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“You take the ball away from me and I’ll save my arm for some other team to pitch for…"
Then I go to Baltimore and I find out why they’re losing. The chain of command was always broken, where players got to voice their displeasure at the front office, which took away power from the manager…. Basically, what it was was a bunch of players finding excuses for losing.
I'm not sure I see how Mike Rizzo's decision to consult with Strasburg's doctors and his super-agent and decide to make a decision in the interest of Strasburg's long-term career and health would infuriate him enough to say "I've had it with this horse-crap organization. I'm leaving for a team that only cares about winning."
You are probably right. What would Leo Mazzone know about a franchise that functioning and successful over a long period of time? I'm sure there is nothing that the Baltimore front office is doing wrong, look at all the success they've had over there.
Mazzone was not an effective pitching coach in Baltimore. His continued unemployment since he left the O's makes me think that the word of mouth on his ability, work habits and communication skills was that they were all lacking and the consensus was that his success in Atlanta had much more to do with the staff than with his talents.
What I've always found funny was his reputation in Atlanta was probably unwarranted to begin with. All those pitchers who really got the benefit of the Mazzone effect were bullpen guys (with a few notable exceptions of formerly good starters who refund their old stuff which probably would have happened anyway). But up until his last few years Bobby Cox worked with the bullpen more than Mazzone.
The effect should probably have been more properly called the Bobby Cox effect.
Disagree, Mazzone coached a pitching staff for several years that had a very low number of injuries in comparison to the rest of baseball, that is usually the number one reason people point to his methods. I don't see his improvement of the pen pitchers as any different(better) than what Dave Duncan got or maybe others, but it's the rotation going 30 starts a year, year in, year out that cements his greatness as a pitching coach.
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