denying steroid use and homosexuality, taking up karate to prepare for a fight with Roger Clemens that never happened and a failed attempt by his dad to buy the Giants and move them to Florida, the former catcher discussed his brief time with the A's. He called it "a lousy situation that affected my appetite for the game." Piazza's book, "Long Shot," went on sale Tuesday and covers his 16-year career that ended in Oakland in 2007 when he hit .275 in 83 games, none defensively. "I mentioned to our rookie manager, Bob Geren, that I'd be happy to do bullpen sessions in the spring if he needed an extra set of hands. He said 'hell, no.' He had his orders from Billy Beane," wrote Piazza, adding that the team at one point actually took away his catching gear. Piazza wrote about a right shoulder injury in early May that shelved him and led to the arrival of Jack Cust. Piazza said the A's eventually wanted to activate him to catch, but though he could hit, he couldn't throw to second or third. So he stayed on the disabled list for 11 weeks, five too many, he wrote. Piazza questioned whether the A's sudden desire to have him catch was to prompt a trade or make him quit, both of which would have been money-savers, and he questioned whether Beane's role as both GM and partial owner was a conflict of interest. Piazza also wrote about a desire to get traded to a winner before the July 31 deadline (he wasn't), his relationships with Huston Street, Kurt Suzuki and other young A's and his quote in The Chronicle that drove Geren to hold a team meeting and call out Piazza, who apologized to Geren in the book. Read more: