Tuesday, December 23, 2014
LEE MAZZILLI'S SON BUSTED FOR PEDs
When Lee Mazzilli's son's busted for PEDs, it's quite clear we have a HGH epidemic in baseball.
It's being reported HERE, that L.J. Mazzilli will be suspended for 50 games for PEDs. Major League baseball put out a statement on the incident:
"The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that New York Mets Minor League second baseman L.J. Mazzilli has received a 50-game suspension without pay following a second positive test for a drug of abuse in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The suspension of Mazzilli, who is currently on the roster of the Single-A St. Lucie Mets of the Florida State League, is effective at the start of the 2015 season."
So many things are going through my head reading about this. Obviously, there has to be disappointment from the Mazzilli family, although Lee was around the game for a long, long time. I am sure he's seen his share of stuff. I do not know that for a fact, but the culture of baseball in the baseball clubhouse, or any sport for that matter in the 70s and the 80s, has had it's drug problems, from greenies to uppers to now PEDs.
Secondly, Lee Mazzilli appears to be such a great guy. I know he's a family man because in the past few years, he's chatted at the Joe Torre Gala and spoke of a positive family surrounding Jorge Posada and this year, Andy Pettitte and how family is an important thing. He's just one of those guys that you could probably walk up to, and give a hug. Maybe it's the Italian connection I sense, who knows, but I have liked Mazzilli from afar for a long, long time.
Thirdly, how awkward is it that a Mazzilli gets busted and Joe Torre is now an MLB executive. He also happens to be quite close to the Mazzilli family. What a wicked web, huh?
Look, I hate PEDs, but it's clear that suspensions help, but I'm not sure the idea of cleaning up the sport is working.
Whatever the case, I feel for the Mazzilli family. I hope this whole thing gets resolved quickly. After all, L.J. did great in the Arizona League and the New York Post did a nice piece about his recently writing:
" Call it a hunch that Lee Mazzilli, one of the more colorful New York baseball people of the past 40 years, is not shy about discussing his playing days with his family.
His son, L.J. Mazzilli, confirmed that to The Post on Thursday, here at Scottsdale Stadium, moments after the 2014 Arizona Fall League season concluded. 'He’s gangsta,' the younger Mazzilli said of his dad, known back in the day as 'The Italian Stallion.'
L.J. Mazzilli hits righty, whereas his father switch-hit. He looks only a little like his old man...
Mazzilli put together a .301/.361/.440 slash line in his first full professional season, splitting his time between Class A Savannah and Class A St. Lucie with a one-game cameo at Triple-A Las Vegas. And in the AFL, with the Scottsdale Scorpions, the second baseman tallied a .306/.433/.469 line in 15 games."
Fourthly (is that a word?)... it's L.J.'s second offense. The Italian Stallion better get on his son a bit for this one.
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