John Marzano 1963-2008
Terrible news today as MLB.com’s own John Marzano passed away this morning in his home in Philadelphia. The cause has not yet been determined. Here’s a link to the most informative story I can find so far.
(Update: here’s the official MLB.com release.)
If you ever heard John and Vinny on their “Leading Off” show you would recognize right away what a warm, funny guy he was. He had a passion for baseball and loved to talk about his experiences in the game and had plenty of great insights. More than anything he was just a fun guy to be around and will be terribly missed. I’ve spoken with Vinny, Mike and Casey today and we’re all in shock. We don’t know what to say or do.
(Johnny Marz in action, with Vinny and Harold, at the 2007 Winter Meetings in Nashville.)
We hope everyone out there will please join us in sending
your condolences and deepest sympathies to John’s wife, two daughters
and two grandchildren.
UPDATE (8:00 p.m. ET) — Please post any further comments on the Leading Off blog… hopefully when the time comes, John’s family will see this and gain some solace from the great sentiments that have already been shared about him, which I’m sure will continue to pour in. Thanks everyone. — CS