These unique tales, including an entire chapter of new ones, describe Leo Mazzone's ascent through the minor leagues to the dugout of the Atlanta Braves, where he was the named the best pitching coach in baseball in a player´s poll conducted by Sports Illustrated. Though he is widely known for nervously rocking in the dugout during close games, Mazzone's pitching staff in Atlanta either led or was second in the major leagues in earned-run average in all but one year between 1992-2005.
Mazzone also coached six Cy Young Award winners - more than any other active coach - and the core group of Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and John Smoltz anchored what some consider the greatest pitching staff ever assembled on a major league roster. He developed pitchers at various levels of the Braves organization beginning in 1979, and in 2006 takes his talents to the Baltimore Orioles as their new pitching coach. Nothing gave him more satisfaction in Atlanta, however, than the 14 consecutive seasons of the team's extraordinary run of division championships.
The updated softcover edition of Leo Mazzone's Tales from the Braves Mound reveals his coaching philosophies and provides insight into his relationships with Braves pitchers, ranging from such future Hall of Famers as Maddux, Glavine, and Smoltz, to the combustible (and controversial) John Rocker, and on to the underdog 2005 division championship team that beat all the odds. An assortment of stories and memories from the coach´s time on the Braves bench makes Leo Mazzone's Tales from the Braves Mound a must-read for any Braves fan - as well as for baseball fans across the country.
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Scott Freeman is executive editor of Indianapolis Monthly and the former executive editor of Atlanta Magazine, where he covered the Atlanta Braves. A native of Carrollton, Georgia, he is also the author of Midnight Riders, the critically acclaimed biography of the Allman Brothers Band, and Otis! The Otis Redding Story. Freeman also worked as a staff writer for The Providence Journal-Bulletin and the Macon Telegraph & News. In 1999, the Football Writers Association of America honored one of his stories as the Best Feature Story in the nation.
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Book Description Sports Publishing, 2006. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Widely acclaimed as the best pitching coach in baseball, Leo Mazzone stands unique among his brethren. A recent Sports Illustrated poll of active players and coaches overwhelmingly verified his status as baseball's elite pitching guru. ESPN went even further, proclaiming Mazzone as the best all-time assistant coach in any sport. Leo Mazzone's Tales From The Mound gives the inside story of his experiences and pitching philosophies, and a front-row view of the unprecedented 14-year postseason run by the Atlanta Braves that included five trips to the World Series and one World Championship. Mazzone offers clubhouse insights into his three future Hall of Fame pitchers: the genius of Greg Maddux, the "never give in" attitude of Tom Glavine, and the fierceness of John Smoltz. From his tutelage under Johnny Sain through his glory days rocking on the Atlanta bench next to manager Bobby Cox, Leo Mazzone's Tales From The Mound is essential reading for any fan of the game. This updated edition contains two new chapters, including Mazzone's decision in the 2005 off-season to accept an offer from the Baltimore Orioles to become the highest-paid pitching coach in the majors and to work with his best friend, Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo. Book jacket. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_1596700386
Book Description Sports Publishing, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. New item. Bookseller Inventory # QX-219-68-9389519
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Book Description Sports Publishing. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P111596700386