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Thursday, February 16, 2012
Bradbury, Bradbury, Bradbury, Almighty! (Inherit the Windows Google or something)
But these arguments fail to give Mazzone credit for those pitchers whose career he turned around while they were with Atlanta only to have them revert back to their ineffective former selves once they had moved on. It happened too often to be a coincidence or just dumb luck. A study was done by J. C. Brady using statistical analysis and comparing the ERA of pitchers who pitched at least one year under Mazzone and one year under a different pitching coach claims that these pitchers ERA was 0.64 less under his coaching and 0.78 higher after leaving the Braves. That’s a very significant difference and one which happened time and time again. That’s a difference which cannot be explained away by mere chance. Some of the more significant examples would include Danny Neagle, Russ Ortiz and Jaret Wright.
...So the question remains. Why is Leo Mazzone not the pitching coach for someone? I suspect it might be a combination of things. Those rumors about Bobby Cox? Leaving as he did, Mazzone may have ruffled some baseball feathers. Or perhaps he is happy in his job as a color commentator with Fox Baseball and as a co host on an Atlanta radio station morning show. Those jobs must be less stressful and at 63 years of age, perhaps he wants to merely be an observer to the craft he once had so much success in. Perhaps he thinks that nothing he could ever accomplish to exceed the success he had in Atlanta. Pitching staffs such as those of the great Atlanta era are few and far between. Maybe his experiences in Baltimore left a bitter taste in his mouth.
I don’t know the man and therefore can’t give the definitive answer but if I was an owner or GM, I would certainly ask what it would take to lure him back to the profession he so obviously excelled at. I’d even throw in a rocking chair.
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