Mets Prospect Suspended 50 Games
L.J. Mazzilli violates minor league drug policy
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.