Mazzone fired

The dream is over. Leo Mazzone was fired after two seasons with the O’s. After his pal, Sam Perlozzo was fired in the middle of season, I was skeptical that Leo would be back. But Leo said the right things about wanting to get the ship turned around and being there to see the young pitching take it to the next level. Too bad it never happened. I say that with all sincerity too.

I’ve always been a fan of Leo. I grew up watching up the Braves, so I’ve seen plenty of Leo and was excited when he came to the Orioles. But for a variety of reasons, things never clicked.

-Injuries (Kris Benson, Adam Loewen, Hayden Penn come directly to mind)

-bad singings of former pupils of Leo (Russ Ortiz, Jim Brower off the top of my head)

-young pitching performing well in the minors but not at MLB level (Liz, Olson)

-pitchers not getting it (DANIEL CABRERA!)

-rancid bullpen

Anyway you slice it, things didn’t work. Does this mean Leo is a bad pitching coach? No way. But maybe it means he was a bad fit for the team. Maybe he’s better suited for a team like those Braves teams, that have the vets, and things just need to be tweaked. Pitchers like Bedard, Guthrie, Benson (last season), and Trachsel did well to very good with him. These were pitchers who were vets (Guthrie was technically a rookie) and established players. The others, not so well.

From the Sun:

He didn’t have the same success in Baltimore. With a significantly less talented group, Mazzone’s pitchers posted a 5.65 ERA in 2006 – 29th of 30 major league teams. This year, the club finished 29th again, this time with a 5.17 ERA.

That mark was punctuated by a 6.89 ERA in September, the worst big-league ERA for that month in the last 51 seasons.

In Mazzone’s defense, at the end of his tenure here he was dealing with a team that was decimated by injuries to four-fifths of his starting rotation, closer Chris Ray and disappointing setup man Danys Baez.

At least Trembley is getting to pick his own staff, now he needs to give Terry Crowley the heave-ho. I would have been fine if Leo stayed, but I think its pretty apparent the Crowley needs to go.

An aside here: The season is over, and my posting has been lacking. I’m never going to address my lack of posting when it occurs. It happens, people are busy. But I lost a lot of interest in the team towards the end of the season, I’m sure plenty of you guys did too. With the offseason upon the team, I’ll post when noteworthy things happen, whether they be O’s related or not.

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