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Lee Mazzilli
Outfielder / First baseman
Born: March 25, 1955 (1955-03-25) (age 54)
Brooklyn, New York
Batted: Switch Threw: Right 
MLB debut
September 7, 1976 for the New York Mets
Last MLB appearance
September 29, 1989 for the Toronto Blue Jays
Career statistics
Batting average     .259
Hits     1,068
Runs batted in     460
Teams

As Player

As Manager

Career highlights and awards

Lee Louis Mazzilli, (born March 25, 1955, in Brooklyn, New York), is a former Major League Baseball player, coach, and manager. On December 11, 2006, he was hired as the lead studio analyst for SportsNet New York, the New York Mets' cable television network.[1]. For the 2009 season, he was replaced by Bob Ojeda.

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Playing career

He is most remembered as a member of the Mets, who selected him with the 14th pick in the first round of the June 1973 draft. He was quite popular in New York, 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 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 9th 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 Met fans, the deal would prove to be a good one, bringing minor league pitchers Ron Darling and Walt Terrell in return. Darling would go on to be a key starter on Mets' 1986 World Series championship team, while Terrell was traded to the 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 Yankees for Bucky Dent midway through the 1982 season. Prior to the 1983 season, Mazzilli was traded to the Pirates for Tim Burke, Don Aubin, John Holland and Jose Rivera.

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 to the Pirates for Mazzilli. The Pirates turned them down, but as destiny would have it, the Pirates released him in July 1986, and he re-signed with the Mets on August 3.

Upon signing with the Mets, Mazzilli was assigned to their triple-A affiliate, the Tidewater Tides. Interestingly enough, 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 Blue Jays on waivers. Mazzilli retired after the 1989 season, his 14th in the Major Leagues.

Acting career

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

Mazzilli was manager of the Baltimore Orioles from 2004 until he was fired on August 4, 2005, during the team's worst losing streak of the season. He was first base coach to the New York Yankees from 2000 to 2003 and bench coach in 2006.[6]

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Managerial record

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Games Won Lost Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
BAL 2004 162 78 84 .481 3rd in AL East - - - -
BAL 2005 107 51 56 .477 4th in AL East - - - (fired)
Total 269 129 140 .480 - - - -

See also

References

External links

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Trey Hillman
Tampa Yankees Manager
1997-1998
Succeeded by
Tom Nieto
Preceded by
Trey Hillman
Norwich Navigators Manager
1999
Succeeded by
Dan Radison
Preceded by
José Cardenal
New York Yankees First Base Coach
2000-2003
Succeeded by
Roy White
Preceded by
Mike Hargrove
Baltimore Orioles Manager
2004-2005
Succeeded by
Sam Perlozzo
Preceded by
Joe Girardi
New York Yankees Bench Coach
2006
Succeeded by
Don Mattingly

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