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Yankees not interested in Leo Mazzone as pitching coach

Nov 16, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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Leo Mazzone said last month that he’d like to be the Yankees’ or Mets’ pitching coach, calling both openings “a great job.”

However, according to Chad Jennings of the New York Journal News general manager Brian Cashman “has no plans of meeting with Mazzone, who turned down the Yankees job before Ron Guidry was hired.”

Guidry was hired in 2006, which is when Mazzone left the Braves to become the Orioles’ pitching coach under friend and manager Sam Perlozzo.

At the time Mazzone was coming off an incredible run of success in Atlanta and some people were talking about him as a possible Hall of Famer, so it makes sense that the Yankees pursued him and also makes sense that Cashman still holds a grudge that they were turned down for another AL East team.

Mazzone’s legacy has taken a big hit since then, as he failed to turn the Orioles’ pitching staff around before being fired in 2007 with a year remaining on his contract and has received little interest from teams since then. Given the way pitching coaches are hired, fired, and recycled every season, the fact that Mazzone wants another gig and can’t find one seems odd and seemingly speaks to teams viewing what he did in Atlanta as overrated or his being extremely difficult to deal with.

  1. Kevin S. - Nov 16, 2010 at 10:41 AM

    Actually, it makes absolutely no sense for Cashman to hold a grudge against Mazzone for turning him down. The only reason he left the Braves in the first place was to work for the best man at his wedding. Cashman’s smarter than that. I’m disappointed that they aren’t interested in him, because I think he had absolute trash to work with in Baltimore, but I doubt it’s out of vindictiveness.

  2. bigharold - Nov 16, 2010 at 1:47 PM

    I seriously doubt it’s payback for turning down the job before.

    GMs are required to put up with all manner of Prima Donnas and weasels when it comes to players and agents because in the end winning is key. Putting up with a high maintainence coach would be acceptable if it were a coach that got the desired results.

    If Cashman thought Mazzone could turn Chaimberlain into the pitcher that he was touted as or take Hughes to the next level he’s be the Yankee pitching coach already. The reason may be as simple as the timing was right before but not now. Or, perhaps his reputation has not so much taken a hit but looked at in a more realistic light?

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