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Leo Mazzone takes to Twitter to lobby for the Phillies pitching coach job

Nov 4, 2013, 10:04 AM EDT

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For a while, a few years ago, there were some people who talked about Leo Mazzone being the first pitching coach to be elected to the Hall of Fame. The fever broke after he left Atlanta to take the Orioles’ job after the 2005 season and found little success. Most folks realize now that, while he was a good pitching coach, having the best pitching staff in the past 30 years or so helps a lot too. Dave Duncan is now your Hall of Fame candidate in that world.

Mazzone hasn’t worked as a pitching coach since the end of the 2007 season. It’s not clear why. Maybe he hasn’t been offered anything that sounds good to him. Maybe people in the game don’t like him or give Bobby Cox more credit for whatever the Braves staff did than Mazzone. There are a million possible explanations.

One other explanation: Mazzone is not too plugged-in to the network of major league baseball and thus doesn’t have anyone advocating for him. I mean, why else would he approach the Phillies like this:


You don’t get jobs in baseball based on public pleas. You get them because you’re either a hot property or because you know someone who will go to bat for you. I get the feeling that neither of those descriptions fit Mazzone at this point in his career.

  1. jlinatl - Nov 4, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    I thought he was doing a good job on the radio while I was there. Seemed to have the right personality for it.

    You would think he still has an agent. Isn’t that their job?

  2. mdpickles - Nov 4, 2013 at 10:17 AM


  3. wpjohnson - Nov 4, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    If the Phillies can come up with three Hall of Fame pitchers named Maddux, Glavine, and Smoltz and if Mazzone will leave them alone, he will do a fine job..

  4. irishphilly87 - Nov 4, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    He could have forgotten more knowledge than Rich Dubee ever knew to begin with! ….He cant be much worse than Dubee. I’m sold, bring him in.

  5. kane337 - Nov 4, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Leo has been looking for another MLB gig for a while now. He might still have a job if he didn’t leave the Braves for the Orioles.

  6. yahmule - Nov 4, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    It’s the incessant rocking. Nobody wants to sit next to that for nine innings.

  7. ryanrockzzz - Nov 4, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    This just has to happen.

  8. StottsEra - Nov 4, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    he’s pretty cheap, according to this site

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