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Mets Prospect Suspended 50 Games

L.J Mazzilli

Mets infield prospect, L.J. Mazzilli, was suspended 50 games on Tuesday for violating baseball’s minor league drug policy. Mazzilli, the son of former Met, Lee Mazzilli, tested positive for a second time for a “drug of abuse.”

The New York Times reports that baseball explains “drug of abuse” as a list that includes, but is not limited to, recreational drugs like marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy and from performance-enhancing drugs like steroids.

The 24-year old acknowledged that he made a mistake and that he let down a lot of people, “After everything my loved ones, supporters, and the New York Mets have given me, especially an opportunity to chase my childhood dream, I couldn’t be more ashamed and sorry. I am fully ready to own up to my mistake and accept the repercussions from Major League Baseball,” said Mazzilli in a statement released by the Mets.

There isn’t any mention as to what exactly the younger Mazzilli took, but because this being his second offense, he will not be paid while sits out the 50 games.

In his second pro-season, Mazzilli quickly moved up through the Mets minor league system, first starting with Class A Savannah Sand Gnats, then playing with Class A Advanced St. Lucie Mets and leaping straight to Triple A Las Vegas 51s for one game to end the season. Combined between all three levels, Mazzilli batted .301, with 29 doubles, 11 home runs, 79 RBI’s and 152 hits in 505 at bats.

A young ball player with a bright future, taking ownership for his mistakes, hopefully can come back better than he left.

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4 Comments

  1. Ryan Stall

    February 11, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    “The 24-year old acknowledged that he made a mistake and that he let down a lot of people”
    Taking drugs is NOT a mistake. He didn’t trip and fall on a steroid needle over and over again. He did it because he wanted to.

    • David Conde

      February 11, 2015 at 10:22 pm

      I’m not sure exactly what he took. But your on point, when these guys are taking things they are not supposed to it only hits them hard when they caught if they would think about the consequences of it all and realize a head of time what they are doing is wrong then may be they don’t do it.

  2. Rik

    December 24, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Its funny how MLB treats drugs of abuse. Especially THC. In the bigs they don’t test for THC. In the minors they do. Which is pretty amusing. So the minor leagues are like the cops and the majors like your mom and dad. I recall Dirk Hayhurst having much to say on that topic to vast amusement.

    • David Conde

      December 26, 2014 at 4:57 pm

      With the minors, any abuse should not be tolerated, just sends a bad message across the whole system if guys are allowed to get away with taking anything.

      I guess being more strict with the younger ball players may prevent them from taking something when they get to the show.

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