Marzano dies

DMZ · April 19, 2008 at 3:52 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

The AP story

He was 45. I always liked Marzano, and enjoyed his time guesting on Mariners broadcasts.


18 Responses to “Marzano dies”

  1. jspektor on April 19th, 2008 4:06 pm

    R.I.P Marzano … I remember him playing on those teams no question. Great picture taking down Paul O’Neill in the article.

  2. msb on April 19th, 2008 4:12 pm

    Marzy always entertained — and often infuriated me when he caught Moyer … I still remember the time Moyer actually whistled to get Marzy’s attention back on him. and how could you not love him after his takedown of Paulie O’Neill?

    The classic face-time manuevers on the bench, making sure that when they all sat back down after a big play that he was planted right next to whoever had just hit the big home run so that his mug would be on tv, and his girls back home would see him.

  3. msb on April 19th, 2008 4:19 pm

    the obit from, one from Philly, and an older piece talking about how he got into broadcasting

  4. Tom on April 19th, 2008 4:50 pm

    How sad, I remember two months ago he was on the air on congratulating Dave Niehaus on his induction to the HOF. And certainly I remember him as the hard-nosed backup catcher on our teams in the mid-’90’s.

    He will be missed.

  5. Karen on April 19th, 2008 5:11 pm

    If you liked that O’Neill takedown picture, you might also like this one…Marzie was probably the only guy in MLB to have Clemens on a short leash…

    That being said, I was really happy when the M’s signed Marzano. I knew him from his Red Sox days, he was a pretty competent backup catcher and as everyone has already noted, had a delightful personality.

    RIP, Marzie. This is really sad news.

  6. Karen on April 19th, 2008 5:14 pm

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  7. joser on April 19th, 2008 5:14 pm

    Wow, that is strange, and sad.

    I don’t know if that’s how he’d want to be remembered, but is a great photo. I don’t like players getting into it, but if somebody’s going to suffer a beatdown it might as well be a Yankee. Rather reminiscent of that legendary altercation when Nolan Ryan made Robin Ventura his, uh, prison wife.

  8. jeffinfremont on April 19th, 2008 5:20 pm

    I remember going to games at the Kingdome, and when Marzano made his way out to warm up the bullpen, he’d get a standing o from the crowd along the 3rd base side. He’d always chat it up with the season ticket holders, and it always looked like he was having a good time.

  9. msb on April 19th, 2008 10:47 pm

    if you go to the ‘baseball channel’ section of the audio & visual tab on, you can see just what Marzy was doing of late– he co-hosted the ‘Leading Off’ shows and it looks like there are several highlights available…

  10. shortbus on April 19th, 2008 11:11 pm

    My Marzano Memory:

    Opening night at the Dome. Griffey is receiving an award. The announcer reads off the litany of Jr.’s achievements from the previous season and just after saying “now…here he is” out from the dugout pops…John Marzano. When Griffey’s name is announced Marzano casually makes a loop back to the dugout. Busted. Me. Up.

  11. scott19 on April 19th, 2008 11:28 pm

    How sad…and far too young!

    RIP Marzie…we will miss you.

  12. Eric Walkingshaw on April 19th, 2008 11:40 pm

    Marzano’s always been something of a cult hero in my little circle of friends. Shocking and very sad news.

  13. joser on April 20th, 2008 12:10 am

    They’re saying he fell down a flight of stairs at his home.

  14. msb on April 20th, 2008 12:42 am

    the thought seems to be that he fell after a heart attack– IIRC, his dad died of a heart attack at a relatively young age

  15. msb on April 20th, 2008 1:23 am

    mlb has a nice page up, with a lot of links

  16. stevenboise on April 20th, 2008 1:58 am

    Just 45, how sad for all his friends and family. I remember Marzano best as being the player that hit me a foul ball (the only foul or fair ball I’ve ever caught) back in 1997. My thoughts go out to his wife, kids and grandkids.

  17. Evan R. on April 20th, 2008 3:15 am

    John was the kind of man who helps us to remember that, after all, we’re watching people out there on the field. Marzano may not have been the best catcher the Mariners ever had, but anyone who has followed them with even the most passing curiosity recalls what he contributed the organization. R.I.P. John, we miss you and hope you’re in a better place.

  18. G-Man on April 20th, 2008 10:05 am

    I remember the game when he faced Bartolo Colon with the bases loaded. He worked the count to 3-2, then fouled off 6-8 straight pitches before drawing a walk.

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