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March 25 – Happy Birthday Lee Mazzilli

Lee Mazzilli had the good fortune of joining the Mets during the late seventies. He had Hollywood looks, was born in Brooklyn and during the first six seasons of his big league career he became a darling of Met fans, but not because he was an All Star caliber player. No, “Maz” became a Shea Stadium favorite because he played hard every day on some of the worst teams in Met history and alongside many mediocre teammates. So in comparison, Lee looked like an All Star even though he was a pretty ordinary player.

After the 1981 strike-shortened season, the Mets sent Mazzilli to Texas for Ron Darling and Walt Terrell. The Yankees then swapped Bucky Dent for Lee during the 1982 season and Mazzilli hit .266 during his 37-game playing career in pinstripes. He retired as a player in 1989 with 93 home runs, 1068 hits and a .259 lifetime batting average during his 14-seasons in the bigs. After hanging up his glove, Mazzilli got into coaching and was reunited with his old Met manager, Joe Torre on the Yankee coaching staff in 2000. He was then hired to manage Baltimore in 2004 but that didn’t work out too well. Lee turns 58 years old today but he still looks like he’s in his thirties.

Another former Yankee who has a March 25th birthday is this former middle infielder who played most of his big league ball outside of the Bronx.

Year Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1982 NYY 37 144 128 20 34 2 0 6 17 2 15 15 .266 .347 .422 .769
14 Yrs 1475 4831 4124 571 1068 191 24 93 460 197 642 627 .259 .359 .385 .744
NYM (10 yrs) 979 3496 3013 404 796 148 22 68 353 152 438 443 .264 .357 .396 .753
PIT (4 yrs) 373 881 722 112 176 30 2 11 62 30 144 127 .244 .369 .337 .706
TEX (1 yr) 58 224 195 23 47 8 0 4 17 11 28 26 .241 .339 .344 .683
NYY (1 yr) 37 144 128 20 34 2 0 6 17 2 15 15 .266 .347 .422 .769
TOR (1 yr) 28 86 66 12 15 3 0 4 11 2 17 16 .227 .395 .455 .850
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 4/13/2014.