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John Malzone

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John Victor Malzone

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Biographical Information[edit]

The son of Frank Malzone, John Malzone reached AAA before stalling.

Malzone was an All-American outfielder in NCAA Division III in 1989. His father's Boston Red Sox took him in the 39th round of the 1989 amateur draft. John was used as a pitcher and went 3-5 with a save and a 4.74 ERA for the GCL Red Sox that year. Moved back to the field in 1990, he hit .257/.353/.321 as a third baseman for the Lynchburg Red Sox. In '91, the 23-year-old batted .249/.390/.317 for the Winter Haven Red Sox and allowed 8 runs in 9 1/3 IP.

John Malzone put up a .306/.356/.430 line for Lynchburg in 1992. He was 4th in the Carolina League in average but led in double play grounders (18). He lost All-Star honors at third to Jose Viera, who had more power. In '93, Malzone hit .237/.282/.300 in 75 games for the Pawtucket Red Sox, backing up at third base and second base. He dropped down to the New Britain Red Sox in 1994 and eked out a .215/.300/.282 line. He was just 2 for 18 for Pawtucket in 1995 to end his playing career.

Malzone was head coach of Taunton High School from 1998-2001. He was hitting coach for the Lowell Spinners in 2002 and Augusta GreenJackets in 2003. He has worked at Nomar Garciaparra's hitting clinic and has also run Malzone Baseball school.

Sources include 2009 article on Malzone baseball