Lee Louis Mazzilli
(Mazz or The Italian Stallion)
- Bats Both, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 185 lb.
- High School Abraham Lincoln High School (New York)
- Debut September 7, 1976
- Final Game September 29, 1989
- Born March 25, 1955 in New York, NY USA
Outfielder Lee Mazzilli was drafted with the 14th overall pick in the 1973 amateur draft. He debuted in pro ball in 1974 with the Anderson Mets. On June 8, 1975 he stole 7 bases in a 7 inning game for the Visalia Mets. He reached the major leagues with the Mets late in the 1976 season and was their main centerfielder until the end of the 1981 season.
The Mets traded Mazzilli to the Texas Rangers in April 1982 for Ron Darling and Walt Terrell (who was later traded for Howard Johnson). Both Darling and Johnson were key members of the great Mets team of the 1980s, while Mazzilli was never again a full-time player in the majors. Lee deteriorated rapidly as a player after he was traded to the Rangers; he first developed back problems while with the Mets in 1979. In his time in Pittsburgh he was noted for having the weakest arm in the National League. Lee testified in the 1985 Pittsburgh drug trials.
After his playing career ended, Mazzilli was a coach for the New York Yankees from 2000 to 2003. After managing the Baltimore Orioles for a year and a half, he returned to the Yankees as a coach for the 2006 season.
Mazzilli's father, Libero Mazzilli, was a professional boxer. His son, L.J. Mazzilli, began his minor league career in 2013.
|Baltimore Orioles Manager
Year-By-Year Managerial Record
|1997||Tampa Yankees||Florida State League||70-66||5th||New York Yankees|
|1998||Tampa Yankees||Florida State League||72-67||6th||New York Yankees||Lost League Finals|
|1999||Norwich Navigators||Eastern League||78-64||3rd||New York Yankees||Lost League Finals|
|2004||Baltimore Orioles||American League||78-84||3rd||Baltimore Orioles|
|2005||Baltimore Orioles||American League||51-56||--||Baltimore Orioles||replaced by Sam Perlozzo|