John Massarelli

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John Massarelli
Catcher
Born: (1966-01-23) January 23, 1966 (age 51)
Dover, Ohio
Batted: Right Threw: Right
debut
1997, for the Chianan Luka
Last appearance
1997, for the Chianan Luka
Career statistics
Batting average .259
Home runs 3
RBI 15
Teams

John David Massarelli (born January 23, 1966 in Dover, Ohio) is the former manager of the Kansas City T-Bones. He previously played in the minor leagues for ten years.

Prior to playing professionally, he attended Central Catholic High School and the University of Akron.[1]

Massarelli was drafted by the Houston Astros in the eighth round of the 1987 amateur baseball draft. He played in their system until 1993, making the Florida State League All-Star team in 1990.[2] From 1994 to 1995, he played in the Florida Marlins system. He spent time in the Cleveland Indians system in 1995 as well and in 1996, he played in the San Diego Padres system. The outfielder/catcher played in 932 games in his decade-long career and he hit .271 with 19 home runs, 275 RBI and 288 stolen bases. He stole over 30 bases five times, peaking at 54 in a season.[3] In 1997, he played in the Taiwan Major League.[4]

He began his managing career in 2000, skippering the Auburn Doubledays of the Astros' system.[5] In 2001 and 2002, he led the Michigan Battle Cats and in 2003, he managed the Salem Avalanche.

For the 2004 campaign, he moved to independent baseball, leading the Washington Wild Things - who he led until 2007. He did not manage in 2008, though in 2009 he joined the Lake Erie Crushers.[3] He led the Crushers to a league championship victory in their inaugural 2009 season. In the off season of 2013 he was hired by the Kansas City T-Bones[6]

In 2010, he was inducted into the Akron Baseball Hall of Fame.[1] During his off season he runs Massarelli Baseball School, a baseball and softball instructional facility that teaches from little league through high school.[7]

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