Thursday, October 20, 2005

Leo Mazzone to the O's?

While the good folks at Camden Chat are blogging as if this is a done deal (and maybe they have have the goods on this one), The Sun is reporting merely that the O's are close to hiring Leo Mazzone as their new pitching coach.

Which would be a remarkable thing, should it come to pass.

Quite simply, Mazzone is the best pitching coach of our era. Some will argue that his staff made him great - all those years of Maddux, Smoltz, Glavine, and the rest. But let's give him credit for helping to make them great.

And let's also recognize how he has been able to wring the most out of journeyman talents like Bruce Chen, Mike Hampton, and Jaret Wright.

My only question is, aside from his friendship with O's manager Sam Perlozzo (I think they grew up together in western MD), why would he come to this organization?

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