John Marzano died today at 45.
According to The Associated Press, police say Marzano was found dead at his home in Philadelphia. The cause was not immediately clear. Marzano played in the major leagues for the Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners before retiring in 1998. He also played in the minors for the Phillies and the Cleveland Indians. He had worked for Comcast, WIP and most recently MLB.com as a commentator.
He is survived by his wife, two daughters and two grandchildren.
"I don’t know what to say," Charlie Manuel said. "I have a lot of respect for John. I knew him quite awhile, I saw him play in the minor leagues and I had him a little [in 1993] while on my team when I managed in Charlotte in Triple-A. I had him about two months. He had an arm operation that year. he was a baseball guy and loved life. he had a personality. He was kind of a happy guy. I don’t know what to say."
Phillies president David Montgomery said in a statement, "The Phillies family is saddened by the news of John Marzano's untimely death. John was an endeared member of the Philadelphia sports community who not only represented our city well as both an athlete and a broadcaster, but also had incredible passion for the games we play. Our deepest condolences go out to the Marzano family at this difficult time."