UConn Baseball Alum Suspended Over Drug Test

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The Mets' L.J. Mazzilli, a former UConn player and son of former major league All-Star and manager Lee Mazzilli, has been suspended for 50 games under baseball's minor league drug program for his second positive test for a drug of abuse.

L.J. Mazzilli, on the roster of the Mets' Class A team at St. Lucie of the Florida State League, will serve the penalty at the start of next season, the commissioner's office said Tuesday.

The 24-year-old second baseman, selected from UConn in the fourth round of the 2013 amateur draft with the 116th overall pick, split last season between St. Lucie and Class A Savannah of the South Atlantic League, and he also played one game at Triple-A Las Vegas. Mazzilli hit a combined .301 with 11 homers, 79 RBIs and 14 steals.

Lee Mazzilli played in the major leagues from 1976-89 for the Mets, Texas, the Yankees, Pittsburgh and Toronto, and was an All-Star for the Mets in 1979. He managed Baltimore in 2004 and '05.

There have been 66 suspensions this year under the minor league drug program.

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