10/20/2005: A Baseball Post That's Not About The Cardinals....
2006 may finally be the year that I've been longing for: the Year The Braves Don't Win The NL East. At any rate, if it's not 2006, it's coming shortly.
I actually read this in Lee Sinins's daily "Around The Majors" newsletter this morning, but I'll throw BSTommy the link, since it's been years (it seems) that I've actually linked to him:
Nothing to do with the World Series, Leo Mazzone's going to the Orioles. For my money, he's at least half the reason Bobby Cox has been the success he's been down in Atlanta. Look at the guys Atlanta's brought in and made successes out of...and more importantly, look at the guys who did well in Atlanta, who left Atlanta to go somewhere else, and flamed out (or, at least, didn't perform nearly as well) under somebody else's watch.For those of you who aren't obsessive baseball nerds, Leo's the pitching coach of the Braves, and from what I've read apparently the new Orioles manager is a childhood friend of Leo's (in fact, at least one commentator suggested that the new manager was hired specifically to lure Leo to Baltimore). Could be an interesting development. As to why a "mere" pitching coach changing jobs would be such news....well, Leo Mazzone's a "mere" pitching coach in the same way that, say, the USS Abraham Lincoln (or another of her class) is "just a ship". Seriously, there have been those who have suggested that Leo should be the first coach (who hasn't been a manger) to be elected to the Hall of Fame.
Len on 10.20.05 @ 12:37 PM CST