The Info List - Lee Mazzilli

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As player

New York Mets
New York Mets
(1976–1981) Texas Rangers (1982) New York Yankees
New York Yankees
(1982) Pittsburgh Pirates
Pittsburgh Pirates
(1983–1986) New York Mets
New York Mets
(1986–1989) Toronto Blue Jays
Toronto Blue Jays

As manager

Baltimore Orioles
Baltimore Orioles

As coach

New York Yankees
New York Yankees
(2000–2003, 2006)

Career highlights and awards

All-Star (1979) 2× World Series
World Series
champion (1986, 2000)

Lee Louis Mazzilli (born March 25, 1955), is a former Major League Baseball player, coach, and manager.


1 Early years 2 Playing career 3 Pittsburgh drug trials 4 Re-signing with the Mets 5 Acting career 6 Managing/coaching career 7 Broadcasting 8 Family 9 See also 10 References 11 External links

Early years[edit] An excellent athlete, young Lee was the son of welterweight boxer Libero Mazzilli and June. Unlike most switch hitters, who naturally bat from one side of the plate and train themselves to feel comfortable on the other, Mazzilli was naturally ambidextrous, and swung the bat both ways from an early age. The sport he most excelled in as a junior was speed skating, in which he won eight national championships.[1] He graduated from Brooklyn's Lincoln High School in 1973, and was the first round selection (14th pick overall) of the hometown New York Mets
New York Mets
in the 1973 Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
draft. Playing career[edit] He was quite popular in New York City, thanks not only to his talent, but his Brooklyn
roots and matinée idol looks.[2] While in the minor leagues, Mazzilli set a California League
California League
record (and what is believed to be a professional record) when he stole seven bases in a game for the Mets' minor league affiliate Visalia against San Jose on June 8, 1975.[3] In 1979, Mazzilli led the Mets with 181 hits and 79 runs batted in, and was their sole representative at the All-Star Game in Seattle. Mazzilli hit a game-tying solo home run in the eighth inning of that All-Star Game, and drew a bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning to bring in the winning run of the National League's 7–6 victory. The following year, he had his best statistical season, leading the Mets with 162 hits, 31 doubles, 16 home runs, 76 RBIs, 82 runs, and 41 stolen bases. Following the 1981 season, where he hit only .228 and was hampered by injuries to his back and elbow, he was traded by the Mets to the Texas Rangers. Though initially unpopular with Mets fans, the deal would prove to be a good one, bringing minor league pitchers Ron Darling
Ron Darling
and Walt Terrell in return. Darling would go on to be a key starter on Mets' 1986 World Series
World Series
championship team, while Terrell was traded to the Detroit Tigers
Detroit Tigers
for another important player on that team, third baseman Howard Johnson following the 1984 season. Mazzilli played only 58 games with Texas and was traded to the New York Yankees for Bucky Dent
Bucky Dent
midway through the 1982 season. Prior to the 1983 season, Mazzilli was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates
Pittsburgh Pirates
for Tim Burke, Don Aubin, John Holland, and Jose Rivera. Pittsburgh drug trials[edit] Main article: Pittsburgh drug trials Mazzilli and Pirates teammates Dale Berra, Lee Lacy, John Milner and Dave Parker, along with several other notable major league players, were called before a Pittsburgh grand jury for their involvement in the Pittsburgh cocaine distribution trial of Curtis Strong. Their testimony led to the drug trials, which made national headlines in September 1985. He and the other players brought before the Pittsburgh Grand Jury were granted immunity from prosecution in exchange for testimony. Re-signing with the Mets[edit] The Mets were early favorites to reach the post-season in 1986, and prior to the start of the season offered third baseman Ray Knight
Ray Knight
to the Pirates for Mazzilli. The Pirates turned them down.[citation needed] The Pirates released him in July 1986, and he re-signed with the Mets on August 3.[citation needed] Upon signing with the Mets, Mazzilli was assigned to their triple-A affiliate, the Tidewater Tides. This was his first tour of duty with the Tides as he had made the jump to the major leagues from double-A. On August 7, the Mets released left fielder George Foster and called Mazzilli up to the majors. Foster was very critical of this move by the Mets, and accused his former employers of racism.[4] Mazzilli turned out to be an important part of their championship team. His career with the Mets continued until 1989 when he was claimed by the Toronto Blue Jays
Toronto Blue Jays
on waivers. Mazzilli retired after the 1989 season, his 14th in the major leagues. His final major league at bat came on September 29, 1989 when the Toronto Blue Jays
Toronto Blue Jays
were hosting the Baltimore Orioles. There was a great deal of attention paid to the game, as it was the middle game of a three-game series that would decide the winner of the American League East. The Baltimore Orioles
Baltimore Orioles
had beaten even the most optimistic expectations and were in first place for much of the 1989 season. Baltimore needed to win three games against Toronto to enter post-season play. Baltimore had lost the first game. In Mazilli's final at bat came during the second game, he hit a double to center field. He was then replaced with a pinch runner who eventually scored what turned out to be the game-winning run, ending one of the greatest team improvements in American sports history. Acting career[edit] At the end of his career, the versatile Mazzilli took up acting, starring as Tony in an off-Broadway production of Tony n' Tina's Wedding.[5] Managing/coaching career[edit] Mazzilli was manager of the Baltimore Orioles
Baltimore Orioles
from 2004 until August 4, 2005. The 2005 team compiled a surprising record of 42 wins and 30 losses while spending 62 days in first place in AL East. Its subsequent losing streak led to Mazzilli's firing. He was first base coach to the New York Yankees
New York Yankees
from 2000 to 2003 and bench coach in 2006.[6] Broadcasting[edit] On December 11, 2006, he was hired as a studio analyst for Sportsnet New York. He was replaced by Bob Ojeda
Bob Ojeda
prior to the 2009 season. Family[edit] Mazzilli's brother Fredo introduced him in 1981 to Danielle Folquet, a host of the New York City edition of PM Magazine. They were married at St. Patrick's Cathedral on February 4, 1984.[7] The Mazzillis have three children: Lacey, Jenna, and Lee Jr. (known as L.J.) L.J. was drafted by the New York Mets
New York Mets
in the fourth round of the 2013 Major League Baseball draft after playing for the University of Connecticut.[8] See also[edit]

Baseball portal

List of Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
career stolen bases leaders


^ The Ballpalyers – Lee Mazzilli
Lee Mazzilli
Archived September 20, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. ^ The Official Site of The New York Mets: News: New York Mets News[permanent dead link] ^ "Records might mean more later", Peter Marshall, San Bernardino County Sun, August 20, 2005 ^ SI.com – Writers – All-meltdown team (cont.) – Tuesday August 29, 2006 5:42PM ^ Lee Mazzilli
Lee Mazzilli
on IMDb ^ Mazzilli rejoins Yanks as bench coach (11/02/2005) ^ Reimer, Susan (May 16, 2004). "The Home Team". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved August 28, 2013.  ^ "LJ Mazzilli". UConn Baseball. University of Connecticut. Retrieved August 28, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors) Lee Mazzilli
Lee Mazzilli
managerial career statistics at Baseball-Reference.com BaseballLibrary.com – player profile profile at Pittsburgh Lumber Co., part of the Most Valuable Network

Sporting positions

Preceded by Trey Hillman Tampa Yankees
Tampa Yankees
Manager 1997–1998 Succeeded by Tom Nieto

Preceded by Trey Hillman Norwich Navigators
Norwich Navigators
Manager 1999 Succeeded by Dan Radison

Preceded by José Cardenal New York Yankees
New York Yankees
First Base Coach 2000–2003 Succeeded by Roy White

Preceded by Joe Girardi New York Yankees
New York Yankees
Bench Coach 2006 Succeeded by Don Mattingly

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St. Louis Browns / Baltimore Orioles
Baltimore Orioles

Hugh Duffy
Hugh Duffy
(1901) Jimmy McAleer
Jimmy McAleer
(1902–1909) Jack O'Connor (1910) Bobby Wallace (1911–1912) George Stovall
George Stovall
(1912–1913) Jimmy Austin
Jimmy Austin
(1913) Branch Rickey
Branch Rickey
(1913–1915) Fielder Jones
Fielder Jones
(1916–1918) Jimmy Austin
Jimmy Austin
(1918) Jimmy Burke (1918–1920) Lee Fohl
Lee Fohl
(1921–1923) Jimmy Austin
Jimmy Austin
(1923) George Sisler
George Sisler
(1924–1926) Dan Howley
Dan Howley
(1927–1929) Bill Killefer
Bill Killefer
(1930–1933) Allen Sothoron
Allen Sothoron
(1933) Rogers Hornsby
Rogers Hornsby
(1933–1937) Jim Bottomley
Jim Bottomley
(1937) Gabby Street
Gabby Street
(1938) Ski Melillo
Ski Melillo
(1938) Fred Haney
Fred Haney
(1939–1941) Luke Sewell
Luke Sewell
(1941–1946) Zack Taylor (1946) Muddy Ruel
Muddy Ruel
(1947) Zack Taylor (1948–1951) Rogers Hornsby
Rogers Hornsby
(1952) Marty Marion
Marty Marion
(1952–1953) Jimmy Dykes
Jimmy Dykes
(1954) Paul Richards (1955–1961) Lum Harris
Lum Harris
(1961) Billy Hitchcock
Billy Hitchcock
(1962–1963) Hank Bauer
Hank Bauer
(1964–1968) Earl Weaver
Earl Weaver
(1968–1982) Joe Altobelli
Joe Altobelli
(1983–1985) Cal Ripken (1985) Earl Weaver
Earl Weaver
(1985–1986) Cal Ripken (1987–1988) Frank Robinson
Frank Robinson
(1988–1991) Johnny Oates (1991–1994) Phil Regan (1995) Davey Johnson
Davey Johnson
(1996–1997) Ray Miller (1998–1999) Mike Hargrove
Mike Hargrove
(2000–2003) Lee Mazzilli
Lee Mazzilli
(2004–2005) Sam Perlozzo
Sam Perlozzo
(2005–2007) Dave Trembley
Dave Trembley
(2007–2010) Juan Samuel
Juan Samuel
(2010) Buck Showalter
Buck Showalter

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1973 Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
Draft First Round Selections

David Clyde John Stearns Robin Yount Dave Winfield Glenn Tufts Johnnie LeMaster Billy Taylor Gary Roenicke Lew Olsen Pat Rockett Eddie Bane Joe Edelen Doug Heinold Lee Mazzilli Mike Parrott Jerry Tabb Ted Cox Ted Farr Charles Bates Calvin Portley Steve Swisher Charles Kessler Randy Scarbery Steve Nicosia

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New York Mets
New York Mets
first-round draft picks

1965: Rohr 1966: Chilcott 1967: Matlack 1968: Foli 1969: Sterling 1970: Ambrow 1971: Puig 1972: Bengton 1973: Mazzilli 1974: Speck 1975: Benton 1976: Thurberg 1977: Backman 1978: Brooks 1979: Leary 1980: Strawberry, Beane, Gibbons 1981: Blocker 1982: Gooden 1983: Williams, Jefferson, Schiraldi 1984: Abner 1985: Jefferies 1986: May 1987: Donnels 1988: Proctor 1989: Zinter 1990: Burnitz 1991: Shirley, Jones 1992: Pr. Wilson, Roberts, Jon Ward 1993: Presley 1994: Pa. Wilson, Long, Payton 1995: Jaroncyk 1996: Stratton 1997: Goetz 1998: Tyner 1999: None 2000: Traber, Keppel 2001: Heilman, Wright 2002: Kazmir 2003: Milledge 2004: Humber 2005: Pelfrey 2006: None 2007: Kunz, Vineyard 2008: Davis, Havens, Holt 2009: None 2010: Harvey 2011: Nimmo, Fulmer 2012: Cecchini, Plawecki 2013: Smith 2014: Conforto 2015: None 2016: Dunn, Kay 2017: Peterson

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New York Mets
New York Mets
1986 World Series
World Series

1 Mookie Wilson 2 Kevin Elster 3 Rafael Santana 4 Lenny Dykstra 6 Wally Backman 7 Kevin Mitchell 8 Gary Carter 11 Tim Teufel 12 Ron Darling 13 Lee Mazzilli 16 Dwight Gooden 17 Keith Hernandez 18 Darryl Strawberry 19 Bob Ojeda 20 Howard Johnson 22 Ray Knight
Ray Knight
( World Series
World Series
MVP) 25 Danny Heep 38 Rick Aguilera 39 Doug Sisk 40 Randy Niemann 42 Roger McDowell 47 Jesse Orosco 49 Ed Hearn 50 Sid Fernandez

Manager 5 Davey Johnson

Coaches 23 Bud Harrelson 28 Bill Robinson 30 Mel Stottlemyre 51 Vern Hoscheit 52 Greg Pavlick

Regular season National League
National League
Championship Series

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New York Yankees
New York Yankees
2000 World Series
World Series

2 Derek Jeter
Derek Jeter
( World Series
World Series
MVP) 11 Chuck Knoblauch 12 Denny Neagle 13 José Vizcaíno 14 Luis Sojo 17 Dwight Gooden 18 Scott Brosius 19 Luis Polonia 20 Jorge Posada 21 Paul O'Neill 22 Roger Clemens 24 Tino Martinez 25 Chris Turner 26 Orlando Hernández 27 Allen Watson 28 David Justice
David Justice
(ALCS MVP) 29 Mike Stanton 31 Glenallen Hill 33 Jose Canseco 35 Clay Bellinger 36 David Cone 38 Jason Grimsley 42 Mariano Rivera 43 Jeff Nelson 46 Andy Pettitte 47 Shane Spencer 51 Bernie Williams 55 Ramiro Mendoza 58 Randy Choate

Manager 6 Joe Torre

Third Base Coach 30 Willie Randolph Pitching Coach 34 Mel Stottlemyre Bullpen Coach 40 Tony Cloninger Hitting Coach 49 Chris Chambliss Bench Coach 52 Don Zimmer First Base Coach 53 Lee Mazzilli

Regular season American League Division Series American League Championship Series Mets–Yankees riv