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Maz is back with Mets as broadcaster

Former player, manager will be SNY's lead studio analyst


NEW YORK -- Lee Mazzilli, once the Mets' centerfold center fielder and the face of the organization, is now one of the voices for SportsNet New York, the Mets' television home. SNY has named the Brooklyn native, former All-Star and big-league manager as the lead studio analyst for its pregame and postgame shows.

Mazzilli will join studio host Matt Yallof for more than 85 Mets telecasts, broadcast live from SNY's street-level studio in Manhattan, as well as provide content for SNY's Web site. Mazzilli is set to make his first on-air appearance for SNY on Monday night at 6:30 p.m. ET on "Mets Hot Stove."


"We are excited to add Lee as the newest member of our Mets broadcast team," SNY president Jon Litner said. "His unique background as a former Met and Major League manager will be a strong complement to Keith [Hernandez], Ron [Darling] and Gary [Cohen], who had an outstanding season in our inaugural year. Lee will provide our viewers a consistent studio presence and a passionate approach to baseball."


Curt Gowdy Jr., vice president and executive producer of SNY, said: "We believe Lee's intimate knowledge of the game from his days as a former Met, as well as his professional managerial experience and Brooklyn roots, will provide Mets fans with insightful, contemporary analysis -- further cementing our broadcast team as one of baseball's elite."


Mazzilli, who played with the Mets from 1976-81 and again from August 1986 to June 1989, is delighted with the latest turn of his career.


"It's going to be a lot of fun covering a team that I grew up watching as a kid and had the great pleasure to play for," Mazzilli said. "These are very exciting years for Mets fans and New York fans alike. I am thrilled to join SportsNet New York and cover the Mets, who are one of the most exciting teams to watch in all of baseball."


His playing career spanned 14 big-league seasons (1976-89). He also played for the Yankees, Pirates, Blue Jays and Rangers. He had his best statistical season year in 1980 when he led the Mets in hits (162), doubles (31), home runs (16), RBIs (76), runs scored (82) and stolen bases (41). In 1979, Mazzilli, who batted .303, led the Mets in hits (181) and RBIs (79).


He became the first Met to hit home runs from both sides of the plate in the same game, and also hit the game-tying home run in the 1979 All-Star Game. He finished his career batting .259 with 93 home runs and 460 RBIs.


Prior to joining SportsNet New York, Mazzilli served as the Yankees' bench coach during the 2006 season. In 2004, his first season as a Major League manager, Mazzilli guided the Orioles to a 78-84 record -- a seven-game improvement over 2003 and Baltimore's best record in four years.


From 2000-03, he served as the Yankees' first-base coach, outfield instructor and baserunning coach.


After retiring as a player in 1989, Mazzilli worked as a color commentator on CBS Radio's "Game of the Week" broadcasts. He resides in Greenwich, Conn., with his wife, Dani, and his three children, Jenna, and twins Lacey and L.J.

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