Javier Cavazos, famous Lansing baseball, hoops mentor, bids farewell

Javier Cavazos and his wife of 49 years, Julia, enjoyed the night at the Lansing Lugnuts stadium as Cavazos was inducted into the Michigan Baseball Hall of Fame in June.

LANSING – Javier Cavazos does not want to be completed coaching. It’s the essence of who he is. It’s how he indications his text messages: Mentor Cavazos.

Fifty-7 a long time of coaching Lansing’s youth. Fifty-seven many years of tales. Fifty-seven years since he was the only possibility to supervise his brothers and their pals in the High Street Elementary College gymnasium on Lansing’s north aspect. 

If his wellness would enable for it, Cavazos would indicator up for a further 57. As an alternative, it’s time to honor a man who’s coached so numerous Lansing-place youngsters, there’s a decent chance you’re a single of them. Or possibly your son or daughter, mom or grandfather performed for him.

“I get started to get nervous when they say, ‘Coach, my grandma performed for you,’ ” Cavazos, 74, claimed.