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Mike Piazza Welcomes Daughter Paulina Sophia

10/30/2009 at 04:40 PM ET
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Early retirement is treating Mike Piazza well. The former all-star New York Mets catcher and wife Alicia Rickter are now raising two daughters, having welcomed new addition Paulina Sophia Piazza to the family.

“We are blessed to have two healthy girls – we are so grateful,” Mike, 41, tells PEOPLE.

Paulina arrived on Monday, August 3rd at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami, weighing 6 lbs., 3 oz., and measuring 24 ½ inches long. She and mom Alicia, 37, an actress and former Playboy model, are healthy and happy, says a Piazza rep.

Paulina is the Piazza’s second daughter. Big sister Nicoletta Veronica, 2 ½, is thrilled with her new little sister, and Mike says that having two kids is double the fun. “Being a father – it’s the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done,” he says.

When the former catcher – who announced his retirement on May 20, 2008 – is not changing diapers and burping babies, he’s busy coaching the Italian national team entry for the World Baseball Classic. As he said prior to Paulina’s arrival, “I’m excited to be at home and enjoy moments with my kid.”

– Lorenzo Benet

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JLO on

Wow, that’s one tall newborn! Congrats!

Tracy on

I am with you JLO! Paulina is destined to be a supermodel with a length of 24 1/2″ at birth:)

J on

24 1/2 inches long?!?!?!?!?!?

sarah on

holy cow! my baby was 6 and a half pounds, at birth, but a full 5 inches shorter than that! Now, at three months, she’s still an inch shorter than little paulina!

K on

Paulina Piazza,cute name,I don’t think I have ever seen a picture of Nicoletta yet,let alone this baby.

Abbey on

Those measurements cannot be correct – 6 lbs and 24 1/2 inches?!I’d like to see a picture of that!

Blackrose on

she was born on my birthday!! i love the name!

Sherri on

24 1/2″??? Seriously?? That MUST be a typo…

Rebecca on

That is one tall skinny baby! My oldest was 7 lbs 15 oz, 21 inches tall and she seemed so skinny, I seriously can’t imagine this!

Emme on

The measurments are the same on other websites saying he had a daughter

Bancie1031 on

WOW 24 1/2 inches long!!! That’s one tall baby. ….. and I would have to agree that she probably looks real skinny …..

Congratulations to Alicia and Mike! I haven’t seen a picture of Nicoletta either …. would love to see pictures of his children … does anyone know where I can find some???

Sarah M. on

They must like girl names ending in ‘a’! Seriously, though, they are all very cute names. And I agree, that’s one long, skinny baby!! Congrats to the whole family!

Ginger on

I love the names of their children. Very unique!

Mommyof3 on

HOLY CRAP…24.5 inches!?!??!?! My biggest baby was 19 inches and 6.5lbs and she looked scrawny…I couldn’t imagine what a baby nearly 6 inches taller and 2oz lighter must look like! Maybe it was a typo?!??!

Anyways congrats to the family, I hope everyone is doing well!

mehob on

wow, she must be REALLY REALLY skinny with her weight at that length.

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